And . . . . why not start it off with a nice rapidplay tournament for a bit of practice? This Sunday the 7th will see the Richmond Rapidplay return in its 79th incarnation down in Hampton, and you can click here for more details or here for the PDF entry form. I'll be there, trying to work out just how rusty I've gotten over the summer.
And here are some photographs from the last one, supplied by our man on the spot Vad, who'll also be playing this Sunday.
Familiar faces . . .
Tough competition (click to enlarge) . . .
The tournament hall in action . . .
Time-scrambles, crowds - inevitable!
PS. The final post in the "Improve Your Chess" series will appear tomorrow, rather than today.