Dear member/new member/potential member,
I am pleased to welcome you to the
new season at Newton Abbot Chess
Club, our twelfth since the
re-founding of the club in 2005.
I hope you have enjoyed a good summer
and are now eager to be back in action at
the chessboard. Some of you have no doubt
had a break from the game while others, your
secretary included, have played
at home or
At least one notable success is worth
a mention: junior member Vignesh Ramesh
competed in the TERAFINAL of the UK CHESS
CHALLENGE in August and scored a draw
against Akshaya Kalaiyalahan (FIDE rating
2017) who is currently representing England
Women in the Chess Olympiad in Baku,
OPENING NIGHT is THURSDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER
2016 (7 p.m.).
line with tradition we shall start the
season on a light-hearted note with a
BUZZER tournament in which all members
can take part. It should make for a lively,
friendly start. New members will be particularly welcome to take part.
As ever we are looking to foster the
progress of our
junior members this year. Last year’s
juniors made great strides and we are hoping
to recruit some new youngsters this season.
junior membership ranges in age from
7-18 and in ability from near-beginners to
national level competitors.
Grades August 2016:
most of you will already have seen
the new grades for the season. If not, they
are available on the ECF website (www.englishchess.org) . Congratulations to those of you whose grade has gone up and good luck
to all for this year. A reminder that the
August 2016 grade is the one which applies
the season for league matches
even though new grades will be published in
are intending again to run some
The club’s committee will be meeting
soon to plan various special events for the
season in addition to the usual Torbay
League and DCCA match programme.
Our treasurer, Jacquie Barber-Lafon
will be delighted to receive
subscriptions at any time from now on
and early payment would be very helpful as
the club has a number of financial
commitments to meet in September and
treasurer’s address is: 19 Southey Crescent,
Kingskerswell. Potential new members are
invited to attend for two free sessions
before paying a subscription.
Subscriptions for this year are unchanged at £65 for adults and £30
We recognize that this level of
subscription is higher than in some other
Devon clubs but the committee feels
the excellent facilities at the Courtenay
Centre (for which we pay a room hire of
thirty pounds per session)
with the range of chess activities on offer
make membership of the club
deal. The committee has the
discretion to vary these rates in individual
cases where appropriate, for example for
students or unwaged players or for those who
wish to take part in only one
aspect of the club’s activity e.g.
DCCA league matches. Cheques should be made
payable to NEWTON ABBOT CHESS CLUB
match programme for the new season will be similar to last year with
teams in the various divisions of the Torbay
League and DCCA. However, as agreed at the
AGM, we shall not be entering teams into the
Exeter and District League this year.
again intend to enter a team or teams in the
National Club Championship in
Birmingham in April.
for this year’s teams were agreed at the AGM
D1 Paul Brooks, D2 Wilf Taylor, D3 Jacquie
Barber-Lafon, D4 tba, Rapidplay Andrew
Kinder, Knock-Out Trefor Thynne.
D1 Trefor Thynne, D2 Paul Brooks, D3 Wilf
Taylor, D4 Jacquie Barber-Lafon , Knock-Out
Trefor Thynne, Junior (Bloodworth)
members are reminded that they need to renew
their English Chess Federation memberships
from 1st September. Rates remain the same as
Adult membership rates are:
Gold £32 Silver £22 Bronze £15.
Junior members: Gold £26 Silver £16 Bronze
Any junior member who has not previously
been an ECF member can have one year’s free
membership. Details of how to join are
on the ECF website (www.englishchess.org.uk) or it can be done via the club secretary if you prefer. ECF
Bronze membership is a precondition of
playing in external matches for the club.
DCCA TEAM QUICK-PLAY:
We shall again be hosting this popular event
at the Courtenay Centre on Sunday 30th
October. Further information when the season
gets under way.
The AGM decided that this year we shall
retain an All-Play-All format for the club’s
internal championships. There will be three
sections: Championship, Challengers, Minor.
Players will be allocated to sections
according to grading and last
season’s results. If you wish to
enter the club’s internal championship it is
essential to inform
Andrew Kinder, the Competitions’
Secretary, by Thursday
6th October, the deadline for entry.
Andrew’s e-mail address is:
(Rapidplay tournament: the committee will
decide shortly on the format of any other
tournaments to be run including a Rapidplay
welcome to apply to enter the championship
tournaments. There will also be junior
tournaments on the same pattern as last
Autumn Junior from October to January followed by
Junior Championship and Challengers
tournaments from February to May. These will
be run by the Secretary. It is not necessary
to enter these in advance as all junior
members will be automatically included.
I look forward to welcoming you all at the
first club night on 22nd September and hope
that you will have an enjoyable
and successful chess season with