Archive: Minutes of 2005/6 AGM
Minutes of the AGM of the Mid-Sussex Chess League held in the Function Room of the Royal Oak Hotel, Lewes on Tuesday 23rd May 2006
(Secretary and Holt) MJ Reddie
(Match Recorder and Crowborough)
(Chairman and Lewes) MF Tanner
D Stevenson (Treasurer and
Attree (East Grinstead)
(The Args) B
(Haywards Heath) J
(St Francis Hospital) C Jones
J Tuck (Crowborough)
Opening Remarks and Apologies for Absence
The Chairman, Mark Broom, welcomed everyone to the meeting. Apologies for
absence were received from Paul Selby (Holt), David Fryer (Webmaster and East
Grinstead), Julie Denning (Sussex Grader and Horsham; returning from the Channel
Islands had prevented her attendance), and Ian Comley (Horsham). A minute’s
silence was held for Paul Watson of The Holt who died on 7th November.
Minutes of 2005 AGM
The minutes of the 2005 AGM were agreed as being a true record of that meeting. There were no matters arising.
Secretary’s Report and Matters Arising
possibly for the first time ever, did not commence with the traditional
Champions (Hastings) versus The Rest match. This was largely due to the lack of
enthusiasm on the part of the rest. Perhaps it is time to call an end to this
fixture. A discussion point in AOB perhaps.
Many of you will have noticed that the fixtures were less than ideal this year, with big gaps between a team’s matches followed by matches coming in rapid succession. A result of me being pushed for time I’m afraid. There were a number of rescheduled matches and I have had enough feedback to suggest that the first week in the year, when the Hastings Congress is in progress, needs to be free of matches. Still, we have completed the season and that is what matters. Unfortunately we have had 3 teams withdraw from the league this season. Hassocks, my old club, folded before the start of the season. Holt second team, my new club, folded early on in the season, followed by Knoll Knights, the club that I almost joined. I can only imagine the look of trepidation that will appear on people’s faces should I enter their club premises next season expressing a desire to join their club. Aldrington failed to finish to complete their programme of matches defaulting two of them. We wait to see if they can form a team next season.
There is only one issue that I wish to talk about this year, and that is winding the clock back 15 minutes for the next time control. If you realise that the amount of time that you have left is greater than the time left until the end of the playing session, and you have no wish to play any more moves, don't just sit there staring at the board pretending to think about your next move - either play on or tell your opponent that you have no intention of playing another move. That is just courtesy; no-one can force anyone to play at a rate greater than the specified time control, so there’s no need to feel guilty because you played at a very fast rate earlier in the session.
This is my final year as league secretary. Once I’ve finished the minutes of this meeting that will be it. I hope that someone will take over for the sake of the league. I will of course be more than happy to have a proper hand-over. As I said on the web-site there are only 2 really busy periods – you need ideally to have a weekend free in mid-September to produce the fixtures and you need a little time around the AGM to ensure that you produce the secretary’s report and minutes.
4. Treasurer’s Report and Matters Arising
Treasurer presented the meeting with a set of accounts. In view of additional
expenses incurred during the previous season (e.g. the expenditure on David
Roberts gift) Doug suggested the following fees for the 2006/7 season: £27
for division 1; £21 for divisions 2 and 3; £23 for division 4; no change for
the Knock Out Competition (£5).
were asked why the higher rate for division 4 to which Doug explained that this
was down to the amount of games played in that divisions in the previous season.
Given that division 4 is currently the same size as divisions 2 and 3, Mark
Broom suggested that the fees for divisions 2,3 and 4 should be a uniform £22.
This was accepted.
Match Recorder’s Report and Matters Arising
The Match Recorder reported
that the first division had a very exciting finish with Crowborough 1 denying
Brighton 1 the title by beating them in the last game of the season despite
being a player short. Hastings retained their title. Hastings 2 won promotion to
Division 1 – their third consecutive promotion. Mark Attree pointed out that
East Grinstead could end up with 3 teams in the 4th division, but the
Secretary assured him that he expected that this would be avoided. Don explained
that the match East Grinstead 4 v Horsham 4 was 2½-2½ due to Horsham 4 using a
player who had lost his 4th team status. Crowborough won the KO
beating Lewes 3½-2½ in the final despite the significant grading advantage
enjoyed by Lewes.
Presentation of Trophies
Chairman handed trophies to the league’s divisional team winners and to the
individual’s with the best scores in each of the divisions. Hastings 1
received the Mowatt Cup (division 1 champions), Hastings 2 the Gregory Cup
(division 2 winners), Crowborough 3 the Division 3 Cup, and Horsham 4 the
Division 4 Cup. Mel Young of Hastings won the overall Best Player Tankard with a
100% score, and picked up the division 2 tankard. The tankard for division 1 was
won by John Sugden (Hastings), division 3 by David Curtis (Haywards Heath), and
division 4 by Julie Denning (Horsham).
Election of Officers
The following officers were re-elected unanimously:
Mark Broom (despite offering to resign!)
/KO Cup organiser
vacant following the resignation of Richard Johnson
John Herbert (replacing Paul Selby who resigned)
County Secretary’s report
Whilst their was no official report, Bernard Cafferty reported that Paul Watson’s job as County Secretary will be covered by Robert Williams, and that Marc Bryant has resigned from his role of representing Mid-Sussex. The ECF and Southern Counties Website can be looked at for more information, including the roles of Douglas Opie and Peter Kemp.
Adjudication Secretary’s report and matters arising
Bernard Cafferty, on behalf of the adjudication secretary, informed the meeting that just 7 positions had been sent in, one of which had led to a successful appeal.
Champions versus the Rest
would be happy to hold a Champions versus the Rest match before the start of the
next season and it will be up to the new secretary to arrange the ‘Rest’
Any Other Business
13.2.1: Best Match
Average Tankard – The individual who, during the season, has the best
percentage in all League matches [excluding additional matches], having
played in at least seven such matches. Any games played between eligible and
ineligible players are treated as defaults for the purposes of Best Match
Average calculation. If two or more players have equal best percentages, then,
the trophy shall be shared.
The above rule should be changed to bring it into line with 13.2.2:
Change “having played in at least
seven such matches” to “having played in at least three-quarters of their
Proposed by the Secretary
Secretary explained that this would enable the spirit of the rule to be applied
without having a complex rule written down. He expects that if a player plays,
e.g., 4 games out of 8 for the second team and 3 out of 8 for the first team
that this would qualify as ¾ of the required games. ¾ should be based on the
number of games that the team the player is nominated for is scheduled to play
e.g. 4/8 for the second team plus 2/11 for the first team should count as ¾.
was seconded by Jonathan Tuck, and voted nem com.
8.1: Before play
begins: Immediately before a match, team captains shall: (1)
exchange names of team players; (2) toss for colours, the winner's team
taking either White or Black on the odd-numbered boards
Change “toss for colours, the
winner's team taking either White or Black on the odd-numbered boards” to
“the away team has white on odd boards in all matches”.
Note that this will require deletions (anything in
italics) to the following rules
home team should be ready to play by 7.30pm. An away team whose members are all
present shall be entitled to insist that the match commences at or after 7.30
pm, even if the home team is incomplete, and may accordingly toss for
colours with any member of the home club and start the clocks thereafter.
away team should be ready to play by 7.45pm. The home team shall be entitled to
insist that the match commences at or after 7.45pm.
no member of a team is present by 7.45pm, then the non-attending team shall be
deemed to have lost the toss.
Cafferty argued eloquently in favour of the motion, citing that we were about
the only league in the country that didn’t practise this to avoid teams having
a surplus of “whites”. He dismissed the objection that this would result in
advanced preparation against known opponents as “part of chess”. Dennis
Collard stated that uncertainty in terms of what colour you were going to get is
all part of the fun.
Cannon reported that his (large) club, Horsham had voted 11-2 against the motion
with one abstention.
Broom staunchly spoke against the motion citing preparation, fiddling (e.g.
always make sure that George gets black), if you are board 1 and can only play
at home that means you only have the black pieces, and by extension, if the rest
of the team is always the same, people always end up with the same colour.
Stevenson noting that this was a first division wish suggested that the proposal
should be amended for the first division only.
Broom suggested that we should first have a vote to see whether we should treat
division 1 differently from the rest. This vote was carried 13-12.
amendment was now voted on and this was defeated 10-11.
For protocol the amendment applied to divisions 2 through 4 was voted on and this was defeated 4-14.
followed an exchange about the value/inconvenience of playing on Fridays. There
is little that can be done about this except for the secretary to be aware of
it, and if possible, schedule those teams who don’t like playing on Friday’s
to play Friday teams at home, whilst ensuring that this does not distort the
home/away ratio for any team.
chairman duly declared the meeting over at 9.40 p.m. to which there was an
enthusiastic thank you expressed to the departing secretary for his years in the