YCA AGM took place Saturday 22nd June with some far-reaching decisions
being made about the future of the league.
two most significant changes will require action from some clubs so this email
should not be ignored. Please also note that the motions were passed
following a vote of those present (and all clubs received notice
beforehand) so please don't shoot the messenger. A report should
shortly be up on Steve Mann's website with the full wording, together with
details of other minor changes that were passed.
- Starting next season (2019-20) this division will be played with a new
time control of all moves in 110 minutes with a ten second increment being
added from the start. IM Brown and Silver Rook teams may use this
control by mutual agreement.
some clubs will need to purchase digital clocks. Rupert Jones is
looking to negotiate a bulk purchase deal with a supplier and this will be
communicated if and when agreed. In the short term clubs without
digital clocks may need to request that their opponents bring them instead.
There was some discussion about what would happen if a club needed to
be out of their venue at a specific time; it was noted that the home team
have the right to start the clocks promptly at 14:30 and if the away team
are delayed that's tough, although it has been known for away teams to
still be waiting at 14:30 while their hosts are still setting up.
- A motion was passed reducing the number of boards in this division to six
players. It is hoped that this will attract new teams to the
dwindling third division and indeed there have been some expressions of
interest. Can I please ask that all clubs consult and see whether an
extra six-player team is viable.
am hoping to have a draft set of fixtures ready by the middle of July.
I was re-elected unanimously as controller for the 2019-20. As with the
changes above I suspect this will not please everybody but I was humbled by
the faith the Yorkshire CA continue to show in me ahead of what will be my
eighth season at the helm.It remains an honour to serve.