With the 2020-21 Shropshire League season due to begin next week, Telepost welcome three new members. Mark Nightall, from Oxford, was at school with Matthew and joins him in the A team for the online season. Mark Randell, from Nantwich, met John C recently and will be playing for Telepost E. Nat Paul needs no introduction to existing members! A warm welcome to all three. Details of teams and fixtures for the new season are here
Nat got stuck in straight away, playing a Dark Knights
ladder fixture against Keith on Monday. Keith's stalwart defence in a rook and pawn ending was eventually ended by the clock. At the same time, in another match that went the full distance, Kate secured a notable win over Matthew, also in the chess ladder, in an evening that saw three matches taking place with spectators on each board - an illustration that club nights are possible in the virtual world. The Winter 20 Individual Tournament now has 16 competitors and the ladder 14. Details of how to sign up are here
Spectating on Monday was made easier by a new initiative from Kate Walker, who has devised a Google calendar of online matches taking place in Shropshire. To view the calendar without a Google account go here
. If you have a Google account you can link the calendar to your own account - go here
. Contact Kate
with details of any upcoming matches and she will add them, giving your match the sensation of those tense nights at the club, from the comfort of your armchair.
Spoiler alert, but if you've seen the later stages of The Queen's Gambit
, you'll have noticed the man from the BBC commentating from Moscow on Beth's showdown with Borgov. Chess and radio aren't obvious bedfellows but club secretary Dennis continued the relationship this week with an appearance on BBC Radio Shropshire discussing chess in lockdown. It's available on BBC Sounds for the next four weeks - it starts at 3:16:11 on the Jim Hawkins show
Telepost's push for promotion from division two of the Five Counties League
was greatly helped by a 6-0 whitewash of Uxbridge Juniors A. Next up are fellow promotion contenders Uxbridge B, on 24 November.