MINUTES OF COUNCIL MEETING
Prudential Building, Glasgow
Sunday 9 February 2003
J Glendinning (Chairman), D Bryson, G Clarke,
S Collins, R Heathwood (Secretary), A McFarlane,
L R McKenzie, J Montgomery, F Petrie,
A Plato, K Stewart, D Wilson.
Apologies had been received from the following: -
D Bogle A Maxwell A Minnican J McAdam
I Mackintosh D Smith R Tweedie L Wilson
The minutes of the previous Council Meeting, 19 October, were approved.
Under matters arising, Council noted: -
" A welcome letter to new members had been supplied to the Membership
Director. The letter extended the offer to purchase a grading list at
a reduced price. Enclosed with the letter, new members would receive
a membership card and a free copy of the Chess Scotland magazine.
" Following an approach by the President to the suppliers, the
introductory one-year free offer of the use of the ChessBase PlayChess
game server had been extended for a further year (to August 2004).
" Steps had been taken to improve consultation with members. The
survey form issued to the players at the Oban Congress had produced
a good response. Wider consultation was now being arranged through the
magazine. Users of the PlayChess had also been canvassed for their views
on the product.
The Treasurer reported that income and expenditure in the current year
(three months still to run to 31 May) was satisfactory. It was disappointing
to note from income trends that chess playing activity continued to
decline. Income from magazine sales and the 100 club were showing an
improvement. The international chess budget was showing an under spend
because of the cancellation of one event and lower than expected costs
Council approved the Directors' recommendation of a budget for the coming
financial year and associated membership charges. The biggest increase
was in the public liability insurance charge for congresses. This reflected
an industry wide increase in premiums for this class of insurance.
A discussion on communication activity concluded with the decisions
that (A) contact should be made with clubs and congresses to publicise
the risks of non-insurance and (B) schools should be approached to encourage
membership of Chess Scotland. The directors responsible for collating
the planned communications would be Home Chess, Finance and Executive;
the President would approve any drafts prior to issue.
Council agreed that the Treasurer should write to all those in one
category of Life Membership to invite them to donate further support
to Chess Scotland by paying for receipt of the magazine.
Council noted the progress being made to enhance the database and,
in particular, the inclusion of school chess. The database would be
a useful tool in a number of ways, including targeting improved communication
between Chess Scotland and school chess. F Petrie and B Marshall offered
to assist in further analysis of the database to assist in the promotion
SCHOOLS AND JUNIOR CHESS
1. NORTH AYRSHIRE -
TEACHERS' CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)
Discussions between the President and Lesley Owens of North Ayrshire
had identified the opportunity to use the CPD funding to provide an
opportunity for teachers to learn how to play chess and the practicalities
of running a school chess club. These discussions had been widened to
include other CS people and the details of a ten-week course commencing
on 12 March had been agreed. Now that a firm agreement to proceed had
been obtained, the way was clear to publicise the initiative. Wording
for the CS website was being finalised.
The intention was that the initial course would be followed up with
a further two courses in different locations within North Ayrshire.
2. CS STRATEGY FOR EXPANDING CHESS PLAYING IN SCHOOLS
The CS strategy would then be to build upon the success of the North
Ayrshire initiative by extending the course (or something similar) out
to other local authorities.
Another possible strand for the future would be to include teaching
of chess in the course at Teachers' Training Colleges.
3. CS INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE CLUB MEMBERSHIP
Arresting the decline in schools chess playing should then work through
to increased support of club and congress chess. CS would try to identify
ways in which the transition from school chess to club chess could be
A Plato would contact the Boys Brigade to explore their involvement
in chess and to ensure that the boys were aware of how to take forward
their interest into the world of chess clubs and congresses.
Council endorsed the Directors' view that the European Team Championship
was now superseding the Glorney and Faber Cup tournaments. The eight-year
cycle of hosting Glorney and Faber (each country hosting the event in
rotation) meant that the existing structure should be preserved until
2005, thereafter, in the unlikely event that Glorney and Faber continued,
Scotland would withdraw and, instead, participate in the European Team
championships. One result of this policy was that playing opportunities
for talented juniors would be improved.
1. Scottish and British Championships
Arrangements for both the Scottish and British Championships were well
in hand. Both would be played in Edinburgh in 2003. Discussions were
ongoing to firm up on venues for the Scottish Championships over the
next three years.
The proposal was submitted to Council that all chess playing events
should be registered with CS. A discussion of the appropriate notice
period was inconclusive.
3. Rationalisation of Competitions
In view of the dwindling support for the Spens Cup, proposals would
be submitted to participant clubs and others to rationalise the Spens
Cup, the Richardson Cup and the National League. A firm decision on
any change would reflect participants' wishes.
CS PROMOTION OF CHESS PLAYING
Initial contact with AOL Time Warner about the possibility of using
the Harry Potter images of chess playing had been less than encouraging,
nevertheless, further approaches would be made to seek to capitalise
on the publicity established by the books and films in order to use
the images, for example, in creating a poster/s.
Council noted that Alex Bisset was doing a splendid job in building
the new programme. Its main advantages were: -
" A much more user-friendly input for local graders
" On-line access for CS members to monitor grading change during
There was no intention to provide the on-line grading look-up facility
beyond the CS membership. It should remain an exclusive feature of CS
The Arbiters' Committee would be meeting in March to review a number
of issues including recent rule changes introduced by FIDE.
The consultation exercise already conducted at Oban and now being extended
out to all CS magazine readers was, inter alia, asking members to comment
by way of agreement, or not, with the proposition that "CS top
priority is therefore to encourage more chess to be played in schools,
either face to face or through the Internet". There was strong
feeling within Council that the limited resource available to implement
any initiatives should be recognised by having a clear focus in terms
DIRECTORS' ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The summary of roles and responsibilities would be published on the
CS website as soon as possible after Council endorsement had been obtained.
Council were asked to respond to the Chairman within a week either approving
or suggesting amendments to the version already approved by the Directors.
The roles and responsibilities document would then be published.
Council were very please to extend their congratulations to IM John
Shaw in achieving his first GM norm at Gibraltar.
The arrangements for the AGM would be reviewed.