News about chess at Letzi

Hopefully, you had a good start into 2021 and you are healthy!

It is still not possible to meet for chess over the board in our venue GZ Bachwiesen. We might be able to offer kids training under certain restrictions, but this is under clarification at the moment.

Unfortunately, the Swiss Chess Federation had to cancel the first round of the SGM light and it is under discussion whether the remaining can be played or not: http://www.swisschess.ch/sgm.html

Because of this I would like to call your attention to our team on lichess.org!
Roger will continue to organize tournaments in 2021 on this platform as well – please support him on this and let him know which time control and modus you would prefer: Blitz or Rapid, with or without increment, Arena or Swiss style…
The leagues in the Swiss Team Battle are getting stronger and stronger and after competing for quite some time in L2 we suddenly find ourselves there in the 4th!
On January 26th we will continue with a time control of 5+3: https://lichess.org/tournament/1U03mBzC
Please register in time, the more players for Letzi the better!

Christmas Newsletter

Dear Chess Friends,

The year is now slowly coming to an end and even though the situation is recently not developing so positively, I hope that you are healthy and can spend the holidays with family and friends!

Because of the restrictions of the GZ Bachwiesen and the Bundesrat/BAG, we cannot meet in our venue until January 22nd. However, until then we have at least some online chess on the agenda, starting with a rapid tournament in arena style on lichess:
https://lichess.org/tournament/vmZOPsEw

Over Christmas and new Year there is again a Swiss Team Battle, this time we start in league 3 (time control 5+0):
https://lichess.org/tournament/E1IVwcnS

The SGM light is supposed to start on January 23rd. However, the decision about this will be taken by the end of December. You already can find the drawings on our homepage:
https://www.scletzi.ch/wp/unsere-teams/sgm/

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a – especially healthy – Happy New Year 2021!

All the best
Roland Löhr

News

Starting from Saturday December 12th until January 22nd 2021 there are new requirements against the Corona virus in place.
Unfortunately, this means for us that we cannot meet in our venue Gemeinschaftszentrum Bachwiesen during this period neither for kids training nor for a tournament.
However, we will monitor the situation very closely and re-open as soon as possible.

Next Tuesday December 15th there will be again a tournament in the Swiss Team Battle L2 starting at 19:30 with a time control of 5+3:
https://lichess.org/tournament/JeMLpaC1
Please register in time, the more players for Letzi the better!

All the best and stay healthy!

Christmas Tournament

Finally, it was good playing again with real pieces – even though it was a bit strange wearing with a face mask and having a glass divider between the boards.

Our strong youngster Raphael Niederberger was able to win this round-robin tournament (7+3) – Congards!

Rank
Name
Pts
TP
1.
Raphael Niederberger
5
13
2.
Roland Löhr
5
11
3.
Albi Lüscher
4
4.
Murat Cevik
3
6
5.
Roger Loup
3
4
6.
Thomas Güldenapfel
1
7.
Simon Koller
0

News from the club

As announced last week, tomorrow Tuesday we would like to organize a Christmas tournament over the board in the GZ Bachwiesen! If you would like to participate, please register in the following Doodle:
https://doodle.com/poll/29guaq74f5zbgssx?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link
And please be aware that we will be strictly playing under the regulations of the BAG and the GZ!

In the Swiss Team Battle we got promoted back to league 2 – congrats to the whole team especially to the best players Patric, Fabio, Clément and Kurt!
Next round will be played December 15th in league L2 starting at 19:30 with a time control of 5+3:
https://lichess.org/tournament/JeMLpaC1
As usual: Please register in time, the more players for Letzi the better!

And there is some more good news: The contract with the Gemeinschaftszentrum Bachwiesen has been prolonged and we now can play in our new venue at least until September 2021!

Newsletter

Let’s close this difficult year with a Christmas tournament over the board on December 8th 2020 – blitz or rapid will be decided by our tournament director Roger! Please let us know in the following doodle if you would like to participate – it very much helps us with the planning:
https://doodle.com/poll/29guaq74f5zbgssx?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link
And please be aware that we will be strictly playing under the regulations of the BAG and the GZ!

As already announced, the SGM light will start January 23rd 2021. In total 126 teams registered for this upcoming season – with one Letzi team in the competition. As soon as we receive the drawings, we will inform you! Please check out more details on the homepage of the chess federation:
http://www.swisschess.ch/news-112/sgm-light-2021-mit-124-mannschaften-drei-fuenfer-gruppen-in-der-bundesliga.html

Last but not least: The upcoming Tuesday December 1st we will have again a team in the Swiss Team Battle league L3 starting at 19:30 with a time control of 3+2:
https://lichess.org/tournament/Yhnyo5s7
As usual: Please register in time, the more players for Letzi the better!

News from the club

We still can meet under certain constraints in our venue GZ – please refer to some regulations further down in this newsletter!
This Tuesday November 10th, our tournament director Roger Loup will organize a rapid tournament!

In the Swiss Team Battle we managed to advance back to league 2! Best player for Letzi: Werner, Georg and Patric – but congrats to the whole team! Tuesday November 17th we will now start in league 2 with a time control of 5+0: https://lichess.org/tournament/R25cLt8
Please register in time, the more players for Letzi the better!
You can also find an article on the SSB homepage about the Swiss Team Battle:
http://www.swisschess.ch/news-112/swiss-team-battle-weiterhin-in-der-erfolgsspur-erstmals-300er-grenze-geknackt.html

Please continue to follow the safety regulations of the BAG, the SSB and the GZ, e.g.

    • stay at home if you do not feel well – in case we would have to send you home
    • pass your contact details to our Covid responsible, i.e. Roger Loup
    • please wash your hands before and after the chess evening
    • from an age of 12 you have to wear a sanitary face mask
    • please keep a distance of 1.5 meter whenever possible
    • there is a maximum of 15 persons an evening
    • the room must be aired out on a regular base

Further information from the chess federation can be found here: http://www.swisschess.ch/news-112/covid-19-uebersicht-der-geltenden-regelungen.html

Chess News

The Zurich Chess Federation has announced to cancel the ZMM “light” 2020//21 because of the circumstances around the Corona-Virus.

For the SGM “light” starting in January 2021 we registered one team for the Regionalliga 1. Please enter your availability to the doodle if not yet done.

Unfortunately, we got relegated in the Swiss Team Battle. Tuesday November 3rd we will now start in league 3 with a time control of 5+3:  https://lichess.org/tournament/hs2L0fcD
Please register in time, the more players for Letzi the better!

Please continue to follow the safety regulations of the BAG, the SSB and the GZ, e.g.

    • stay at home if you do not feel well – in case we would have to send you home
    • please wash your hands before and after the chess evening
    • from an age of 12 you have to wear a sanitary face mask
    • please keep a distance of 1.5 meter whenever possible
    • the room must be aired out on a regular base
    • there is a maximum of 15 persons an evening

Newsletter

Firstly, I would like to appeal to you to support our team captains with entering your availability to the doodles for the SGM (start in January 2021) and ZMM (will start already in November!).

We will continue to meet every Tuesday evening in the Cafeteria of the GZ Bachwiesen (not in the Pflegezentrum!). As discussed at our annual meeting, we will try to extend our contract with the GZ at least until October 2021. In case of any match on a Saturday we will try to get a room there or in the Hallenbad Altstetten.

Apropos annual meeting: We had elections and Dimitris Leventeas as inventory manager, Osi Odermatt as Aktuar and Patric Müller as treasurer joined the commitee. Many thanks especially to Roland Enderli and Dimitris Leventeas (actually, he’ll stay …) for your support over the past years!
If you would like to contribute as a manager of the homepage or with sending out the newsletter – please get in touch with me!

Next round in the Swiss Team Battle will be October 20th: https://lichess.org/tournament/UjIgBu9z
Please register in time, the more players for Letzi the better!

And yet again: Please continue to follow the regulations of the BAG and the recommendations of the Swiss Chess Federation – this supports in particular our club in this challenging situation!