2000 - 2001
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Scottish Chess Association
Management Board Report
2 Overview of the year, and key projects
3 Financial review
4 Report on year's mainstream activity
5 Tournament winners
We are sorry to report the death of three members who have been particularly committed to chess in Scotland over many years. We send our condolences to all of their families.
Walter Munn, Honorary President of the Scottish Chess Association died on 31st March 2001 at the early age of 69. His inclusive and friendly team based approach during his 16 years as a hugely active President helped transform chess in Scotland. He established a sound financial base and set about crafting this with the involvement and agreement of players and organisers throughout Scotland. His life was reflected eloquently by Gerald Bonner in the eulogy at Walter's funeral, and we reprint an extensive extract below.
Walter was born in Shawlands, Glasgow, in November 1931 and educated at Hutcheson's Grammar School. He then joined the firm of Harold Sinclair and Blair, duly becoming a chartered accountant in the mid 1950s. By then, he had already met Margaret who was training in bookkeeping with the firm. They got engaged shortly after Walter became a CA, and were married in 1958. Walter later became a partner in the firm, followed by joining Wardhaugh and McVean.
Eventually Walter decided to work as a freelance accountant from home, continuing to provide the same professionally meticulous and immaculate work for clients, as had been his hallmark throughout his career Walter had a lifelong interest in chess, and his first club was Cathcart. He joined Busby and Clarkston in 1963, playing a key part in helping to re-form it as Giffnock and Clarkston Chess Club meeting in Rhuallan House, where it has remained ever since.
He was also a founder member of the Scottish Correspondence Chess Association, sometimes pondering moves well into the night so that he could send his replies promptly to equally dedicated opponents.
He became Secretary of Giffnock and Clarkston in 1965 and remained in that post until last year, surely a record for any club? Walter's commitment, organisational skills, and enthusiasm quickly raised the club's status to that of one of the biggest and best in Scotland.
Walter still managed to play competitive chess himself in those days, and at a level that made him runner-up in the strong Club Championships of 1964,1965, and 1971.
He organised internal club tournaments, team fixtures, the Renfrewshire County Championship, the Renfrewshire Open Championship, and the West of Scotland Championship throughout most of those years as Club Secretary.
You might think this was plenty for anyone, but Walter was a very special man. He joined the Glasgow Chess Congress Committee in 1965 and became Congress Secretary. I was already chairman of this group and had met Walter on and off at chess events, but this was when I got to know him well, and I have never met a more able and gifted organiser in all the many committees of which I have been a member.
After a year or two, Walter and Margaret kindly allowed the Congress Committee to meet monthly in their home, and there are countless happy memories of banter, jokes, anecdotes, a cat which wanted to muscle in on the act, and suppers which included the best home members of the team of Congress helpers, and provided a canteen for insatiably hungry chess addicts from Glasgow, the rest of Scotland, and as far afield as the Antipodes.
Some years witnessed players placing bets as to whether or not they would be served their soup or roll by a Munn or a nun! Walter's vision brought about the annual Junior International Tournament at the Congress, and his encouragement of junior chess included years of input to Richmond Park School, Ashcraig School, Fernhill School, the Eastwood District Primary Schools Annual Tournament, the Boys Brigade group in this Church, and a junior international chess tournament for disabled players in the Glasgow City Chambers. Walter always showed a keen interest in helping young people with any form of handicap.
In 1969, Walter was elected president of the Scottish Chess Association, a post which he held with distinction in his characteristically modest and unassuming manner. His 16 year tenure of the office brought about numerous advances in the status and playing strength of Scottish players and our standing as a member of the international chess community.
Every chess enthusiast in Scotland owes a debt of gratitude to this quiet, selfless, talented man. "The Munn Era" saw the Glasgow 800 Tournament, the World Microcomputer Championship, the 1984 SCA Centenary Congress, and the visit by then World Champion Anatoly Karpov in May of the same year.
Walter's steady guiding hand at the helm encouraged and enabled other talented and dedicated organisers to undertake these and many other events, and again the Munn home provided warm hospitality for a large number of chess masters and grandmasters over this golden age.
The SCA indicated its high regard for Walter by electing him Honorary President when he relinquished the post of president in 1985. He retained the title until his death last Saturday.
Nobody has made a greater contribution to the Scottish chess scene than Walter Munn. Few can equal it. Walter and Margaret made a wonderful team and created a very close family with Derek and Rosanne, of whom they were so justly proud. Walter enjoyed seeing them happily married to Fiona and Chris and being a loving grandpa to Alexander and Rachel.
Walter was a gentleman and a gentle man with a keen sense of humour that never hurt anyone. His family and friends can thank God for a life well lived. No one has ever had a bad word to say about Walter, and, when you think about it, that's no mean epitaph for anyone.
David Wallace died in his sleep at his home in St Andrews on 9th June 2001 at the age of 79.
David was a private man. Few chessplayers will have known that he came from a military family background and led troops onto the Normandy beaches during the Second World War. But many chessplayers will know, and have reason to be grateful for, his commitment to education, in both his professional and chess activity.
David had a passion for education. He was a teacher, firstly in St Andrews and then as the founding Head Teacher at Abbotsgrange Middle School in Grangemouth until his retirement in 1984.
David's commitment to education spilled over into one of his other passions, chess. He became a key figure in the Scottish Junior Chess Association and was its President for many years in the 1980s. Before that, he was active in organising many chess competitions at junior and adult level in Scotland, making Grangemouth the centre of many key tournaments. In the 1970s, he helped widen young players horizons by taking them to many chess events including the British Championships. He was also responsible for starting the Scotland v Wales junior internationals and for many years organised girls events to boost the number of girls playing chess.
But his work was not limited to promoting junior chess. David's keen eye for precision and detail and his rigorous and careful style - no doubt influenced by his military training - helped him become one of Scotland's most influential arbiters, not just locally but at world level.
He was instrumental in organising Scotland's first courses for training arbiters, reflecting again his enthusiasm for education. He maintained records of arbiters activity and contributed to the development of an examination for arbiters. The quality of arbiting at Scottish congresses certainly improved from his work, and the concepts were exported to other countries. He also practised what he preached and was a regular arbiter at both the Scottish and British Championships until a few years ago.
David's work on arbiting spread to FIDE, the World Chess Federation. He served as Chairman of their Arbiters Committee attending meetings throughout the world at his own expense and influencing the development of the Laws of Chess as a result. When he retired from chess activity four years ago (following increased deafness and a car accident), FIDE recognised his services by making him an Honorary Member, a rare distinction.
David was proud of the number of leading players he had encouraged towards chess and, even after his retirement, he maintained an active interest in primary school chess in St Andrews. Just a week before his death and despite increasing speech difficulties, he was still fluently teaching chess to primary schoolchildren.
Scottish chess will miss this professional and committed educationalist.
Tom Russell died on 6 August 2000, aged 74, a few months after being diagnosed with cancer.
Tom was secretary of the Scottish Chess Association for several years in the 1950s, a period when he was active over the chess board and competed in several Scottish Championships.
But it's fair to say that Tom preferred chess problem composition to over the board play, and he was very successful in the former. He was introduced to the art of problem composition in the 1940s by fellow Glasgow Chess Club member Normal Macleod, who went on to become a Grandmaster of Chess Competitions and by Comins Mansfield, regarded as the greatest composer of two move problems and then resident in Glasgow. Tom had his compositions published in D M MacIsaac's chess column in the Glasgow Herald. Tom was later to invent a new theme of seventh rank promotion (Glasgow Chess he called it), an idea that was taken up by other composers and around which a composing tourney was later organised. And he was well known to other UK and overseas composers.
Tom was a regular contributor to Scottish Chess, with a regular column starting in 1998 bringing an appreciation of problems and end game studies to a wider audience.
Overview of the year and key projects
A springboard year
The key activity during last year was pursuing the practicalities of the proposed merger between the Scottish Chess Association and Scottish Junior Chess Association. This work has resulted in the merger proposal which has been circulated to all members of the Association and which will be for discussion at this year's Annual General Meeting. At the time of preparing this report, the AGM of the SJCA has already been held and the motion to merge has been approved by the SJCA. The merger will allow adult and junior organisers to continue with the work they each do, but will remove duplication in for example membership services and will enable us to offer parent/child family membership. We are also keen to bring in new people to the new structure, to spread the load and provide new energy to move chess in Scotland forward.
We would like to pay tribute to the many members of the groups looking at the merger practicalities who have contributed in significant measure to reaching this stage. The Steering Group comprising SCA President John Glendinning, SJCA President Rod Tweedie, SCCA President Iain Mackintosh and Ronnie Macdonald have spent considerable time - including breakfast meetings as the only practical meeting time! - exploring the issues and responding to the work of the other groups. We would like to pay particular tribute to Rod Tweedie for the key role he took of ensuring that the interests of juniors within any new organisation would be safeguarded, and of linking with the SJCA to ensure that their officebearers and members input to those arrangements. We would also like to pay tribute to the SJCA Secretary Joe McAdam who took the initiative after John Montgomery's resignation last year as SJCA President to convene and chair a very helpful meeting, which in many ways opened up a merger as a realistic possibility.
On the playing side, we should again pay tribute to Elaine Rutherford from Edinburgh. She won the British Under 18 Championship against strong competition to follow up on her winning the Women's World Amateur Championship last year. And she has managed to combine that playing success with an initiative to encourage chess in schools in Edinburgh, including setting up two training groups (with David Sime) and a summer school, with ELCA support.
Improved financial position
The continuing impact of the cost containment introduced by restructuring of administration in 1999 combined with lower activity especially internationally has helped deliver one of our biggest surpluses of recent years.
The surplus was higher than planned mainly due to lower than expected international participation. Activity was lower here because of the effective clash of youth tournaments at world and European level, which inhibited our participation. But the surplus represents a very valuable boost to our reserves, which have not grown for several years, and contributes to our ability to respond to the promotional needs of Chess Scotland, if the merger is agreed, especially in relation to promoting chess in schools.
Chess in schools initiative
The aim of this project is to secure chess as a part of school life throughout Scotland. The route to this is to demonstrate through a measured study the educational value of chessplaying. Discussions between Professor John Macbeath and Alex McFarlane and John Glendinning, resulted in a project summary being created with costings totalling £15,000 to start the initiative. Unfortunately, we have not been able to raise this funding and so the project is still not active.
Chess as a sport
Our review of our approach on chess as a sport has taken second place to work relating to the merger and has not advanced as quickly as we would wish. It will be an early priority for the new organisation, if the merger goes ahead, or the SCA otherwise.
British Championships in Edinburgh
It has not yet been finally confirmed by the British Chess Federation that the British Championships will be held in Edinburgh in 2003, organised by ELCA. The implications for the Scottish Championships in 2003 have therefore not yet been considered.
It is disappointing that, despite the increases in fees, our overall income has continued to decline. Both affiliation and subscription income barely managed to maintain the previous year's levels and grading, where there was no fee increase, shows more than a 10% drop in revenue. Our publication income did increase but this was mainly due to additional sales of the previous year's grading list although there was an increase also in magazine sales. Magazine advertising revenue was minimal. The contribution by the 100 Club to the funds did increase as more members subscribed to the club. 50% of the money received by the club is distributed as prizes and the balance is used to assist with the general costs of chess throughout Scotland. The National League contributed to this year's income total whereas previously it had been an item under expenditure.
However, despite this decline in income, we have managed to end the year with one of our bigger surpluses. It is more than 15 years - the Association's Centenary - since we experienced a similar surplus. Then, subscription income was under £1400, the grant was £8500 and there was a great deal of activity with many of the events being profitable. This year's surplus has been caused by a decline in activity both at home and internationally. Although this was an Olympiad year our participation in events abroad was significantly down because key events overlapped and inhibited our participation and the events which did take place were relatively inexpensive to reach. In addition, there was a reduction in events at home with the result that our expenditure was much less than expected. The costs of producing the magazine continued to fall with the change of printing method and although costs still exceed income it is our main method of communication with members. Despite these reduced costs there has been no loss in the quality of the content. Tod & Mitchell once again supported the Grand Prix with their sponsorship allowing many members to benefit from the prizes available to them. Two years ago changes were implemented to reduce our administration costs and the benefits were seen in last year's accounts. These reduced costs have been maintained and there has been no overall increase in the administration expenditure.
Membership has remained relatively constant, although there was a slight increase in numbers, with the current figures being as below (with last year's figures in brackets): and not as many reminders notices sent out (down again!).
Basic = = (54) 57
Full = = (230) 257
Life = = (138) 143
Patron = = (8) 5
Club = = 48 out of a possible 92
With a number of activities and projects going on in chess just now we hope the numbers will increase.
A new database is being prepared in Microsoft Access format by George Anderson in order to make information more compatible with other users within Scottish Chess. A few details have still to be updated but we are 90% there. The database also identifies those who have not been members of the SCA for over a year and will allow us to write to them in the near future asking for their support.
The successful Scottish Congress held in Glasgow in 2000 received sponsorship support from the Glasgow Development Agency, Glasgow Lord Provosts Millennium Awards Scheme and Donald Mackenzie Travel. The numbers for the championship events were similar to previously but there was a drop in the entry for the weekend events. The Congress finished with a very small deficit. The key directors for the Congress, Sam Collins and Hugh Flockhart, would like to thank John Dempsey (congress committee) for his help in the organising of the Championships.
The 2001 Scottish Congress will be held from Saturday 7th July until Sunday 15th July, at Robert Gordon's College. The Aberdeen team organising the event and led by Donald Grassie has secured a strong collection of sponsors for the event, which promises to be very successful.
We are delighted to announce that the 2002 Scottish Congress will be held in Stirling from 5th to 14th July.
The Internet site
The SCA web site www.scottishchess.com continues to attract about 700-800 visits per week. The site is regularly updated with grading results, Grand Prix positions, contact information and adverts for domestic tournaments. Generally anything which was in the old printed Yearbook is now on the web site.
It has not been possible to make any improvement in the layout of the site. This is due to the skill level and lack of time to devote to any major overhaul. The Board [or successor in the new organisation] may have to consider if they deem it appropriate to commission a new site design.
A good season for the juniors internationally with convincing wins at Under 14 and Under 12 level against Wales (twice) and Ireland. Whilst the number of juniors playing in congresses has continued to disappoint the numbers playing in SJCA events has been encouraging as has the numbers taking part in the British Land Chess Challenge - with over 300 taking part it in the Mega Final it was the largest junior event held in Scotland since the 1970s. Publicity for junior events, whilst still not perfect, has improved with the newsletter "Ah Wun" proving popular and news of events and the ever popular Grand Prix appearing on the scottishchess.com website.
Mike Hanley's idea of youngsters playing games (and having them analysed) at a football ground has proved very popular with large numbers attending at all the grounds, particularly Celtic Park where over 100 turned up.
It is interesting to note that the problems facing junior chess in Scotland, particularly falling numbers, are not unique to this country and are recognised by FIDE as being a problem across most of the world.
Finally, on a positive note, junior organisers must be encouraged by the performance and potential of several players particularly Joe Redpath and Elaine Rutherford.
Junior International Matches
The two events organised by the SJCA were successful for Scotland. The result in the individual match against Wales was a convincing success for Scotland, especially at under 12 level.
Under 14 Scotland 14-10 Wales
Under 12 Scotland 22½-1½ Wales
The tri nation event also gave Scotland top place
Scotland 5½-2½ Ireland
Scotland 6-2 Wales
Scotland 5-3 Ireland
Scotland 7-1 Wales
The Tod & Mitchell Scottish Grand Prix 2001 was concluded in Glasgow on Sunday, 1 July. The winners of each of the four categories were as follows: Candidates: Alan Grant, Cathcart. Challengers: Dave Gillespie, Crowwood; Major: William Clinton, Livingston. Minor: George Webb, Dunfermline.
The full list of prizewinners and more detailed information can be seen on the SCA website. Presentations to all prizewinners of this competition will be made at the Scottish Championships in Aberdeen on Sunday 15th July 2001.
The Arbiters' committee met in January. Two arbiters - Michael Roth and Gavin Saxton - were recognised as newly qualified SCA Arbiters. The main business was to agree the content of the revised Rules Book which should appear in September. This will incorporate the new FIDE Laws and an update of the Swiss pairing rules.
No course for the training of arbiters was held during the season as there did not seem to be sufficient numbers interested to justify this. Nevertheless we remain keen for such a course to be held and this will be done wherever and whenever numbers are sufficient. Anyone interested should contact Ken Stewart.
SCA tournament reports
In the Richardson Cup the original plan to relegate four and promote two clubs was modified when it appeared unlikely that at most one Spens Cup club would wish promotion. In the end, Ardrossan and Phones were relegated and no club promoted. The final was contested by Bon Accord and Glasgow Polytechnic after the former had caused some upsets. In the final, however, Polytechnic's strength in depth was decisive.
The Spens Cup final was interesting with Musselburgh defeating Edinburgh Civil Service. Unfortunately, neither club feels strong enough to tackle the Richardson Cup next season. The number of entries increased by one but still gives cause for concern. The Jack Campbell Rosebowl provided some interesting matches along the way and a closely fought final which went to the last game before Glenrothes edged through against new team Borders on board count. Despite efforts to arouse new interest, no women's teams could be found to contest the Robertson Cup.
The MacIsaac and Nancy Elder Tournaments were again run by Donald Wilson. Alan Minnican and Obay Ali were the respective winners.
The West of Scotland Championships were again run by Alistair Maxwell. My thanks go to him and to Jim Watson and Donald Wilson who again ran the East of Scotland event.
The Team Lightning was held in December at Grangemouth. Shettleston yet again demonstrated their supremacy at this type of chess, scoring their 17th victory in 22 years.
The 2001 Scottish Allegro Championship is scheduled to be held in September as part of the Lothians Allegro event.
It was a joy to read the reports by team captains Alan Minnican and Paul Roberts of two highly motivated teams producing some of the best ever Scottish results at the World Team Olympiad. The Scottish Men's team was seeded in 50th position out of 129 teams at the event in Turkey last October. Their final position of 26th equal was especially good since it was not achieved by jumping several places with a few heavy wins in the last round of the Swiss style event - the team played 10 teams higher seeded than themselves in the 13 round event. GM Paul Motwani on board 2 took pride of place with a well publicised win against GM Ivan Sokolov (rated 2611) helping him to a score of 8½ out of 13 and a GM result. But a fantastic team result from Scotland's strongest ever entry in the event, and a top 20 place a realistic goal for the future.
The Women's team finished in 56th equal position, more or less in line with seeding, after a mixture of strong results against higher seeded teams combined with occasional failures to beat lower seeded ones. Elaine Rutherford just missed out on a Women's IM norm, but finished our top scorer on 7 out of 13.
The full teams were:
Men: GM Jonathan Rowson, GM Paul Motwani, GM Colin McNab, IM John Shaw, IM Steve Mannion, IM Douglas Bryson.
Women: WFM Helen Milligan, WFM Elaine Rutherford, Carey Wilman, Heather Lang.
Despite the effective clash of the European and the World Youth Championships, several juniors were abroad representing Scotland. The World Youth Championships in Spain had the larger delegation, with families of some of the younger players travelling with the team and being supportive of it during the event. This support, at their own cost, is very much appreciated by the SCA. Because the event also clashed with the Olympiad, our scope for coaches was limited, and we were delighted that Stephen Swanson, now resident in England, was able to help at short notice. Best results were from Joe Redpath scoring 6 out of 11 in the Under 16 (including a win against a 2396 rated American) and Louise Macnab, playing way above her grade and scoring 4½ in her first world event. We also took part in the Glorney Cup junior international but were unable to field a girls team in the Faber Cup event which runs alongside. A limited amount of financial support was available for players representing Scotland.
The next SCA Grading List should be published in early August. The 1994 List contained over 3200 players - the figures are not yet finalised but the total players for the next list will not greatly exceed 2500. Almost a quarter of players from 1994 have drifted out of the game in seven years.
On a more positive note the SCA Grading system devised a decade ago by Willie Rutherford continues to work smoothly. Very few errors are highlighted after grading list publication so it would seem safe to assume the level of accurate processing is high.
There are a few main factors why the system works well:
1) There is a dedicated team of area graders who compile data - as with any computing task the quality of output is directly determined by the quality of the source data. We'd like to highlight a few of those who are directly responsible for keeping the chief grader supplied with a continuous stream of accurate data: (In no particular order) John McCartan in Glasgow and Dunbartonshire, Mike Hanley for SJCA data, John Montgomery in Ayrshire, Ken Stewart of the SCA, Alan Armstrong in the Borders, George Anderson in Edinburgh and more recently David Smith and Yvonne Enoch in Aberdeen.
2) The SCA website has been ridiculed as "boring" by Batsford author and former BCF official Sarah Hurst since it is full of results. Well it's the ability to log in to the site and see these results which has been crucial in highlighting the few errors which do occur during processing. A simple email to the chief grader and the error is amended before grading list publication. Ms Hurst may not have got her entertainment fix but the players of other federations might wish they had access to a similar service - and a grade which broadly corresponds with the results they recorded in the previous season.
The grading program used by area and club graders is dos based and not particularly user friendly. It is fairly simple to operate with a bit of experience but ideally a Windows program would be better. There have been a few attempts to encourage programmers to try to revamp the system - and someone is looking at the task right now. However the amount of work required is considerable.
New Editor Gavin Saxton has settled in well to the role of Editor. The first few issues have shown that the high quality set by previous editors will be maintained or improved, and we welcomed new contributor Jonathan Rowson with in depth analysis. The first few issues slipped against timescale as new systems etc were learned but we would like to pay particular tribute to Gavin for getting the June issue out in time to allow it to be used to distribute information about the merger - and despite moving house at the time!
At a time when work pressures continue to grow, the Management Board would like to express particular thanks to all those who contributed to the organisation of the Scottish Chess Association or chess in Scotland generally. A lot of effort and time is given freely and many do not claim the expenses that they incur. Without their altruistic support, organised chess in Scotland could not exist.
Management Board at 30 June 2001
John Glendinning President
Sam Collins Director
Douglas Bryson Director
Alex McFarlane Director
Mac McKenzie Treasurer
Ken Stewart Director
Rod Tweedie Director
Richardson Cup: Glasgow Polytechnic 7½ - ½ Bon Accord
Spens Cup: Musselburgh 4½ - 1½ Edinburgh Civil Service
Campbell Rosebowl: Glenrothes* 3 - 3 Borders *won on board count
Team Lightning: 1. Shettleston 30/36 2. Edinburgh 26
Robertson Cup: no contest
MacIsaac: A Minnican 1-0 SH Hilton
Nancy Elder: O Ali 1-0 S Kellett
East of Scotland Championship 1= N Farrell, D Fowler 3½/5
West of Scotland Championship 1= AG Grant, JK Shaw 4½/5
Allegro Championship: (To be held in September)
National League: Div 1: Edinburgh
Scottish Boys Championship (To be held in August)
Under 8: Kristopher Roberts
Under 9: Ian MacGregor
Under 10: Blair Hawthorne
Under 11: Victor Vas
Under 12: Kathleen Rutherford
Under 13: Peter Vas
Under 14: Gavin Reid
Under 15: Neil Thomson
Under 16: Ross Thomson
Scottish Primary Individual Championship *
Scottish Schools' Team Championship * St Margaret's (Airdrie)
Scottish Primary Team Championship * Mile End (Aberdeen)
SJCA Grand Prix Joe Redpath
* Organised by the Scottish Junior Chess Association
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Chess Association held on Monday 17th July 2000 at Glasgow Caledonian University
About 30 members attended. John Glendinning (president) occupied the chair.
The meeting opened at 8.05pm. The President welcomed all present to the meeting.
1. Apologies for absence
Received from Terry Purkins and George Anderson.
2a. Minutes of the 1999 AGM which had been previously circulated were taken as read. The minutes were approved unanimously.
2b. Matters arising from the minutes
Last year's accounts had, in the end, been satisfactorily audited.
3. Management Board report(s)
The President commented that the intention was not to peruse the board's report paragraph by paragraph since it had been circulated already. Only two small matters arose:
The National League winners were Edinburgh CC and not as reported. Elaine Rutherford's new grade would be checked with FIDE.
No contrary motions nor opposition to the reports were placed and the Board's reports were approved by the meeting.
4. Election of Office bearers
Mac McKenzie took the chair for the election of the president. John Glendinning was elected unopposed. Walter Munn was then elected Honorary President and LR McKenzie was elected Treasurer, also unopposed.
Keith Oswald was reappointed as auditor.
The three Club representatives to the SCA Council were then elected as: Edinburgh CC, Stirling CC and Cathcart CC with no other nominations. Individual representatives were elected as Allan Plato, Donald Wilson, with no other nominations. The election of a female representative was remitted to Council. Congress representatives were Perth and the Scottish Congress (to be held at Aberdeen in 2001).
5. Any other competent business
The President then closed the meeting at 8.20pm.