Hello and welcome to the relaunch of The Bristol Chess Times! I know what some of you are thinking…”relaunch Jon?…Bristol Chess Times?”.
Long term stalwarts of the Bristol & District Chess League will remember The Bristol Chess Times as a printed magazine that came out several times a year featuring articles and game compilations from the local league and tournaments. Unfortunately The Bristol Chess Times ran its last print edition some time in the early 2000’s and lets face it, its never been replaced. The league has sorely missed it.
As the incoming Publicity and Recruitment Officer for the Bristol & District Chess league its my responsibility (and passion) to pull together our community and bolster our ranks. To welcome and attract players to all clubs and give newcomers to the league the welcome the deserve. Ive played in the Bristol & District Chess League since 2004 and a more loyal, committed bunch of woodpushers I have yet to meet. But I also feel that the sense of community I feel when I visit all of the clubs also needs a voice to rally around. A voice to share our masterpieces and our blunders. A voice to share our relegation woes and our promotion hopes. A voice to announce our joy at the drubbing we just gave Downend (ahem, sorry I mean local rival).
Enter The Bristol Chess Times…
From today, The Bristol Chess Times will be promoting and pushing fresh new content about our 110yr old league! Here you will find a wide range of chess content including (but not limited too):
- Weekly round ups of all the divisions results in the Bristol & District Chess League;
- Interesting game reviews submitted by readers (that means you!)
- Overviews of Tournaments and upcoming events
- Updates from the Chess in Schools programme and other local chess initiatives
- Articles on the league and hot topics of debate (increments anyone?)
- Anything else that you want to be covered
To be clear our objectives are twofold:
- Build the best local community for league chess in the UK
- Encourage and attract new players of all abilities to the Bristol & District Chess League
“Thats great Jon! How can I help?” I hear you all cry.
At the time of writing we are just in the process of setting up The Bristol Chess Times so now is the time to engage. We are looking for contributors to the magazine, whether that is a one off or a regular feature writer. The above list of topic ideas should help get you all thinking about how and what you could contribute. For example, Mike Harris from Horfield Chess Club is very tempted by a monthly column called “Mucking around on the Dark Squares”, although we all agree we probably need to work on the title of that one!
I am the editor of the magazine so any questions or requests then fire them at me to firstname.lastname@example.org
If the journalistic fever has not taken you over just yet, then you can still help us by simply engaging and sharing the content that The Bristol Chess Times produces. Commenting and sharing goes a long way to increasing the visibility of the league and thus helps recruitment.
Im sure I will write more in good time but for now I wanted to get us going and celebrate the rebirth of The Bristol Chess Times.
Thank you for reading, together we can do this!
Jon is the Editor of The Bristol Chess Times and Publicity and Recruitment Officer for The Bristol & District Chess League. He plays for Horfield Chess Club and has been known to play 1. b3 on occasion.