|MINUTES OF CLEVELAND CHESS ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE MEETING
Ist March 2006, The Queen’s Head, Stokesley
The President opened proceedings by announcing the death of Jeremy Burnett, a long time member of Billingham Synthonia Chess Club and a Cleveland Chess
stalwart. A minute’s silence was held.
PRESENT: David Smith (Middlesbrough), Joe Richardson (Stokesley), Dennis Sawdon (Upper Eskdale), Stuart
Morgan (Guisborough), Frank Boagey, David Smith, Graham Matthews (Hartlepool), Graeme Edwards (Billingham Synthonia), Mike Creaney (CCA Grader, Billingham Synthonia),
Steve Dauber (Treasurer, Elmwood), Gerry Walsh (President, Eston and Normanby), Ray Pallister (League Organiser, Middlesbrough), Steve Dauber (Treasure, Elmwood), Phil
Semp (CCA Secretary, Stokesley)
APOLOGIES: Steve Henderson
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING: The minutes of the meeting of 21st September 2005 were accepted as a
*Gerry Walsh produced a verbal report of ELF membership as of its previous meeting.
*Since the previous meeting, Mike Creaney had agreed to become County Grader.
*It was agreed that The Plate be named after Jeremy Burnett
*The enforcement of the rule concerning making a move before writing it down has overwhelmingly been implemented by individuals. Also, it was
reported that mobile phones have been switched off during play.
*The Northern Counties scheme has been an overwhelming success, with more than 1600 members being signed up
and about £3000 going to ECF. However, it was pointed out that individuals need to sign a form agreeing to ECF membership, as well as that currently coming from
Northern Counties. This is a once a lifetime activity. Failure to sign the form will result in individuals being barred from the British Championship, even if they
have paid their ECF subs. It could also affect an individual’s International Grading.
*There is a problem with renewal dates. Some people joined separately at dates other than those of the Northern Membership scheme. This is yet to be
*There is an issue concerning whether or not ECF dues go through the NCCU or directly to the ECF. This will need to be discussed at the AGM in June.
LEAGUE ORGANISER’S REPORT:
* There have recently been concerns regarding the interpretation of the Rules by the Organiser. Ray said that
he had interpreted these to the best of his ability, given that they were not a model of total clarity e.g. the docking of a point from Elmwood for late payment of
subs. If people believe he is wrong, he would rather they say it directly to his face than use other sources such as the Cleveland website.
It was agreed that, in view of the ambiguities, it would be useful to initiate a discussion of the Rules immediately and for the officers to present
a re-worked version for consideration by the AGM.
*Some emails sent to members have been batted back. It would help if any changes to email address were to be communicated to Ray and/or the
CCA SECRETARY’S REPORT:
*Minutes and agendas would be sent out
electronically, where people have email addresses, and would be sent by post to those who do not.
*Re-iteration of emails being batted back.
*20 copies of the ECF Yearbook, which is about to be published, have been ordered and there will be a half page display of Cleveland League tables
and Cup results.
*So far there have been no problems. It would help the Grader if Club Championship game results are sent in
as they happen. The President pointed out that the more graded games there are, the more voting rights accrue to a given Association at the ECF…
* There is a problem concerning the grading of new players so far without a grade. It was agreed that a player would be given an estimated grade
after playing 5 games.
Steve reported that the balance was stronger than ever, with a surplus for the season of over £3200. There were 175 affiliated members as against
the previous season’s 160.
*It was agreed to nominate Ormesby Secondary School for an award. They have recruited 65 members to their chess club and have made tremendous
efforts to publicise chess in the area.
*Gerry Walsh has been appointed as a Senior Arbiter in the coming Chess Olympics and will be in the running for Vice-President of the European
*Congratulations to Richard Hall. He is now an International Correspondence Chess Master and has qualified to play in any international tournament
to be held in the next five years.
*It was reported that Middlesbrough Congress did not take place due to lack of personnel to staff it. There is to be a new Civic Centre in
Middlesbrough and the Council are keen on chess events taking place there. The President has agreed, but help must be forthcoming in order for these to become a