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.
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.
Members may now view the Register of Members for 2018/19, which is now published under the ‘Register of Members’ tab of this website. This is valid with effect from 1 October 2018. The register will be kept up to date with new members added (if any) from time to time.
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.
TAKE NOTICE that, with the exception of Thornaby Chess Club:
(1) consent to publication of the contact details for the relevant officer for each other club within ‘CCA Clubs’ is outstanding. It is considered that GDPR requires an authority by email (to be sent to the Secretary in the absence of a Webmaster in post) directly from the member concerned setting out the contact particulars he/she consents to be published. An email from a third party is unacceptable. Note that the contact details so supplied are likely to be reproduced in the ECF’s Yearbook for next year;
(2) consent to publication of the contact details for the relevant club officer to be entered under ‘Team Captains’ is outstanding. It is considered that GDPR requires an authority by email (to be sent to the Match Organiser in the absence of a Webmaster in post) directly from the member concerned setting out his/her contact particulars. An email from a third party is unacceptable. This matter requires immediate attention given the proximity of the commencement of league fixtures. The Match Organiser will not act as an intermediary to arrange fixtures or the like if a Team Captain does not present his details for publication on the website.
AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that the contact particulars provided as above will remain displayed on the website on a roll-over basis (i.e. year on year) and until notification is received either that a club officer’s details should be amended or that another member has taken over his/her office or that the latter office has become redundant. Accordingly, the extensive administrative exercise introduced by GDPR for members this season need not be repeated generally every year.
CCA membership subscriptions (@ £3 per annum per member) for the period 1/9/18 to 31/8/19 should be remitted by cheque payable to ‘Cleveland Chess Association’ c/o: The Treasurer, 11 Larch Court, Yarm, TS15 9FN.
Such payments must be accompanied by a list of the members intended to be registered in the form stipulated in the notice published by the Secretary on 14/8/18. It is considered that GDPR makes this formality necessary for compliance.
The Association holds funds in credit for the following clubs: Darlington = £31.00; Great Ayton = £50.00; Middlesbrough = £12.00; and Thornaby = £18.00.
Registration as a member of the Cleveland Chess Association is a pre-requisite of eligibility to play in its competitions together with direct membership of the English Chess Federation for grading purposes.
Entries are now invited for this season’s Cleveland Individual Tournament.
Subject to the number of entries received I propose to retain the seven round format for the competition.
Please note that it is FREE to enter and gives you the chance to play against a wide range of members whom you may not ordinarily meet during team competition.
Entries should reach me (via firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday 24th September, stating name, e-mail address, home and mobile telephone numbers, and your ECF grading as per the July 2018 grading list (August revision). This grade will be used for the whole tournament.