Minutes of Telepost Chess Club Annual General Meeting

Held at Telepost Club on Monday 18th August 2014

Present

Keith Tabner (Secretary), John Westhead (Treasurer), Peter Crean, , Shane Sweeney, Charles Micallef, Vinny Crean. Dean Pinnington, Matthew Clark, John Bashall, John Casewell, Nick Holmes, Quentin Mills.
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Review of Last Year

With several new competitions being introduced to the Shropshire chess scene, there was ample opportunity to play various forms of chess. However the premium team tournament remains the league, and Telepost A once again finished the season as Division One Champions.
A special thank you goes to Richard Bryant who, after captaining the A team for fourteen years of unprecedented success, will next season play for his local Oswestry team in the county league but remain with us for rapidplay.
Several players put in outstanding performances over the season including:-
Nigel Ferrington with a grade of 208 becomes the highest graded Shropshire based player for over 30 years.
Kate Walker's grade of 115 puts her only just outside the top 100 UK female players.
Matthew Clark's 147 is also a personal best, whilst Alasdair Benjamin, Quentin Mills, and Nick Holmes make their first appearances on the grading list.

ECF Direct Membership
As last season -
For league team players:- Renew membership.
Occasional league players (max 3 games per season) must pay game fee £2-00 per game.

Treasurer's Report

John Westhead presented accounts for 2013-14.

Thanks to our sponsor Lanyon Bowdler the club now has five digital chess clocks.
Club funds stand at £201-31 prior to the purchase of trophies for the A team.
Chess club fees for 2014-15 will remain at £5-00 per member, to cover running costs, plus £2-00 for either club championship or Shrewsbury Town championship if applicable.
Agreed that team captains will be responsible for collecting subs on behalf of the treasurer.

All players must of course join Telepost Club (currently £20-00 pa payable each April).


Rapidplay League
Agreed that we should again enter two teams.

2013-14 County League Teams
Agreed that we will field only three teams in the county league this season – with one in each division.
The secretary will update the list of members to show teams and captains as discussed and agreed.

Officers / Captains
The meeting thanked the officers and team captains for their considerable efforts during the 2013-14 season.
For the new season the secretary and treasurer were re-elected, and new team captains chosen.

Secretary - Keith Tabner
Treasurer – John Westhead
A Team Captain - Matthew Clark.
B Team Captain – John Westhead.
C Team Captain –Nick Holmes


Rule Changes and Proposed Changes
Two significant rule changes were agreed at the AGM – both proposed by our club members (PC and TKT).
Restriction on higher graded players playing in a lower division for another club.
Reserves may now play up to a higher team 4 times (was 2 only)
See Shropshire Chess website for details.
Agreed that PC should represent the club on county rule change committee.


Club Championship
It was agreed that this event should continue in it's present format – a five round Swiss held during the winter season to be organised by KT. Fees to continue at £2-00 per entry. Only 9 entries last year with Nigel 5 / 5, Richard and John W 4 / 5 and Alasdair 3 / 5.


Shrewsbury Town Championship

Agreed that it should continue as at present – KT to organise a five round Swiss during summer months.


Dates for the Diary

Second week Sept (provisionally) league season begins

October – club championship begins.

Keith Tabner Secretary