At the beginning of June, the British Championship management team had almost completed negotiations at an excellent new venue, a conference centre in Southport. Unfortunately, in July, the team were contacted with the information that the management there had reviewed the proposed contract and would need to change it to a ‘much higher rate’. This would have made the congress financially unviable.
With our alternative venue having already fallen through, this left the team in a difficult position.
After contacting several possible venues, mostly recent venues who had expressed an interest in hosting the competitions again, we have negotiated a return to Torquay for next year’s British Championships. Returning to the same venue is not without precedent, with Eastbourne having been the venue for 1990 and 1991.
Returning to the same venue for a second consecutive year is not ideal. The British Championship should move around the countries. This year has proved exceptional, even for these uncertain times, and a return to Torquay is the best option currently open to us.
A further complication for 2020 is the timing of the Olympiad, which starts in Russia on the 1st August and means that the British Championship will need to finish earlier than usual. This has the unfortunate consequence that the tournaments would clash with the last week of the school term in many areas of the country. It has been decided to temporarily return to a 2 week festival with the junior sections following the main British Championships. A schedule for the festival is available here. Further events will be added in the second week.