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Candidates 2020 is suspended.

Posted by Ian on March 26, 2020 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Today, the government of the Russian Federation announced that starting March 27, 2020, Russia interrupts air traffic with other countries without indicating any time frames.


FIDE can not continue the tournament without guarantees for the players' and officials' safe and timely return home. In this situation and on the basis of clause 1.5. Rules of Candidates Tournament, the FIDE President decided to stop the tournament. It will be continued later, with the exact dates to be announced as soon, as the global situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic will allow. As it was stipulated by the special rules agreed with the players before the start of the event, the results of the 7 rounds played remain valid, and the tournament will be resumed in the same composition starting with the games of the 8th round. FIDE is grateful to the players, officials, volunteers and the entire team of organizers, including the Chess Federation of Russia and the main partner of the tournament - SIMA-Land.



Arkady Dvorkovich,

FIDE President

Bolton Chess Club Suspended till further notice.

Posted by Ian on March 20, 2020 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

With new measures in place to close pubs restaurants and cafes .That means we will now be suspending Bolton Chess Club till further notice.

Bolton League Suspended.Till further notice.

Posted by Ian on March 19, 2020 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)



Owing to the prevailing circumstances regarding the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Executive Committee has decided that our best course of action is, regrettably, to suspend all scheduled fixtures, from Tuesday 17th March, until further notice. This decision will be reviewed in due course, when circumstances permit.

Candidates 2020 has started

Posted by Ian on March 17, 2020 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Live games and Live commentary from GM Jan Gusti GM Magnus Carlsen IM Lawrence Trent.

Live Commentary on You Tube

Bolton Easter Chess Congress and Busy Persons 2020 cancelled.

Posted by Ian on March 17, 2020 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Bolton Easter Chess Congress and Busy Persons 2020 cancelled.

MCF Chess League Suspended

Posted by Ian on March 16, 2020 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

MCF Coronavirus advice update 15.03.2020



While Council’s advice issued last week regarding the coronavirus crisis was both sound and sensible, things have been moving very fast and it is already clear that new guidance is required.



The ECF has now recommended that all evening leagues suspend their activities. In response to this, as well as to numerous concerns expressed to the Council of the MCF, and in line with action taken this weekend by other local leagues, it has been decided to suspend the Manchester league for at least the next five weeks, with immediate effect.



It is possible that clubs with matches already arranged for this week might agree to go ahead with them; this will be at their own risk of course, and in such a case the guidance offered by the MCF last week remains relevant.



The next MCF Council meeting is scheduled for Monday 8th June 2020, but the situation will be monitored on a week-by-week basis and clubs will be kept informed of developments.



Best wishes to all.



John Walton (President)


pp the MCF Council

Bolton Chess Club is on the move Monday 23rd March 2020.

Posted by Ian on March 11, 2020 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The YMCA is closing for a long period of redevelopment. It is not yet clear what it will look like when it re-opens.

Bolton Chess Club has negotiated a number of rooms at the Victoria Hall.

Victoria Hall

Knowsley Street



our new venue is accessed from the Castle St car park which charges £1.60 in the evening.

This is a five minute walk from the Bolton YMCA.  Picture of outside the  Venue  Victoria Hall.

The entry fees will remain the same as the Bolton YMCA. Also the club and match nights will remain the same.

Chess for Juniors video section has been updated on the website.

Posted by Ian on March 4, 2020 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Chess for Juniors video section been updated on the website. Two  new videos on the Endgame by WGM Sabina Fosior added key King pawn ending videos. Worth checking out when you get some free time.

Part 1

Part 2

Bolton B beat Radcliffe last night in the Bolton League 3-2

Posted by Ian on March 3, 2020 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Bolton B vs Radcliffe

1. P Hosie 0-1 A Tyton

2.P D patel      0-1 S Hutchinson

3.M Swift         1-0 L Baron

4.G Ash           1-0 G Peters

5.G Cresswell 1-0 J Webster

Match Result  Bolton B beat Radcliffe 3-2