Didcot Chess Club Minutes
Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 14th September
2020 via Zoom (online).
Apologies were received from Nick Gough, Alan Brampton,
vacant (John Harvey
acting for the meeting)
of last meeting
These were read and accepted without amendments.
Gary Reynolds on the
passing of Mike Duck
Sadly I have to report that Mike Duck lost his battle with
cancer on the 9th July.
Mike was previous Chairman of
the OCA and stalwart of Didcot Chess club. He will be very much missed.
Report&Membership Fees for 2019-20
Andy Robins provided the Treasurer’s report for
The club made a cash deficit of £19.61 in year
2019/20 (Surplus of £65.23 in 2018/19).
This reflects the purchase of 6 digital chess clocks
during the year for £169.61.
End of year bank balance was £87.44.
It was agreed that subscriptions for the 2020/21 season
would remain at £30 for adults and £20 for juniors, students,
pensioners & unwaged.
Marlborough Club membership fees are unchanged.
Team Captains Report
Gary Reynolds reported that the First team had another tough
season in Division 1, lying 7th of 8 teams when the league was
abandoned due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Safety did look likely however (had
the season been played to conclusion) due to the gap over the 8th
Top scorer was Gai Guanqun
with an excellent 5.5/6. Nick and Andrejs both
scored 45% against top board opposition.
Team Captains Report
by Roger Thetford)
On paper we were one of the weaker
teams in division 2 but managed three wins and four draws out of the 11
matches that we played, placing us fifth out of eight in a desperately
tight division: we were four points off the top and two points off the
bottom. Andy Robins (6/11, ever-present) and Guanqun
Gai (5½ / 9) were our heaviest scorers despite being on the top
boards. John Harvey and I both notched 1½ / 2 to be over 50% for the
season. Thank you to all 12 players who turned out for the team.
The season was curtailed because of
Covid-19, with promotion and relegation cancelled.
Team Captains Report
(Submitted by Mark Mcleod)
pandemic potentially robbed Didcot 3 of a title winning season. At the
point that the league was ended Uni 3 had played all their matches and
scored 19 points from 12 games. Didcot 3 had 3 games still to play and had
already accumulated 15 points with +23 game difference. The 3rd place team
was Cumnor 2 who had amassed just 9 points from the 9 games they had
With us electing to drop the Didcot 4th team
we were much stronger this year and therefore it was not surprising to see
the team pulling out some impressive wins. Notable records from the season
Mark McLeod - 7.5 points from 9 games
Alex Tringali - 6
points from 6 games
John Clarke - 5 points from 7 games
Alan Brampton - 4 points from 5 games
Mike Duck - 2.5 points from 3 games.
Congratulations to all players and I look
forward to restarting the Captains duties once we recommence over the board
The John Richards Cup for 2018-19 was won by Andrejs Olehnovics.
The Martin Sheridan Shield, for payers graded under
ECF 115 didn’t finish before the club had to close.
The Christmas 5-minute tournament was again
excellently organised by Roger Thetford, with plenty of food provided by
Graham McInnes won the title in this handicapped
Following the pandemic-enforced closure of the club (for
OTB chess), we launched the 2020 Corona tournament using Lichess online. This is currently ongoing.
Club Nights (&
number of teams): discussion
delayed until club can start meeting again in person.
Congratulations to Mark Mcleod on his
appointment as our new Chair (proposed by Andy Robins, seconded by Paul
Thanks to Paul Bizzell for volunteering to be Third Team
Roger is standing down as Second Team Captain. Please
contact a Committee member if you would be interested in taking on this
First Team Captain Gary
First Team Vice Captain Bernard
Second Team Captain <vacant>
Second Team Vice Captain Andy Robins
Third Team Captain Mark
Third Team Vice Captain Paul
OCA League: online
chess team(s) for 2020/21
At the time of the meeting, it appears very unlikely
that OTB league chess will recommence in Oxfordshire for the 2020-21
Therefore, the OCA is considering an online team league.
Several variables remain to be resolved; platform (Lichess?),
format (swiss?), number per team (4/6?), time controls.
It is hoped that these would be resolved at the OCA AGM
of 24th September.
The OCA asked clubs for levels of interest ahead of
Before our AGM Gary had surveyed the club for interest
in playing in this league and the response suggested we would have a squad
of 10 (later increased to 11).
Therefore, we have communicated to the OCA that we have
an interest in putting forward one team of 6 for an online league (or 2
teams if they are to be of 4 players).
We await the conclusions/next steps from the OCA AGM.
1. Gary informed
the meeting that all Mike Duck’s chess books (30-40) had been donated
to the club. These would be available to borrow from the club store
cupboard at The Marlborough.
The OCA is
considering naming their online league tournament after Mike Duck
3. The meeting agreed to rename our Christmas Blitz
tournament “The Mike Duck Christmas Blitz”
There being no
further business, the Chairman closed the meeting.
8:25 pm. John Harvey, Secretary.