Dear member/new member/potential member,
I am pleased to welcome you to the new
season at Newton Abbot Chess
Club, our thirteenth since the
re-founding of the club in 2005.
Several members have been busy playing
during the summer break: the club was
represented by four players in the victorious
Devon county team in the ECF Counties
Championship (under 180 grade) which had wins
against Nottinghamshire, Surrey and Middlesex.
We were represented in the British
Championships in Llandudno and more recently a
number of members took part in the annual DCCA
(“Paignton”) Congress held in Torquay. Notably,
one of our ex-junior members, John Fraser, now
an Exeter University student, won the Rapidplay
tournament at this congress beating Grandmaster
Keith Arkell in the process. We are proud as we
go into a new season that we have both the West
of England and Devon Ladies Champions as members
of Newton Abbot club.
There have been some improvements to the
Courtenay Centre recently with much better
toilet facilities and a redecoration of room 3.
The club’s equipment stock has benefited
from the generosity of two members, Philip
Coaker and Mike Hussey, who each paid for two
new digital clocks (DG2010 type). This brings
our total to 14 which should be ample for all
our needs – a vital step in view of the decision
of both Torbay and Devon leagues to introduce
incremental time Llmits this year.
The club’s OPENING NIGHT is
THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 2017 (7 p.m.).
with tradition we shall start the season on a
light-hearted note with a 10-second BUZZER tournament in which all members can take part. It should
make for a lively, friendly start.
members will be particularly welcome to take
On the following Thursday, 5th
October we shall stage an “Age”
v “Youth” match, dividing the attending
into teams based on date of birth!
the final club session of 2017 will be
Thursday 21st December and the club will re-open after Christmas on
4th January 2018. The last club evening of
the 2017-18 season will be on
Thursday 10th May 2018 with the AGM following shortly afterwards.
As ever we are looking to foster the
progress of our
members this year. Last year’s juniors made
great strides and we are hoping to recruit some
new youngsters this season. Our current junior
membership ranges in age from 9-18 and in
ability from near-beginners to national level
Grades August 2017:
most of you will already have seen the
new grades for the season. If not, they are
available on the
website (www.englishchess.org) . Congratulations to those of you whose grade has gone up
and good luck to all for this year. A reminder
August 2017 grade is the one which applies
throughout the season
for league matches even though new grades will
be published in January. (For those unaware of
the basis on which grades are calculated, the
graders take your last 30 graded games – this
may involve using results from before the
beginning of the latest season).
It is worth my
mentioning one new facility which may be an
attraction to members looking to play more
you can agree at any time to play a
graded game against another member (or, in fact
against players from other clubs) even if it is
not in an internal club championship section).
Results of such games should be entered in the
special book which will be made available for
this purpose and will be submitted for grading
by the club secretary.
This means that if you come to a club
session without having a club tournament
game arranged you can still play a
serious graded game at that session if you so
As last year we 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
As mentioned above the Torbay Chess League and
Devon County Chess Association have made the big
decision to move to incremental time limits for
the new season. This has the beneficial effect
that you should never lose on time though there
will no doubt need to be adjustments to all our
techniques! Further details on the new limits
will be posted on the club noticeboard.
We have entered the following divisions of the
leagues this year (team captains listed in brackets):
Div 1 (Paul Brooks) Div 2 (Wilf Taylor) Div 3
(Jacquie Barber-Lafon) Div 4 (Mike Hussey)
Rapidplay ( Andrw Kinder) Knock-out (Paul
Div 1 Bremridge (Trefor Thynne) Div 2 Mamhead
(Paul Brooks) Div 3 Schofield (Wilf
Taylor Div 4
Moyle (Jacquie Barber-Lafon) Knock-Out
Rooke (Trefor Thynne) Junior Bloodworth (tbc)
The committee consists of the following members
– Andrew Kinder
Trefor Thynne (Secretary),
Barber-Lafon (Treasurer), Paul Brooks, Mike
Hussey, Prabhu Kashap, Philip Coaker, Luke
Glasson (junior representative).
The committee will
organise a rota so that on each club
night there will be a senior member responsible
for various aspects of the club on that night
e.g. supervision of juniors, welcome to new
out and putting away of equipment etc.
Early steps are being taken to set up a
club website under the supervision of Paul
If you have any ideas relating to this
don’t keep them to yourself! There are some
costs to the club in establishing a website –
another good reason for early subscription
Subscriptions for this year are unchanged at £65 for adults
(discounted rate £35)
We recognize that this level of
subscription is higher than in some other Devon
clubs but the room hire charge is likely to rise
to £35 per session this year and the committee
the excellent facilities at the Courtenay Centre
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
The match fee rate for Saturday fixtures has
been raised by £1 to £3 per match.
will be delighted to receive
subscriptions at any time from now on and
payment would be very helpful as the club
has a number of major financial commitments to
meet in September and October.
The treasurer’s address is: 19 Southey
new members are invited to attend for two free
sessions before paying a subscription.
members are reminded that they need to
Federation memberships from 1st September.
Some of the rates have increased slightly for
2017-18. Adult membership rates are:
Platinum £69 Gold £33 Silver £22.50
Bronze £15. Junior members: Platinum £69 Gold
£26.50 Silver £16 Bronze £8.50.
junior member who has not previously been an ECF
member can have one year’s free Silver Level
membership (ask the club secretary for
Full 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. Silver Level
is required for congress play.
DCCA TEAM QUICK-PLAY:
We shall again be hosting this popular event at
the Courtenay Centre on Sunday 29th October.
Further information when the season gets under
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS:
At the AGM we agreed
this year to 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
season’s results. If you wish to enter
the club’s internal championship it is essential
Andrew Kinder, the Competitions’
Secretary, by Thursday
12th 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 tournament).
encouraged to apply to enter the championship
tournaments. There will also be junior
Junior from October to January followed by
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
I look forward to welcoming you all at the first
club night on 28th
and hope that you will have an enjoyable
and successful chess season with Newton
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