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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Summer Programme 2013

Following on from the closure of the survey. I've just published the first iteration of this year's Summer Programme. You can find it here, or via the home page.

You'll notice that while the dates are confirmed, several events are not, as indicated by an asterisk (*). If you plan to be selective about which events to attend, do check back regularly.

If you have any comments or questions about the programme, do get in touch.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Summer Programme: Survey Results

Many thanks to all those who participated in the survey. I intend to publish the programme soon, but in the meantime, here are the survey results.

Question 1: You were asked which of a list of events you would attend. Responses were as follows.

EventScore
Blitz tournament (from 5 to 15 minutes)90%
Coaching from our top players80%
Simultaneous Exhibition with one of our top players80%
Simultaneous Exhibition with a Master80%
Rapidplay tournament (15 to 25 minutes)80%
Lightning tournament (move on the buzzer)80%
Thematic tournament80%
Gambit tournament80%
Coaching from a Master70%
Fischer Random (Chess960) tournament70%
Puzzles evening70%
Time handicap tournament (strong players have less time)60%
Piece handicap tournament (strong players have fewer pieces)40%

No alternative activities were suggested. As expected, very few of you would have been happy to pay more than the customary £1 unless a GM was involved.

Question 2: For Rapidplay and Blitz tournaments, you were asked which time controls you'd be happy to play.

Time ControlScore
15-minutes (5 games)80%
05-minutes (10+ games)50%
20-minutes (4 games)50%
25-minutes (3 games)50%
10-minutes (7 games)40%

Question 3: Lastly, you were also asked if I should collect your preferences this way in the future.

Should I collect views like this again?Score
Definitely90%
Don't mind10%
I suppose so0%
I'd rather you didn't0%
Heck no0%

Thanks again for being involved. Check back again soon to see the programme.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Summer Programme Survey

We still have a very small number of responses, and certainly not enough to warrant inviting a titled player for either coaching or a simul. If that's what you're hoping for but haven't responded, now is the time! There are only a few questions, and you'll be done in a couple of minutes.

Click to Take the Survey