B&D and County League latest @ 15 Aug

Not long to go before the new season!



Weds 15 Aug

Captain’s Notes. Many thanks to all those who continue to give their ideas and views on these draft notes which appear under County Info 2018/19 and B&D Info 2018/19. Steve Peirson rightly pointed out the correct process with offering a draw is: Make Move, Offer Draw, Press Clock. It it is not a breach of rules to do it differently, but best practice is as Steve says. So draft will be changed. Steve also wants more explanation on 50 moves and 75 without a pawn move or piece being taken. Assumption in notes is at 50 a draw can be claimed, but game goes on if not claimed. At 75 moves the draw is automatic. If you do not agree with this, please do say. Finally, Steve questioned why include a para on board count and board elimination when not relevant to league matches. It is a fair point, but it has been a query for Knock-Out matches etc and might leave it in. If you agree with Steve it confuses please give that feedback.

Mon 13 Aug

Slight adjustment to the aggregate grade maximum in County Div 2 this coming season – will be 602 instead of 600. Applies to all matches in Div 2 and for one season only. Decision taken following consultation and Committee support.

Fri 10 Aug

Bacchus (East): New Milton, Highcliffe, Bournemouth, Poole (2 teams) & Wimborne

Bacchus (West): Dorchester & Weymouth

As mentioned below, Bacchus fixtures will be set up once League dates established

Other News

Many thanks to all who have come back on wanting dates etc altered from the 1st drafts. Where possible, these requests have been enacted and outlined in some notes at the foot of this column.

Also grateful thanks to all those who have given feedback on the draft Captain’s Notes, especially John Belinger, New Milton, Mark Potter, Dorchester and Steve Peirson, Purbeck. I have incorporated much of what has been commented on and updated drafts also under “Info”, B&D & County League.

Headlines re League structure for 2018/19

  • Poole A, B&D Div 1 home games will be on a Weds, not Thurs, but same venue RBL North Rd
  • Wimborne have reluctantly withdrawn their “F” team from B&D Div 4. So their Div 5 team is now Wim “F” and not “G”
  • There is a vacancy for 1 further team in B&D Div 4 & Div 5 as each has 5 currently (B’th C unsure re Div 5) although B’th C might still enter Div 5 as they are keen to if sufficient players
  • Once finalised in early Sept, the fixtures will appear on LMS (not the website as before), along with results and updated tables as the season progresses
  • Bacchus will run, but fixtures will not be set out until County and B&D finalised early Sept
  • Bournemouth home matches will continue to start at 7.15pm at Kinson
  • The Conservative Club home to New Milton Chess Club has a dress code, which includes not allowing shorts. Pl just check if playing there (details under NM, B&D)


Fixtures change requests as at 6 Aug ‘18

B&D & County

  Action requested Action taken Comment
1. Purbeck changes to some dates, avoid clashes A & B teams playing on same night, and similarly not B & C on same night as a problem. Move fixture 17/9 to 19/9 Largely addressed but needs revisiting when full picture clearer end Aug So work in progress and still flexible
2 New Milton Changes to 1st draft requested, with date changes and avoid A & B both playing 22 Jan Addressed, but needs reviewing end month.
3. Southbourne Some errors identified plus clashes between S’brne D in B&D and S’brne in County


Request to avoid matches Fri 12 Oct, Dor Open

Errors sorted, but need to wait for S’brne AGM decisions end month, e.g County Div 3


Agree & will ensure


4. Wimborne Club Committee reluctantly decides to withdraw F team B&D Div 4, keeping E team in same Div. Thus in Div 5 Wim G become Wim F Adjustments made. So Div 4 becomes 5 clubs 8 matches
5. Dorchester Geoff Searing asks fixture 15 Oct changed (v High away) because of Dorset Open that weekend

(Martin Simons has also asked to avoid 12 Oct for S’brne home matches)

Yes, agree and changed to 22 Oct
6 Ringwood Want 17 Sept fixture v Ple D to be moved to 24 Sept; and v Wim D away to go to 5 Dec Yes, done and to those dates
7. Bacchus Purbeck not taking part this time Club is supportive, but not enough suitable players Bacchus fixtures will be set in Sept once league picture is clear
8 Highcliffe Want to enter County Div 2 but seek permission to unavoidably play team with aggregate points 602 in some matches (if agreed, would obviously apply to opponents too). Instead of normal max 600 Consultation taking place with teams affected (7 Aug) – update 13 Aug:- subsequently decided to set new max in Cty Div 2 of 602, to apply to all matches in that Div, but only for 2018/19 season. Purpose to enable Highcliffe to enter and in wider interest of the Cty League


Captain’s Notes

  Action requested Action Taken Comment
1 Distractions Make it clearer what is unacceptable. E.g. constantly asking to see opponent’s score sheet Yes, notes will briefly cover unacceptable “distractions”
2. Promotion of pawn is not clear. Point 27


Now added to 27
3. 10 Point Rule 2.1 not clarified until 3.2 Agreed, now added to
4. FIDE v B&D Make it clear if Notes are FIDE rule as apposed to B&D or Cnty adaptation Yes, agreed. Using green colour code
5. Flag Fall Make it clearer – e.g. a draw if both flags fall at the end of the quick play period Ok, will look at this
6. Box 19 (2 minute rule) Invoke 3.9 if captains cannot agree Ok, will add this
7. 2nd Queen on board Use upside down rook Make it clear proper queen should be used and upside down rook last resort
8. Allow descriptive notation As some players only use this, allow it Ok, will comment accordingly, so it is not “illegal”
9. 2nd illegal move Clarify if it loses game Not sure. View seems to be that this FIDE rule is too harsh