Edinburgh Chess Club – Presidents Bulletin 23rd January

Dear Club Member,

Club Opens Tuesday!

We reopen from Tuesday at 7.30pm again for casual games. Covid protocols remain in place -please see the website home page for the details.


We are delighted that GM Keti Arakhamia-Grant has agreed to lead a second coaching programme to get players ready for battle in the New Year!

Keti will run a series of 2-hour interactive evening weekly sessions on Monday nights for 5 weeks – on the Lichess platform using Zoom initially but with the potential for face-to-face sessions in the club if at all possible. She will present an interactive lecture introducing the study theme, followed by “homework” for the following week. The homework is to be sent back to Keti individually and she will give feedback in the week between the sessions.

Keti had asked for topics of interest to players – already suggested topics for her to cover include end game play (especially with rooks!?!), handling the transition from middle- to end-game, pawn structures and playing defensively vs counter-attacking.

All participants need to have an account on Lichess, which is free and easy to register with, and the combination of Zoom and Lichess works well. If everyone is agreeable, we will also record the sessions – which is a useful option especially if someone is not able to attend any of the sessions, however it will only be made available to the participants for the period of the course.

In order to support this initiative, we would charge £40 (£20 for Juniors) for the 5 sessions and we need to get a minimum of 10 players to sign up – please can you advise Ian Whittaker asap if you are interested and wish to join in.

Once we have enough people signed up we will launch the coaching sessions with Keti!

Online Match v Camberley Chess Club

We have arranged to play against Camberley Chess Club online over 8 boards on Tuesday 1st Feb. There will be 2 games starting at 8pm, with a time control of 20 mins + 10s / move. Please let me know if you would like to play.

This Week’s Arena Details

Wednesday 7.45pm start.

Neil Berry, President