Year Book 2018-19 Contents
Calendar of Events – Results/Reports
Northern Counties Chess Union AGM
The NCCU AGM was held at Bradford Latvian Club, Clifton Villas, Bradford, on Saturday 29/06/2019. Yorkshire delegates present were Rupert Jones and David Mills, with Steve Mann (who had brought a trophy, taking over from Rupert when the latter had to depart play an innings in a cricket match! Proceedings were conducted in a relaxed way, with no need at any stage for people to stick hands up to vote on any contentious issues. The slight blemish on proceedings was an absence of refreshments, due to communication difficulties encountered.
Much of the business was of a routine nature, including presentation of trophies, with Yorkshire receiving the Open team trophy (see below) and the U-120 team trophy (see below) from NCCU president Bill O’Rourke. David Mills took photographs of trophies being presented (except the one to himself!).
County competition rules have been tidied up. In particular, at the instigation of Steve Mann, the final clause of rule 3d, which earlier in the season had caused some YCA officers some confusion as they had assumed it carried some meaning, was removed as superfluous.
Officers remain broadly as before, except that Bryan Bainbridge took over as team competition controller.
Peter Cloudsdale, though he may not know it yet, is expected to be asked to assume organising the U16 Pennine Cup competition this coming season.
It had been Yorkshire’s turn to provide a nomination for a school to receive a British Chess Education Trust Award, and had nominated Ackworth School, Pontefract. This has been passes on to BCET, and it is now in their hands.
The Durham congress was allowed to “queue jump” the rota for the next hosting of the NCCU Individual Championships, as it had requested, with a slight knock-on effect on the rota.
There was expression of the traditional consternation at the continuing rises in ECF membership fees, needed by the ECF to fund what is in itself a laudable programme, but which not all players feel moved to fund. The recurrent idea of trying to squeeze more money, even capital, from trust funds was mentioned though it was realised some fact-gathering was needed before ideas were pursued. (See here for information about the trust funds being referred to.)
The December meeting is expected to be on 7th December 2019. There had earlier been discussion as the whether the AGM might better be held in late August or early September, though that would presumably call into question timing of the “December” meeting.
Steve Mann receives the Moore Trophy (Open team championship) on behalf of Yorkshire
David Mills receives the O’ Hara Trophy (U-120 team championship) as team captain
General view before start of meeting