To tie in with the new ECF grades released today, Hammersmith Chess Club is proud to launch an equally new (and sparkly) scheme to support our members. With any luck we should see collective grades receive a boost too! We introduce our HCC Buddy Programme…
To complement our wide range of in-house training sessions, another useful way to improve your chess is if you have someone to turn to for that little bit of extra support throughout the season. That might be someone who’s happy to review your annotated games, or who can give you a few helpful tips following club tournaments. Obviously, it helps if that person is:
- A little stronger than you
- Willing to help (nothing more annoying than feeling you’re bugging someone!)
That’s where our Buddy Programme steps in. We’re looking to pair up willing volunteers who’ll be happy to maintain that 1-2-1 connection across the season. How that pair interacts following the pairing is entirely up to them – we’ll just act as the mechanism to put like minded people together!
What do we need from you? Please let us know – no later than Sunday 5th February – if you’d:
- Like to offer your services as a Buddy
- Like to be paired with a Buddy who can support you
- Or if you’d like to put yourself forward to do both! I hope a number of people will fall into this camp
We’ll be able to confirm pairings on Monday 6th February. Suggest these run until the Summer and then we can review again.
And please, don’t fall into the trap of thinking “I’m only graded X, I won’t be able to help anyone”. That’s nonsense! The best way to learn is from someone who’s only slightly better than you.
The scheme will be administered by Dave Lambert – please send all replies, comments or suggestions in his direction at firstname.lastname@example.org