The officers of the CCA would like to wish all our members a very merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy and successful new year
The CCA Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Sean Cassidy has agreed to take over the duties of Match Organiser for the remainder of the 2018/19 season. Welcome on board Sean.
Sean’s appointment is by co-option under article 6.3 of the Constitution.
Sean has agreed to commence his new position on Monday 12th November.
Brian Whitaker, CCA chair.
To all team captains whose clubs have teams in both the Jeremy Burnett Plate and The Tom Wise K.O. cup.
Now is a good time to remind you all that the deadline of Jan 18th 2019 for the initial matches to be played is fast approaching.
Seems far away, right? Not really. When you consider we are just entering what is probably the busiest time of the year socially and in work related matters it soon becomes apparent that time is passing us by.
The chess calendar is also already very busy. Then we should consider the weather, There could be league matches that have to be postponed and rearranged, all taking up valuable calendar space. If you have already arranged a date for your matches, I thank you, if not, now really is a good time.
Sean Cassidy. CCA Match Organiser.
The league tables are now up to date. Many thanks to Keith Smith for carrying out the necessary amendments.
Can I urgently draw the attention of all team captains to rule 6.1.2 of the league rules.
This rule allows a team captain to arrange a short notice postponement with their opposition captain when unfortunate circumstances arise. I would recommend that team captains familiarise themselves with all the rules under clause 6 of The Rules, so that they know what their rights are when they are in this situation, as failure to arrange a postponement and simply abandoning the match will mean that not only will you be deemed to have lost that match 5-0 (4-0 for the C division) but your team will also be deducted three league points as per rule 6.6!
Your opposition captain is not obliged to accept your request for a postponement without your team suffering a one match point penalty, but this is surely better than losing 5-0 and being deducted three match points.
A basic principle underlying the rules is that they are designed to encourage the playing of chess and therefore abandoning games is not considered a desirable option.
Brian Whitaker, Match Organiser and Chair.
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.