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|H. Brown, C. Constable, J. Constable, S. Fanning, I. George, D. J. Jenkins, D. King, R. Kneebone (chairman), J. Menadue, R. Smith|
|Apologies for absence|
|D. R. Jenkins, R. Nancarrow, C. Webb|
|Chairman's Opening Remarks|
The chairman was concerned that the changes agreed at the AGM seemed unpopular with some clubs. For example, St Austell has decided not to enter teams in any competition this year.
D. J. commented that any change rarely suits everybody and that the end of the season would be the time to judge whether the significant change to the programme (notably the re-introduction of the Grand Prix) was a success or not.
Everyone hoped that the St Austell players would take part in the new season (see below), especially as the club has won the Roberts Cup for the past two seasons.
|Minutes of 2013 Meeting|
|The minutes of the previous meeting, having been circulated beforehand, were signed by the chairman|
The County Shield will be contested as double-round all-play-all. Entries have been received from Camborne, Falmouth, Liskeard, Newquay and Truro.
It was agreed at the 2014 AGM that the Roberts Cup should be split into East and West Divisions. Winners of each division would play each other in a final. Entries have been received from Bude, Camborne, Falmouth, Liskeard, Newquay and Truro, and the meeting felt that two divisions of three teams was undesirable. After some discussion, it was hoped that St Austell and Lerryn might be persuaded to enter a combined team (possibly with additional players from Liskeard, if required) and that R.K.’s proposed team of himself plus juniors/inexperienced players might enter the Roberts Cup. Such an arrangement would then give four teams in each division. I. G. to discuss with St Austell and Lerryn players.
It was decided that the Betty Roberts Cup (“500 League”) should be contested as a double-round all-play-all. Entries have been received from Camborne A, Camborne B, Falmouth, Lerryn and Truro.
|The draws were made for the A. W. Busby and Roger Grime Cups and pairings are as follows (home team first):|
|A. W. Busby Cup:|
|Roger Grime Cup:|
|The knock-out cup competitions are to be completed before the end of January. The League Secretary will send out a final list of league fixtures before the start of the season; specific weeks will be allocated to allow the cup ties to be played.|
It was agreed that the membership fees payable by the clubs for team competitions should be at the following rates:
I. G. outlined the proposed structure of the competition. After discussion, the following decisions were made:
|I. G. noted that FIDE have updated the laws of chess and proposed that the CCCA adopt them. There was some discussion about the new rules about mobile phones not being allowed in the playing venue at all. It was agreed that our current pragmatic approach should continue (i.e. phones switched off during matches, with any exceptions being agreed with the controller/match captains on the day).|
|Establishing a Thriving Chess Club|
R.K. offered further suggestions to those he outlined in detail at the AGM about improving venues and attracting new players to club chess. He asked clubs to consider distinguishing between club events and league matches. For example, a club night might run from 6pm–9pm at a school venue (which might encourage juniors and their parents to attend), while league matches might be held elsewhere. He also encouraged players in Cornwall to join chess.com with the idea of establishing a Cornwall Chess Community on the site.
Stephen Fanning noted that chess has been accepted as a sport and wondered whether the CCCA might be able to access sport funding.
|Any Other Business|
|There being no other business, the chairman declared the meeting closed at 21:15.|