President Alan Dommett said it had been a year of progress for the league. He had been immensely proud that, since the last AGM, the British Chess Championships in Bournemouth had been so successful. Also, he was very impressed with the high standard of play amongst the juniors, especially in the Inter-Schools Final.
Martin Simons (Chairman) then reported in more detail on the British Chess Championships, which broke a number of entry records. He highlighted the local players who did well.
Secretary Steve Culleton gave a brief update and circulated an information pack.
Treasurer, Pete Donaldson, presented the accounts showing a healthy balance and small trading surplus for this year.
The League Controller, Mike Jay, went through the final league tables. Wimborne A were deserved winners of the top division. The champions in other divisions were Poole B (Div 2), Bournemouth B (Div 3) and New Milton B (Div 4). (please see link below). Poole had enjoyed a very successful season winning 2 trophies, and a 3rd one in the Dorset League.
Eric Sachs (Junior Chess Officer) gave a report on many successful junior chess activities (please see link below)
County Grading Officer Phil Wallace included in his report the ECF League Management System (LMS) which we have positively trialled. Grades are now available after just 5 matches have been played. ECF grades will continue to apply for the whole season in our league, but an estimated grade will be replaced by an ECF “A to E” grade, if available, from Jan 1
Martin Simons, as Team Knock-Out Controller reported on some very close matches. including Purbeck v Highcliffe which was believed to have been the closest match in the history of the competition. Poole won the final v Purbeck (details of results on this website, top menu)
In the Webmaster report, Mike Jay congratulated team captains on sending in results so quickly – thus meeting their own wishes for immediacy in terms of results and league table updates. (please see link below)
Pete Donaldson announced the Brien Urry Cup winner (Div 1) and the 3 Boardman Trophy winners and presented the trophies:- Div 1 Ian Clark (Wimborne) 7.5/10 after board count Div 2 Michael Duggan (Bournemouth) 9/11 Div 3 Fridolin Maier (Highcliffe) 9/10 Div 4 Stephen Disney 11/12
All 14 rule changes sent out to B&DCL club secretaries, in advance, were approved at the meeting. One of the decisions, the most important, was to approve the “Reserve Places” model for using players in higher teams than allocated. It is hoped this will give greater flexibility, especially as the 5 game maximum is removed. Some other changes to the Constitution and the Club Tournament rules were approved and are now included in the full rules (please see link below).
The meeting also approved a Division 5 for next season, subject to normal rules, including submitting results for grading
David Burt announced he is standing down as B&DCL Vice-Chairman after more than 20 years holding B&DCL office. He has played in the league for almost 60 years, and will continue to appear for Poole. Chairman Martin Simons thanked David for his immense contribution to the management of the B&DCL.
Richard Ursell (Highcliffe) is taking over from David as Vice-Chairman. All other current Officers were re-elected.
Here are the updated rules at 21 June ’17 (pl click to open)
Junior Report to AGM from Eric Sachs
Reserve Places Model