we got there! The Yorkshire League "comeback" season has
been completed, despite the wobble around New Year when we thought new
restrictions might be coming in. I would like to congratulate the
following teams on their victories:
has been scheduled for Saturday 18th June, likely at the Ilkley Chess
Centre and an email from the YCA secretary will confirm arrangements in due
season actually marks a milestone; believe it or not this June will mark
the 10th anniversary as my election as controller. I started with the
near impossible task of succeeding Stuart Johnson and I have in the main,
greatly enjoyed it. I am proposing to put myself at the service of
the YCA in June, however due to (twice postponed) concerts falling on the
Saturdays on either side and having a job that requires weekend working I
am likely to be apologies for the AGM as getting three consecutive
Saturdays off work will be impossible.
STRUCTURE FOR 2022-23
be grateful if all clubs could confirm by SATURDAY 14TH MAY how many teams
they wish to enter in the league. There was an understanding that
teams that chose not to enter last September could take up their places the
following year, due to the circumstances of the time. This may necessitate
some shuffling of division sizes, however no team eligible for promotion
will be denied it. Once the consultation period elapses, I will set out a
proposed structure, together with dates, that the AGM can either accept or
amend as they see fit (the decision rests with them, not me).
seems ages ago now but it was only in 2019 that incremental time controls
were introduced in the Woodhouse Cup and made optional in the two lower
divisions. It seemed likely that there would have been a proposal to
make the league fully digital the following year, had the AGM taken place.
Given that digital clocks have become more prevalent now I intend to
propose that the 110+10 time control takes primacy although the old 42 in
105 with a 15 minute quickplay finish will still exist if digital clocks
are not available.
will be some cosmetic changes necessary to bring the rules in line with the
move to four-digit ratings and also clarify what list should be used for
board order purposes (my suggestion will be that either the rating list at
the time of the match or the start of season list is used - some clubs
prefer to keep the same board order all year round).
want to propose that in the case of a match being postponed the following
rules come in to force (a formal rewording of the rules for the AGM to vote
on will follow).
a) If a
postponement is agreed the team that requests the postponement must contact
the opposing team within two weeks and offer two alternative dates which
the opposing team may choose from. If a date cannot be agreed then the
controller will set a date which will be binding and if no contact is made
within two weeks the other team will have the option of claiming a default.
team that requests a postponement cannot then benefit from any defaulted
boards on the day of the rearranged match, provided these are communicated
24 hours in advance.