Minutes of Telepost Chess Club Annual General Meeting
Held at Telepost Club on Tuesday 17 th August 2010
Present

Keith Tabner (Secretary), John Casewell, John Bashall, Peter Crean, Brian Holford, Shane Sweeney, Richard Bryant, Maisy Pugh, Charles Micallef, Vinny Crean.
Apologies John Westhead (Treasurer).

Review of Last Season
All three of our teams in the Shropshire league can look back upon the season with some pride.
The C team (capt John Casewell) after a slow start finished in a creditable third place in Div 3. Our B team (capt Peter Crean) were crowned champions of Div 2. And our A team (capt Richard Bryant) won the double champions of Div 1 and winners of the Cox Trophy summer cup.
Several players competed in tournaments during the season with some success. None more so than Richard Bryant who played an extraordinary 184 games up and down the country to become national under 180 champion for the second successive year.

2010-11 Teams
The club have two teams in Div 1 and a team in Div 3. It was agreed that we apply to field an additional team in Div 2. If this is acceptable and subject to a captain stepping forward, it will stretch our resources to the limit but will give everyone who is available the maximum opportunity to play league chess. Otherwise the existing three teams will each have a pool of players.

Officers / Captains
Secretary - Keith Tabner
Treasurer John Westhead
Notice Board Monitor John Bashall
A Team Captain - Richard Bryant, (Vice Capt Keith Tabner)
B Team Captain - Peter Crean, (Vice Capt John Westhead)
C Team Captain TBA (Vice Capt Charles Micalef)
D Team Captain - John Casewell (Vice Captain Shane Sweeney)

Treasurer's Report
John Westhead will issue accounts upon his return from holiday. Fees are expected to remain as last year £12 per head to cover league fees etc. In addition players awarded trophies will be asked to contribute. JW will also be collecting outstanding tournament fees.
It was agreed that D team captain John Casewell could use his discretion in claiming fees from occasional players called upon to fill gaps in the team.
Of course all of us must also be fully paid up members of Telepost Club (£15-00 pa)

Match Nights
It was agreed that Tuesday will continue to be our regular club night and will also be the match night for each of our teams. (unlike last season when B and C teams used Wednesday as their match night)


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.
Our 2009-10 Under 140 champion is Steve Kempsall with an impressive 4/5.
The club champion will be decided by a play-off between Nigel Ferrington and David Bates sometime in September.

Shrewsbury Town Open Championship
It was generally agreed that this inaugural summer event should continue next year. However KT explained that this may not be possible in it's present format due to strong opposition from Shrewsbury club president Fred Harris.

Dates for the Diary
(all provisional - to be confirmed)
Tuesday 7th September - Council Meeting in big room - Club Night in back room
Tuesday 14th September - Chess & Curry Night (JC to organise)
Friday 17th September - Pre-Season Friendly at Shrewsbury (KT to contact Shrewsbury Club)
3 rd week September? - Winter Chess Season Begins

Any Other Business
Vinny Crean (League Controller) explained the league rules and detailed matters arising from the SCA AGM, including Div 3 teams will each comprise only 4 players.

Thanks to John Bashall for organising individual trophies which were presented to A and B team members for Div 1 title, Div 2 title, and Cox Trophy.

KT to distribute updated members details and rules for handicap quickplay.

Keith Tabner Secretary