HASTINGS & ST LEONARDS CHESS CLUB
Minutes of the Directors Meeting: Monday 08 August 2016, 1815, Pelton House, Richard Almond Room
Present: Marc Bryant, Adrian Cload, Bill Penfold, Lona Steuart, Jim Wheeler 
In Attendance: Ken Lucas (Minutes)
The Chairman opened the Meeting at 1815
1 Apologies for Absence: Jeremy Hudson, Mason Woodhams
2 Minutes of the Meeting of 18 July 2016 (previously circulated) – accepted, signed by the Chairman.
3 Matters arising not already on the agenda.
3.1 Proposal: ‘Members to be allowed to take trophies home’ – amended: ‘Members of 5 years or more.’
Vote: 3 for, 1 against. Carried.
4 Library – MB reported – still chasing non-returned books.
5 Chairman’s matters
5.1 Match Sets – 4 purchased, £417 total, +2 already in the Club – put away for Matches only.
5.2 Weekend Tournament : <150, 24/25 September, 7 possible entries already.
5.3 New chairs – on-going, possibly 5 needed.
5.4 Framing of pictures : more done, more to do.
5.5 Curtains rehanging – still to do.
5.6 Sale of old mags on E-bay – still to do.
5.7 Remove and repair of sign – to be done.
6 Secretary’s report and correspondence : MB reported no correspondence.
7 Treasurer’s report and financial
7.1 Membership renewals : waiting on 2 members to complete their subscription, if not paid by 01 September 2016
will cease to be members.
7.2 Budget : next years Budget sheet distributed.
8 Premises officer’s report – none.
8.1 MB advised growth in outside conservatory window – agreed MB to do as cheap as possible.
9 Website : nothing
10 Junior chess : no report.
10.1 Suggestion for new curtains – next Agenda
11 Tournament controller : MB advised all up and running, 10 mins Tournament to start soon. Notice for entries
for the Winter Tournaments will go up in September.
11.1 AC agreed to grade the Rapid Games.
12 Captains – nothing.
13.1 New Members : Arkady Kovalevsky (Full Member) – agreed
V Kozemjaks (Full Member) – agreed
14 Time/date next meeting : Monday 19 September 2016, 1815, Richard Almond Room, Pelton House.
15 Any other business :
15.1 Arjan <10 British Champion. MB to write to congratulate obo Club.
15.2 AGM nominations: Chair MB, Mins KL, Juniors MW, Web MW, Treasurer JW.
15.3 MB proposed £20 donation towards the cost of the Bank Holiday 29 August Rapid Play – agreed.
The Meeting closed at 1854.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Hastings & St. Leonards Chess Club – Hastings & St Leonards Chess Club Ltd, company registration 07737752 – will be held on Sunday 4 September 2016 at 2:00 pm at Pelton House, 2 Cornwallis Terrace, Hastings.
All Members are entitled to attend and speak but only Full Members are entitled to vote
Members are encouraged to attend but if they cannot then company law permits them to appoint a proxy and a form of proxy accompanies this notice.
Would be proxy givers are asked to consider carefully any directions they wish to give the proxy holder on how and when their vote is to be exercised or not to be exercised. A form of proxy is enclosed for eligible members who wish to use it.
Members are strongly urged, in order to expedite the business of the Meeting, to raise beforehand with the appropriate person any points of information that might perhaps be disposed of without taking up the Meeting’s time.
Tea (complimentary) will be taken at approximately 4.00 p.m., and if necessary the meeting will adjourn for that purpose. After the AGM there will be the customary President’s v Chairman’s Match (30 minutes per player, ungraded) for the Reg Cload Trophy.
It is not obligatory for most to submit written reports, but the following documents are enclosed with this Agenda:
Agenda item 6: Chairman’s Report
Agenda item 8: Treasurer’s Report and Accounts
Agenda item 9.4 Librarian Report
Agenda item 10.1 MacArthur Cup
Agenda item 10.2.3 mid Sussex 3rd team
Agenda item 10.3.2 Stevenson cup
Agenda item 10.3.4 En Passant Kent
Agenda item10.3.5 Harvey
Agenda item10.4 Friendly matches
N.B. members who receive these papers by e-mail may find them collated differently to those receiving hard copy, but the content is the same!
The Minutes of the AGM of 6 September 2015 have been previously circulated but are circulated again for the convenience of Members. Members who attended who have issues of accuracy with them should advise the Secretary in good time.
1 Apologies for Absence.
2 Announcement of any proxies.
3 One minute’s Silence for members who have died.
4 Matters Arising not otherwise on the Agenda or reported.
5 Sussex ECF representative report Julie Denning.
6 Chairman’s Report
7 Secretary’s Report – vacant
8 Financial Reports
8.1 Treasurer – Mr. Wheeler
8.1.2 Accounts for the year to 30 June 2016
8.1.3 Adopt the Accounts
8.4.4 Junior Chess Educational Fund
9 Reports from other office-holders
9.1 Premises Officer vacant
9.2 Junior Organizer Mr. woodhams
9.3 Tournament Controller Ms Norinkeviciute
9.4 Librarian – Mr. Cafferty
9.5 Membership Secretary vacant
9.6 Equipment Officer vacant
9.8 Publicity/Press Officer – vacant
9.9 Website manager – Mr. Woodhams
10 Match Captains’ Reports
10.1 McArthur Cup – Mr. Cafferty
10.2 Mid-Sussex League
10.2.1 First team – Mr. Tebbs
10.2.2 Second team -Mr. Kelly
10.2.3 Third team – Mr. Bryant
10.2.4 Fourth team- Mr. Woodhams
10.3.1 Open – Mr. Brooks
10.3.2 Stevenson Mr. Harvey
10.3.4 EnPassant Mr. Bryant
10.3.5 Harvey Mr. Cload
10.4 Friendly matches Mr. Bryant
11 Other reports
11.1 Representative on Committee of the Hastings International Chess Congress – Cllr Elliston
11.2 Delegates to Mid-Sussex Chess League – Messrs. Bryant, Kelly,tebb woodhams (i.e. the captains ex officio)
11.3 Delegate to Sussex Chess Association – Mr. Elliston
12 Vote of Thanks to Retiring Officers
13 Election of Directors of the Company (i.e. Committee)
Directors also serve as Trustees of the registered charity
Nominated to date: Marc Bryant
Nominated to date: Jim Wheeler
13.4 Premises Officer
13.5 Junior Director MR Woodhams
13.6 up to six non-executive Directors
14 Election of other Officers and delegates:
14.1 Tournament Controller
14.2 Tournament Controller (summer)
14.3 Membership Secretary
14.4 Publicity/Press Officer
14.5 Website Manager
Nominated to date: Mason Woodhams
14.6 Equipment Officer
14.7 Representative on Committee of the Hastings International Chess Congress
14.8 Delegates to Mid-Sussex Chess League (has usually been the MSCL match captains ex officio)
14.9 Delegate to Sussex Chess Association.
15 Appointment of examiner of the Accounts.
16 Membership Subscriptions and related matters
16.1 The Committee is not proposing any changes to the standard rates
17.1 Paul Watson Trophy (teams of six and four respectively)
17.2 Mid-Sussex League
17.3 1st team
17.4 2nd team
17.5 3rd team
17.6 4th team Mr. woodhams
18 Kent League teams: six divisions
18.2 Lewis 170
18.3 Stevenson 155 Harvey
18.4 En passant 140
18.5 Harvey 125 A. Cload
18.6 tom fuller 110
18.7 Intro /95
19 friendly matches
20 Date of Annual General Meeting 2017
to give any direction or guidance to the Committee that the AGM may see fit.
21 Any Other Business
21.1 whether or not to offer invitation to Bethune
21.2 offer of large screen type television whether to except not accept
22 Presentation of Trophies
22.1 Club Championship Mr. B. Cafferty/Mr. Rayner
22.2 Pelton Cup Mr. Wheeler
22.3 Rush Cup Mr. u Jozwiak
22.4 Anslow Cup 2015 (summer tourney)
22.5 Bradley-Martin 2015 (summer tourney)
22.6 Winser Trophy 2015 (summer K.O.)
22.7 Dent Cup 2015 (summer K.O. Plate)
22.10 Whyte Cup 2015 ½ hour (summer quick play) not contested
22.11 Rider Trophy 2015 (summer quick play) Not Contested
22.12 Shadforth-Boger Trophy (merit in matches) to be announced
22.13 Starling Cup (10-minute) not contested
It is good to be able to report that members (and one former member,
Steve Giddins) have been generous enough this year to donate something
like 35 titles to the club library.
These donors include Kevin Carter, Rasa N, Francis Rayner, and BC
himself, as well as a goodly total from the estate of the late Con Power.
Your Chairman has put a lot of effort into trying to recover books taken
out but apparently not returned. It is easy to forget that an item on
your bookshelf and mixed in with your own possessions are in fact not
yours, but rather the property of the club
Our season in the En Passant Cup was a little disappointing as we failed to make the knockout stage
We were still in contention going into our last match but we needed to beat Tunbridge Wells which we failed to do which effectively ended our season
En Passant Cup
|TEAM||PLAYED||WON||DRAWN||LOST||PENALTY||GAME POINTS||MATCH POINTS||POSITION|
|Tunbridge Wells 3||8||5||1||2||28.5||5.5||1|
Marc A Bryant
This year we entered The Harvey Cup in the Kent League for teams of 6 players average grade of 125. I was fortunate to Captain some regular players and several others who could play so always managed to have a full team for each of the games which was also helped by having drivers in particular Gary with his 6 seater.
We had some tough games and several losses in the early rounds and a couple of postponements which needed a bit of reorganising. We did manage to win a couple of matches one when only half of the other team turned up but we failed to make it to the semi finals
I was pleased to have Patrice win his first game for the team and to have Arjun play and draw one game. I will miss Con Power this year as he played several games for the team
I’m looking forward to running a team again this coming year
At the time of writing we have played two friendly matches this year. The first was against insurance and the second against the GLC with one further match to play against Wanstead Woodford on 20 August This report would have gone out by then. The report below is courtesy of Geoff Naldrett of insurance chess club
The annual friendly match between insurance took place at the club, 16 April 2016 in an 8 boards match
This report is from the Insurance club
A closely-contested and hard-fought match ended in a 4.5-3.5 win for Hastings, who won the toss and chose white on the odd boards. The rate of play was 36 moves in 90 minutes, followed by a 15 minutes’ quick play finish. The first time in some years that we’ve managed to put out eight boards at Hastings!
- RV Elliston 190 1 I Hunnable 177 0
- A Pickersgill 174 0.5 DI Calvert 176 0.5
- J Blewitt 161 0.5 M Reddie 160 0.5
- D Lowe 157 1 D Sedgwick 155 0
- M Young 154 0.5 M Page 146 0.5
- MA Bryant 142 0.5 J Aldred 143 0.5
- D Cosens 123 0 G Naldrett 127 1
- K Hossack 123 0.5 J Dowlen – 0.5
Ian Hunnable found the right move on move 12, then changed his mind and made another move, which turned out to be a blunder, as he had overlooked a winning bishop sacrifice, and resigned three moves later.
David Sedgwick’s opponent managed to get both rooks onto David’s second rank, and won the game soon afterwards to put us 0-2 down, a deficit from which we couldn’t recover.
Jerry Dowlen, making a welcome return to ICC chess, then drew to give us our first half-point and to dispel any thoughts of a whitewash.
I then managed to reduce the deficit by winning a hard-fought Open Ruy Lopez. He had a passed e5 pawn, but I managed to create a passed c pawn. In a bishop + equal pawns ending I offered a sac of my bishop for a pawn. He couldn’t accept the sac, as my c pawn would then have queened, but instead he took my f pawn. I then had time to advance my c pawn, which he had to take at the cost of his bishop, and prevent his e pawn, supported by his f pawn, from queening. My king + bishop prevented his pawns advancing, though they were on e7 and f6. If he had gone after my passed a pawn my bishop would have protected it and I’d have picked up his f and e pawns and would still have had time to win his h pawn and queen mine, so he sportingly resigned.
James Aldred sought the win for a long time a pawn up, but with bishops of opposite colours, but, when the last pair of rooks were exchanged, had to agree a draw, as his extra pawn was a doubled pawn. His opponent, Mark Bryant, seemed to defend a difficult position well for a long time.
Martin Page then drew an even game, leaving boards 2 and 3 to finish. Mick Reddie lost on time at the end of the quick play finish in an even position, and Ian Calvert drew a game which had always looked fairly even.
After some discussion it was then agreed that Mick’s game should be treated as a draw, as it would have been very difficult for his opponent to have won except on time. We will consider an incremental time-limit when we play at Hastings next year!
So, we lost a hard-fought match 3.5-4.5.
Many thanks to Mark Bryant and Hastings for their usual hospitality.
Jerry – many thanks for your little booklet, which I see has a number of mentions of Ian Hunnable and of the Insurance Chess Club. I had a quick flick through it yesterday evening, and enjoyed what I’ve so far read, but I don’t think the Norwegians would thank you for calling Magnus Carlsen a Dane!!
Here is the full result of the match against the Greater London chess club
1st August 2016 Bryant Edit
played on 31 July 2016
1 R, V Elliston 181 1/2 v 1/2 N Blades 183
2 H. Cove 164 0 v 1 R. Ismailov 185
3.D. Lowe 162 1 v 0 T. Packham 156
4 D. Harvey 133 1 v 0 D. Hadley 128
5 W. Stock 106 1 v 0 T. Fleming 94
6 R. Smart 99 1 v 0 J. Gorton 101
7 U. Jozwick 78 0 v 1 D. Bennett 93
8 B. Power 65R 1 v 0 S. Park
5 1/2 2 1/2
Scored 2.5/6 best result 5-1 (2 draws) against Maidstone. Marc 3/4, Paul 2.5/4, Bob 4 draws.
Thanks to the essential drivers and the 13 man
squad and thanks to Marc for the support.
The last two seasons have been a trying experience for our team members
and their captain. Home fixtures against Horsham CC (the semi-final in
2014-5 and the final in 2015-6) have proved very difficult to arrange,
with the away side declining so many offered dates (ten offers in total!!).
At least in the former case the match was finally played ‘only’ four
months after the pairing was first issued. On the second occasion four
dates were turned down, and the inadequate nature of the competition’s
very old and inadequate rules made it impossible to agree a date for the
That meant that after over a century of tradition, except for war years,
the competition was left unfinished, a most unsatisfactory outcome. A
new set of tighter rules seems imperative to me.
In any event, after eleven seasons in the post I am standing down as
captain and recommend that the club not enter again until a new set of
appropriate rules is in place