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|D. R. Jenkins (Chairman), H. Brown, C. Sellwood, I. George, D. King, R. Kneebone, J. Menadue, R. Nancarrow, C. Gardiner, R. Gardiner, G. Trudeau, K. Brewer, J. Constable, L. Retallick.|
|Apologies for absence|
|J. James, A. Barkhuysen, B. Jones, R. Smith|
|President's Welcome and Remarks|
The president welcomed all present to the meeting.
He suggested that a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) appraisal be carried out during the 2019/20 season with a view to identifying aspects of our operations which could be improved.
He noted that we do not have a junior secretary and stated his view that failure to fill this important office was to our detriment.
The decision to open the annual congress to all-comers had been a great success and, thanking organisers Colin and Rebecca Gardiner for their great contribution in bringing this about, looked forward to a repeat performance in 2020.
|Minutes of the 2018 AGM|
It was agreed that the minutes of the meeting held on 19th July 2017 be taken as read. There were no matters arising.
|Secretary: (I George)|
Full report here.
The secretary noted with regret the closure of the Penwith club before the start of the season.
The annual congress was the only event organised by the county in 2018/19. He hoped that in 2019/20 more full-day and evening events would be organised by clubs and small groups of individual volunteers throughout the county.
David Saqui, one of our leading players for over 45 years and Cornwall champion in 2008 and 2010, died at the beginning of the year. Shortly afterwards, we received a fine trophy from an anonymous donor with instructions that it be awarded for the best individual game over a calendar year with emphasis on the kind of imaginative play that David favoured. The 2018 inaugural competition, judged by Bob Jones from Devon, was won by Lloyd Retallick (Newquay).
|Treasurer: (I George)|
Report and accounts here.
The Treasurer presented the accounts for the year and reported that the state of the Association’s finances was satisfactory. Total funds amounted to £1,753, including £768 in the Napier Fund for junior chess. The bank balance was £288 lower at £1,678. The main factor contributing to this was the hire of a minibus for the match with Essex at Bath at a cost of £284. Together with £420 in 2017/18 the total spent on this item in the two years was £704. He noted that expenditure at this level on a single match was not sustainable and that the cost of future long-distance travel should be covered by donations or sponsorship. This was agreed.
The accounts were approved.
|League Secretary: (H Brown)||
Final league tables are here.
Winners of the team competitions were:
County Shield: Truro
Roberts Cup: Truro
500 League: Truro or Newquay
A W Busby Cup: Newquay
R J Grime Cup: Bude
|Match Captain: (R Smith)|
Full report here.
The season began with the WECU Jamboree in September where we entered two teams of 12, the ‘A’ team scoring 4 points and the ‘B’ team 4.5. The WECU section of the Counties Championship is now down to just three entries: Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. Against Devon we lost the ‘A’ team match by a score of 11-5. The Under 160 match we went down 9-7. Against Somerset we lost by 10.5-5.5. Having entered the Under 180 section in the national competition we were drawn against Essex at Bath and lost by 10.5-5.5. An under 160 match was arranged against Devon with David Jenkins as captain. This resulted in a close win for Devon by 9-7.
Although all the matches were lost, many players, some new to county chess, obtained valuable experience. The level of commitment and enthusiasm was encouraging and we could have coped with finding players for even larger teams. My thanks to David, for organising the under 160 team, to everyone who provided transport and to all the players.
For the trip to Bath to play Essex in the national stage of the Counties Championship we hired a minibus at a cost, including petrol, of £284. In his report the Treasurer states his view that this is not sustainable and recommends that we do not enter the national stage unless the cost is covered by sponsorship or donations. I agree with this and recommend that, instead, we seek to arrange a number of graded unofficial matches at venues no further away than Exeter against other counties and town/city teams, e.g. Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol, Bournemouth/Poole.
|Congress organisers: (C and R Gardiner)|
Final standings here.
The congress organisers reported that, following the decision to open the event to all-comers, the congress had been a great success with 77 entries, including 33 from local players. They wished to thank John Constable and Ian George in particular for acting as controller and behind the scenes assistance respectively. The feedback from both local players and visitors had been overwhelmingly positive.
They confirmed that, following a review by the executive sub-committee, the Falmouth Hotel had been booked for May 1-3, 2020 and were confident of a higher entry next year.
The trophy winners were:
Emigrant Cup: Grant Healey (Cornwall Champion)
Falmouth Cup: Anton Barkhuysen
Penwith Cup: Christine Constable and Maurice Richards (shared)
Robin Kneebone congratulated the organisers on the success of the congress and welcomed the return to the Falmouth Hotel in 2020. He wished for other venues and times of year to be considered after that, possibly the holding of a second event at a more central venue. It was pointed out that a review was carried out each year before the arrangements for the following year were decided. This gave the committee and others the opportunity to consider all relevant factors before a commitment is made.
|Publicity Officer: (R Kneebone)|
Plans were in hand to improve the profile of chess in Cornwall. Toby Willis and Boris Kostadinov had agreed to assist with social media. Clubs were urged to supply information about club activities, both for the website and for other media.
Chess in Schools and Communities, for which RK is the local co-ordinator, had begun to work in Cornwall, seeking to establish chess clubs in libraries and in schools both as curricular and after-hours activities.
|Election of officers|
The following were elected:
|Consideration of Proposals|
|Fees for the 2019/20 Season|
The meeting approved the treasurer’s proposal that the entry fees for the team competitions should remain unchanged.
|Any Other Business|
There being no other business, the chairman declared the meeting closed at 20:45.
IAN GEORGE (Secretary)
10th June 2019