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I will use this page to give information or just comments… if I remember I will change the Button date at each update.

 

For anyone who is not aware, on Sunday 27th Oct I re-assumed my role as BDCL League Records Secretary,

 Due to a heavy work load Terry Benson relinquished the Records Secretary post but will still assist with the records and remains an ECF LMS Administrator.

So as from Forthwith Please send any Fixture changes, Player Registrations or Results you want put on LMS to me at this address BDCLRecords@hotmail.co.uk.

 After 10 years of doing the job I am aware of your habits and who is up with the trends and who is old tech, whatever you use is okay by me as long as I get it. I will try to reply ASAP.

 

The third round Trophy Pairings have been made

 

Rule 4·10

This was changed for the beginning of this season after a proposal by Redditch.

Redditch felt, if a player was asked to play up for a higher team and had made the effort to get to the match and won by default, it should not count towards Rule 4·12 where a player is automatically up-drafted on their fourth appearance for that team. They claimed it was harsh enough on the player making the effort not getting a game without being penalised as well.

The Management Committee voted in favour and the rule now says….

4·10 A player is deemed to have played in a match if the player's name is entered on the match card, unless he wins by default.

 

Rules Committee called into action.

Monday 28th I was told of a Rules meeting taking place on Tuesday 29th on the agenda were two Disputes and a Relegation clarification in Division .

The first Dispute was about a fixture change Between Wolverhampton (Home) and Shirley Wythall in Division

Shirley Wythall had requested to change the date of 31st Oct to some other time and they in doing so gave Wolves the required 28 days Notice…

The Wolves Div one Captain Outlined a detailed Email that due to venue problems and Club Members already having a full Schedule that they would struggle to find new dates.

A series of emails got passed between the two Div one Captains until it was eventually agreed by Wolves and Shirley to play on the Original date but they would both default a board, I believe Wolves offered the board reduction to Shirley. Some days later another Shirley member believed the correct procedures were not followed and they still need a new date. However Wolves rejected this saying you have already agreed and we were now within the 28 days, so the arguments continued until it was referred to the rules committee, At the Rules Meeting was the Wolves Div 1 Captain, Shirley was represented by a Div 3 Captain, … so the arguments began with SW saying their Div 1 chap was new to the captaincy and was inexperienced in the role, and therefore should not have agreed because Wolves did not offer three dates and the match is over six boards not five, Wolves argued (vociferous at times) You have agreed already and its now under 28 days so I don’t have to agree to move it again. The rules committee then sent them out the room and debated amongst its committee, it was concluded the Captain was entrusted to deal with the change and if you have agreed something with the captain then that should be that otherwise when is it an agreement? The argument about offering no Dates was thrown out as although its good practice to offer a few, no number is specified in the rule, some smart Alec said they did offer a date… the Original one. Also I have known on a few occasions teams have agreed to less boards if they have known before hand to be short of players, it’s not seen as breaking rules but as trying to still get the Match on….The Match was ordered to be played on the Original date, Shirley took this on the chin and two days later went and won 2 – 3 over five boards.

 

The Second dispute is about a flag fall and an observer saying your flags fell…….The common belief is the person who then claims on time has had outside advice and could actually lose.

I must admit I fell into this category and I am sure I have read that’s what actually happened in one of the old bulletins somewhere (get looking). In Div match 219 West Brom Vs Solihull, The Sol player claimed the WB Player had outside advice when he claimed the game on time…. Rules chairman consulted Two Senior Arbiters on this who agreed the following…… To claim a game on time the opponent’s clock must read zero and you claim ….  Now if this is what happened then you win regardless, although we agree it’s not very nice for the out of time player ….The Rules Committee agreed with the Arbiters and awarded the game to the WB Player who claimed the win on time as the Player correctly claimed, and although someone said the flag had fell the player did not actively go and seek advice…

Now before you all run round shouting your flags gone in other peoples games Read on…………..

The observer who said your flags fell……was not playing in the Match but was another WB Player, so it was judged to be a biased Comment 

 West Brom will lose 1 game point from the Match score ………They were winning 4-1 not including this so it will end 4-1   The Rules giveth, and the Rules taketh away… 

 Clubs are reminded they are responsible for the conduct of non playing people in the playing area whilst games are in progress.

 

Division two Relegation Clarification. It was asked if Mercia Div two counted as one of the relegation places now they have withdrawn.

As Mercia has withdrawn before playing half their games all results and points are expunged and do not exist …………so they do not count.

All played games will still be graded.

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For anyone who is not aware, Ravi Sandhu took over as BDCL Webmaster at the 2019 annual AGM.

We thank Richard Reynolds for his years of invaluable service in the role. See hand book for contact details.

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Do you know where you’re going?

A few changes to club venues have been taking place recently so in case you have missed it here is what I know

Oscott Chess Club formally Boldmere, are now at the Oscott Social Club & Institute, 239 Witton Lodge Road, (corner with Turfpits Lane), Birmingham B23 5LX.

 The Club room is upstairs in a good size room with a lift if needed.

From the City centre take A34 to Perry Barr…A453 …Boars Head…..College Rd, turn right immediately after Perry Common Rd lights into Witton Lodge Rd, the car park entrance is in Turfpits Lane.

By bus № 7 from Livery Street B'ham City centre to outside the club. I shall not miss looking at the dreary sights from the Aston Expressway waiting for the traffic jam to clear because of some M6 hold up.

Boldmere Venue Ariel.png

 

Rushall have also moved and now play from St. Francis' Catholic Social Club, 20 Mill Rd, (corner with Broad Lane) Shelfield WS4 1RH. Several ways from Birmingham City Centre, A38, M6 J9 or J10 to Walsall Ring road then A461 through Rushall to Mill Rd traffic lights turn left club will be on the right. Personally I will take From the City centre A34 to Perry Barr…A453 …Boars Head, Aldridge Rd past the Kynoch venue over the Beacon B4154 joining the  A461 at Rushall, this misses out any problems with the Motorway and all the lights and cameras around the Walsall ring road.

Rushall Venue. Ariel.png

 

Warley Quinborne are Now using the Stag & Horseshoes on a Monday,  Stag & Three Horseshoes, Halesowen Road, (corner with Kent Rd) Birmingham B62 9BB.

The traffic Island in the Picture Below is at the top of Mucklows Hill… Halesowen Rd to the right is a continuation of the Hagley Rd from Quinton. .…….

Once I had found the door to the stairs I found the playing room to be light and the tables of good size, If unsure check with Warley Quinborne Club Secretary.

Warley Quinborne Stag & Horseshoes.png

 

Birmingham & District Summer League Rapid Play 2019

 

As the Controller of the Summer Rapid Play League I can report 32 Teams took part across four Divisions in what has become a good wind down event to the seasons Proceedings

 

Open

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pen

Bns

Pts

 

South Birmingham

16

12

2

2

45½

18½

0

7

33

 

West Bromwich

16

11

2

3

38½

25½

0

6

30

 

Mutual Circle

16

8

2

6

35½

28½

0

3

22

 

Wolverhampton

16

8

3

5

34½

29½

0

3

22

 

Redditch

16

8

1

7

36

28

0

4

21

 

Sutton Coldfield

16

5

4

7

27½

36½

0

0

16

 

Warley Quinborne

16

5

1

10

25½

38½

0

3

14

 

Shirley & Wythall

16

3

2

11

24½

39½

0

0

9

 

Solihull

16

3

1

12

20½

43½

0

0

7

 

560 Max

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pen

Bns

Pts

Wolverhampton

12

7

4

1

28½

19½

0

3

22

South Birmingham

12

7

3

2

29

19

0

4

21

Sutton Coldfield

12

7

2

3

27½

20½

0

4

20

Redditch

12

4

4

4

24

24

0

2

16

Shirley & Wythall

12

3

2

7

22½

25½

0

2

10

Warley Quinborne

12

2

3

7

18

30

0

0

8

Greenlands

12

0

6

6

18½

29½

0

0

6

480 Max

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pen

Bns

Pts

South Birmingham

14

9

4

1

34½

20½

0

6

28

Oscott

14

6

5

3

28½

27½

0

5

22

Rushall

14

7

2

5

33

23

0

4

20

Solihull

14

6

4

4

29

27

0

3

20

Sutton Coldfield

14

6

3

5

32

24

0

3

18

Shirley & Wythall

14

4

2

8

24½

31½

0

1

11

Westminster

14

3

4

7

21½

33½

1

2

10

Wolverhampton

14

1

4

9

20

36

0

0

6

400 Max

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pen

Bns

Pts

 

Greenlands

14

10

3

1

38

17

0

7

30

 

South Birmingham

14

8

3

3

36

20

0

5

24

 

Rushall

14

8

2

2

34

22

0

3

22

 

Shirley & Wythall

14

5

2

7

26

29

0

2

14

 

Redditch

14

5

2

7

23

32

1

2

14

 

Solihull

14

5

1

8

21

34

0

2

13

 

Westminster

14

2

4

8

22

34

0

1

9

 

Warley Quinborne

14

2

5

7

22

34

2

0

7

 

 

Honours 2018-19

Solihull become League Champions for the Second time in their history after a nervous wait., Solihull were looking to be in the right place at the start of February out in front and the only 100% record left in the division, having strengthened the Squad with some big hitters the title was looking theirs to lose. Six weeks later Solihull had finished and defeats, away at SB1A and home to Olton had lost their unassailable lead, Walsall (Rock Steady) Kipping now could overhaul them if they could win the last three Matches and after two wins it all came down to the last match at home to SB1A. Unfortunately for WsK playing the last game against the team that has finished in one of the top two places fourteen of the last eighteen seasons is not ideal; they turned down a chance for revenge in the Runners up Play off Match. At the Bottom WQ, Red, Wtn and Lch have looked in trouble all season, Wolverhampton got out of it after a raid into the January transfer market and wins for WQ against Olton & Red and a draw Vs Wtn will send Redditch & Lichfield down.

John Edge won his Eighth Individual ❶ title and now has the record most wins, well done that man.

BDCL Division LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

SOLIHULL   1979/80  2018/19

Runner up: - South Birmingham

 

Individual Band ❶ Open Champion

John Edge ( Halesowen ) 1990/91  2001/02  2003/04  2004/05  2010/11

2012/13  2014/15  2018/19

Runner up: - Mohammed N A Chowdhury (Westminster)

 

Division ❷ in recent years has been the tightest one, that’s to say there is usually only a few points between third from top and third from bottom, Lichfield hit the ground running and after playing nine fixtures before Christmas sat at the top for large parts of the season, Solihull, Shirley Wythall, West Bromwich and South Birmingham A made up the chasing Pack with the latter (SB2A) ending up as champions with W7 D4 L0. WQ and SC occupied the bottom two places most of the season with SB2B and Halesowen the teams to catch, Warley Quinborne are relegated with South Birmingham 2B, while Sutton Coldfield avoided a relegation play off after a Rules Committee hearing on Board order in Match 262.

Indy ❷ 160 Max was won by John Mildenhall who has won Indy ❷ four times previously.

Division Champions

SOUTH BIRMINGHAM A   1988/89   1996/97   2018/19

Runner up: - Lichfield

 

Individual Band ❷ 160 Max Champion

John Mildenhall ( Sutton Coldfield ) 1980/81  1990/91  2001/02  2015/16  2018/19

Runner up: - Jonathan Dale (Shirley Wythall)

 

University who finished third last season, won Division ❸ for the Eighth time losing just 1 match and are promoted, Mercia beat Olton A in a play off match for second but both will be joining Div 2 next season. At the bottom Boldmere are relegated with Sutton Coldfield who unfortunately lost the last Match 3½ - 2½ partly due to a board default. There is no truth in any rumours the SB3 Captain whose Team survived was involved. J  Indy 140 Max was won by Terry (Tricky) Walker who has won Indy ❸ previously.

Division Champions

UNIVERSITY BIRMINGHAM  1923/24   1949/50 1965/66  1974/75  1975/76  1984/85   1992/93  2018/19

Runner up: - Mercia

 

Individual Band ❸ 140 Max Champion

Terry W Walker ( South Birmingham )  1997/98  2018/19

Runner up: - Simon A Killarney (South Birmingham)

 

Division ❹ was won by Redditch who becomes the 37th 100% Team of all time. Joining them in Promotion will be Shirley Wythall who won the last game to avoid a play off with Greenlands. At the Bottom going down are Bushbury and Warley Quinborne. Being the smallest division it offered the least amount of chess but had the most defaults.

Indy 120 Max was won by Kevin Spillane of Boldmere who are now Oscott.

Division 100% Champions

REDDITCH   1996/97   2018/19

Runner up: - Shirley Wythall

 

Individual Band ❹ 120 Max Champion

Kevin J Spillane ( Boldmere )  2018/19

Runner up: - Paul Barrett (Coleshill)

 

Last Seasons Promoted Team Coleshill are this Seasons Division ❺ Champions with 21pts out of a possible 24pts. Solihull pips Shirley Wythall to take the second promotion spot however both will be Joining Div 5 next season. At the bottom Mutual Circle and Kynoch B should be Relegated, I say should as they weren’t when they both finished bottom two seasons ago. Indy 100 Max was won by Joe Kadar who had contested a final the previous three seasons.

Division Champions

COLESHILL 2   2018/19

Runner up: - Solihull

 

Individual Band ❺ 100 Max Champion

Joe Kadar ( South Birmingham )  2018/19

Runner up: - John B Lewis (Warley Quinborne)

 

Saint George's are the champions of Division ❻ however they only found themselves in this Division due to not having Six Players for Division four. Redditch finished in a close 2nd place and gets promoted to cap of a good season for the club. Wooden Spoon this season is awarded to Westminster B. Indy ❻ 80 Max was won by Tom Vanes of Coleshill

Division Champions

Saint George's 1999/00   2005/06  2013/14  2018/19

Runner up: - Redditch

 

Individual Band ❻ 80 Max Champion

Tom Vanes ( Coleshill ) 2018/19

Runner up: - Matt Smith (South Birmingham)

 

South Birmingham wins the Terrill Trophy for the 10th time

Westminster 3 put up a good show and it was a lot closer than the score suggests.

TERRILL Trophy Winners

SOUTH BIRMINGHAM 1A  1985/85  2002/03  2005/06  2007/08  2011/12  2012/13  2014/15  2015/16  2016/17  2018/19

Runners up: - Westminster-3

 

Boldmere 2 win the Homer Trophy against local rivals Sutton Coldfield

HOMER Trophy Winners

BOLDMERE 2  2011/12  2018/19

Runners up: - Sutton Coldfield-2

 

Redditch 4 wins the Townshend to complete a League and cup double

TOWNSHEND Trophy Winners

REDDITCH 4   2011/12  2018/19

Runners up: - Coleshill-5

 

Greenlands 4 beat Shirley Wythall 5 in a one sided affair

BARRINGTON Trophy Winners

GREENLANDS 4  2014/15  2018/19

Runners up: - Shirley Wythall-5

All Club Honours can be fond at http://records.birminghamchess.org.uk/BDCL-Honours.htm

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Individual Tournament
Also following a vote by an overwhelming majority at the August MCM, the format of the BDCL Individual Tournaments have now changed,
Starting this season it has now been decided that five of the six Divisional Tournaments will have grade Band Limits.
The change does not prevent players playing in higher Bands as previously should they wish more of a challenge. Individual remains unchanged as an Open band. In bands , , & no ones is more than 20 grading Pts above your grade unless you have chosen to play in a higher band, or if your grade is less than 60 grading Pts in band .
 
19.  Individual Tournament Arrangements
19.1 There shall be a separate Individual Tournament of six banded sections open to anyone eligible for ordinary League play on 1st October. Any player may enter either the banded section he/she qualifies for or; provided the Tournament sub-Committee has a place available for him/her; any higher band. The banded sections shall be determined by players' grading as follows:
Individual Band Open
Individual Band 160 max
Individual Band 140 max
Individual Band 120 max
Individual Band 100 max
Individual Band 80 max
Eligibility will be determined using the following priority:
1. ECF July Standard play Grade
2. ECF July Rapid play Grade
3. FIDE July Standard play Rating (converted using the formula: (FIDE-700)/7.5)
4. BDCL Assigned Grade
Ungraded players must give details of estimated playing strength. Ungraded players who cannot demonstrate a playing strength appropriate for their section will be allocated to Individual One.
Contact your Club Secretary or Individual Chairman Tim lane to enter
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2018-19
At the April 30th MCM votes were overwhelmingly in favour of abolishing the first time control in one session matches. Time control is now all moves in 90mins for Quick-play or all moves in 80mis + 10 seconds a move throughout for Incremental, No more Adjusting the Clocks after 30 moves. Two Session Matches (Adjournments) are unchanged
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2017-18 120 years later
Teams Captain (or delegated person) can now report match results directly online Using web pages provided by the ECF League Management System (LMS). In order to do this the club needs to send ME the name and Email address of the Teams Captain (or delegated person), this will be passed on to the site administrator who will grant access. To avoid errors I suggest a delegated person is in possession of the Match Card or has a reliable copy. Once you have logged on to the site, select BDCL, Click the event on the left in which the match appears, Scroll down to find the Match and click on the Result. Enter details from drop down list, then Submit Match Result, If your opposition have already submitted the result, Click the Verify Tab. You do not record the Game Finish type on-line …This must be on the Retained Match Card in case of dispute. Note the LMS Tables can be periodically behind the BDCL ones if on-line reporting is not the option used. This tends to happen when I receive results from a team and then wait to see if their opponents use the site, The LMS site is for teams to use, not another for the Records secretary, so if you can Please use it and remember to click the verify button if the results are there already.
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F Grades
The scrutiny Committee would like it known that F grades (but not the data underlying them) will be disregarded.
This due to the narrow band of games giving a distorted measure of strength
From the ECF site……….
The introduction of a new F Category based on only 5 games (so one congress suffices). This has made it easier for new players to get a grade, and has increased the number of players with published grades by nearly 2000. However, F grades are not treated as "real" for the purpose of future calculation. They are treated in the same way as juniors' grades. They are also (unlike juniors' grades) omitted from "Top Players" lists and rankings.
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Ecard Reminder Do's and Don'ts
Rule 9.5 it is now a requirement to record each game's Time limits on the Match Card.
This can be done in the right hand column now marked Finish / Date.
Incremental, Quickplay & Adjournments. The captains shall indicate on the card the nature of the time limit utilised
in each individual game before the commencement of the match.
Write 'I' against boards Playing Incremental; write 'Q' against boards Playing Quickplay,
If Adjournments are chosen leave blank until either the games are Adjourned or finished,
If adjourned then resumption date within 21 days must be given as before, if Finished then write 'A'
Do mark the relevant holders of any sealed move; do mark the relevant Home or Away Box,
(To download Ecards click on the bishop Tab then the E Match Cards Tab)
remember these Ecards are used in conjunction with the Match card when a dispute arises
 
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CONVERSION BETWEEN FIDE and ECF Grading
ECF x 7.5 + 700 = FIDE
(FIDE - 700) / 7.5 = ECF
 
CONVERSION BETWEEN USCF and ECF Grading
ECF x 8 + 700 = USCF
(USCF - 700) / 8 = ECF
 
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