News about Chess at Letzi

As there are now certain relaxations of the Corona restrictions we asked the GZ Bachwiesen if and under what conditions we can again offer chess for adults. If possible, we will play a tournament over the board on April 27th! We will keep you updated!

We kindly ask you to mark an appointment in your in the calendar already now: Our general assembly 2021 will be held on Tuesday June 8th 2021 – depending on the situation either in the GZ or even online.

The SSB has now postponed a possible start of the SMM 2021 until at the earliest after the summer holidays:
http://www.swisschess.ch/news-112/die-smm-2021-startet-erst-nach-der-sommerpause-1-runde-ende-august-anmeldeschluss-am-1-juli.html
Anyway – please do not forget to fill in this short questionnaire by end of April:
https://forms.gle/9qwnDJir1GjDurmv5

And the Swiss Team Battle will continue in league 4 on April 20th 2021 with a time control of 5+3:
https://lichess.org/tournament/RoM3gXBs

In the project “Support your Sport” we are having a great finish and now clearly crossed the level of 700; in case you still have some bons you can assign them until tomorrow April 19th to our club – many thanks!
https://supportyoursport.migros.ch/de/vereine/sc-letzi-zuerich/

And I found a course about chess basics (in German language) by GM Stefan Kindermann on the homepage of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. In case you are interested, just have a look:
https://www.sueddeutsche.de/thema/Schach_lernen

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Despite all Corona restrictions we can at least offer kids training up to an age of 15.
After discussing it with the GZ Bachwiesen and following the safety precautions, we started last week with 7 kids! For further information please get in touch with Roger Loup at the venue or online with Kurt Glatzfelder.

Tomorrow February 2nd there will be an internal rapid tournament on lichess starting at 19:30:
https://lichess.org/tournament/RDm1KH3u
Please support Roger Loup and join the competition!

With further teams joining, the Swiss Team Battle is again stronger – we are still in league 4 and will play a tournament with a time control of 5+3 on February 9th:
https://lichess.org/tournament/X6yGzQkd

If you are rather interested in playing a rapid tournament for Letzi at the Swiss Team Battle, you can join the team the upcoming Saturday February 6th at 16:00 (time control 7+2):
https://lichess.org/tournament/X6yGzQkd

Last but not least: The Swiss Chess Federation decided not to charge the license fee 2021 because of the unclear circumstances: http://www.swisschess.ch/news-112/corona-rabatt-ssb-verzichtet-2021-auf-die-lizenzgebuehr.html
We will keep this in mind when we discuss the Letzi membership fee 2021 at our general assembly!

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

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

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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

Raphael wins the first GZ rapid!

Our youngster Raphael was able to win the first rapid tournament in the GZ after half a year break with a perfect score:

Rank
Name
Pts
TB
1.
Raphael Niederberger
3
2.
Roland Löhr
2
3.
Roger Loup
2
1
4.
Willi Frech
Dimitrios Leventeas
6.
Georg Kradolfer
1
7.
Thomas Güldenapfel
½
8.
Janusz Barczyk
½
1

News about GZ, Swiss Team Battle, SGM and our Annual Meeting

For at least half a year we can meet every Tuesday evening in the Cafeteria of the GZ Bachwiesen (Bachwiesenstrasse 40, Zürich) and finally play chess again over-the-board!

We will start on September 29th with the kids training from 18:30 – 19:15 and continue after a break of 30 minutes at 19:45 with an open rapid tournament.

There is one parking place for us – please ask me to get the ticket for the front window or pick it from the box with the chess material. In case there is more than one driver, I would like to give the ticket “round-robin”. There are more parking areas nearby, like at the Pflegezentrum or the Freilager.

Because of the Covid-19 circumstances, we kindly ask you to register beforehand with me or Roger.
When we play chess, please respect the rules defined by the Federal Office of Public Health such as washing hands and staying home if sick. We will also take attendance every chess evening. For more guidance, please visit https://bag-coronavirus.ch and http://www.swisschess.ch/dossier-covid-19.html.
We will provide some hand sanitizer at the venue.

In the Swiss Team Battle we were able to stay in league 2 with a great 4th place! Congratulations especially to our best players Patric Müller, Clément Richet and Georg Kradolfer!
The next round will be October 6th from 19:30: https://lichess.org/tournament/VCnvUWDG
Please register in time, the more players for Letzi the better!

The SGM 2020/21 has been cancelled and will be replaced by a “SGM light”; please check out the homepage of the SSB for more details: http://www.swisschess.ch

And please do not forget to register for the annual meeting on October 13th!

Club-Cup: Georg wins the first tournament in the rapid series!

Rank
NamePts
BH
Champ. Pts
1.
Georg Kradolfer
5
25
2.
Roland Löhr
4
20
3.
Florian Heinzmann
3
11
18
4.
Dimitrios Leventeas
3
16
5.
Werner Brunner
16½
14
6.
Daniel Muster
12½
12
7.
Vladimir Kokarau
2
14
10
8.
Roger Loup
2
11½
9
9.
Julien Cretin
1
8
10.
Martin Casanova
0
7

We will continue in the Club-Cup with the championship starting 5th November 2019 – time control is like in the ZMM: 60 minutes for the whole game + 30 seconds bonus! It will be probably 5 rounds Swiss system.

The next tournament in the Rapid Competition will be early next year 7th January 2020!

All tournaments and further information: Rapid-Cup 2019/20