BRIEF OUTLINE OF POINTS DISCUSSED AT AGM notes from Secretary Steve Kee.

1: Club fees: We decided that the basic ECF membership fee: £18 is payable for all members (as it always has been), and that working members pay £27 club fees on top of that (totalling £45). Non-working pay 0 extra.  

 

2: Early ECF registration seems more important to the MCA this year, so it was decided that I help out our new treasurer, Chris Wentworth, by taking the role of ECF registration officer.

 

3: We discussed the importance of publicising our club, and we have a new post, publicity officer, which Sanjoy will run.

 

4: The role of webmaster may or may not be a significant one, and Sanjoy will help those of us who, for whatever reason, struggle to post on our site.

 

5: We have a new treasurer of course, and that is Chris Wentworth.

 

6: Post-AGM, we discussed finding a more suitable and deserving role for Luke Boumphrey, and we asked him if he would like the role of Designated Club Coach - a natural and enjoyable role for him, which he would be delighted to take.

Committee

Chairman   John Redmond

Secretary    Steve Kee

Treasurer    Chris Wentworth

Club Coach   Luke Boumphrey

Website and Publicity Officer Sanjoy Banerjee

ECF Registration Officer Steve Kee

Captain Atticus 1   Nick Martin

Captain Atticus 2  and 7200 League   Steve Burge

Captain Atticus 3, 6000 League and KA CUP  Tom Webb

Captain Atticus 4   Chris Wentworth

Captain  JR CUP, Lightning, Wirral League   Steve Kee

 

 

 

The Atticus AGM will take place at The Cross Keys on September 20th at 19h30. If you have any particular issues you would like to raise with the committee please contact Club Secretary Steve Kee.

 

The Atticus Captains meeting took place last night. All the Team Captains took part and the following squads were agreed, including all the listed players for the teams. All players mentioned below have said they were keen to play this season, if anyone else would still like to join up please contact one of the Captain's or Secretary asap.

Atticus 1

Nick Martin Captain,John Redmond,Nick Griffin,Charlie Kennaugh,Dave James,James Rothwell

Atticus 2

Steve Burge Captain, Steve Kee,Dave Stuttard,Brian Ewart, Sanjoy Banejee,Andrej Stancak,Luke Boumphrey

Atticus 3 

Tom Webb Captain , Derek Rooney,John Lambert,Steve Burge, Ben Ellington

Atticus 4 

Chris Wentworth Captain, Geoff Cannon, Natasha May, Neil Tabor, Steve Winstanely, Howard Sleeman, Tim Haggis, Nathan Haddy.

 

Other Captains Listed Below

Tom Webb, KA Cup and 440 League, 

Steve Burge ,600 League

Steve Kee, Wirral League,JR Cup,Team Lightning.

 

 

 

The wonderful Monday Summer Nights of Chess continued at the Cross Keys. With the Hurley -Wiseman Tournament still in full swing. It has been good to see so many old and new faces attending the Club in recent weeks. Although now away in Prague, over the early Summer, Andrej Stancak provided some great analysis of some Classic GM World Chamionship Games and David Lawson has always been around to provide some excellent comments and advice to some of our new players and Tournament participants.A few presentations were made on the night with Colin Horton receiving The Trophy for being the 2020 Atticus Open Champion. Azalea May was presented with some exciting Chess Literaure to enjoy on her year abroad( as part of her University Language Course).  In the very late hours Steve Burge was presented with yet another European Youtube Song Contest Award! 

Just a reminder the Atticus Open Tournament ( The Jim Wiseman and Dave Hurley Open) starts on Monday July 26th at 19h30 upstairs in The Cross Keys.  Please contact Sanjoy Banerjee or Luke Boumphrey if you would like to enter, all details of the dates and rules can be found on previous posts on this Website. 

 

A report of the MCA AGM 

Of 21/07/2021 held at Aigburth Cricket Club 

 

This was a sparsely attended AGM with 3 clubs [Hoylake, PKA, Waterloo not attending, the meeting was however, quorate . St Helens(formally Widnes have withdrawn from the League)

The following items were discussed 

1  Lessons from the 2019-20 and 2020-21 season 

Every one agreed that the 2019-20 season had been abandoned although Liverpool still have a strong sense of injustice and feel they won the Division 1 title. Their actions after the closure of the season claiming certain matches as forfeiture was condemned by an Atticus representative and their demand that that the Web controller withdraw his email was also rounded on. Discussion was curtailed by the chair and moved onto the next season. 

Representatives of Liverpool felt that the time limit set for the on-line league was too long and that this had put off many players from their club which is why they didn’t enter the competition. Discussion ranged around the topic but it was generally agreed that the time limit worked well. All agreed that Martin had done a marvelous job in setting up and running the competition in a very professional manner. 

For next season the priority would be to establish over the board [OTB] chess and there were no current plans to run an on-line league, although the possibility of ad hoc on-line tournaments may be run if there is sufficient time, capacity and interest 

2  Treasures Report 

The bank balance is extremely healthy with £7,000circa in the bank with no outstanding debts 

For 2021-2 the ECF have said they would prefer individuals or for preference, clubs pay for membership…the Club should collect the fee and pay in batch. For this reason, the MCA will in future, not be collecting and paying ECF fees 

By way of note the current lowest membership [Bronze] is £18 and if paid before August will run until Aug 2021 

Action Point for Atticus decide on ECF fee and Club membership fees 

For 2021 -22, due to the healthy finances of the MCA there will be no board fees. This should help clubs revitalize their own finances or reduce membership fees 

3  Election of Officers 

The following decisions were reached 

President Russell Cowell 

Vice President Tom Webb 

Secretary Nick Martin 

Treasurer  Leon Wolszcak 

Website and fixtures Martin Blasczyk [if he is prepared to continue] 

Tournament controller  Dr Will Cook [if he is prepared to continue] 

NCCU Delegate Nick Martin 

Junior Organiser Jim Gallagher 

Child protection Kevin Sartain 

Committee Members The same as this year [if they are prepared to continue] i.e. 

Graham Heath [Wallasey], Gareth Ellis [Widnes], Alan Kelly [Wallasey], 

Luke Boumphrey [Atticus], Mike Clarke [Liverpool] and Bart McHugh [Skelmersdale] 

Grader  Vacant Action Point is anyone in the club prepared to take on this role? 

 

4  Leagues and Cup competitions 

 

Main Leagues 

Division 1  [7 Boards] 

Controller Dave Whitby 

Aigburth 1 

Atticus 1 

Atticus 2 

Hoylake 1 

Liverpool 1 

Wallasey 1 

Waterloo 

 

Division 2  [6 Boards] 

Controller Leon Wolszcak 

 Aigburth 2 

Atticus 3 

Liverpool 2 

PKA 1 

Southport 1 

Wallasey 2 

 

Division 3    [6 Boards] 

Controller Jim Moran 

 Atticus 4 

Formby 1 

Hoylake 2 

Liverpool 3 

Skelmersdale 1 

Wallasey 3 

 

 

 

Division 4    [6 Boards] 

Controller Russell Cowell 

 Aigburth 3 

Formby 2 

Liverpool 3 

Liverpool 4 

Skelmersdale 2 

Wallasey 4 

 

600 and 440 Leagues 

 

600 League  [4 Boards] 

Controller Dave Whitby 

Aigburth  

Atticus  

Formby 

Hoylake  

PKA 

Southport 

Waterloo 

 

All teams play each other once 

 

440 League  [4 Boards] 

Controller Luke Boumphrey 

Aigburth  

Atticus  

Formby 

Hoylake  

PKA 

Wallasey  

 

All teams play each other once 

 

Knotty Ash Cup and John Ripley Leagues 

Both competitions have 10 entries for 2021-2 

 

 

5  Any other business 

Playing and Covid protocols 

Quite a broad ranging discussion but in summary 

Any ECF guidelines would be adopted 

Captains arranging games would confer with their opposite number any specifics 

In general the clubs would have to follow the house rules of the venue 

Promoting chess across Merseyside 

Generally thought to be a good thing! Some discussion on widening across social media 

Russel Cowell, the new president, has some initiatives in mind 

 

A report of the MCA AGM 

Of 21/07/2021 held at Aigburth Cricket Club 

 

This was a sparsely attended AGM with 3 clubs [Hoylake, PKA, Waterloo not attending, the meeting was however, quorate . St Helens(formally Widnes have withdrawn from the League)

The following items were discussed 

1  Lessons from the 2019-20 and 2020-21 season 

Every one agreed that the 2019-20 season had been abandoned although Liverpool still have a strong sense of injustice and feel they won the Division 1 title. Their actions after the closure of the season claiming certain matches as forfeiture was condemned by an Atticus representative and their demand that that the Web controller withdraw his email was also rounded on. Discussion was curtailed by the chair and moved onto the next season. 

Representatives of Liverpool felt that the time limit set for the on-line league was too long and that this had put off many players from their club which is why they didn’t enter the competition. Discussion ranged around the topic but it was generally agreed that the time limit worked well. All agreed that Martin had done a marvelous job in setting up and running the competition in a very professional manner. 

For next season the priority would be to establish over the board [OTB] chess and there were no current plans to run an on-line league, although the possibility of ad hoc on-line tournaments may be run if there is sufficient time, capacity and interest 

2  Treasures Report 

The bank balance is extremely healthy with £7,000circa in the bank with no outstanding debts 

For 2021-2 the ECF have said they would prefer individuals or for preference, clubs pay for membership…the Club should collect the fee and pay in batch. For this reason, the MCA will in future, not be collecting and paying ECF fees 

By way of note the current lowest membership [Bronze] is £18 and if paid before August will run until Aug 2021 

Action Point for Atticus decide on ECF fee and Club membership fees 

For 2021 -22, due to the healthy finances of the MCA there will be no board fees. This should help clubs revitalize their own finances or reduce membership fees 

3  Election of Officers 

The following decisions were reached 

President Russell Cowell 

Vice President Tom Webb 

Secretary Nick Martin 

Treasurer  Leon Wolszcak 

Website and fixtures Martin Blasczyk [if he is prepared to continue] 

Tournament controller  Dr Will Cook [if he is prepared to continue] 

NCCU Delegate Nick Martin 

Junior Organiser Jim Gallagher 

Child protection Kevin Sartain 

Committee Members The same as this year [if they are prepared to continue] i.e. 

Graham Heath [Wallasey], Gareth Ellis [Widnes], Alan Kelly [Wallasey], 

Luke Boumphrey [Atticus], Mike Clarke [Liverpool] and Bart McHugh [Skelmersdale] 

Grader  Vacant Action Point is anyone in the club prepared to take on this role? 

 

4  Leagues and Cup competitions 

 

Main Leagues 

Division 1  [7 Boards] 

Controller Dave Whitby 

Aigburth 1 

Atticus 1 

Atticus 2 

Hoylake 1 

Liverpool 1 

Wallasey 1 

Waterloo 

 

Division 2  [6 Boards] 

Controller Leon Wolszcak 

 Aigburth 2 

Atticus 3 

Liverpool 2 

PKA 1 

Southport 1 

Wallasey 2 

 

Division 3    [6 Boards] 

Controller Jim Moran 

 Atticus 4 

Formby 1 

Hoylake 2 

Liverpool 3 

Skelmersdale 1 

Wallasey 3 

 

 

 

Division 4    [6 Boards] 

Controller Russell Cowell 

 Aigburth 3 

Formby 2 

Liverpool 3 

Liverpool 4 

Skelmersdale 2 

Wallasey 4 

 

600 and 440 Leagues 

 

600 League  [4 Boards] 

Controller Dave Whitby 

Aigburth  

Atticus  

Formby 

Hoylake  

PKA 

Southport 

Waterloo 

 

All teams play each other once 

 

440 League  [4 Boards] 

Controller Luke Boumphrey 

Aigburth  

Atticus  

Formby 

Hoylake  

PKA 

Wallasey  

 

All teams play each other once 

 

Knotty Ash Cup and John Ripley Leagues 

Both competitions have 10 entries for 2021-2 

 

 

5  Any other business 

Playing and Covid protocols 

Quite a broad ranging discussion but in summary 

Any ECF guidelines would be adopted 

Captains arranging games would confer with their opposite number any specifics 

In general the clubs would have to follow the house rules of the venue 

Promoting chess across Merseyside 

Generally thought to be a good thing! Some discussion on widening across social media 

Russel Cowell, the new president, has some initiatives in mind 

Thanks to Nick Martin, Tom Webb and Steve Burge for attending tonight's MCA AGM on behalf of Atticus.

Tom was elected the new Vice President and Nick the new Secretary and NCCU Representative.

Dave Peacey stepped down in his role of President and Russell Cowell took up the post. Many thanks must go to Dave for doing such an excellent job in very difficult times.

It is hoped the new season will start sometime in late September.

The new structure is  7 teams in Division 1 and 6 teams in Division 2,3 4( 7 players in Division 1 and 6 players in 2,3,4)

Division 1 will consist of Atticus 1, Atticus 2, Waterloo,Liverpool, Hoylake,Wallasey,Aigburth.

Atticus will have 1 team in Divsion 2 and 1 team in Division 3. Also 1 team in 600 League, 1 Team in 440, 1 team in KA Cup and 2 teams in John ripley Cup.

 

A more detailed report of the meeting from Tom Webb will be available shortly.

 

 

 

 

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Colin Horton won the first

Atticus Online Blitz Championship

Atticus Online Blitz Championship

 

Congratulations!

 

Jim Wiseman an appreciation 

 

 

 

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have to report that my good friend Jim Wiseman passed away today the 28th April. 

Jim’s body had fought off Cancer a couple of years ago but alas the beast returned and despite his best hopes and various treatments he succumbed to the second wave today. 

People do not fight Cancer, no more than people fight a broken leg. It is an illness that sometimes your body with the help of medicine and science can overcome. If it were an act of pure will then hardly anyone would die of it. Sometimes the disease just takes you. 

Jim knew this and bore the second wave with epic Stoicism and good humour right to the bitter end. 

In these comments I won’t go into his many good qualities and deeds but in terms of Chess I will say this… 

He loved chess, in fact he was obsessed with it and that passion was infectious. Indeed, his last game was on the Monday night before he died, less than 36 hours before his demise 

 I won’t embarrass folk by naming them but most of Atticus Chess Club have learnt or been inspired by Jim’s play and attacking ideas on chess. 

Over the board he had built up a great wealth of theory and would often bang out the opening at a shocking rate. He was always clever if not downright devious with his moves and his chess imagination was, stunning. Some of the combinations he came out with, over the board, were just works of beauty. His skill with rooks and knights were always something to behold. In later years I even began to develop a feel for a ‘Jimbo’ position. There would be a majority of bits for Jim around/have access to the opponents King, locked centre and ideally his opponent was just about to launch their own attack. You just knew something was about to happen and then bang one sacrifice followed by a minimum of one or two later sacrifices and the opposition were once again in tatters. Fantastic to witness 

He loved playing the Kings Gambit with White and sometimes he even played it as Black, the Latvian. It just showed his style, a complete contempt for counting material advantage, ‘Just give me the attack. Let me demolish them’  

Over the board you always knew you were in for a game. Jim’s style was always fearless., If he saw the right path he had to take it regardless of his opponents grade, status or supposed superiority. I guess that’s why he took so many scalps, he always played the board as he saw it. 

At the end of the game Jim, with a pint  [or four] in hand, win or lose would always be decent, funny and self- effacing…even though you might just see that little twingle in his eye when he demonstrated a little marvel or novelty 

As for chess achievements well, we could list the tournaments he won, the teams he led to glory in cup and leagues championships and promotions but I just think his legacy will be his eternal enthusiasm for the game and his supportive and sympathetic approach to players just starting out or going through a fall in form. If you spoke with Jim about chess, you always left energised 

Jim leaves his lovely wife Sue, many friends and the world a poorer place 

To my lifelong brother for all that shared joy much thanks, happy memories and warm reminisces. 

 

You were simply the best friend anyone could ever have had 

 

Tom Webb 

 

28th April 2021 

 

"I can play", written by Jim Wiseman, 11.11.2020

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