I have updated the team captains page with the names of the various K.O. cup captains, where I have them. I will add new names as soon as the various clubs send me the details. Please remember that I will need their permission to publish their details if they are not league captains.
The pairings for the first rounds of this season’s K.O. cup competitions are now on line. Click on the K.O. cup link above to view.
The draw was made by Sean Cassidy who happened to be visiting Billingham Synthonia chess club when I was there yesterday.
The first two teams drawn were for the preliminary round of the Tom Wise Memorial cup, which is necessary due to there being five entries in this tournament. This means, of course, that the first round proper of the Tom Wise Memorial is actually the semi-final.
The Jeremy Burnett plate competition has the ideal number of eight entries.
I will be publishing the names of the various captains as soon as I have them all in – plus of course the necessary permissions for me to publish from each one. N.B. If you are already a captain in the league then there is no need to e-mail me your consent again.
Please pay heed to the deadlines stated by the pairings.
Can I please reinforce the importance to all our playing members of making sure that your ECF fees are up to date.
I would like to draw your attention to rule 4.2.3 which states that “Any game played in competitions organised by the Association by a Member who is not a direct member of the E.C.F. (and thereby entitled to be graded by it for that game) shall be treated as having been defaulted to his opponent Member…”
Unfortunately we have already had several teams this season who have fallen foul of this rule, resulting in some players games being defaulted and, in one case, the match result being reversed!
Might I also suggest that team captains verify their team members’ ECF membership information by visiting http://www.englishchess.org.uk and clicking on the link on the RHS of main page under ‘ECF member finder’.
This is the only facility I have to check ECF membership.
Brian Whitaker, Match Organiser and Chair.
I regret to inform our members that our Match Organiser, Dave Edmunds, has decided to resign his post with immediate effect.
This is unfortunate at this critical point in the season, but please be assured the season will continue! I would like to send out a request to all members to give consideration as to whether or not they think they can fulfil this critical role as part of the Executive team this season. Can any interested party please contact me, Brian Whitaker, on e-mail: email@example.com or ph. 07506181549.
In the meantime can I ask that all queries regarding the league or K.O. cup be sent to me also. I will be carrying out the main functions of the role until a willing volunteer can be found.
Finally I would like to thank Dave for all his hard work over the last several years in this role.
Brian Whitaker, Chairman CCA
The CCA Exec is pleased to announce that Peter Archer has kindly stepped forward to fill the role of grader for the 2018/19 season. Welcome on board Peter! Peter’s details will be added to the CCA officers section shortly.
The position of webmaster is still vacant however, so if anyone has the necessary IT skills and can set aside a small amount of time to keep the website up to date during the season, then please let myself or Philip Mitcheson know as soon as possible.
For personal reasons the CCA webmaster and grader has had to resign from both positions. The CCA executive would like to thank Paul for his excellent work over the last year and we certainly appreciate that taking on two positions must not have been easy.
Kindly, Paul has agreed to re-publish the July 2018 grading list once the issue over missing results has been resolved. The situation at the moment is that Paul is still awaiting advice from the National Grader.
If anyone feels that they can offer their services in either of these roles can they please forward their expressions of interest to either Brian Whitaker or Philip Mitcheson (contact details under the ‘CCA officers’ link to right of this page).
Please navigate to the CCA Mins page to view the Chairman’s report for the 2018 CCA AGM
Following on from the announcements made on this website back in August, re C.S.C.’s expansion into local libraries, this is to let all members know that Thornaby library is the latest one to come on board.
The Middlesbrough and Stockton library sessions have proved to be a great success with several attendees joining some of our clubs this season.
The Thornaby sessions will commence on Saturday 3rd February and will run from 10AM – noon. The sessions will be run by Brian Whitaker and it is intended that they will be a mixture of casual games and tuition, with the make-up of the group largely dictating the course of events.
If you know of anyone in the Thornaby area who is thinking of taking up chess, but perhaps finds the prospect of joining a formal club too harrowing, then why not send them along? Of course everyone is welcome and your support would certainly be appreciated.
Click on the CSC link to the right of this notice for posters advertising the three libraries and feel free to print off copies for your clubs.
The Executive and officers of the CCA would like to wish all members and their families a very merry Christmas and a successful and prosperous 2018.
Many of you will already be aware of the great work Sean Marsh has been doing over the years, bringing chess to schoolchildren in our area through C.S.C. But were you aware that C.S.C. are now trying to increase the community aspect of the work they do? A new project has been set up in the Teesside area through C.S.C. using local libraries to run chess educational sessions. Initially focussed on Middlesbrough and Stockton central libraries, but with plans to expand to more, the sessions run from 10AM – noon at Middlesbrough and 1PM-3PM at Stockton, every Saturday. This project is the first of its kind and it is hoped will benefit CCA, CSC, local chess clubs and local libraries.
I have attended two sessions now at Stockton and I have to say that the initiative seems to be a great success with around a dozen attendees at each.
We are always complaining about the dwindling numbers in our clubs so it’s nice to see something positive happening to attract newcomers to our world. Well done to Sean Marsh, Sean Cassidy, David Smith and Paul Weightman for their efforts in this excellent new initiative.
Brian Whitaker, CCA Chairman