Merseyside League and Cup competitions 2019/2020

Merseyside League and Cup competitions 2019-2020

  • Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation we have had to take the decision that the 2019-2020 league season is now ended.
  • In the circumstances no attempt will be made to complete the fixtures.
  • The AGM planned for May will not now be held. It may be rearranged at a later date if need and circumstances allow.

Over the next few weeks the committee will need to decide how best to finalise the 2019-2020 season:

  • Will any trophies be presented and, if so, on what basis - the league positions as of 19th March, 2020 or by some other means or not at all?
  • The promotion of teams who were clearly better than the divisions that they were in will be managed regardless of any decision on trophies.

Preparations for next Season 2020/21:

  • We will then need to receive entries for next season which we would hope to start in September 2020.
  • The continued closure of pubs and clubs may prevent this.
  • Another major issue may be the availability/willingness, particularly of our older members, to play over the board(OTB) chess in the near future.
  • If the number of players does fall we may want to consider, at least temporarily, reducing the numbers of boards in some divisions and/or relaxing the eligibility rules.
  • We may also wish to set up a separate internet based league to satisfy those unable to play OTB chess.

The Committee welcomes your club's views on the above and if people feel a committee meeting over remote video conferencing platform would be useful, do let me know.





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MCA announces the suspension of the Liverpool Chess league.

MCA announces the suspension of the Liverpool Chess league.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus problem and recommendations from HM Government,
all fixtures in the Liverpool league and cup competitions are suspended until 30th April 2020.
By that date a decision will need to be taken whether matches can be resumed or the league programme cancelled. If cancelled, we will need to decide how best to finalise the 2019-2020 season.
David Pearcey 
President MCA
You may follow the FIDE Candidates 2020 Tournament in Yekaterinburg, Russia from March 15 until April 5. Today (18/03/2020) they are playing Round 2.

Dave Welch

The funeral of Dave Welch will be held at 1200 on Friday December 6 at Landican Crematorium.
The crematorium is by Arrowe Park on the Wirral and the post code is CH49 5LW.