The draw for the semi-finals of the Jeremy Burnett Plate competition has now been made. The draw was carried out by the children attending Thornaby’s CSC library group on 15/2/20. Click on the ‘KO cup’ tab above to view.
Please note the deadline to complete the semi-final is the same as that for the Tom Wise cup and is 24/4/20.
The ECF have now published the January 2020 grading list. Please click on the ‘Grading’ tab above and then the link for the ECF grading database.
The new grades should be used to determine board order only and I expect all captains to have adopted them by 14/2/20. Between now and then I will accept results reported to me using either database, but not a mixture of both within a team.
It may interest members to know that the ECF intend to publish the new Elo grades alongside the existing ones, in anticipation of a switch to them, as well as monthly updates, in the near future. Please be aware that these grades are currently for interest only and will have no practical use for the remainder of this current season.
It is hoped to have more concrete information from the ECF, re the timescale for full implementation of four digit grades, in advance of this year’s AGM, so that members can make an informed decision on how they will be used within the Association.
The LMS is progressing nicely in line with the CCA website results and tables. Has anyone been following things on the LMS?
Following the passing of Keith Smith it seems likely the facility that he set up for us on the CCA website will be turned off in the near future. We’re just not sure when this might be. In the meantime captains are asked to keep submitting the results in the normal way, but the LMS can be used as a back up should this happen.
The LMS does have some nice features, such as being able to check on individual grading performances as the season progresses and displaying the KO cup tournaments in the traditional KO style (just look under ‘league tables’ for this).
In addition to the league and KO cup fixtures, the LMS is also being used by Dave Baillie this season to display the pairings for the Individual competition.
If anyone has any comments to make I will be interested to hear them and you could e-mail me on this link Brian Whitaker to do this.
Just a reminder that the second opportunity to play those KO cup fixtures is coming up shortly. There is a break in the league fixtures, week commencing 27/1/20.
It had been intended that most first round Jeremy Burnett Plate matches be played in the first break in November, but not many teams took up the opportunity. With eight teams now left in that competition, captains may find it difficult to arrange their semi-final matches, especially if their teams consist of players from the B division and one of the other divisions. The only other chance being the week of Easter Monday, in April.
I urge you all to play as many KO cup matches as you can in this spare week.
It is with regret that the Executive have to announce that CCA Chairman Sean Cassidy has resigned from post with immediate effect. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Sean not only for his efforts as Chair and previously as Match Organiser but also for his unstinting good humour and ability to keep his head whilst all about were losing theirs. Thank you.
In his stead the Executive have co-opted Andrew French (Great Ayton) as acting Chairman until the next AGM and we would like to welcome him aboard and wish him well in his new role.
There have been some recent changes to car parking at Thornaby town centre, which may cause an inconvenience to some members visiting the club. The main car parks are now monitored by number plate recognition cameras and people parking in them are now required to pay a £1 fee if they are parked there longer than three hours. Unfortunately, the only way to pay is via a mobile phone app that you need to download to your smartphone.
As an alternative members are advised that I have secured parking for chess players at the nearby Thornaby Methodist church on Stanstead Way. There is a footpath in front of the car park which leads straight through to the shopping centre and brings you out to the area in front of the Asda supermarket.
If people are challenged by church staff they should just say that they are visiting Thornaby Chess club at the Pavilion complex.
Please see map below for an indication of the location of the church.
Should members require further information then it is advised that you contact the team captain of the team you are playing.