Online Chess during the current crisis

Meeting up to play will not be an option for at least three weeks, and quite possibly much longer.  So it looks like online chess will provide us with opportunities to keep playing and not let our wonderful chess community become dormant.

Fortunately Oliver Brennan of Rotherham CC has been proactive and has organised an online tournament.  Full instructions on what to do can be found at

I have had a few thoughts regarding online chess recently.  How about posting more online games on the site to raise awareness of what and who is out there.  Maybe we could have a virtual club night. Same time on a Tuesday evening but with games played from the comfort of our living rooms.

All thoughts around making online chess between Sheffield players a real thing are most welcome.

Best of luck to everyone and really looking forward to the day we can get back to our normal league games and club nights.

3 thoughts on “Online Chess during the current crisis”

  1. Oliver has done a fantastic job setting that tournament up. The ECF have been promoting their on line presence before all this corona stuff and you can join their clubs at both lichess and and you will get an official ECF on line rating too. So far it is mainly blitz tournaments but I am sure this will develop. I like the idea of a virtual chess club, it would nice to have one big one for Sheffield so there could be several club nights or even something on the weekend.

    Chess24 is hosting a rapid game tournament with Magnus inviting some top players to compete. This should be great fun to watch!

  2. I’ve been a spectator for this tournament but have already entered the next one that starts May 20th. It’s a lot of fun to just hang out in the chatroom suggesting variations and chewing the fat with the other spectators. The time control and format seems like a good leveller too – with a surprise winner for the first event.

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