Entries for the 2022 Victorian Country Chess Championship to be held in Geelong over the weekend of 15th and 16th October are coming in steadily. Don’t forget that the cut-off date for the early bird discounted entry fee is 7th October. Payment can be completed by EFT to the bank account shown on the entry form or by card at the TryBooking link of https://www.trybooking.com/CBRIL
The championships will be hosted by the Geelong Chess Club and will be held in the same venue as last year - St Mary’s Terrace Community Hub at 193 Myers Street, Geelong.
Anyone needing accommodation in Geelong should book it early so as not to miss out. A good option in that regard is to support the event sponsor Geelong Short Stays. We appreciate their sponsorship of the championship. Contact Jon on telephone 0407 711 707, email email@example.com or visit their website at www.geelongshortstays.com.au . Don’t forget to say ‘Geelong Chess Club sent me’ on any emails or contact with Jon at Geelong Short Stays.
There are currently no entry limitations or mandatory government regulations relating to vaccination and wearing of face masks at the venue. We do ask however, if anybody has tested positive to Covid-19 in the 7 days prior to the event that they do not attend, and a refund will be arranged. Wearing of face masks is not mandatory but is recommended by health officials.
A number of entries have already been received from Geelong based junior players who are likely to be playing in their first open tournament, and this is very pleasing to see. Hopefully, this will encourage juniors from other regions to enter the championships as well. Just a reminder to anyone competing that all players must abide by the FIDE laws of chess, use a chess clock and record all moves of each game on the scoresheets provided. If there are any queries in that regard, then please contact one of the committee.
Due to an expected larger number of unrated players this year, the committee has discussed and adopted an extra rule for this year’s championship. Any player who does not have an Australian Chess Federation rating will be eligible for outright prizes and special unrated players prizes, but not eligible for the Reserve group title or prizes. The Reserve group will be determined based upon rated players only with unrated players excluded for that purpose. All players will continue to play in a single tournament. This will provide fairness to both existing mid ranked players and the newer players as well, since they will have their own prizes to compete for. The exact prizes for the unrated players group will be announced at the event after we know the number of entries received in that category. You can check your latest ACF rating at the following link https://auschess.org.au/rating-lists .
Best wishes to everyone, stay healthy and we look forward to catching up in October.
Victorian Rural Chess League Committee
Kevin Perrin (President) 0418 533 517
Nigel Barrow (Secretary) 0421 674 869
Jack Smith (Vice-President) 0406 199 457