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REPORT FROM THE ECF & SCCU REPRESENTATIVE

REPORT FROM THE ECF & SCCU REPRESENTATIVE

I was appointed in November 2017 to represent Kent at English Chess Federation (ECF) Council meetings. Unexpectedly that appointment also meant I’d become Kent’s ex-officio appointee to the Executive Board of the Southern Counties Chess Union (SCCU). Both Alan Hanreck and I represent Kent at meetings of the SCCU Council.

Since my appointment I’ve attended one ECF meeting and one SCCU Executive Board meeting. I consulted widely with Committee members in advance of those meetings and reported back. This report is a slightly fuller version of those feedback.

The ECF Finance Meeting took place at Thistle City Barbican Hotel at Clerkenwell on Saturday 28th April 2018.

• Membership fees are unchanged, but there was comment on the loss of the £1 on-line discount and the loss of the of the three-year membership.

• The 2016/17 audited accounts were still subject to a review process but outturn figures were better than anticipated.

• After a good deal of probing the budget for 2018/19 was approved. It includes forecast growth in membership numbers. This reflects the Board’s belief that Yorkshire players will want their games rated after the closure of the county’s grading system and on the assumption that free junior membership last year will lead to paying juniors next year. The cost of junior Bronze and Silver membership will be £5. There is an anomaly on junior Gold membership which is £17.50. But a Silver member (£5) can up-grade to Gold by paying £10.50p at a FIDE rated event, saving £2. The Board was left to ponder.

• Hidden away in the Home Director’s budget line was a note that the National Club Championships has been abandoned.

• There was a discussion about the projected expenditure on international teams which ended with a request for the International Director (not present) to provide a breakdown of the figures.

• The Chess Library at the Hastings Office should soon be open for members to visit.

• Changes to the way the Voting Register is composed were agreed. If a league or congress sends games for grading and that organisation is not represented in Council, they may transfer recognition for those games to another organisation (increasing the voting power of the recipient). For example, Tunbridge Wells could allocate its games to Kent for voting purposes.

• The Board pulled back from its proposal to withdraw the post of Director of Women’s Chess, much to Council’s relief. There have been at least two applications to take the job. The £5k allocated to the Home Director will be ‘ring-fenced’. (Also see the report from the SCCU Executive Board beneath.)

• All the proposals on the County Championships were lost. The Minor Counties remains, the 140, 160 and 180 competitions keep 16 boards and the 180 will not be FIDE-rated. The 100 and 120 retain 12 boards. Kent voted against all proposals.

• The NCCU plan to merge the Bronze and Silver categories was lost by a substantial majority. Kent was among the minority who voted in favour.

• A proposal to provide £6k to Casual Chess run by Amanda Ross from the National Film Institute (reduced on amendment to £3k) was lost, but with the door to the Friends of Chess was left ajar.

• The top junior players are being put in to an accelerator programme, financially supported by the Chess Trust. It is guaranteed for the 1st year, then will be reviewed before commitments are made for future years.

The SCCU Executive Board met on Friday, 20 April 2018 at the Green Top Centre in Colindale.

• The SCCU website is up and running. It had previously been hoped that county teams captains would be able to submit results direct to the site. However the interface was too complex and it was decided this will not be pursued further.

• There was quite a bit of discussion about junior chess during the meeting, some of it seemed quite trivial to me, but I know very little about the politics in this area and I was unsure about whether Kent Junior Chess Association is separately represented. What did occur to me was that given the number of juniors playing in the Kent League whether we should have a safeguarding policy?

• The outcome of Kent’s two county appeals were confirmed as lost. In the Surrey v Essex U180 match the game involving an unregistered Kent player, will be submitted as a win for grading purposes. After a discussion the Rules and Appeals Sub-Committee will meet to discuss whether further competition rule changes are necessary following the appeals.

• Twickenham and Goldstone (Hove) schools were nominated for British Chess Educational Awards (there were no citations from Kent).

• Thanet was awarded the SCCU individual championships for 2019/20 for the August 2019 tournament. There is currently no award for the 2018/19 season. Applications are encouraged. As far as I’m aware, Thanet is the only congress that takes place under the auspices of the KCA?

• In readiness for the ECF Finance meeting the SCCU would use their votes according to the wishes of the majority of votes from constituent organisations as follows:

• County Championships:
• Reduce U180, U160 & U140 to 12 boards. Against
• Drop Minor Counties Against
• FIDE-rate the U180 Against

• NCCU proposal to merge Silver & Bronze Against

• Casual Chess application for £6k Against

• Women’s Chess. 18 months ago the ECF Board amended its own Regulations to allow the appointment of a Director of Women’s Chess. The appointee was unable to commit the time and the role of the post was never determined. The Board, after arguing for the post, with strong support from Council, has now changed direction and has withdrawn the position. Council will be invited to note this at next week’e meeting. The SCCU’s position is that we will vote ‘not to note the position’. (Also see the outcome in the report from the ECF meeting)

• General Data Protection Regulations. These come into effect on 25 May 2018 and apply equally to big and small organisations. The SCCU has undertaken an audit of the data it collects and processes. It has made the case for collecting information without the need for consent in a Legitimate Interest Assessment and a comprehensive Privacy Statement will soon appear on the SCCU website. The work was highly commended. Kent, and other County Associations, Clubs and Congresses, should take note, or risk an intervention from the Information Commissioner, but this should be made much easier with the SCCU templates. The ECF has subsequently issued a Privacy Statement template for Clubs.

• There is continuing discussion about how to convey the proceedings of SCCU Executive Board meetings to a wider audience. There remains concern about the ability of representatives to speak candidly if full or redacted minutes are published.

• Little progress has been made on the possible digitalisation of the SCCU historical archive. The amount of material is still unexplored, and therefore the potential cost remains unknown.

• The SCCU Council Meeting will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, 1 July 2018, probably in Colindale. I expect to attend.

Finally time ran out before there could be any discussion about how to engage better with SCCU individual players and to improve awareness and increase participation in county teams. My idea had been for the SCCU to run a weekend Club Championship to include London-based Clubs in the Spring/Summer of 2019. It could run either as a one-day rapidplay or a two-day standard play, with up to three sections. This was conveyed to representatives after the meeting and has been warmly received. It will be considered at the Council Meeting on 1 July 2018 as a Kent proposal. If Kent Committee members are unsupportive I will withdraw the proposal.

David Gilbert

Club Matchs 2017/18

Date Home Team Result Away Team Event Organisation
Mon 9th Oct 2017 Medway 1 3 – 3 Hastings & St Leonards 4 MID Harvey Cup Kent League
Sun 15th Oct 2017 Hastings & St Leonards 2 4 – 2 Rochester 1 MID Stevenson Cup Kent League
Wed Oct 18th 2017 Hastings & St Leonards .5-4.5 Hastings & St Leonards 2 div 2 Sussex
Sun 22nd Oct 2017 Hastings & St Leonards 4 3 – 3 Swale 2 MID Harvey Cup Kent League
Mon 23rd Oct 2017 Tunbridge Wells 2 4½ – 1½ Hastings & St Leonards 2 MID Stevenson Cup Kent League
Tue 24th Oct 2017 Hastings & St Leonards 4 3-2 Woodpushers 2 div 3 Sussex
Wed 25th Oct 2017 Maidstone 1 2 – 4 Hastings & St Leonards 1 MID County / Lewis Cup Kent League
Thu 26th oct 2017 Hastings & St Leonards 1 4-1 Horsham 1 Div 1 Sussex
Mon 30th Oct 2017 Medway 2 2 – 2 Hastings & St Leonards 5 MID Tom Fuller Cup Kent League
Sun 5th Nov 2017 Hastings & St Leonards 5 2 – 2 Tunbridge Wells 5 MID Tom Fuller Cup Kent League
Mon 6th Nov 2017 Weald of Kent 1 2 – 4 Hastings & St Leonards 3 MID En Passant Cup Kent League
wed 8th Nov 2017 Hastings & St Leonards 3 3-2 Crowborough div 2 Sussex
Wed 8th Nov 2017 Rainham (Kent) 1 3½ – 2½ Hastings & St Leonards 1 MID County / Lewis Cup Kent League
Thu 9th Nov 2017 Rochester 1 3 – 3 Hastings & St Leonards 2 MID Stevenson Cup Kent League
Tue 14th Nov 2017 Hastings & St Leonards 2 4-1 Horsham 3 div 2 Sussex
Sat 18th Nov 2017 Folkestone 1 2½ – 3½ Hastings & St Leonards 1 MID County / Lewis Cup Kent League
Sun 19th Nov 2017 Hastings & St Leonards 2 3 – 3 Maidstone 2 MID Stevenson Cup Kent League
Tue 21th Nov 2017 Horsham 3 3-2 Hastings & St Leonards 3 div2 Sussex
Sun 26th Nov 2017 Hastings & St Leonards 5 2½ – 1½ Maidstone 6 Kent League
Tue 28th nov 2017 Lewes 1 2.5-2.5 Hastings & St Leonards 1 Div 1 sussex
Wed 29th dec 2017 Woodpushers 1 1.5-3.5 Hastings & St Leonards 3 div2 Sussex
tue 5th Dec  2017 Hastings & St Leonards 2 4-1 Eastbourne 2 div 2 Sussex
Thu dec 7th 2017 Hastings & St Leonards 1 4.5-.5 Worthing 1 div 1 sussex
Wed 10th Jan 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 3 1-4 Horsham 2 div 2 Sussex
Fir 12th Jan 2018 Crowborough 0.5-4.5 Hastings & St Leonards 2 div 2 Sussex
Mon jan!5th 2018 Worthing 2 3-2 Hastings & St Leonards 1 Div 1 Sussex
tue 16th Jan 2018 East Grinstead 1 2.5-2.5 Hastings & St Leonards 4 div3 Sussex
Fri 19th Jan 2018 Eastbourne 2 2-3 Hastings & St Leonards 3 div 2 Sussex
Tue 16th Jan 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 1 4 – 2 Tunbridge Wells 1 MID County / Lewis Cup Kent League
Sun 21st Jan 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 1 5 – 1 Rainham (Kent) 1 MID County / Lewis Cup Kent League
Tue 21th Nov 2017 Horsham 3 3-2 Hastings & St Leonards 3 div 2 Sussex
Mon 22nd Jan 2018 Weald of Kent 2 3½ – 2½ Hastings & St Leonards 4 MID Harvey Cup Kent League
Tue 23th Jan 2018 Horsham 2 1-4 Hastings & St Leonards 2 div2 Sussex
Wed 24th Jan 2018 Argumentatives 3.5-1.5 Hastings & St Leonards 4 div3 Sussex
Thu Jan 25th 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 1 3.5-1.5 Haywards Heath 1 Div 1 Sussex
Sun 28th Jan 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 2 2 – 4 Tunbridge Wells 2 MID Stevenson Cup Kent League
Tue 30th Jan 2018 Lewes 2 2.5-2.5 Hastings & St Leonards 3 div 2 Sussex
Sun 4th Feb 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 5 1½ – 2½ Snodland 3 MID Tom Fuller Cup Kent League
Mon 5th Feb 2018 Tunbridge Wells 1 2 – 4 Hastings & St Leonards 1 MID County / Lewis Cup Kent League
Tue 6th Feb 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 4 2.5-2.5 Brighton & Hove 3 div3 Sussex
Tue feb 13th 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 2 4-1 Lewes 2 div2 Sussex
Thu 15th Feb 2018 Snodland 1 4 – 2 Hastings & St Leonards 3 MID En Passant Cup Kent League
Fri Feb 16th 2018 Eastbourne 1 2.5-2.5 Hastings & St Leonards 1 Div 1 Sussex
Sun 18th Feb 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 2 3½ – 2½ Rainham (Kent) 2 MID Stevenson Cup Kent League
Wed 21st Feb 2018 Maidstone 4 2½ – 3½ Hastings & St Leonards 4 MID Harvey Cup Kent League
Thu 22nd Feb 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 5 2 – 2 Weald of Kent 3 MID Tom Fuller Cup Kent League
Fri Feb 23th 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 1 4.5-.5 Brighton & Hove 2 Div 1 Sussex
Sun 25th Feb 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 3 3 – 3 Swale 1 MID En Passant Cup Kent League
Sat 3rd Mar 2018 Folkestone 1 3 – 3 Hastings & St Leonards 1 MID County / Lewis Cup Kent League
Wed 7th Mar 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 3 2.5-2.5 Uckfield 1 div2 Sussex
Sun 11th Mar 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 1 4½ – 1½ Maidstone 1 MID County / Lewis Cup Kent League
Wed 14th Mar 2018 Uckfield 1 2.5-2.5 Hastings & St Leonards 2 div2 Sussex
Wed 14th Mar 2018 Maidstone 5 3 – 1 Hastings & St Leonards 5 MID Tom Fuller Cup Kent League
Thu 15th Mar 2018 Brighton & Hove 4 3.5-1.5 Hastings & St Leonards 4 div3 Sussex
Sun 18th Mar 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 5 1½ – 2½ Swale 3 MID Tom Fuller Cup Kent League
Mon 19th Mar 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 3 3 – 3 Tunbridge Wells 3 MID En Passant Cup Kent League
Wed 21st Mar 2018 Rainham (Kent) 2 2 – 4 Hastings & St Leonards 2 MID Stevenson Cup Kent League
Thu 22nd Mar 2018 Brighton & Hove 1 2-3 Hastings & St Leonards 1 Div 1 Sussex
Thu 22nd Mar 2018 Snodland 2 3½ – 2 Hastings & St Leonards 4 MID Harvey Cup Kent League
Sat 24th Mar 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 3 4 – 2 Rainham (Kent) 3 MID En Passant Cup Kent League
Sun 25th Mar 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 3 3½ – 2½ Maidstone 3 MID En Passant Cup Kent League
Tue 27th Mar 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 2 2.5-2.5 Woodpushers 1 div2 Sussex
Wed 4th Apr 2018 Maidstone 2 1½ – 4½ Hastings & St Leonards 2 MID Stevenson Cup Kent League
Sat 7th Apr 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 4 3½ – 2½ Tunbridge Wells 4 MID Harvey Cup Kent League
Tue 10th Apr 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 4 0.5-4.5 Worthing 3 div 3 Sussex
Tue 24th Apr 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 1 4 – 2 Beckenham & Bromley 1 County cup FINALS Kent League
Fri 27th Apr 2018 Petts Wood & Orpington 2 3 – 3 Hastings & St Leonards 3 En Passant cup FINALS Kent League
Sun 29th Apr 2018 Lewisham 2 2 – 4 Hastings & St Leonards 2 Stevenson cup FINALS Kent League
Sun 13th May 2018 Petts Wood & Orpington 1 4½ – 1½ Hastings & St Leonards 1 County cup FINALS Kent League
Sun 13th May 2018 Dartford & Swanley 2 6 – 0 Hastings & St Leonards 2 Stevenson cup FINALS Kent League
Sun 13th May 2018 Hastings & St Leonards 3 1½ – 4½ Gravesend 2 En Passant cup FINALS Kent League

Championship 2017/18

Hastings Chess Club Champoinship 2017/18 total
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 J.Sugden 190  1/2  1/2  1/2 1 1 1 1 1 1 7.5
2 R.Norinkeviciute 180  1/2 1  1/2  1/2 1 1 1  1/2 1 7
3 F.Rayner 192  1/2 0 1  1/2 0 1 1  1/2 1 5.5
4 B.Cafferty 181  1/2  1/2 0  1/2  1/2 1  1/2  1/2 1 5
5 H.Tebbs 182 0  1/2  1/2  1/2 0 1 1  1/2 1 5
6 P.Kelly 170 0 0 1  1/2 1 0  1/2 1 1 5
7 B.Ruane 161 0 0 0 0 0 1  1/2 1 1 3.5
8 H.Cove 170 0 0 0  1/2 0  1/2  1/2  1/2 1 3
9 A.Pickersgill 169 0  1/2  1/2  1/2  1/2 0 0  1/2  1/2 3
10 M.Woodhams 136 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  1/2 0.5

Pelton Cup 2017/18

Pelton cup  2017/18 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1 S.Blewitt 161 1 1 1  1/2 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 1/2
2 J.Kimber 119 0 0 1  1/2 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 1/2
3 D.Cosens 129 0 1 1  1/2 1  1/2  1/2  1/2 1 1 7
4 J.Hudson 132 0 0 0 1 1 1 1  1/2 1 1 6 1/2
5 J.Wheeler 159  1/2  1/2  1/2 0  1/2 1 1  1/2 1 1 6 1/2
6 M.Bryant 136 0 0 0 0  1/2 1 0 1 1 1 4 1/2
7 A.Cload 132 0 0  1/2 0 0 0 1 1  1/2 1 4
8 R.Webb 112 0 0 0  1/2 0 1 0 1 0  1/2 3
9 O.Namouk 117 0 0  1/2  1/2  1/2 0 0 0 0 1 3
10 K.Hossack 113 0 0 0 0 0 0  1/2 1 1 0 2 1/2
11 A.Pontonutti 102 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  1/2 0 1 1 1/2

Rush Cup

Rush Cup 2017/18
1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7
1 Ptournier 65 xxx xxx  1/2  1/2 1 def 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
2 G.Chandler 76  1/2  1/2 xxx xxx  1/2 0 1  1/2 1 0 1 1 1 1 8
3 S.Oakman 89 def 0 1  1/2 xxx xxxx 1 1 def 1 def def 1 1 6 1/2
4 R.Richardson 65 1 0  1/2 0 0 0 xxx xxx 1 0 1  1/2 1 1 6
5 U.Jozwick 78 0 0 1 0 def 0 1 0 xxx xxx 1 1 1 1 6
6 H.Stephens 44 0 0 0 0 def def  1/2 0 0 0 xxx xxx 1 0 1 1/2
7 L.Steuart 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 xxx xxx 1

SCCU Executive Committee Meeting (20th April)

  • Dear All,
    Herewith my somewhat belated report back to you on this series of meetings held in the latter part of last month.  I’m content for this to appear on websites.
    SCCU Executive Committee Meeting (20th April)
     
    I shall try to just pick out those elements of a 3 hour meeting that seem relevant to be passed on to you.
    County Championship Disputes and Appeals.
     
    As Union President I am also ex officio Convenor of the Rules & Appeals Sub-Committee (R&A S-C).  I noted in my report to the meeting that this had been an unusually busy season for us, with 3 occasions when a decision by the Union’s County Match Controller (CMC) had been appealed.  It is worth noting these so that at least our team captains can be aware of them.
    The first case concerned an ungraded player whose participation in a grade-limited team had not been cleared by the CMC ahead of the match.  The CMC had taken the view that granting this clearance in arrears was acceptable and in the best interests of ensuring as many games were played as possible.  Whilst not doubting the CMC’s good motives, the R&A S-C took the view that the wording of SCCU County Match Rule 5(2)(i) “only with the prior clearance of the County Match Controller” was quite unambiguous and did not permit the CMC’s interpretation.  The appeal was upheld and the CMC’s decision was over-ruled.  Will captain’s please ensure that if they wish to play an ungraded player, they contact the CMC in advance, giving as much justification as they can for the player being eligible to play within the relevant grade limit.
    The second case involved the use of a mobile ‘phone during play.  This one got a bit involved!  The home county were hosting 2 matches simultaneously.  I’ll call these Match A and Match B, the former being the higher-graded one.  The dispute arose over a game in Match A, with players I’ll call X and Y, the former being from the home team.  After only a few moves X left the immediate playing area with his mobile ‘phone and made a call.  There followed some sort of altercation between X and Y, whereupon Y declared that he was claiming a win on the basis of X having contravened the rules on mobile ‘phones, and he (Y) declined to continue to play.  The captains got involved, but to no avail.  The CMC ruled that whilst the SCCU County Match Rules allowed for possession of a mobile ‘phone, they did not permit its unauthorised use during play.  He therefore concluded that X had contravened the FIDE Laws and upheld Y’s claim of a win.  X stated that he had used his ‘phone to try to call a fellow club member who was due to play in Match B, but who had not yet arrived.  X claimed that this had been authorised by the home team captain of Match B.  He also stated that he had made a number of attempts to call this absent player before the start of play.  No evidence was given to suggest that X’s account of why he had used his ‘phone was inaccurate.  SCCU County Match Rule 19 does permit mobile ‘phones in the playing area but “they must be either switched off or switched to silent mode for the duration of play”.  On the face of it, this does not allow for any use of a mobile ‘phone during play.  However, the R&A S-C took the view that practicality and generally accepted practice did allow use provided it was agreed with the opposing team.  For example, in case of a team captain chasing up a missing player (or receiving a call from such a player) or by someone required to be on call for professional or other reasons.  The argument therefore revolved over whether or not this use by X had been reasonably authorised.  The R&A S-C decided that it was not reasonable to believe that a captain from Match B could give such authorisation as he had no authority with regard to Match A.  An aggravating factor was that X had been trying to contact the missing player for some time, so could well have anticipated before the start of play a wish to try again during play.  He could have raised this with his opponent and opposing captain ahead of play starting.  Whilst not over-enamoured by Y simply walking away from the game (rather than registering his intention to make a claim, but playing on) the R&A S-C decided that the CMC’s decision was correct and the appeal was rejected.
    [ There may be some follow up to this case.  The SCCU may wish to consider whether its Rule on mobile ‘phones and / or guidance to team captains would benefit from further review or clarification.  The existing Rule was introduced following the first reference to mobile ‘phones in the FIDE Laws, when the concern was largely over distraction.  The Laws have since been tightened further due to increased concern over the use of electronic devices in cheating.  Whether by intention or default, the SCCU Rule has not been updated since the latest FIDE changes. ]
    In the third case Player A’s flag fell before completing the required number of moves.  Player B claimed a win on time.  However, player A argued that on at least 2 occasions B had moved before A had pressed his clock.  He claimed this constituted illegal moves, so he should be awarded the game.  The CMC ruled that A had indeed lost on time, but A appealed this.  The R&A S-C determined that the action of B had not been illegal and therefore A’s case was without merit.  The appeal was rejected.
    One thing that came out of all theses cases was the need for captains to do all they can to resolve any issues that arise on the day.  Onerous and difficult as this might seem at the time, it’s even more difficult for them to be resolved by Union officials who weren’t present and can be confronted with differing accounts of what actually took place.
    BCET Awards.
    It was resolved that the SCCU would make 2 nominations for British Chess Education Trust awards.  The names are not normally advertised at this stage, but I can report that one of them is from Sussex.
    SCCU Championship.
    Each year the SCCU bestows upon a congress within our area the right to award the title of SCCU Champion, and Glenroy Cup, to the highest finishing player with SCCU credentials.  We agreed a request from the Thanet Congress to be the chosen congress for the 2019 / 20 season, marking their 50th anniversary.  However, no applications have yet been received for the 2018 / 19 season.  Under tightened qualification rules, the Union Champion is the only person we have the right to nominate for entry into the open section of the British Championships – and even this becomes meaningless if the winner is a titled player who automatically qualifies.  (Not wishing to take anything away from titled players who have often been SCCU Champion.)
    Voting Intentions for ECF Finance Council.
     
    The SCCU decided to support the adoption of the Finance Director’s Report and proposed Budget for 2018 / 19, including membership and related fees, although detailed questions might be raised on individual items in the budget concerning the Junior and International Directorates.
    The governance item concerning the ECF Council Voting Register would be supported, but their was concern over the amendments to Regulation No. 2.  This involved deletion of the role of Director of Women’s Chess.  Armed with a little insider knowledge, I was able to advise that it was possible that the ECF Board would seek to withdraw this item.
    The SCCU votes would be cast against all the proposed changes to the County Championship rules; namely, reducing from 16 to 12 boards in the U180, U160 and U140 competitions, deleting the Minor competition and FIDE-rating the U180 and (if retained) the Minor.  There was some individual county dissent on some of these points, but this was the clear consensus in each case.
    There were mixed views on the proposal from the NCCU to merge Bronze and Silver Memberships at a common figure for adults of £20, but with a small majority against.  If this went to a card vote, the SCCU votes should be split 3 against, 2 in favour.
    There was universal lack of support for the request for funding from Casual Chess.
    GDPR.
     
    The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on 25th May and will impact all of us with responsibilities not only at Union level, but also at County, League and Club levels.  The SCCU Deputy President, and solicitor by profession, Mark Murrell had done a lot of preparatory work for the SCCU, some of which I can share more widely.  I think this is a topic I need to take up with our County, League and Club officials in a separate and dedicated message.  “Legitimate Interest” is likely to be the saviour for what we all do, but this does not absolve us from considering the subject in detail and preparing some paperwork.
    SCCU Website Material.
     
    Minutes of meetings such as this one have never appeared on the SCCU website, but when Richard Haddrell was still with us his activities in support of the Union included write ups on the website, not purporting to be Minutes, but written in his own inimitable style.  These helped, in my view, to provide an historical record and to publicise Union activities.  Since his death, there has been nothing comparable.  I raised this again at this latest meeting.  There was not universal support.  The usual counter-arguments were raised of any published minutes needing to be so bland as to have little meaning, or attendees being inhibited from speaking candidly at meetings.  Nobody has volunteered to mimic Richard’s style of unofficial accounts.  I understand the counter arguments (I’ve struggled with them myself with regard to my reports such as this one, but have come to the view that transparency is more important) but would still like to see something appearing on the website for anyone who wanted to take an interest.  Remains unresolved.
    SCCU AGM.
     
    The AGM of the SCCU Council will take place in London on the afternoon of Sunday 1st July 2018.  Each County Member is entitled to send 2 representatives, so if anyone would like to accompany me, please let Dix Roberts (as County Secretary) know.
    ECF Finance Council (28th April).
     
    This was held in London this year and was a reasonably restrained affair.  I didn’t record actual numbers, but it appeared to be a little better attended than in some recent years.  I shall skip over the housekeeping items and approval of previous Minutes, and concentrate on the more substantive agenda items.
    Finance.
     
    The Finance Director presented final accounts for 2015 / 16, which were fully signed off, audited and closed, and for 2016 / 17 which had been audited but were still subject to a final review.  (No, I don’t fully understand that.  Apparently the auditing process can now involve the basic audit, which has been done satisfactorily, and a final upper level review, which is outstanding.)
    Turning to the budget for 2018 / 19, concerns raised were largely over the International figures, seeking greater clarity on how the budget would be spent and whether it would be sufficient to meet the costs of the events coming up.  On the latter point, it was noted that it was hoped to bring in further funds through sponsorship; otherwise the International Director might need to return to the Board for further financial support.  There was a proposal from the floor that future accounts should provide a greater breakdown on items of expenditure in International.  This was put to a hand vote and was passed.
    The proposals for membership fees, non-member fees and pay to play fees, as set out in the agenda, were passed overwhelmingly, with just 2 (hand) votes against.  This means that adult membership fees remain unchanged from the current year (although the £1 discount for joining or renewing online will no longer be offered).  For juniors, beyond free Silver Membership for one year, membership will cost £5 for benefits up to those of Silver Membership.
    Governance Matters.
     
    The proposals concerning the voting register were passed unanimously on a hand vote.
    The Board withdrew the amendments to Regulation No. 2, which would have deleted reference to a Director of Women’s Chess.  I’m anticipating a development on this topic in the reasonably near future, but am not at liberty to be more specific at this stage.  In any event, the post is going to be re-advertised and at least 2 possible candidates are anticipated.
    County Championship Proposals.
     
    The first proposed change was to reduce the U180, U160 and U140 competitions to 12 boards from the current 16.  There was some sympathy for this and despite the proposal being rejected by 15 votes to 6 on a hand vote, a card vote was called.  The outcome was 96 votes in favour, 129 against and 35 abstentions.  I had a total of 14 votes, of which I cast 3 in favour and 11 against.
    The proposal to delete the Minor Counties competition was rejected on a hand vote, with just 2 votes in favour.
    The proposal to FIDE-rate the U180 and Minor Counties was rejected on a hand vote with just 5 votes in favour.
    At this point David Sedgwick sought, and was granted, permission to address the meeting.  He made an impassioned defence of the county championship arrangements that have existed for many years.
    Merging of Bronze and Silver Membership.
     
    This proposal from the NCCU received mixed views in discussion.  On a hand vote, 10 were in favour, but 20 against.  It was put to a card vote that was far more decisive, with 63 for, 233 against and 10 abstentions.  I voted against.
    Request for Funding From Casual Chess.
     
    Amanda Ross had been invited to attend the meeting and put her request that the Casual Chess Café that she runs in central London be supported financially to the tune of £6,000 per annum by the ECF.  She reported that it was becoming increasingly difficult to support this venture with volunteers alone.  There was an amendment proposed to reduce the request to £3,000, which was narrowly passed (10 for, 9 against) and which Amanda accepted as a change to her request.  Thus, the final vote was on this reduced request, but was lost by 21 against with 7 in favour.
    BCF Council Meeting (28th April).
     
    This meeting was held during a mid-session break in the ECF Finance Council.  Housekeeping matters were quickly disposed of.  BCF accounts for the year ending 31st August 2017 were approved.  Those for the Chess Centre Ltd for the same period were noted.  The proposal to transfer jurisdiction of the Permanent Invested Funds was withdrawn.  The reason behind this is that some of my legal-minded colleagues on the Board have raised some procedural points which they wish to investigate further before any such change goes ahead.
    The next Council gatherings will be in Birmingham on Saturday 13th October 2018.
    Julie


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Hastings & St Leonards 3 v Gravesend 2

En Passant cup FINALS 2018-05-13

Board Home Hastings & St Leonards 3 Gravesend 2 Away
1 (W) 170A (166)
G

Cove, Henry

0 – 1
B

Clear, David E

168C (173)
2 (B) 161A (161)
G

Blewitt, Stephen D

½ – ½
B

Houghton, Mark A

147D (148)
3 (W) 136A (140)
S

Woodhams, Mason

½ – ½
B

Humphries, Phil M

138D (135)
4 (B) 129B (128)
S

Willson, Gary

0 – 1
B

Le Breton, Paul

136C (132)
5 (W) 119D (124)
S

Kimber, John D

0 – 1
B

Bansal, Navtej S

134C (138)
6 (B) 113C (118)
B

Hossack, Keith

½ – ½
B

Jarrett, Dave

112D (120)
Average 138 1½ – 4½ Average 139

Dartford & Swanley 2 v Hastings & St Leonards 2

P

Stevenson cup FINALS 2018-05-13

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