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NEWTON ABBOT CHESS CLUB

SEASON 2017/2018

 

       

 

CLUB OFFICIALS 2017/18

PRESIDENT:           SECRETARY:

Andrew Kinder    

Trefor Thynne
The Farriers     54 Silverwood Avenue
Kingston   Milber
Kingsbridge TQ7 4PP  Newton Abbot TQ12 4LG

Tel: 01548 810750                                    

 01626 337876
 Email:ask.27@btinternet.com                                                   email:tthynne@tbgs.Torbay.sch.uk
   
TREASURER: COMPETITION SECRETARY
Jacquie Barber- Lafon Andrew Kinder
19, Southey Crescent The Farriers
Kingskerswell Kingston
TQ12 5JQ Kingsbridge
Tel 01803 872954 Tel:01548 810750
E mail: jbarberlafon@btinternet.com E-Mail: ask.27@btinternet.com

        

                                                          

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.).  In line 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.  New members will be particularly welcome to take part.  

                   On the following Thursday, 5th October we shall stage an “Age” v “Youth” match, dividing the attending members  into teams based on date of birth!

                     Looking ahead, the final club session of 2017 will be Thursday 21st December and the club will re-open after Christmas on Thursday 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 junior 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 competitors.

Grades August 2017:  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 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 graded games:  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 wish.

As last year we are intending again to run some coaching sessions  this season.  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.

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):

Torbay League: Div 1 (Paul Brooks) Div 2 (Wilf Taylor) Div 3 (Jacquie Barber-Lafon) Div 4 (Mike Hussey) Rapidplay ( Andrw Kinder) Knock-out (Paul Brooks).

DCCA: 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)

Club Committee: The committee consists of the following members – Andrew Kinder (President/Chairman/Competitions’ Secretary), Trefor Thynne (Secretary),                            Jacquie 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 members, setting  out and putting away of equipment etc.

Club website:      Early steps are being taken to set up a club website under the supervision of Paul Brooks.  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 payment please!

 Subscriptions for this year are unchanged at £65 for adults (discounted rate £35) and £30 for juniors.  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 feels  that the excellent facilities at the Courtenay Centre  together with the range of chess activities on offer make membership of the club  a good  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.

The match fee rate for Saturday fixtures has been raised by £1 to £3 per match.

         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 major financial commitments to meet in September and October.                                                       The treasurer’s address is: 19 Southey Crescent, Kingskerswell. Potential new members are invited to attend for two free sessions before paying a subscription.

         ECF MEMBERSHIP:  club members are reminded that they need to renew their English Chess 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. Any junior member who has not previously been an ECF member can have one year’s free Silver Level membership (ask the club secretary for details). 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 way.

 

 INTERNAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS:  ENTRY -   this is important!!

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  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  12th October, the deadline for entry. Andrew’s e-mail address is:  ask.27@btinternet.com.

(Rapidplay tournament: the committee will decide shortly on the format of any other tournaments to be run including a Rapidplay tournament).

Junior members are encouraged to apply to enter the championship tournaments. There will also be junior tournaments:  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 28th  September and hope that you will have an enjoyable  and successful chess season with Newton Abbot.

Trefor Thynne  (Club Secretary)                                                                             10.9.17

01626 337876  (home)                      tthynne@tbgs.torbay.sch.uk

07770 419420 (mob)