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Minutes of Telepost Zoom Meeting
Held Monday 15th March 2021 at lots of houses.

People present: Matthew Clark(MC), Nat Paul(NP), Nick Holmes(NH), Mark Nightall , Kate Walker(KW), John Casewell(JC) , Shane Sweeney, Paul Billington (PB), Rob Nield(RN) , Martin Ayres, Bill Bates, Mark Randell, Dennis Bonner(DB)

Apologies: John Westhead, Steve Rooney, Keith Tabner

Meeting started at 7.30pm

Points discussed:

a) Each person introduced themselves for the benefit of our "new " external members, - Rob Nield, Mark Nightall and Mark Randell, to match a face to a name.

b) The general point of our strategy going forward, with the re-introduction of OTB in the coming months was discussed. The general consensus from the questionnaire issued by DB,2 weeks ago, was that the majority of current online members wanted to continue online alongside OTB:

1) JC stated that he will be starting 2 all- play- all divisions in April, following the completion of the current Swiss Individual tournament. The winner of each division will then play in a Grand Final, there have been 14 entries, so far, for this tournament. Anyone else interested to play must mail JC asap. JC said that we could also consider playing online friendlies with other clubs. In general there is a good club appetite for more online games from the members.

2) MC agreed with the above point and said that he wanted to continue with the 5 Counties league, where we have 2 teams and the 4NCL County games.MC said that there will be a proposal, for more online competitions, in the Shropshire AGM, which will be held in July. All members are encouraged to mail MC with their suggestions for this proposal.

3) NH made the point that Chris Lewis will be stepping down from the 4NCL organisation when the current season finishes as he wants to concentrate on the introduction and training of a Shropshire Juniors team.

4) We discussed the pros and cons of holding an internal Rapidplay tournament with the general consensus being to hold a 10/5 tournament in the near future. Due to time constraints DB agreed to discuss this further with our committee and issue a mail with all the details to the members when agreed.

5) RN suggested that we hold a regular game analysis online. The meeting agreed that they would send a copy of any interesting game that they had played and RN agreed to video and issue a selection of interesting games with comments on a regular basis.

6) The proposed Simul with Keith Arkell GM was discussed and NP said that he would talk to Keith and give us a feedback asap.

7) The recent mail from Keith Tabner was discussed concerning the fact that he wanted to hand over the reins of the Cox, inor and Shrewsbury Town competitions. No volunteer came forward and Keith is encouraged to now write to the Shropshire secretaries to ask for volunteers.

8) JC asked PB about his reticence at playing online and KW suggested that she would help PB with some online games with a view to PB playing online in the near future.

DB thanked everybody for their contributions and attendance and the meeting finished at 8.45pm

Dennis Bonner 14/3/21




Minutes of Telepost Chess Club AGM
Held Monday 29th July 2019 at the Clubhouse.

PRESENT: Martin Ayres, John Bashall, Paul Billington, Dennis Bonner, John Casewell, Nick Holmes, Charles Micallef, Graham Shepherd, Shane Sweeney, Keith Tabner, John Westhead, Steve Wilson, Phil Zabrocki

APOLOGIES: Matthew Clark, Paul Officer

1. Acceptance of Minutes of AGM on 13/8/18 – agreed.

2. A team summary – Matthew sent a report:
The A team enjoyed another successful season, but we didn’t win a trophy this year. Our most successful competition this year was the Rapid Play League, where we came 2nd. This was a big improvement from last year. We ended up coming 3rd in the Classical League. Newport were clearly the strongest team, but Maddocks also just came ahead of us. We reached the semi-finals of both the Cox Trophy and the Summer Rapid Play Cup. Nigel enjoyed another magnificent season. He was unbeaten in the League for the 2nd year in a row, scoring 8/10. He scored a total of 20/27 in all competitions, including 2 wins over an International Master. He would be my clear nominee for player of the year, not just for our club, but across the entire league. Phil Zabrocki was our next most successful player with 13.5/22. Our aim for next year should be to finish in the top two in the League and to win a trophy. We probably need better results on boards 4 and 5 to achieve this.

3. B team summary – John W reported that the team had struggled this year mainly due to problems getting a full team out because of holidays and illness. One match was defaulted. The team finished second from bottom but we have recently heard that they will remain in the second division as the League Controller needs to even up the divisions. Steve Kempsell is aiming to return to playing next season and all wished him well.

4. C team summary – Dennis reported that the team finished fifth out of seven teams, with 11 points. Kate was the most successful player but didn't play all the matches. Newport B won the league, with Maddocks B second, and all agreed that there were some very strong teams in the division this season.

5. D team summary – Steve W reported that he didn't have high expectations and they were met! But the team beat Oswestry in avoiding the wooden spoon, with five draws and one win. Steve hoped to be able to convert more draws to wins next season with a stronger team. Shane had an excellent season on board one and David Neale continues to improve. Optimistic for next season, especially with a second Telepost team in the division, from whom he hoped to get four points! John C pointed out that it was a very good achievement for the D team to avoid the bottom place, but, as E team captain, noted the challenge in Steve's final comment!

6. B team rapidplay summary – Nick reported in Paul O's place since he was rather a long way away in the Falklands. Headline news was that the team avoided the wooden spoon. Paul introduced some innovative captaincy tactics including first to lose misses the next game, and dropping the strongest player, himself! We fielded a full team for all five fixture nights, but, as with the previous season, we could do with a couple more stronger players for boards one and two to avoid being the whipping boys (and girl). The league ran very smoothly this year.

7. Shrewsbury Town Champs 2019/Cox and Minor Trophies/Club Championships   - Keith reported that the Shrewsbury Town champs had a healthy entry of 14 players this year and was progressing smoothly (Phil was encouraged to continue catching up...). For the Cox and Minor, Keith was persuaded to introduce a new rule regarding players being cup tied (following an incident last year where Charles ended up playing the same player twice). The new rule meant that players were cup tied once they had played once, but its effect in practice was that a number of teams had to withdraw or default, including our own B team. Keith intends to withdraw the new rule next season. Telepost weren't among the trophies, with Shrewsbury C the surprise winners on the Minor – good to see an underdog come through. Keith reported that the Club Champs only had 7 players this year and 6 the previous year and asked whether it was still worth running it. He felt that 8 players was a minimum viable number. On a show of hands there were 6 people in the meeting interested in entering and it was agreed that Keith would email the whole membership nearer the time to gauge numbers before making a final decision. An alternative would be to have some individual events in gaps in the league schedule.

8. National Team Championships – Dennis reported that this competition, in which Telepost B won and Telepost A came second in their division in 2018, was no longer being run by the ECF, meaning we are reigning champions until the powers that be decide otherwise.

9. Club members at congresses – Dennis reported that a number of members had attended congresses during the season, including a good Telepost turnout at Blackpool, which all agreed had been an enjoyable event. Highlights included two section wins for Kate, at Warwickshire and North Wales.

10. Shropshire Minor Individual U125 – Nick reported that three Telepost players had entered the second year of this competition. John W went into an early lead, nearly got caught at the end, but held on to win the tournament with an impressive 5.5/7, receiving a very smart rose bowl trophy and £50. Nick was fourth on 4.5/7 and Dennis won the U100 grading prize with 3.5/7, so a good showing by the club. The competition ran very smoothly and members were encouraged to enter next year.

11. Treasurer's report – John W presented the accounts. There has been a drop in the balance of club funds, mainly due to equipment purchases totalling £145 over the last two years (slightly offset this year by not needing to buy any trophies since we didn't win anything!) John estimated a minimum expenditure on clock batteries, league fees (for 5 teams) and scoresheets of £80, before any additional expenditure on trophies or equipment. If we have three teams playing on one night (a possibility with 5 teams next season), or two teams playing and individual matches, we might need more clocks. In view of all the above, John raised the question whether we should raise the club fees from the current level of £5. After some discussion it was proposed and agreed that the fees should rise to £8 for adults and £4 for juniors. The meeting also discussed options for obtaining sponsorship or grants, including approaching the council (Steve W had seen this work in Wolverhampton league) and asking any suppliers that we use if they could sponsor us. Dennis also asked for anyone who knew of a company that might be interested in sponsorship to let him know, and thanked John for his work. New fees to be paid to John W asap please.

12. Club website – John C reported that he was working on updating the noticeboard but needed some help from Keith to publish the fetching photo of John W and his rose bowl. Dennis thanked John C for his work on the site. There was some discussion of the need for the Shropshire AGM minutes to appear on the county website in advance of the new season.

13. Teams for 2018/19 season – Dennis circulated membership lists with new and previous grades. There had been a Captains' meeting to discuss teams. There was initially some discussion of juniors – we have one new junior member and Chris Lewis intends to resuscitate the Shropshire junior programme in the new year. Keith noted that we needed to be careful about legislation regarding juniors in the club and Dennis explained that junior players always had a guardian with them when they attended. John C noted that Alan Brannen of Maddocks was intending to introduce chess into the curriculum at his school. Returning to the teams, Dennis noted that we had a number of new members, including Graham moving from Church Stretton, Paul B returning to the club after many years, and James Holyhead, who is based in Birmingham but will be playing for our teams. It was good for the club that we were able to field 5 teams next season. The main decision to be made was whether to return to deciding teams on grade order. After some discussion, it was proposed and agreed that this should be the case, allowing for availability of drivers. (Paul B very generously offered to help out with transport for any teams that were struggling with this, and the meeting thanked him.) Captains would liaise again to finalise the teams in line with grade order now the new grades were confirmed.

14. Election of Officers and Captains – there were no changes to officers – Secretary - Dennis, Treasurer – John W, Honorary President - Keith, Equipment Secretary – Steve W. Captains are as follows:
A team – Matthew
B team – John W
C team – Dennis
D team – Steve W
E team = John C
A team rapidplay – Matthew
B team rapidplay – Nick will captain if Paul O is in Matthew's team

15. Discussion points:

Shropshire AGM – the main changes arising were a new requirement for Division One nominated players to play 50% of matches, and a new rule that matches must start at 7.30pm with the right for a team to start the clocks if their opponents are not all present (if a home team is not ready to start at 7.30, the away team can insist that the time between 7.30 and the actual start of the match is deducted from the home team's time.) All of this can be disregarded if both team captains are happy for a later start. Dennis also reported that it had been confirmed that Shropshire would once again enter a county open team, captained by Matthew, and an U120 team captained by Dennis. Plans for this were progressing well, and Roger Brown had also expressed an interest in forming an U140 team. Val had agreed that we can use Telepost for some of the home matches and Matthew was investigating using Shrewsbury School.

Mentoring system – this had been discussed last year but had not yet got off the ground and the meeting discussed various options. Paul B proposed an interesting idea of having sessions using some of the excellent tutoring resources that are now available online. It was felt that this would need to be on targeted nights of gaps in the league schedule because of pressure on space. Paul suggested that another approach would be for captains to discuss these resources with their teams. John C and Steve W said they were not keen to mentor, but happy to encourage, and John W noted that he was the lowest graded player on his team. Keith noted that there were links to resources on the club website and asked that people let him know of any additional ones. Dennis pointed out that the key problem was a willingness for people to act as mentors. Nick noted that playing in club championships and Shrewsbury Town champs was a good way for lower graded players to get advice from higher graded players, through post-game analysis.

Chess equipment – Steve W reported that it was all in the cupboard! He reiterated that it was important that the flexible boards are put away properly otherwise they are difficult to get flat. John W has spared no expense and made another custom bespoke board holder to address this.

Pre-season friendly with Shrewsbury – Dennis reported there had been less players for this in the last couple of years and asked whether it should continue. Meeting agreed that Dennis would gauge interest from Shrewsbury before a final decision.

Rapidplay Swiss - Steve W agreed to run another rapidplay event, possibly handicapped, during the season. Phil was prepared to host another simul if Nigel can't be persuaded.

AOB - Steve W presented some matchcards to be used to record results, which were well received and will be left in the cupboard and given to captains. Graham advertised the MCCU Championships to be held at the Ramada in Telford on 9-11 August.

Keith proposed it was past time to go to the bar and the meeting closed at 9.40pm.

Nick Holmes 30/7/19






Minutes of Telepost Chess Club AGM held 13/8/18 at Telepost

Present: John Bashall, Dennis Bonner(DB), John Casewell(JC), Matthew Clark(MC), Peter Crean(PC), Trevor Everall, Nick Holmes(NH), Steve Kempsell(SK), Graham Shepherd(GS),Steve Wilson (SW), Shane Sweeney(SS), Keith Tabner(KT), John Westhead(JW)

Also present as prospective new members: Geoff Coram, Guy Holmes

Apologies: Martin Ayres, David Neale, Charles Micallef

Agenda items:

1. Minutes of the AGM of 17/7/17 were approved.

2. A team summary – MC reported that the A team had a pretty good season overall in the face of very strong opposition, especially from Oswestry and Newport. The team finished third in division one. There were some limits on availability and MC expressed his gratitude to players from lower divisions who had played up. Nigel had a particularly good season. The Rapidplay A team fared not so well, just managing to avoid relegation. However, in the Team Rapidplay, Telepost won the event, aided by Trevor Brotherton and ex Telepost stalwart Richard Bryant. In the Cox Trophy the team had a good win against Wellington but lost in the semis to eventual winners Newport. With Trevor B joining the team on board two next season, we have a squad who can challenge for more silverware.

3. B team summary – PC reported that for once the B team were concerned to avoid relegation rather than avoid promotion! Again, thanks were given to players who played up after the loss of two regular players early in the season. In all, 10 players were used, and the team finished fourth. S K is taking over the captaincy next season. 4. C team summary – DB reported a reasonable season, with the team finishing third in the third division. However, we have subsequently heard that the C team are to be promoted to division two, following Church Stretton requesting to drop to division three, and Telford B declining promotion (in both cases because of lack of player availability).

5. D team summary – JC thanked Martin Ayres for taking over the captaincy after JC was forced to miss the majority of the season following his knee operation, though he played two league matches literally at home, at his house. Martin sent in a report. The D team finished two points behind the C team, benefitting from appearances by Josh Cockburn at the start of the season and Kate towards the end. Shane and Steve made 12 appearances each. The high points were beating Telepost C at home and Newport C away and the low point was the infamous “Waller” match at Oswestry, where Shane had to put up with some undue gamesmanship. Martin enjoyed being captain for the year and is sure SW will make a very good replacement.

6. B team Rapidplay summary – NH reported that the team had been largely minnows against giants, with our regular players graded around 90-100 against players 140 and above. We were fine on board four, but we had four board four players! A star appearance from PC garnered our only win and we finished an unsurprising last. However, we put up a full team for all matches and next season is looking more promising with two strong players enlisted to the cause ,see Point 14 below.

7. Shrewsbury Town Championships, Cox and Minor Cups, Telepost Championships – KT outlined the format of these competitions for the benefit of new/prospective members. The Town championships in 2017 were won by Trevor Brotherton (with SK and SS taking the U140 and U100 titles). This year's competition is well under way and due to finish in September. Keith reported that a highlight of the season is the live internet broadcast of the Cox and Minor Cup finals played at Wrekin Housing Trust and his disappointment that the Minor Cup final remained unplayed after Church Stretton were forced to default. The Cox was won by Newport, the Minor by Shrewsbury. The Telepost championship saw a fine performance by John Westhead, with 4.5 out of 5, who was presented with the winner's trophy by KT. All members were encouraged to enter the competition this season. (Five matches played under Swiss system, September to Aprilish.)

8. National Club Championships – DB reported on a remarkable performance by Telepost at the Telford Park Inn hotel, with the A team coming second against very strong opposition,in their Category,supported by Nigel,Phil,MC and John Bashall. The B team, with an average grade of around 100, winning the under 125 category,supported by GS,SW,SS and DB.The trophies were displayed and MC commented that we should aim to defend these national trophies in the coming season,which was agreed by the meeting.

9. Club members at congresses – DB reported that a number of Telepost members had attended congresses at venues including Blackpool, Llandudno, Shropshire, London and others. A number of prizes had been won and, most recently, Nigel had secured a superb draw against grandmaster Mark Hebden at the Midlands Club congress.

10. Shropshire Minor Individual – NH reported that the inaugural season of the seven-round Swiss competition for Shropshire players had been very successful and well run. DB, NH and JW had entered from Telepost and others were encouraged to sign up this coming season.

11. Shropshire Individual – the long-standing senior version of the Minor was won by Nick Rutter, with Nigel second.

12. Treasurer's report – JW presented the accounts. Although there was a slight deficit for the year due to unexpected trophy costs, the overall situation remains healthy and JW saw no reason to increase the £5 club fee unless an exceptional expenditure was envisaged. The meeting agreed with this and JW was deluged with fivers. All members are asked to pay JW, either directly or through their team captain or the secretary. Captains are asked to check that all players are ECF members. Telepost Club fees are paid direct to the club.

13. Club website – JC has taken over the noticeboard element of this. It was agreed that it was not necessary for a report on each match since the results are available on the Shropshire website but any matches of particular incident or excitement should be reported to JC, preferably in Word format, for inclusion on the site. JC is also preparing a history of the club from 2003 onwards, following on from the articles provided by founder member Bill Clarke and Keith Tabner. KT suggested it would be useful to have a diary on the noticeboard and he and JC will meet to set this up. There was some discussion of a Telepost Facebook page but this was not felt to be necessary. DB thanked JC for taking on this task during what had been a very difficult year for JC.

14. Teams for 2018/19 season – a Captains' meeting was held recently to discuss the number and make-up of teams for next season. Although it had been hoped to enter five teams it was concluded that realistically this was not possible without considerable stress and an unenviable task for a captain of the fifth team. Using the grades available at the meeting, the following teams were determined (nominated players shown (n)):
A – Nigel Ferrington (n), Trevor Brotherton (n), Phil Zabrocki (n), Matthew Clark (n, captain), John Bashall B – Peter Crean (n), Steve Kempsell (n, captain), Keith Tabner (n), John Westhead (n), Charles Micallef
C – Paul Officer (n), Andy Lewis (n), Nick Holmes (n), Dennis Bonner (n, captain), AN Others – Vinnie only wishes to play as reserve.
G S has sought clarification from the league controller as to his position as he will be playing for Church Stretton in division three. The Controller has said that GS will be allowed to play for our B and C team up to 3 times during the season. David Hodge,ex Church Stretton, may be available occasionally in January 2019 and hopefully Kate can play a number of games. B and C can also draw on the D team pool below. D – SW is captain with a pool of players including JC, SS, Dean Pinnington, David Neale, Martin Ayres. No nominations needed for this team.
Rapidplay A is strengthened by the return of Trevor Brotherton. MC remains captain. Paul Officer will captain Rapidplay B, with J B joining the team as well.

15. Election of officers – Keith Tabner, President, proposed SW, seconded SS. Dennis Bonner Secretary, proposed JC, seconded SW, John Westhead Treasurer, proposed MC, seconded KT.

16. Discussion points:

1. Shropshire AGM – MC reported on the AGM, minutes of which are on the Shropshire Chess website. Main changes are a clarification as to what constitutes a junior team (new rule states there must be three juniors, but an adult substitution can be made on three occasions per season) and a change to the time control to be used – where digital clocks are available the new time is one hour 25 mins, with 10 seconds increment per move. (Moves still don't have to be recorded after the clock first goes under 5 minutes.) This change was carried by one vote at the AGM, and GS pointed out that it would not have been carried if some people had not had to leave early. Some discussion of how many clocks will be needed. Agreed it should be all or nothing – ie all boards in a match to use the same time control. KT said best not to invest in new equipment until the rule beds in, in case it is changed back. We will need to work out how to programme our clocks for this.
PC asked whether matter of declined promotion was put forward. Telepost didn't make a formal proposal at the meeting, but it was discussed at some length, with the league controller arguing declined promotion should be allowed in exceptional circumstances. KT commented that a precedent had been set with the non promotion of Church Stretton and Telford B for next season.
PC suggested a flow chart clarification of elements of the rules on players/teams. MC, who is now general secretary for the league, and KT, who looks after aspects of the website, to look at this alongside sorting out the publication of the new rules.
2. MC proposed a mentoring system where experienced players will work with new members and lower graded players. This was generally agreed to be a good idea and MC will email details and ask for interested mentors and mentees.
3. Equipment – DB proposed Steve Wilson as Equipment Secretary to review and keep tabs on equipment. KT seconded.
4. Pre-season friendly against Shrewsbury to be held Mon 20 Aug. Shrewsbury are bringing up to 8 players, all Telepost players welcome. Match is played to league rules but not graded.
5. Rapidplay Swiss, five rounds of 15 minutes per player, to be held on 3 September – please let the organiser,SW, know if you'd like to play. Just for fun!
6. AOB: JC reported that he and Dean Pinnington would once again be running a chess club at Condover school. He also suggested that we might have a presence at the "try a new sport "event held at Attingham in May – MC suggested that this be raised again nearer the time.
NH proposed a vote of thanks to Peter Crean, as he stepped down from 30 years of being a team captain. All agreed.
The meeting closed at 9.20pm.
Nick Holmes 14/08/2018





Minutes of Telepost Chess Club Annual General Meeting

Held at Telepost Club on Monday 17th July 2017

Present:- Keith Tabner (Chairman), John Westhead (Treasurer), Peter Crean, , Shane Sweeney, Charles Micallef, John Bashall, , Quentin Mills, Dennis Bonner. Nick Holmes, Trevor Everall, Graham Shepherd, Martin Ayres, Josh Cockburn.

Apologies:- Matthew Clark, John Casewell, Vinny Crean, Nigel Ferrington, Tony Jones.

Review of Last Year

Last season for the first time we entered five teams in the Shropshire League aided by the arrival of 5 players from Church Stretton following the closure of their chess club. However this stretched our resources to the limit and we did not win any of the trophies on offer during the winter season.
Our A team were runners up in Div 1 and Quickplay, C team relegated to Div 3 and D team narrowly missed out on promotion to Div 2.
The summer cups were an entirely different matter. Although outgraded in the finals, with games broadcast via internet, Telepost A won the Cox Trophy and Telepost B won the Minor KO.
The Cox Trophy (shield) and the KO Cup will now be on display in our clubhouse and the winning team members were presented with engraved whisky glasses.

Treasurer's Report

JW presented accounts for 2016-17
Although there was a net loss of £67.61 for the year, this included a one off purchase of clocks (£50). Nevertheless club funds at £177.81 remain healthy prior to purchase of trophies.
It remains the responsibility of each player to ensure that he is a paid-up ECF member before playing any game to be submitted for grading.
Chess club fees for 2016-17 will remain at £5-00 per member, to cover running costs. Team captains will again be responsible for collecting subs on behalf of the treasurer.

All players must of course join Telepost Club .

The meeting thanked JW for his 10 years of service in the role of treasurer.

2017-18 County League Teams
Agreed that we will field four teams in the county league this season – A in Div 1, B in Div 2, and both and D in Div 3. The club officers and captains will finalise teams and nominated players once the new grading list becomes available.


Rapidplay Teams
As last year, MC and DB will captain A and B teams in the rapidplay league.
DB advised that the competition is now better organised following a somewhat chaotic first season which may persuade more of our members to take part.

Officers / Captains - For the 2017-18 season :-
The meeting thanked KT for some 20 years service as Secretary and agreed that he move to a new position as Club President. DB agreed to take on the role as secretary.
KT and DB to agree duties and to complete the handover in due course.

President – Keith Tabner
Secretary – Dennis Bonner
Treasurer – John Westhead
A Team Captain - Matthew Clark.
B Team Captain – Peter Crean - (Rapidplay– Dennis Bonner)
C Team Captain – Dennis Bonner
D Team Captain – John Casewell

League AGM Matters Arising
DB detailed rule changes agreed at the league AGM (see Shropshire Chess website for details). It is no longer possible for players graded above 125 to play for more than one club in the league. Thus those players who will now return to Church Stretton for league chess cannot double up for Telepost in the league or summer cups. However they are welcome to remain members of Telepost club if they wish as they can play in club competitions, Shrewsbury Town championships, and other county competitions (possibly rapidplay, quickplay etc if Church Stretton don't enter) as well as social chess.


Club Championship
KT reported a record entry of 18 players -
Congratulations to last year winners -
NF champion 5 / 5, SK U140 winner 3.5 / 5, and NH U100 winner 2 / 5.


Shrewsbury Town Championship

Only 11 entries this year - Agreed that it should continue as at present – KT to organise a five round Swiss during summer months.

Social Events
Agreed that we ask KW to once again arrange a pre-season curry night.
CM – to continue the Xmas event that proved so popular last year.

Chess Equipment
DB to put notice on notice board explaining digital clock use, and to organise an equipment stock check.

Club Website
KT – to discuss with DB possible handover – may need tech support from VC.

Dates for the Diary
25th July 17 – Grading List Due.
6th August – notify league controller of any no go match dates.
31st August ECF annual fees due.
4th Sept (provisionally)- Pre-season friendly v Shrewsbury
11th September League Season starts.
October – club championship begins.

Other Business
NH – Broken Heater – Val has promised KT that it will be repaired
Reminder - visitors to Brian Holford at Coton Hill House residential care home
are welcome other than mealtimes.
Only disabled parking (limited) is available on site.
The Div 3 cup – Neal Allen Trophy – is found – DB to liaise with Priorslee for a handover.
KT to arrange pre-season friendly with Shrewsbury

Keith Tabner 20/07/2017






Minutes of Telepost Chess Club Annual General Meeting

Held at Telepost Club on Monday 8th August 2016

Present

Keith Tabner (Chairman), John Westhead (Treasurer), Peter Crean, , Shane Sweeney, Charles Micallef, Vinny Crean, Matthew Clark, John Bashall, John Casewell, Quentin Mills, Dennis Bonner.

Apologies :- Nick Holmes.

Review of Last Year

Nigel Ferrington was once again crowned County Individual Champion.
Our A team won the Cox Trophy and also the Rapidplay League.
Our C team are Div 3 champions
KT presented trophies (engraved whisky glasses) to the winning C team members, and the rapidplay cup to A team captain MC. However the whereabouts of the Cox Trophy remains a mystery.

Treasurer's Report

JW presented accounts for 2015-16
The club had to pay out £110 to cover games played by non-ECF members (£2-00 per game). Happily the players concerned have since reimbursed us in full.
It is the responsibility of each player to ensure that he is a paid-up ECF member before playing any game to be submitted for grading.
Agreed that captains will verify that each of their team members are current ECF members by 31 st October at latest.
Club funds stand at £245.42 prior to the purchase of trophies (£26-80).
Chess club fees for 2015-16 will remain at £5-00 per member, to cover running costs. Team captains will again 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).

2016-17 County League Teams
Agreed that we will field four teams in the county league this season – A in Div 1, B and C in Div 2 and D in Div 3. The secretary will update the list of members to show nominated players, teams and captains as discussed and agreed in order to retain maximum flexibility within league rules.

Rapidplay Teams
MC will again captain our A team in this event.

And this year for the first time we will also enter a B team with DB as captain.

Officers / Captains
- For the 2016-17 season will be:-

Secretary - Keith Tabner

Treasurer – John Westhead
A Team Captain - Matthew Clark.
B Team Captain – Peter Crean - B Team Rapidplay Captain – Dennis Bonner
C Team Captain –Nick Holmes
D Team Captain – John Casewell

League AGM Matters Arising
Vinny Crean has now resigned as league controller – succeeded by Nathaneal Paul.
The club thanked VC for his excellent seven years service in that roll.

Club Championship
Congratulations to last year winners - NF champion 5 / 5, JW + KT U140 winners 3.5 / 5, and DP U100 winner 2 / 5.

(Proposed JW seconded CM ) agreed that entry in future will be free to both this event and Shrewsbury Town Championship (previously £2-00 )

Shrewsbury Town Championship

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

Curry Night
Once again an enjoyable summer evening organised by KW.
CM – consider also a similar Xmas event -

Chess Equipment

DB reported several clocks not fully working – will separate out those needing attention.
Discussion on availability / use of digital clocks.
Those that we have are rarely used as hardly anyone knows how they operate.
Agreed MC and DB investigate options and report / recommend the best course of action.
The meeting thanked PC for carrying out a review / tidy-up / stocktake of our chess equipment..

Reminder that we have a small library of chess magazines and books in chess cupboard for members to borrow and return.

Club Website

KT – Please supply pics of winning teams when appropriate.
Would welcome someone else taking over.

Dates for the Diary
31 st August ECF annual fees due.

VC - S econd week Sept (provisionally) league season begins

October – club championship begins.

Other Business
JC / PC reported visiting Brian Holford at Coton Hill House residential care home.
Visitors are welcome other than mealtimes -

Keith Tabner
Chess Club Secretary




Minutes of Telepost Chess Club Annual General Meeting
Held at Telepost Club on Monday 4th August 2015

Present
Keith Tabner (Secretary), John Westhead (Treasurer), Peter Crean, , Shane Sweeney, Charles Micallef, Vinny Crean, Dean Pinnington, Matthew Clark, John Bashall, John Casewell, Quentin Mills, Martin Ayres, Steve Kempsell, Kate Walker.

Apologies :- Nick Holmes, Nigel Ferrington.

Review of Last Year
In the league our three teams each finished in mid-table in their division.
However in the Team Quickplay our A team ran out worthy champions.
And in the Minor Knockout, despite being heavily outgraded in both semi-final and final, our B team were crowned cup-winners. The latter match was broadcast live over the internet and PC reported that our founder Bill Clark was able to watch as it happened in France.
KT presented trophies (engraved whisky glasses) to the winning team members.

Treasurer's Report
JW presented accounts for 2014-15
Club funds stand at £201-38 prior to the purchase of trophies (£55-60).
Chess club fees for 2015-16 will remain at £5-00 per member, to cover running costs, plus £2-00 for either club championship or Shrewsbury Town championship if applicable.
Team captains will again 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).
Agreed that in future to save funds, eligible players will be asked whether they wish to receive their trophy.

2015-16 County League Teams
Agreed that we will field four teams in the county league this season – one each in Divs 1 and 2, and two in Div 3. The secretary will update the list of members to show teams and captains as discussed and agreed.

Rapidplay Teams
MC will again captain our A team in this event. However, unless sufficient players come forward nearer the time, we are unlikely to enter a B team.

Officers / Captains
For the 2015-16 season will be:-
Secretary - Keith Tabner
Treasurer – John Westhead
A Team Captain - Matthew Clark.
B Team Captain – Peter Crean
C Team Captain –Nick Holmes
D Team Captain – John Casewell


League AGM Matters Arising
A one point penalty for any match default will apply this season.

Before a league match can be re-arranged, the prior approval of the League Controller must be obtained.

If both captains agree, an incremental time control using digital clocks will be allowed (but we must first learn how to use our own digital clocks…).

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.
Congratulations to last year winners -
NF champion 5 / 5, SK and QM U140 winners 3 / 5, and SS U100 winner 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
VC - First or second week Sept (provisionally) league season begins
October – club championship begins.
2nd Sunday each month at 2.00pm chess in a café (Quirky Café – KW)

Other Business
The meeting agreed with JC's proposal that D team players could if they so wished double up by also playing for Church Stretton in Div 2. This would not bar them from playing up to our C team as cover if needed.
However C team players will be needed by our own club as cover for our own B team in Div 2.

The meeting was pleased to note that JC and DP are actively supporting Condover Primary School's in house chess club.

PC agreed to organise a review / tidy-up / stocktake of our chess equipment.

4NCL chess league will be played in Telford this year. To take part contact the organisers – Nat Paul, Chris Lewis.

Shropshire is not entering county teams this year.

To enter County Individual Championship contact Nick Rutter.

Keith Tabner
Chess Club Secretary




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




Minutes of Telepost Chess Club Annual General Meeting

Held at Telepost Club on Thursday 29th August 2013

Present

Keith Tabner (Secretary), John Westhead (Treasurer), Peter Crean, , Shane Sweeney, Charles Micallef, Vinny Crean. Dean Pinnington, Richard Bryant, Matthew Clark, John Bashall, Ian Duncan.
Apologies:- Nigel Ferrington, John Casewell.
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Review of Last Year

2012-13 has been one of mixed fortunes.
Telepost A were runners up behind Newport for both league title and Cox trophy.
Telepost B were just relegated from the top flight.
Telepost C finished safely in Div 2 mid-table.
Telepost D again gave valuable experience to to our up and coming players.
However our rapidplay team retained the team rapidplay trophy after a hard fought tournament.

ECF Direct Membership

As last season - JW explained the options open to members to meet the new ECF funding requirements.
Occasional league players (max 3 games per season) must pay game fee £2-00 per game.
For league team players:-
Renew membership via website and advise KT of membership number.

Treasurer's Report

John Westhead presented accounts for 2012-13.
As is so often the case, a successful year with significant costs in trophies is followed by a less successful one. Income has exceeded expenditure this year with club funds now at £150.
Chess club fees for 2012-13 will remain at £5-00 per member payable to JW, to cover and running costs.
All players must of course join Telepost Club (currently £20-00 pa payable each April).

Proposed New Rapidplay League

Agreed that we should enter two teams.

2013-14 Teams

The A team is weakened this season – David Bates is unavailable and both Richard Bryant and Phil Zabrocki will miss several matches.
Thus several players will move up leaving a gap in the C team.
We have agreed to co-operate with the new Condover-Church Stretton Club to enable us to still field four league teams. Francis and occasionally Steve Rooney will double up and play for Telepost C and three of our players, Charles, Shane, and John Casewell, will double up and also play for them.
We are pleased to welcome several new members who will gain experience in the D team.

We will again field four teams in the Shropshire chess league – A in Div 1, B and C in Div 2, and D team in Div 3. KT to update members list with details.

Officers / Captains

Secretary - Keith Tabner
Treasurer – John Westhead
A Team Captain - Richard Bryant, (Vice Capt Matthew Clark)
B Team Captain – Peter Crean,
C Team Captain –John Casewell
D Team Captain – Dean Pinnington


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.
Congratulations to Club Champion Richard Bryant and U140 champion Kate Walker.

Shrewsbury Town Championship


Agreed that it should continue as at present – KT to organise a five round Swiss during summer months. With one round to go Nigel Ferrington has just become the first player to retain the Shrewsbury Town Championship title.

Dates for the Diary

3rd Sept NF Simul at Condover
9th Sept League season begins

Any Other Business

Equipment – Agreed it would be desirable when funds are available to have 5 digital clocks.

Sponsorship – ID to see if his employer Lanyon Bowdler would be prepared to contribute towards new equipment.

Keith Tabner Secretary




Minutes of Telepost Chess Club Annual General Meeting

Held at Telepost Club on Tuesday 21st August 2012

Present:- Keith Tabner (Secretary), John Westhead (Treasurer) John Casewell, Peter Crean, Shane Sweeney, Charles Micallef, Vinny Crean. Dean Pinnington, Noel Kiffin, Richard Bryant, Adrian Bowyer,
Apologies:- Dave Bates, Matthew Clark

Review of Last Year
2011-12 has been one of our most successful seasons ever.
Telepost A are Div 1 champions and also won the inaugural rapidplay tournament.
Telepost B are Div 2 champions and Telepost C won the Minor Knockout.
Telepost D are the county's only D team and blooded several new players.
Nigel Ferrington (grade 201) joined the exclusive 200 club and became both Shropshire County Individual Champion and Shrewsbury Town Champion.
The secretary presented commemorative whisky glass trophies to winning team members, and player of the tournament trophy to Noel Kiffin (Minor KO).

Club Night.
As the Telepost town walls club has now closed, the rifle shooting section has taken over Tuesday evenings. The meeting agreed unanimously to move our club night to Monday evening with effect from Monday 3 rd September 2012. (KT to announce the change, amend website etc).

ECF Direct Membership
JW explained the options open to members to meet the new ECF funding requirements.
Occasional league players (max 3 games per season) must pay game fee £2-00 per game.
For league team players:-
Bronze membership £13-00 pa will cover all club matches.
Silver membership £19-00 pa will also cover tournaments.
It is possible to upgrade at any time as required.
Agreed – all members to join direct via ECF website and to notify their membership number to Vinny before league season starts ! VC will in turn distribute full list.
Captains must ensure that only eligible players play in any match.
Otherwise club may face fine / default.

Treasurer's Report
John Westhead presented accounts for 2011-12.
Team success has meant a significant outlay for trophies, leaving a balance of £99-77 in club funds.
Chess club fees for 2012-13 will be £5-00 per member payable to JW, to cover league fees (£10-00 per team?) and running costs.
All players must of course join Telepost Club (currently £20-00 pa payable each April).

Sponsorship
A Bath based chess supplier, Regency Chess, has donated two chess clocks to our club in return for a link to our website for three years to July 2015.

2012-13 Teams
We will again field four teams in the Shropshire chess league – A and B team in Div 1, C in Div 2, and D team in Div 3. KT to update members list with details.

Officers / Captains
Secretary - Keith Tabner
Treasurer – John Westhead
A Team Captain - Richard Bryant, (Vice Capt Keith Tabner)
B Team Captain – Matthew Clark, (Vice Capt Noel Kiffin)
C Team Captain –John Casewell (Vice Capt Peter Crean)
D Team Captain – Dean Pinnington (Vice Captain Shane Sweeney)


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. Phil Zabrocki is our new club champion with Matthew Clark best U140. Agreed that the Steve Jones Trophy be engraved with the winners' names.


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 (to be confirmed)
Monday 10th September - Pre-Season Friendly Telepost v Shrewsbury at Telepost 7.30pm all welcome to play but will not be graded.
17 th Sept 2012 - Winter Chess Season Begins
14 th Oct 2012 Blitz Tournament in Telford (see Shrops Chess website)

Any Other Business
VC to order score cards.
DP to organise stock of chess equipment.

Keith Tabner Secretary



Minutes of Telepost Chess Club Annual General Meeting

Held at Telepost Club on Tuesday 6 th September 2011

Present:- Keith Tabner (Secretary), John Westhead (Treasurer) John Casewell, John Bashall, Peter Crean, Brian Holford, Shane Sweeney, Charles Micalef, Vinny Crean. Matthew Clark, Dean Pinnington, Phillip Zabrocki. - Apologies:- Dave Bates, Alan Cliff.

Review of Last Season
Although none of our teams won titles in the 2010-11 season, nevertheless we can look upon the overall performance with considerable satisfaction. With several new members joining our club, for the first time in a number of years we were able to field four teams in the league – thus making us the county's largest and most active chess club. Indeed our D team alone were able to call upon nine players, thus achieving our prime objective – to encourage as many players as possible to enjoy competitive chess. In addition our members played an active role in organising and expanding the game across the county including as League Controller (VC), county website (KT & VC), and tournament organiser (KT).

2011-12 Teams
We will again field four teams in the Shropshire chess league – A team in Div 1, B and C in Div 2, and D team in Div 3.

Officers / Captains
Secretary - Keith Tabner
Treasurer – John Westhead
A Team Captain - Richard Bryant, (Vice Capt Peter Crean)
B Team Captain – Matthew Clark, (Vice Capt Keith Tabner)
C Team Captain –John Casewell (Vice Capt Charles Micalef)
D Team Captain – Dean Pinnington (Vice Captain Shane Sweeney)

Treasurer's Report
JW presented accounts for the last two years. Fees will remain as last year £12 per head to cover league fees etc. The lack of trophy success in the season means that expenditure is lower than normal. JW will also be collecting outstanding tournament fees.
Of course all of us must also be fully paid up members of Telepost Club (£15-00 pa)

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. Our 2010-11 champion is Matthew Clark with an impressive 4/5.
Agreed that the Steve Jones Trophy be engraved with the winners' names – JB to organise.

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 (to be confirmed)
Tuesday 20th September - Pre-Season Friendly Telepost v Shrewsbury -
at Telepost 7.30pm all welcome to play but will not be graded.

26 th Sept 2011 - Winter Chess Season Begins

Any Other Business
Curry Night – The meeting agreed that the curry evening organised by JC had been a great success and should become a regular event.
PZ suggested a Xmas meal be added to our social calendar. Agreed MC to organise.
VC to check stock of score cards.
Matters from the County AGM:- Grades will in future be published every six months.

Keith Tabner Secretary



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




Minutes of Telepost Chess Club Annual General Meeting
Held at Telepost Club on Tuesday 25th August 2009

Present Keith Tabner (Secretary), John Westhead (Treaurer), Adrian Sweeney, Steve Jones, Maisy Pugh, John Casewell, Vinny Crean, Charles Micallef, Peter Crean, Richard Bryant, John Bashall.
Apologies – Brian Holford

Review of Last Season
We fielded two teams in Division 1 of the Shropshire chess League. Our A team were just pipped to the title by Shrewsbury A, whilst the B team performed heroically to come so close to avoiding the inevitable drop into Division 2. Newport had to recall all their strong players from university to level with Telepost B on points and stay up on goal difference. In Division 3 our C team finished a creditable third.
Nigel Ferrington was again crowned county individual champion, whilst Richard Bryant became national U170 champion with a phenomenal series of tournament successes around the country.

2009-10 Teams
The club have the opportunity this year to put a team into each of the three Shropshire League divisions. Thus all players will be able to play at a level to suit their abilities. After much discussion a team structure was accepted. (see list of members / teams)

Officers / Captains
Secretary - Keith Tabner
Treasurer - John Westhead
A Team Captain - Richard Bryant,
B Team Captain - Peter Crean,
C Team Captain - John Casewell

Treasurer's Report
Chess Membership Fee - £12-00pa for all team members - to be paid to the Treasurer as soon as possible. (All members must of course also join Telepost Club - currently £15-00 pa). League fees are £45 per team payable in November.

Match Nights
A team – Tuesday
B team – Wednesday
C team - Wednesday

Keith Tabner Secretary




Minutes of Telepost Chess Club Annual General Meeting
Held at Telepost Club on Tuesday 2nd September 2008

Present
Keith Tabner (Secretary), John Westhead (Treaurer), John Casewell, John Bashall, Brian Holford, Adrian Bowyer, Shane Sweeney, David Bates, Richard Bryant, Vincent Crean, Jamie Hopkins, Charles Micallef.
Apologies – Peter Crean

Review of Last Season

Last season was highly successful for Telepost.
Captain Richard Bryant lead the A team by example to the Division 1 championship by the narrowest of margins over nearest rivals Church Stretton. With strong support from several B team players the team went on to complete a league and cup double for only the second time in the club's history.

Peter Crean captained the B team to the Division 2 title and promotion to the top flight.

Meanwhile the C team under Captain Adrian Bowyer completed all fixtures in Division 3 giving valuable experience to some new members ably supported by some more experienced players.

There were some notable individual performances by club members during the year. Jamie Hopkins shared the 2008 County Individual Championship, and both Richard Bryant and John Bashall enjoyed successes in weekend tournaments nationwide.

In supporting the Shropshire Chess website, Vinny Crean and Keith Tabner made a significant contribution to the organisation of chess in the county.

Special thanks are due to Shane Sweeney, Adrian Bowyer, and Brian Holford for keeping the club active throughout the summer.

It was with great sadness that we heard of the loss of Joe Adderley – he will be missed.

2008-09 Teams

The club this year will have two teams in Division 1 and a C team in Division 3. After some discussion a team structure was accepted. (see list of members / teams)

Election of Officers / Captains

Secretary - Keith Tabner
Treasurer – John Westhead
A Team Captain - Richard Bryant, Vice Captain Keith Tabner
B Team Captain - Peter Crean, Vice Captain John Bashall
C Team Captain – John Casewell, Vice Captain – Adrian Bowyer

Treasurer's Report

John Westhead detailed the clubs finances. The current balance stands at £91-63.

League fees will be £50-00 per team. Following the club's success John Bashall had procurred trophies at a cost of £65.16.

After much discussion the meeting agreed JH's proposal that trophy winners would contribute £3-00 each towards their cost. Chess club membership will increase from £10 to £12-00 pa. - to be paid to the Treasurer as soon as possible. (All members must of course also join Telepost Club - currently £15-00 pa). League fees are payable at end November.

DB explained a fund raising scheme via scratch cards which will net £120-00 pa. After discussion this was not adopted but will be reviewed in future.

Dates for the Diary at Telepost Club

Wednesday 3 rd September SCA EGM at Telepost Club
Tuesday 30th September - Pre-Season Friendly vs Shrewsbury – provisional to be confirmed. Cancelled
1st October Winter Chess Season Begins ? to be confirmed
brought forward to 16th September

Any Other Business

SCA EGM

After some discussion members were encouraged to attend this meeting to vote on agenda items of great significance to Shropshire chess (ie the “Vinny Crean situation” re estimated grades, and the proposed penalties for teams not providing officials for the SCA.)

New Grades

JB provided list of new grades to be introduced next season.

Trophy presentation

The meeting concluded with the presentation of the Division 1 and the Division 2 Championship Trophies, The Cox Trophy Shield, and the 15 individual shields for the successful team members.

Congratulations to all on a memorable season and here's looking forward to the next.

Keith Tabner - Secretary



Minutes of Telepost Chess Club Annual General Meeting
Held at Telepost Club on Thursday 30th August 2007

Present
Keith Tabner (Secretary), John Liddell (Treaurer), John Casewell, John Westhead, John Bashall, Peter Crean, Steve Jones, Brian Holford, Adrian Bowyer, Shane Sweeney.

Review of Last Season
Although our teams generally underperformed in the league last year, there was a success in the inaugural Winter Cup. Non-playing captain Peter Crean fielded a strong B team to defeat Church Stretton in the final. Individual Trophies, kindly subsidised by John Bashall, were presented to John Westhead, John Bashall, and in absentis to Nigel Ferrington, Jamie Hopkins, and Richard Bryant.

There were some notable individual performances by club members during the year. Nigel Ferrington won the 2006 County Individual Championship for a third time, and Richard Bryant became National U175 Champion.

The club continued to play a major role on the organisational side of Shropshire Chess. However two members are now retiring from their positions after several notable years of service. John Westhead had captained the county U125 team to the national semi finals and final during his tenure.
John Casewell had succesfully combined the roles of League Controller and Darwin Organiser with club C team captaincy. Both have earned our thanks for their considerable achievements.

2007-08 Teams
The club have the opportunity this year to put a team into each of the three Shropshire League divisions. Thus all players will be able to play at a level to suit their abilities.
After much discussion a team structure was accepted. (see list of members / teams)

Officers / Captains
Secretary - Keith Tabner
Treasurer - John Liddell
A Team Captain - Richard Bryant,
B Team Captain - Peter Crean,
C Team Captain - Adrian Bowyer
C Team Vice Captain - John Casewell

Treasurer's Report
Funds are at an unacceptably low level - with no contingency to cover equipment, trophies or unexpected costs. Chess Membership Fee - £10-00pa for all team members - to be paid to the Treasurer as soon as possible. (All members must of course also join Telepost Club - currently £15-00 pa). League fees are £45 per team payable in November.

Dates for the Diary at Telepost Club
Tuesday 4th September - Club Night
Tuesday 11th September - Chess & Curry Night (John Casewell to organise)
Tuesday18th September - Council Meeting in big room - Club Night in back room
Tuesday 25th September - Pre-Season Friendly vs Shrewsbury
1st October Winter Chess Season Begins
( John Casewell to circulate Telepost Fixtures including to Clive Beaman for the diary.)

Any Other Business

Darwin Chess Festival
John Casewell announced that he was stepping down as organiser. After some discussion it was agreed that it was not viable for Telepost Club to adopt what has been a Shropshire County event.

Chess Coaching
It was agreed that the club's stronger players should do more to actively encourage and develop the play of those members seeking to improve. We should put in place a system of training and mentoring on a one to one basis. Each of those seeking coaching should be paired with a stronger player to act as mentor, advisor, and coach. John Westhead agreed to co-ordinate this.

Summer Events.
The club tends to be very quiet during the summer months. It was agreed that a series of club summer events should be staged on a monthly basis - perhaps open to both our own and members of other local clubs. Peter Crean, John Westhead, and John Casewell agreed to put this in place next summer.

Keith Tabner Secretary




Minutes of Telepost Chess Club Annual General Meeting
Held at Telepost Club on Tuesday 6th Sept 2005

Present
Keith Tabner (Secretary), John Liddell (Treaurer), John Casewell, John Westhead, John Bashall, Peter Crean, Bob Simpson, David Adderley, Steve Jones, Steve Kempsall, Jamie Hopkins, Joe Adderley.
Neil Allen
The meeting began with one minute's silence in memory of A team captain Neil Allen.
Review of Last Season
A Team - Regained the league championship from close rivals Shrewsbury A, thus making five titles in the past six years. Will play in the Cox trophy final next week against Newport.
B Team - Under captain John Liddell acquitted themselves well in top flight and were only relegated on goal difference. Bob Simpson was in good form.
C Team - An impressive season saw the team promoted to Div 1 as runners up to Ludlow, despite having been forced to concede the crucial match against Ludlow. Followed this up by winning the Minor Knockout trophy - the first ever Telepost win in this competition.
D Team - Despite a difficult season in Div 3 with key players often unavailable, the team managed to give several new players valuable experience of league chess.
John Bashall won the Wrekin Congress Major 4.5 / 5 ahead of Keith Tabner 4 / 5 and improved his grade to 160.
Richard Bryant won the Heyswood Major 5/5 and scored an impressive 4/5 in the strong Manchester Open.
John Westhead captained the county U125 team to the national semi finals.
John Casewell again combined the roles of League Controller, Darwin Organiser, and D Team captain.
Trophy Presentations
The division 1 championship trophy, having been completely refurbished, cleaned, and restored to pristine condition by Steve Jones, was presented to John Bashall on behalf of Telepost A. Individual trophies were awarded to team members Nigel Ferrington, Richard Bryant, John Bashall, Keith Tabner, and in lieu to captain Neil Allen.
Individual Minor Knockout Trophies were presented to Dave Bates, Steve Kempsall, John Westhead, Dave Adderley, and Vinny Crean.
2005-06Teams
The secretary extended a warm welcome to Jamie Hopkins and hoped to see further new members in the near future. However the club have lost several key players including TK Kam, Vinny Crean, and Robert Seeney, as well Neil Allen. The meeting reluctantly agreed to drop the D Team this year. Thus A and B teams will play in Division 1 with the C team in Division 2. For the first time for some years there will be no Telepost team in Division 3.
The secretary's proposed team structure was accepted. (see list of members / teams)
Officers / Captains
Secretary - Keith Tabner - Treasurer - John Liddell
A Team Captain - Richard Bryant, (Vice Captain John Bashall)
B Team Captain - Peter Crean, (Vice Captain Bob Simpson)
C Team Captain - Steve Jones (Vice Captain John Liddell)
Club Championship Organiser - John Liddell
Treasurer's Report
Chess Membership Fee - £10-00pa for all senior members - to be collected by team captains in October. (All members must of course also join Telepost Club - currently £15-00 pa). League fees are £45 per team payable in November. Junior membership will be free.
Club Championship
The meeting voted to defer arranging a formal club championship. In the absence of a D team, an emphasis will be placed on social chess and organising ad hoc competitions, fun chess, coaching, and friendly matches.
Neil Allen Trophy
The meeting agreed to John Westhead's proposal that the club should offer to fund a new division 3 trophy - the Neil Allen Trophy - to be paid for by individual donations from members. The secretary was instructed to take this proposal to the SCA Council Meeting next week.
Darwin Festival
Organiser John Casewell asked for club members to support this year's festival which will include:-17/09/05 Individual Lightening Tournament24/09/05 Team competition and Junior Showcase
Pre Season Friendly
Provisional date 27/09/05 for annual friendly v Shrewsbury - to be confirmed.
League AGM
FIDE have introduced a new rule - players may no longer write down a move before it is played.
Website
The club now has its own website - www.telepostchessclub.netfirms.com In addition several club members are involved in the Shropshire website www.shropshirechess.org . Webmaster Vinny Crean is taking a year out in New Zealand . Site editor Keith Tabner is looking for new contributors in addition to club members John Casewell and John Westhead. The major contribution by Telepost members helps keep the club at the forefront of Shropshire chess.
Any Other Business
Club Dates
13/09/05 Cox Trophy Final Telepost A v Newport
14/09/05 SCA Council Meeting
20/09/05 Ladies Darts night
27/09/05 Pre Season Friendly v Shrewsbury
04/10/05 Season Begins Telepost A v B.
We will be hosting Division 3 fixtures between Ludlow B and Market Drayton

Keith Tabner Secretary




Minutes of Telepost Chess Club Annual General Meeting
Held at Telepost Club on Tuesday 7th Sept 2004

Present:- Keith Tabner (Secretary), John Liddell (Treaurer), Richard Bryant, John Westhead, John Bashall, Peter Crean, Bob Simpson, David Adderley, Steve Jones, Neil Allen
Review of Last Season
A Team - Finished runners-up in both league and cup thus ending a run of four consecutive championships.
B Team - Fought well in top flight and were unlucky to be just relegated.
C Team - Starting as rank outsiders produced a tremendous season to win the Div 2 championship. Individual Trophies were presented to Steve Jones (captain), David Adderley, John Liddell, Jonathon Harvey, and John Westhead.
D Team - Enjoyed a solid performance in the league and a good cup run.
Nigel Ferrington won his third county individual championship with an impressive 6 / 7.
Richard Bryant qualified for the British Championships in Scarborough.
John Westhead captained the county U125 team to win the national title.This followed his impressive performance in the Wrekin Congress.
Steve Jones worked tirelessly as captain to earn the C team the Div 2 title.
John Casewell successfully combined the roles of League Controller, Darwin Organiser, and D Team captain.
Jonathon Harvey earned his first grade - an impressive 146.
2004-05 Teams
After much debate the meeting recognised the importance of maintaining four teams and competing in all divisions of the Shropshire league. This despite losing some members last year. By taking advantage of league rules re players playing up (below 110 may play Div 2 and 1, below 90 may play Div 3 and 2) this is just feasible but new members are needed. The secretary's proposed team structure was accepted. (see list of members / teams)
Officers / Captains
Secretary
- Keith Tabner
Treasurer - John Liddell
A Team Captain - Neil Allen, (Vice Captain Richard Bryant)
B Team Captain - John Liddell, (Vice Captain Bob Simpson)
C Team Captain - Steve Jones
D Team Captain - John Casewell
Club Championship Organiser - John Liddell
Treasurer's Report
Chess Membership Fee - £10-00pa for all members - to be collected by team captains in October. (All members must of course also join Telepost Club - currently £15-00 pa). League fees are to increase from £39 last year to £45 payable in November.
Darwin Festival
18/09/04 Players wanted for West v East Shropshire match.25/09/04 U125 team to feature in match of the Generations.
Summer 2005 Tournament.
Proposal to combine club championship with Shrewsbury Club - to find Shrewsbury Town Champion - was accepted. Details to be announced later by organiser John Liddell if also accepted by Shrewsbury.
New Members
All avenues must be explored to encourage new members, especially juniors, into the club.
Keith Tabner




Telepost Chess Club 2002-2003 Season

Telepost Chess Club celebrated their most successful season with a knight at the local Indian restaurant. The Telepost A team won the first division title for a fourth successive year, matching a feat previously only achieved by Coddon.
This year it was the top two boards who excelled. On board one Nigel Ferrington went through the whole season undefeated with a score equivalent to a grade of 178. However Richard Bryant on board two was not to be outdone. He started with nine straight wins before drawing with Thomas Pym and, in the last match, losing to Phil Saxon of Shifnal and Telford. This equated to an amazing 180 score for his league season. Steve Rawlins scoring 147 and Keith Tabner at 141 provided solid support. Only captain Dave Bryan was slightly disappointing. With competition for places so fierce at the club his 131 score may not be enough to keep him in next season's first team.

TELEPOST 'B' 2002/03 Report

At the start of the season they were odds-on for an instant return to the second division. They were boosted though with the addition of two new members joining the club after the Perkins club folded shortly before the season began. Steve Kempsell and Bob Simpson are both regular first division players and went straight into the 'B' team.

In their opening match of the season they came up against the current Shropshire champions and clubmates in Telepost 'A'. Realistically they could not have expected to get a result but nevertheless they inflicted a rare defeat on the champions.
On board one John Bashall put up a good display against Nigel Ferrington and was unfortunate only to achieve a draw, after missing his chance of the win. John continued with his impressive results throughout the league campaign despite continually being outgraded on the top board. He ended the league season with a record of 2 wins, 4 draws, and only 4 defeats.
On board two Steve Kempsell lost out to Steve Rawlings. This was the start of a tough season for Steve K. as he had the inenviable task of playing on the second board where he was also outgraded against every opponent he played. Steve ended the season with a surprize win over Gordon Bradley, who is graded over 20 points higher.
On board three 'B' team captain Neil Allen drew with his 'A' team counterpart Dave Bryan, after having a slightly better position throughout the game. Neil ended the season with 3 wins, 5 draws, and 2 defeats. The three wins came against players he had previously never beaten.
Peter Crean gained a vital win on board four over Keith Tabner. Peter's season also included wins over Richard Thompson, Ian Wilson, and John Tunks. He ended his season with 4 wins, 1 draw, and 6 defeats.
Bob Simpson also won on board five against John Westhead, who was a substitute for the 'A' team. Bob gained more points throughout the season than any other player in the 'B' team. He finished with 6 wins, 1 draw, and 4 defeats.
These combined performances meant that Telepost 'B' finished in 4th position in the first division - their best ever league position. Their success was mainly due to constitently fielding their strongest team - only having to use a substitute player on three occasions during the entire league season. The extra players were John Westhead and David Adderley from the 'C' team and Steve Povall who made a guest appearance, making the 100 mile round trip from his home in North Wales.

Telepost 'B's form continued into the summer knockout cup as they reached the semi-final stage before being narrowly beaten by Coddon 'A'. - (Neil Allen 2003)

TELEPOST 'C' 2002/03 Report
Having won our first match 3-2, drawn our second and lost our fourth I did not consider we were promotion material, let alone to go on and win the league. Having lost our second match just before Christmas we came back in the new year with a smaller squad but retaining our stronger players and apart from a draw in late February, won every match apart from a draw on April fools day when the pressure was off and won the league by 4 points. I put our success down to a team effort, not having to make wholesale changes and having strong players in Dave Adderley , John Westhead and Steve Jones on the top boards. Vincent Crean had a pleasing season and I sneaked the odd game. Let's hope we can now emulate our B team and stay in the 2nd division. - (John Casewell C team captain 2003)




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