Due to the Governor’s executive order and recommendations from the CDC over the coronavirus threat, the CRPD has closed all their community centers and suspended most programs. This includes the Goebel Adult Center, so our club will be closed as well.
The center’s closure will be at least through the end of March but like everything else is up in the air. It could easily be for longer.
At the moment, we are four rounds into our tournament, the 2020 Late Winter Swiss. The fifth and final round had been scheduled to be played Mar 23.
Around Mar 23, we are going to reevaluate the situation and decide to either postpone Round 5 to when the center reopens, or simply declare the tournament over as it stands after four rounds. This will depend on how long it appears the Goebel center may be closed for.
I’m sure most of the players would like to finish the tournament and I want to as well, but it wouldn’t make sense to keep postponing this final round indefinitely to be played sometime far off in the future. If it appears that the center may reopen soon, then we will reschedule the final round for the beginning of April. If there is still no end to the closure in sight, I will declare the tournament over and submit it to US Chess for rating as it stands. As I said we will make this decision in about a week’s time (Mar 23).
Our planned upcoming events, the 2020 Spring Fever Blitz and the 2020 Springtime Swiss, will be either cancelled or postponed.
So please check back soon for an update.
Stay safe everyone! Follow the CDC’s guidelines for hand washing and social distancing, and stay home if you feel at all sick or if you have been exposed to keep it from spreading.
Take care, and hope to see you all soon.