Stockport and District Chess League 

Minutes of the Stockport and District Chess Association’s Fixtures Meeting
held at Ladybrook Hotel, Fir Rd, Bramhall at 7.30 pm, Wed 15
th Sept 2010

1. Attendance and apologies:

Present were (the signature of an attendee from Denton could not be identified):

Altrincham Chess Club: D. Hughes, K. Lockett;

Bramhall Chess Club: K. Hodgson

Chorlton Chess Club: A. Beresford, D. Kierman;

Denton Chess Club: S.Bradley, D. Cook, D. Holt, D. Toole;

East Cheshire Chess Club: K. Holton, P. Ramsey, I. Vaughan, A. Walker;

High Peak Chess Club: C. Pinel, R. Shaw;

Holmes Chapel Chess Club: I. Bates; J. M. Turner;

Macclesfield Chess Club: P. Cattermole; A. Soames;

Marple Chess Club: J. Barlow, T. Cowling, A. Doust;

Stockport Chess Club: R. Bradney, S. Murray, A. Reeve, V. Rushworth, D. Sheppard, M. Tunstall;

Urmston Chess Club: T. Plunkett;

Wilmslow Chess Club:A. Flynn, R. Warhurst (President)

Apologies were received from D. Taylor, East Cheshire; R. Murphy, Macclesfield; and C. Jackson, Wilmslow

2. Minutes of the 2009 Annual Fixtures Meeting:

These were accepted as a true record and signed by the President.

3. Matters arising: There were none.

4. Award of trophies not presented at the AGM in May 2010:

The Eric Harrison Memorial Trophy was presented to James Wei (Bramhall).

5. Election of two officers.

Website Manager: A. Reeve (Stockport) was elected (proposer: D. Kierman; seconder: I.Bates).

Fixtures Secretary : Karl Lockett (Altrincham) was elected (proposer: D. Holt; seconder: D. Kierman).

6. Confirmation of teams in Divisions 1- 3.

Ashton Chess Club was admitted to join the league in Division 3, and it was decided that Denton B (an additional team) should enter Division 2.

Division 1: Chorlton A, Denton A, High Peak, Holmes Chapel, Marple A, Stockport Blues, Stockport Reds

Division 2: Altrincham, Bramhall, Denton B, East Cheshire A, East Cheshire B, Macclesfield A, Stockport C, Wilmslow A

Division 3: Ashton, Chorlton B, East Cheshire C, Macclesfield B, Marple B, Stockport D, Urmston, Wilmslow B

7. Draw for the Charnley Cup Competition.

The draw was completed and captains were reminded of the dates by which rounds must be completed. The first round matches are to be completed by the end of October.

8. Updates of club venues, officials, and match nights.

Club representatives were instructed to notify Andrew Walker, the Handbook Editor, as well as the website manager, of any changes from last season.

9. Any other business:

It was decided that more than 20 players may now be registered per team.

It was decided that Division 3 teams should continue to be of five boards.

10. Setting of Match Fixtures by club representatives.

Dates were agreed by team captains and submitted to the Fixtures Secretary.


Minutes of the Stockport and District Chess Association’s Fixtures Meeting
held at Ladybrook Hotel, Fir Rd, Bramhall at 7.30 pm, Wed 16th Sept 2009

1. Attendance and apologies:

Present (29 from 12 clubs) were:-

Altrincham Chess Club: D. Hughes;

Bramhall Chess Club: K. Hodgson;

Chorlton Chess Club: A. Beresford,  D. Kierman;

Denton Chess Club: P. Cawley, D. Toole;

East Cheshire Chess Club: D. Broadbent, P. Ramsey, D.R. Taylor, A. Walker;

High Peak Chess Club: C. Gartside, C. Pinel;

Holmes Chapel Chess Club: I. Bates; J. M. Turner;

Macclesfield Chess Club: P. Cattermole; D. Lobo,  R. Murphy, A. Soames (President);

Marple Chess Club: T. Cowling, A. Doust, P. Kelly;

Stockport Chess Club: R. Bradney, D. Hulmes, S. Murray, V. Rushworth, M. Tunstall;

Urmston Chess Club: T. Plunkett;

Wilmslow Chess Club: A. Flynn, R. Warhurst

Apologies for absence: N.H. Oldham (Bramhall)

2. Minutes of the 2008 Annual Fixtures Meeting:

These were  accepted as a true record and signed by the President.

3. Matters arising: There were none.

4. Award of trophies not presented at the AGM in May 2009:

The Division 3 trophy was presented to Bramhall Chess Club.

5. Election of two officers (deferred from AGM in May):

Handbook Secretary: There being no volunteer the election was deferred until the next AGM, with the consequence that there will be no Handbook in 2009 – 2010.

Grading Officer : Mike Tunstall (Stockport) was elected unanimously.

6. Amendment to Rule 17.  The changes proposed at the AGM in May 2009, and detailed in the Agenda, were ratified without further discussion.

7. Proposed changes to Charnley Cup rules.

The Secretary tabled a modified set of amendments, which differed from those in the Agenda.  There was a vigorous discussion.  Amendment (a), that there should be a limit placed upon the total ECF grades of those playing in a Charnley Cup team (e.g., to an average of 150 per player), was defeated by 10 votes to 3.  Amendment (b), that there should be an additional knockout competition in which no player would be of a higher grade then, for example, 130, was defeated by 7 votes to 6.  Amendment (c), that any club which had two teams in the League 1st Division must enter two teams into the Charnley Cup, was carried by 15 votes to nil.  Rule 35 therefore now reads as follows:

The Charnley Cup shall be awarded to the winners of a knockout competition open to all member clubs of the League.  Each club may enter one team made up of six players drawn from its registered list of players, unless it has more than one team in the 1st Division, in which case it must enter as many teams as it has in the 1st Division.  Where a club enters more than one team, those players who have played for one team are ineligible for any of the others.

8. Confirmation of teams for 2009-10, and allocation of teams to Divisions.

After a lively discussion of the best distribution of the teams entered into the League, the team distribution was decided by majority voting as follows.  

Division 1: 6 teams as follows: Denton, East Cheshire A, High Peak, Holmes Chapel, Stockport Blues, Stockport Reds (by 5 votes to 4).

Division 2: 7 teams as follows: Bramhall, Chorlton, East Cheshire B, Macclesfield A, Macclesfield B, Marple A, Stockport C (by 7 votes to 4).

Division 3: 7 teams as follows: Altrincham, East Cheshire C, Marple B, Stockport D, Urmston, Wilmslow A, Wilmslow B (by 15 votes to 1) (teams in this Division consist of 5 players only).

9. Draw for the Charnley Cup Knockout Competition:

This was completed as follows (first named team plays at home): 

Round  1 (to be played by the end of October 2009): Stockport Reds, Bramhall and Macclesfield have byes;  Denton v Urmston, Marple v Stockport Blues, Holmes Chapel v Wilmslow,  High Peak v East Cheshire, and Altrincham v Chorlton.

10. Update of clubs’ venues, meeting times etc.

The following changes to information in last season’s Handbook were reported, and would be available on the League website.  Altrincham are changing their club night to Tuesday, Denton are changing their venue, and Holmes Chapel have altered the directions for reaching their venue, since an important landmark has been removed.

11. Any other business:

The Fixtures Secretary reminded those present that the league website address had changed to:  stockportdistrictchess.110mb.com

12. Setting of Match Fixtures by club representatives.

Dates were agreed by team captains and submitted to the Fixtures Secretary.

The meeting closed at approximately 9.15 p.m.

Minutes of the Fixtures Meeting

held at     the East Cheshire Chess Club     on     Thursday 18th September 2008

1. Attendance and apologies
Present:
Altrincham Chess Club: D. Hughes; K. Lockett
Bramhall Chess Club: K. Hodgson; H. Oldham
Chorlton Chess Club: D. Beresford; D. Kierman
Denton Chess Club: D. Toole
East Cheshire Chess Club: D. Broadbent; G. Clarke; K. Holton; A. Walker
High Peak Chess Club: C. Pinel
Holmes Chapel Chess Club: I. Bates; J. Turner
Macclesfield Chess Club: P. Cattermole; R. Pomeroy; D. Risley; A. Soames
Marple Chess Club: J. Barlow; T. Cowling; A. Doust; A. Lowndes;
Stockport Chess Club: R. Bradney; D. Hulmes; S. Murray; V. Rushworth
Urmston Chess Club: T. Plunkett
Wilmslow Chess Club: J. Burns; A. Flynn

Apologies for absence:
D. Lobo; R. Shaw; E. Wood

2. Minutes of the 2007 Annual Fixtures Meeting
Accepted as a true record.

3. Matters arising
None

4. Award of trophies not presented at the Annual General Meeting in May 2008
Charnley Cup: High Peak Chess Club;
Vic Knox Trophy: Alan Luo;
Harrison Trophy: James Wei;
Division 3 Trophy: Altrincham Chess Club

5. Election of Auditor (deferred from Annual General Meeting)
Proposed by Wilmslow Chess Club;
Seconded by Stockport Chess Club
Robin Warhurst elected unanimously

6. Selection of Disputes Panel (deferred from Annual General Meeting)
    Existing Disputes Subcommittee
    Fixtures Secretary
    Tony Doust (Marple)
    Ray Bradney (Stockport)

    Deputies
    Karl Lockett (Altrincham) (1st)
    Stuart Murray (Stockport) (2nd)
    Carl Pinel (High Peak) (3rd)

7. Proposed changes to League rules

7a) Non-smoking rule, 16a
Rule maintained.

7b) Rules 40-44 inclusive replaced by consolidated rule 40: Individual Competition
The League's individual trophy holders will be determined by reference to results in the three sections of the annual rapidplay tournament organised by the Stockport club. The "Minor", "Intermediate" and "Major" trophies will be awarded to the highest placed competitor, in the relevant tournament section, who is a registered player with one of the affiliated clubs in the Stockport League at the time of the tournament. (Please note that competitors do not have an absolute right to enter the tournament by virtue of their trying to compete for an individual trophy - the organisers of this tournament have the right to refuse entry to any applicant.)
Proposed D. Risley. Carried.

7c) Amend Rules 26A and 26B
26A: Players restricted to play for certain teams: If a club enters more than one team, a fixed number of players are restricted "first team only" players. The number of such players is equal to the number of boards in that ream less two. The allocation procedure continues in this fashion until all teams have been allocated restricted players who may not play in the lower teams. Player allocation follows the club's registration order strictly. The players that have not been allocated a specific team are free to play for any team.
Proposed A. Flynn; seconded K. Lockett. Carried

26B: Clubs playing two or more equal-strength first teams: A club may have two or more teams of similar strength. It must allocate a fixed number of players to each of these equal-strength teams. The number of such restricted players is equal to the number of boards in the team less two. Equal-strength teams do not have to belong in the same division. If the club has teams in addition to the similar-strength ones, a fixed number of players are automatically allocated (by reference to the registration order) to the strongest team in this group of teams. The number of such players is equal to the number of boards in the strongest team less two. The allocation procedure continues for the club's remaining teams as described in Rule 26A.
Proposed: D. Risley; Seconded: J. Turner. Carried.

8. Confirmation of teams for 2008-9, team size in Division 3, and allocation of teams to Divisions
Team size in division 3 was deferred to item 11.
The allocation of teams was:

Division 1
Chorlton
East Cheshire A
High Peak
Holmes Chapel
Marple A
Stockport Blues
Stockport Reds

Division 2
Altrincham A
Denton
East Cheshire B
Macclesfield A
Macclesfield B
Marple B
Stockport C
Wilmslow A

Division 3
Altrincham B
Bramhall
East Cheshire C
Macclesfield C
Marple C
Stockport D
Urmston
Wilmslow B

9. Draw for the Charnley Cup
With twelve teams this resulted in the following:
Group 1: Marple (home) v Altrincham. Winner plays Urmston (home and away to be determined)
Group 2: Holmes Chapel (home) v Bramhall. Winner plays Stockport (home and away to be determined)
Group 3: Denton (home) v Macclesfield. Winner plays East Cheshire (home and away to be determined)
Group 4: Wilmslow (home) v High Peak. Winner plays Chorlton (home and away to be determined)

Winner of QuarterFinal 1 v Winner of QuarterFinal 2 (home and away to be determined)
Winner of QuarterFinal 3 v Winner of QuarterFinal 4 (home and away to be determined)

The first round is to be played before 1 November
The quarter final to be played before Christmas.

10. Update of clubs' venues, meeting times etc.
Completed.

11. Team size in division 3 and proposed changes to normal promotion/relegation procedures

11a) Team size in division 3
To have 5 boards in division 3.
Proposed: K. Lockett; Seconded: J. Burns. Carried 5-2.

11b) Proposed changes to normal promotion/relegation procedures
Promotion and relegation of two teams from each division to remain.

12. AOB
Subscriptions to remain at 45 per team, if paid before the end of October.

10. Setting of Match Fixtures by club representatives
Completed.


 

Minutes of the Fixtures Meeting

held at     the Ladybrook Hotel Bramhall     on     12th September 2007

1. Attendance and apologies
Present at the meeting: D. Jones, R. Warhurst, C. Guffogg (Wilmslow),
E. Wood (Bramhall), J. Turner, M. Hancock (Holmes Chapel), R. Bradney,V.
Rushworth, S. Murray, D. Pardoe, M. Taylor (Stockport), A. Needham, S. Bradley
(Denton), D. Owens, G. Clarke (East Cheshire), D. Hughes (Altrincham), R. Shaw,
K. Lockett, C. Pinel (High Peak), R. Murphey, D. Risley, D. Lobo (Macclesfield)
D. Kierman, A. Beresford (Chorlton), P. Kelly, A. Lowndes, T. Cowling, T. Doust
(Marple) and T.Soames.

Apologies were received from Phil Cattermole who was unable to attend the meeting.

2. President's remarks
The loss of 2 of our members who died over the summer, K. Chesters and K. Holdham, was noted with sadness.

The president welcomed the club's representatives to the meeting and hoped that they would support the three new officers, I Bates the new Vice President, D.Lobo the new Fixtures Secretary and himself. He pointed out the importance of the members using the secretary as the hub of communications within the League.

3. Minutes of the last A.F.M.
The minutes of the last meeting were accepted as correct and there were no matters arising.

4. Divisional Team Allocations

4a) Confirmation of teams for 2007/08
The teams are as follows,Stockport 4 teams, Chorlton 1 team, Homes Chapel 1 team, High Peak 2 teams, Macclesfield 3 teams, Denton 1 team, Bramhall 1 team, East Cheshire 2 teams, Altrincham 2 teams, Wimslow 2 teams, Marple 3 teams.

4b) Proposal to change the number of players per team in division 3
The proposal to change the number of players per team in division 3 from 6 players to 5 was agreed. It was hoped to reduce thereby the number of defaults seen last year and is not seen as a permanent change.

4c) Decision as to which division has the most teams if there is an imbalance in numbers
It was decided that division 3 would retain the most teams as per last year.

5. Allocation of teams to divisions

Division 1
Chorlton
High Peak A
Holmes Chapel
Macclesfield A
Marple A
Stockport Blues
Stockport Reds

Division 2
Bramhall
Denton
East Cheshire A
High Peak B
Macclesfield B
Marple B
Stockport C

Division 3
Altrincham A
Altrincham B
East Cheshire B
Macclesfield C
Marple C
Stockport D
Wilmslow A
Wilmslow B

6. Draw for the Charnley Cup
With eleven teams this resulted in the following:
Group 1: Marple (home) v Chorlton. Winner plays East Cheshire (home and away to be determined)
Group 2: Denton (home) v Macclesfield. Winner plays Wilmslow (home and away to be determined)
Group 3: Altrincham (home) v Holmes Chapel. Winner plays Stockport (home and away to be determined)
Group 4: Bramhall (home) v High Peak

Winner of QuarterFinal 1 v Winner of QuarterFinal 2 (home and away to be determined)
Winner of QuarterFinal 3 v Winner of QuarterFinal 4 (home and away to be determined)

The first round is to be played before 1 November
The quarter final to be played before Christmas.

7. Club Updates of Venues, Meeting Times, etc.
Those present at the meeting were reminded to check all details and forward any changes to the relevant officers.

8. Reminder for players' dates of birth, names, grades, previous clubs, playing sequence.
As above.

9. AOB
The President felt some misgivings about the failure of teams from Division 2 to take promotion to Division 1. He wondered whether this would be facilitated by the stronger clubs following Stockport's lead in setting up equal strength teams. The clubs did not feel this was possible and his attempt to set up a sub-committee to examine the problem was not accepted as the way forward.

The position whereby  a 'relegated' A team would be maintained in the higher Division by a 'promoted' B team was accepted by the meeting.

10. Setting of Match Fixtures
Fixtures set at the end


 

Minutes of the Fixtures Meeting

held at     the Ladybrook Hotel Bramhall     on     20 September 2006

1. Attendance and apologies
Apologies were received from Phil Cattermole who was unable to attend the meeting.

Team representatives present:
Altrincham - D Hughes, K Lockett
Bramhall - K Hodgson, C Murfin, H Oldham, E Wood
Chorlton - A Beresford, D Kierman
Denton - no representative present
East Cheshire - D Owens, D Taylor
High Peak -R Pinel, R Shaw
Holmes Chapel - I Bates, J Turner
Macclesfield - G Lawrence, R Pomeroy, A Soames
Marple - T Cowling, A Doust, A Lowndes
Stockport - R Bradney, D Hulmes, D Pardoe V Rushworth, M Tunstall
Wilmslow - C Guffogg, D Jones, R Warhurst

2. Outstanding Items from 2006 AGM

2.1 Audit of 2005/2006 accounts
The audit for 2005/6 accounts has not taken place. P Cattermole proposed that the 2005-6 audit be carried out when the 2006-7 accounts were audited. Everyone present agreed with this proposal.

Phil Cattermole and Chris Guffogg to note for action

2.2 Presentation of Division 3, Eric Harrison and Vic Knox trophies
The Eric Harrison trophy was awarded to Vicky John of Stockport and accepted for her by Ray Bradney. The Division 3 and Vic Knox trophies are still in the possession of Denton club members (who were not present at the Fixtures Meeting).

John Wood and John Lysons to note for action

2.3 Projected costs for the 2006/2007 Handbook
A Lowndes explained that handbook costs will incur a slight increase to 160. However, the printer advert to be included in the handbook we will receive a 25 discount.

2.4 Vote on extension of playing season to April 30th
The favourable vote on extending the playing season to 30 April was unanimous.

3. Confirmation of teams for 2006/2007 and divisional team allocations

3.1 Confirmation of teams for 2006/7
Altrincham were entering two teams for the 2006/7 season instead of one last year while all other clubs were entering the same number as in 2005/6. Altrincham’s extra team would go into Div 3 so the top two divisions would have seven teams and division 3 would have eight teams..

3.2 Allocation of teams to Divisions
With promotions and relegations the divisional allocations were:

Division 1
Chorlton
High Peak A
Holmes Chapel
Macclesfield A
Marple A
Stockport Blues
Stockport Reds

Division 2
Altrincham A
East Cheshire A
High Peak B
Macclesfield B
Macclesfield C
Marple B
Stockport C

Division 3
Altrincham B
Bramhall A
Bramhall B
Denton
East Cheshire B
Marple C
Stockport D
Wilmslow

4. Draw for the Charnley Cup
With eleven teams this resulted in the following:
Group 1: Macclesfield (home) v Chorlton. Winner plays Holmes Chapel (home and away to be determined)
Group 2: Bramhall (home) v Wilmslow. Winner plays East Cheshire (home and away to be determined)
Group 3: Altrincham (home) v High Peak. Winner plays Stockport (home and away to be determined)
Group 4: Denton (home) v Marple

Winner of QuarterFinal 1 v Winner of QuarterFinal 2 (home and away to be determined)
Winner of QuarterFinal 3 v Winner of QuarterFinal 4 (home and away to be determined)

The first round is to be played before 1 November
The quarter final to be played before Christmas.

5. Club Updates of Venues, Meeting Times, etc.
There were no changes declared to club venues, club secretaries and captains. If there are any future changes to be made please forward the details to A Lowndes (handbook) and D Risley (website).

Clubs note

6 Proposals regarding Stockport Membership Organisation and game fee rebates

The proposals regarding Stockport Membership Organisation (MO) and game fee rebate was briefly explained by D Risley and then put to a vote.

Proposal 1:- That the League operate a Membership Organisation for the English Chess Federation (ECF) for the season 2006-2007. This proposal was unanimously rejected.

Proposal 2:- That the League provides a rebate at the end of the 2006-2007 season of any game fees that are waived by the ECF or are refunded from the ECF - the waiver or refund of game fees arising because some or all of a club’s players are either members of an MO or are direct members of the ECF. The rebate is to be paid to the club rather than individual players. This proposal was accepted - 13 in favour, 9 against and 3 abstentions.

E Wood recommended that firm proposals be included in the AGM 2007.

7 AOB

League fees for clubs are 40 before October 2006 and 45 after October 2006.

8 Setting of Match Fixtures
The meeting finished and members proceeded to arranging their fixtures.

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