FROM YCA AGM
– 6.20PM LINDLEY LIBERAL CLUB
ROAD, LINDLEY, HUDDERSFIELD HD3 3EQ
Present: Jim Burnett, Jon Griffith, Noel
Stewart, Andrew Zigmond, Stephen Burton, Steve Mann, David Mills, Jeremy
Hamm, Steve Westmoreland, Peter Cloudsdale, Rupert Jones, Dave Colledge,
Tony Slinger, Paul Johnson, Peter Shaw, Simon Watson, Paul Gelder, Leo
Keely, Brendan Briggs, Joe Varley
Absence: Dan Staples, David Baren, Peter Catt, David Patrick, Peter Ackley,
Neville Pearce, Andrew Daley
Minutes from 2018
AGM were agreed.
Matters arising from
AGM 2018 are covered in these minutes.
Matters arising from
Executive Committee meeting 25.4.19 are also covered here.
These will be found on Steve Mann’s website – the official website of YCA.
NB. When it came to the report on
Correspondence Chess, Steve Westmoreland raised a matter on behalf of the
English Federation for Correspondence Chess Inter-Nation Secretary,
concerning two Yorkshire teams being entered into a Welsh
International organised event as Red Rose A and B. They
should be under White Rose, not Lancashire. It was requested that this be
Matter to be taken this up with
the Controller for Correspondence Chess.
[Post-meeting it was found the teams were entered as “White Rose”, which
was erroneously set up on the server by the organiser as “Red Rose” which
supposedly could not then be edited on the server.]
Other Reports, ie.
White Rose Junior Chess Academy, Yorkshire Junior Chess League, and Chess
in Schools and Communities, will also be found on Steve Mann’s website.
Woodhouse Cup went to York RI A
team, accepted by Paul Johnson
IM Brown Shield went to
Calderdale A, accepted by Dave Colledge
Silver Rook Trophy went to
Pontefract, accepted by Stephen Burton
The Hardcastle Shield (for
services to Yorkshire Chess), went to David Baren, accepted on his behalf
by Peter Cloudsdale
The Avison and Kitchin trophies
weren’t presented at the meeting.
The Yorkshire Individual
Championship Trophy went to Jim Burnett, amusingly presented by Jim Burnett
(as President) to Jim Burnett (as winner), and then presented for the
second time, slightly more formally by Jon Griffith to Jim Burnett.
PRESIDENT: Jim Burnett
DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Rupert Jones
SECRETARY & MINUTES
SECRETARY: Dale Cullum
TREASURER: Stephen Burton
COMPETITIONS CONTROLLER: Andrew
SECRETARY FOR JUNIOR CHESS: Noel
CONTROLLER FOR CORRESPONDENCE
CHESS: Phill Beckett
GRADER: Steve Mann
Open: Peter Ackley
U180: not decided as
U160: Rupert Jones
U140: David Mills
U120: David Mills
U100: Harry Feather
NB. Some interesting stories were
told about the various adventures of our county teams, but the most
noteworthy fact was that the U120 team won the Northern Counties
Championship beating Nottinghamshire (a stronger team on grades) by a
whopping 10.5 to 1.5.
There was also a suggestion by
David Mills that, in contrast to the present situation, an official ECF
arbiter should be present at county matches, and that our ECF delegate
should bring this up at the next ECF meeting. But no vote, and no decision
was made on this.
Delegates to NCCU:
David Mills; Rupert Jones; Steve Mann (reserve)
Delegate to ECF:
Members: Stephen Burton elected.
That county match
fee be set at £4, and £2 for concessions
(This was carried with no
NB. To clarify:- the match fee is
to cover the cost of entry fee, venue, and buffet. Petrol costs are assumed
to be shared by passengers and driver, but there is no official ruling
on this. YCA makes no contribution towards petrol costs.
That Affiliation fee
– formerly known as “Registration fee” be set at £1 instead of zero.
(This was carried with no
NB. Paul Gelder proposed an
amendment to ii), namely that the £1 was to be paid only after 4 games had
been played by the player in question.
(This was not carried)
NB. There were
no proposals to amend the YCA Constitution.
YCA Competitions Rules:
New rule A22: All
games in the Woodhouse Cup shall be played at the rate of all moves in 110
minutes with a ten second increment per move being added from the start. In
all other divisions a time control of 42 moves in one and three quarter
hours plus a quarter of an hour to complete the game. The specified
Woodhouse Cup time control may be used in other divisions by mutual
agreement between the captains of the teams concerned.
The vote was 11 for; 5 against; 4
a) Rule A12: Delete
the final sentence.
NB. The final sentence reads: “In
the event of a CM having more than one team in the same division they are
to be paired against each other before Christmas.”
The vote was 10 for; 7 against; 3
b) NB. This proposal was to do
with pairing said teams before the final three matches of the season.
No vote taken as the choice was
between EITHER a) OR b) but NOT BOTH, and since a) was chosen, b) became
Rule A16: Amend as
follows: “At the start of the match, captains shall exchange lists of
their respective team members, listed in descending order of playing
strength and players will be paired in accordance with these lists. Playing
strength will be determined by the grade on the August grading list as
published by the ECF prior to the start of that season and this grade will
be recorded on the match card. A captain does not have to order their team
strictly in accordance with their grade provided that a player does not
have a grade more than twenty points above that of a player on a higher
board. If this occurs, the board concerned will be deemed a violation. The
penalty for infringement of this rule will be the deduction of a game
point. Following the publication of the ECF January grading list, captains
may opt to use this list instead. However they must stick to a single list
for the purposes of this rule.”
The vote was 19 for; 1 against.
Rule A14: Delete the
second sentence that reads, “In its last match of the season a team may
not field a player who has played in a higher division for the same CM in
the same season unless the player has played for the team in a previous
match in the same season.”
Vote was 19 for; 1 against.
Rule A17: Delete the
final sentence that begins, “When considering...”
Vote was unanimously for. CARRIED
14. Format of the
1. To reduce teams in the Silver
Rook to 6 boards
Vote was 6 for; 5 against; 9
NB. Executive Committee may need
to meet soon to review this if concern expressed from Silver Rook teams.
2. To change the structure of the
Woodhouse Cup and IM Brown competitions as follows – The above divisions to
trial for one season the method used for playing the annual 4NCL competition.
That is that the 12 teams split into 2 seeded groups of 6. Each group of 6
then plays each other. That is a total of 5 matches. The top 3 in each
group go through to a championship pool where they carry the points
through, which they have achieved against the other 3 teams that they have
played. They then play the 3 teams from the other pool with the 2
favourites playing each other in the last match. The bottom 3 teams do
likewise in playing the bottom 3 teams from the other pool, with the 2 teams
finishing bottom of the demotion pool getting relegated.
NB. A preliminary vote was taken
on whether to amend this to be confined to the Woodhouse Cup alone. This
amendment was CARRIED.
The vote for the amended proposal
no.2 was 7 for; 7 against; 6 abstentions. Thus the President had a
In accordance with practice
elsewhere, when, in the absence of a majority voting for a significant
change, the status quo remains, the President voted against.
Therefore: NOT CARRIED
15. Congress to host
Yorkshire Champion 2020 is DONCASTER.
Paul Gelder commented on the
sometimes harsh consequence of defaulted matches, but no vote was taken on
what to do about this.
Paul Johnson has created a new
control program for pairing players in competitions using the Swiss System.
He has offered to help out with chess congresses using this new program, so
contact Paul if you're interested.
David Mills suggested that
perhaps there should be a set quota of attendees to AGM from the same CM or
club to avoid the possibility of skewed voting. No vote was taken on this.
Noel Stewart suggested that in
future, those attending AGM should be expected to either simply read the
reports posted on Steve Mann's website, or read and print these off to
bring to the meeting. This would save on copying costs for hundreds of hard
copies of reports, agenda, previous AGM minutes. NB. Some few would still
be done by the Secretary and Treasurer, eg. Financial report, and agenda.
Rupert Jones asked that
secretaries of clubs gauge their club's need/desire for digital clocks –
probably DGT2010s -(especially in light of the change to incremental timing
in the Woodhouse), and email Rupert with the number required. He in turn
will contact the manufacturer to see about getting bargain prices.
Stewart: Secretary of YCA.