We are currently adapting to the coronavirus by shifting play online. We have a “virtual clubhouse” on the Discord platform and have begun club play through the lichess.org server. The club has been meeting virtually on Thursdays at 7:30 pm, although the Discord server does not close..
We do need to know real names. We’re inviting players over 16 years old in the Central Illinois region (Bloomington/Normal, Pontiac, Minonk/El Paso, Peoria, Lincoln, Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, Paxton, Chatworth, or close enough) and/or prior connection with BNCC/TCCC to join us! If you’re wondering, email us! If you can’t join us we’ll try and find something that does work.
There are others in the Bloomington/Normal region providing opportunities for local study and play for those under 16. For younger/scholastic players, club member Joseph Alford is running lessons with younger players online, and is in the process of establishing a team on lichess.org and other options. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!
We completed our first “Virtual Tournament”, a proof-of-concept 3 round unrated G/60 in April. Our next main one-round-per-week tournament is planned for June. You can keep up with the current events and games through the Games page.
We hope you’ll be able to join us!