Last Sunday (23 June) I attended the Annual General Meeting of the East Anglian Chess Union, representing Suffolk. It took place in Whittlesford and was attended by representatives of all EACU counties (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire).
It was a fairly non-contentious meeting. Proper minutes will be available soon, but until then, here’s a summary of the main points that were discussed:
* Entries for the various graded County competitions need to be received by the end of August. In recent years, Suffolk has entered the Open and Under 160 sections. But there are also u100, u120 and u140 sections. If we can find captains there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to enter these lower sections, for which only eight players are required for the EACU rounds.
* If Suffolk organise a Rapidplay, it could qualify for the EACU Grand Prix. Each county is allowed two events to count towards the GP. The Bury St Edmunds Congress already qualifies. Does anyone want to organise a Suffolk RP?
* The 2014 EACU Congress will be held in Newmarket on 7/8 June
* The annual affiliation fee for each county to the EACU remains at £60.
* The Bury St Edmunds Junior Congress (Feb 2014) will incorporate the EACU Junior Championship. The highest-scoring EACU-based player in the Open section will become EACU Junior Champion. A new trophy will be purchased by the EACU.
* I was elected to the Disputes Committee. This committee is only needed if there is an appeal against a decision by the EACU Chief Arbiter (Adrian Elwin).
The minutes, when available, will be published on this website.