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News from 2017-18 for London Public Service League Chess

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20 Nov 2017

David Gilbert

ECF Membership - Some problems

We already have a high proportion of players with ECF membership. It was reported earlier that Clubs with non-members will be charged £16 (the equivalent of Bronze membership) for each non- member who plays four or more games in the league.

A few players might be experiencing difficulties in renewing their membership. The issue arises for those who have previously registered at the ECF via PaySubsOnline, paid a past year subscription, but then had a year when they never joined.  It seems they are locked out when they then try to log-in for 2017/18. If this happens please call the ECF Office (01424 775222) and either pay over the phone or ask the staff to generate the possibility of making a payment through PaySubsOnline.

On a related matter, for those with an unnatural interest in such matters, the ECF has recently issued a new tender invitation for an on-line subscription service for the 2018/19.


04 Nov 2017

David Gilbert

Match Starting Time and Defaults

Nigel Fleming wrote to Club Representatives and Team Captains on Friday, 3 November 2017

Club Reps & Captains

There have been several occasions this season when matches have started late or captains have failed to exchange team lists in good time.

I'm writing to remind everyone that matches need to start at 6.30pm. Stalling to enable players (who the captain knows will be late) to arrive without losing time would of course be completely unacceptable, but even if the delay is just down to inefficiency it is stiill not OK - venues often need to be cleared and vacated by a set time, and players frequently have long distances to travel home and starting late can seriously affect travel plans. For this to happen, team lists need to be exchanged at least ten minutes before the start time. Could you all please bear this in mind. If you think you might be late please appoint a deputy armed with your team list, or email the opposing captain your team in board order so the toss can be made with another of your players and the match can start on time.

We are also aware of a number of cases where captains have arrived at the match knowing they will not have a full team, but not having notified the opposition ahead of time, thus causing a wasted journey for an opposition player. Furthermore, a team a player down should default the bottom board, not any higher board. These rules are really just common courtesy this league has always been played in a very good spirit, and we want to keep it that way.

One other thing - a small improvement - the Committee Representative for each Club should now be able to submit results to the website for any of their league and cup teams. Let David Gilbert know if there are any problems with this.

Kind regards

Nigel


02 Nov 2017

David Gilbert

Andriy Peykov wins the Tony Ashby Award 2017

The winner of this years Tony Ashby Shield is Andriy Peykov of GLCC. The trophy goes to the most improved player over three grading lists. Andriy advanced by a massive 44 grading points from 127 - 153 - 171 and was a regular player for GLCC last season playing 13 times, winning ten, drawing one and losing just two. Andriy picked up his trophy at Pimlico on Thursday, 2 November 2017. See link.

Link: documents/Peykovpic.pdf
17 Sep 2017

David Gilbert

Individual Blitz Competition Winners

The LPSCL Individual Blitz Championship took place on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 as part of the GLCC's Open tournament. Overall thirty-seven players took part in a 10 round Open and an Under- 150 section.

Players had three minutes for their game with two seconds increment for each move. Phew!

The Open and the Peter Bond Trophy went to Justinas Stojanas (GLCC) who scored a splendid 9/10, while Graham Andrews (UNATS) was the top LPSCL player in the Under-150 section scoring 7/10 and received the Roland Smith Trophy.

Links to the full set of results can be found on the GLCC's website:

Link: http://www.glcc.org.uk/club.html
13 Sep 2017

David Gilbert

Game Fee 2017/18

The League encourages all players to become members of the English Chess Federation (ECF). There are changes to game fee this season. There is no charge for ECF members. Non-ECF members can play three games without charge. Once a fourth game is played they will be charged £16 (the equivalent of Bronze Membership).

The Treasurer will collect this from players Clubs at the end of the season.