Monthly Archives: May 2015

Woman's world chess champion 2050

Enjoyable online game – who traps whom?

Image: Woman’s world chess champion 2050, Sophie.

I just had an enjoyable game online where my opponent tries to trap my queen and at the same time I try to trap his rook.

Summer League Meeting

Summer League Teams Meeting

Hi all,

I went to a meeting of the summer league teams today, and made some notes. This is not the official minutes of the meeting, just what I scribbled at the time and written up, probably with many mistakes.

Firstly, it appears that the league is 50 years old and will have some sort of party. The date was set at Friday 2nd October, and a venue is to be found.

Trophies. If the current holders of the trophies can hand them in by the 2nd, then they can all be engraved at once: this should be a cost saving over having them done by the receiving clubs. Also, it is nice to receive a trophy that is already engraved.

Finances. The is sufficient funds in the bank to run the league for many years at current costs.

Registration of players. Summer league starts shortly before the end of the ECF year, and so there is little incentive for new players to register with the ECF. As a result, some games were played with players not registered. The number of games was

3 Chorlton

3 Eccles

11 Sales

maybe others too. 1? Urmston

Someone proposed that the fees for 2016 be set in advance so that fees could be brought with team registration details to next year’s meeting.

Denton won the summer league cup 4 1/2 – 1 1/2 against Chorlton.

Rochdale won the summer league. There are four leagues, A,B,C,D, so I guess that means they won the A division.

It appears there are 12 teams in the summer league and 8 were represented at the meeting.

Club a B C D
Sale D
Rochdale A
Chorlton AA B C DD
Oldham C
Altrincham A D
Marple B C
Urmston C
Denton A B D
Stockport B
Eccles C
Worsely D
Bury B

Teams not represented at the meeting were: Stockport, Eccles, Worsely, Bury.

Clubs wanted a variable number of teams to play – about 21 in total – and these were sorted into 3 leagues of 5 teams and a league of 6. Actually, Stockport 1 team and Bury 1 team needs to be confirmed.

Trophies are going from the past winners to the new winners. I only caught details of one handover




D Sale -> Urmston

Cup Marple -> Denton

Roles were decided …

President Dave Holt
Treasurer Tim
Fixtures secretary Ivan Urwin
Web and ECF Reg
ECF Delegate Shawn


There were two candiates names put forward as possible ECF delegates. Neither of them was present and with little to base a choice on, it seemed Shawn (the incumbent) seemed to have shown ability to perform the role and was unanimously reelected.

It was noted that proposed rule changes should be in by the 1st of March. There were none of these. Some rules changes were considered that had arrived late. 1. Alteration of the game time from 75 mins to 90 mins each, and 2. Ability of the home team to choose Fischer time controls if suitable clocks are available.

It is my understanding that these changes can be voted on next year. Various people seemed prepared to vote this year, but there was not sufficient agreement to overrule the deadline and it was also deemed unfair to vote without the missing clubs being aware of the proposals.

75 mins would equate to 65mins + 10 second increment.

90 to 80mins plus 10 second increment.

Any other business

A member from Sale noted that some large clubs can find a completely different team for important matches and wanted to register his opinion that this is unsporting.

Teams need to hand in a list of their registered players, which will be put on the website. I don’t remember a deadline for this, sorry.

Cup. Ivan Urwin (me) is to arrange a cup draw. 1 team per club.

Fees. Unanimously decided to keep these the same. I believe it was £4 per team for the season. It was noted the league has internet banking with the bank of Scotland.

Rules document. In the absence of an official rules document, the document currently on the website is to become the rules document.