Newly formed Greenisland chess club sets sights on league berth

Chess players from across east Antrim are invited to participate in a newly formed chess club at Greenisland Football Club

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 5:35 pm

The club will officially open on June 11 and will run on Friday nights from 7-9pm.

All ages and abilities are welcome, but parents of under 18s are asked to stay in the clubhouse with their children.

In February 2020, GFC Chess co-ordinator Chris Dorrian organised a blitz event at Greenisland Baptist Church. There were over 40 players competing, including pupils from Carrick Grammar.

Prizes were distributed following the blitz championship.

A risk assessment has been carried out for indoor chess at Greenisland Football Club. Chess boards will be spaced out at one per table for social distancing. Players will need to wear a face covering indoors and windows/doors will be kept open for ventilation.

Anyone with Covid symptoms or living with someone with symptoms is asked not to attend. When arriving, you will need to sign in with contact details (chess parents will do this on behalf of Under 18s).

Email Chris in advance to [email protected] to confirm attendance.

To launch the new club, Chris arranged an outdoor blitz championship on May 16. Covid restrictions were still in place, so only 14 players could compete. The players enjoyed two and half hours of chess fun in the sunshine.

Players enjoyed an outdoor blitz championship on May 16.

The current aim is to build up the club during the 2021/2022 season and then enter a team in the Belfast and District Chess League during the 2022/2023 season.

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