Somerset Chess News (2018-19 Season)

19/09/2018 - Somerset won the Open Section of the WECU Jamboree held on 15/09/2018 with 7.5 points ahead of Devon on 6.5 and Cornwall on 4. Somerset were less successful in the Graded Section, which was won by East Devon. Thanks are due to Guy Greenland for organizing the teams. Guy has also agreed to act as Match Captain for  a Somerset team in the 2018-19 WECU Counties Championship.

04/09/2018 - Somerset League Rules have been updated to reflect decisions made at the 2018 AGM.

29/08/2018 - The new season's Somerset League fixtures are now published (see link above). The club contacts page has also been updated.

29/08/2018 - Time controls. Clubs are reminded that the 2018 AGM decided to change the default time control to 90 minutes per game (i.e. no final 15 minute session). Although this is a guillotine finish it is still technically classed as quick-play and the usual quick-play finish rules apply in the final 2 minutes. However, the AGM also decided to allow matches to use a different time control if both teams agree. The principal purpose of the added flexibility is to permit the use of incremental time controls in accordance with the standard 2018 FIDE Laws of Chess. (In the January 2018 Laws quick-play finish time controls have been down-graded to the same status as a chess variant.) If an incremental time control is used, 80 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from start of game is recommended (as used successfully in the Bristol League).

19/07/2018 - Jon Underwood from Devon points out that next season will be the 100th time the County Championships have been contested (more than 100 years old but there were some wars etc...). It would be very sad if this is the year that Somerset drop out of the Championships for want of a match captain. Is there any Somerset player willing to take on this role? As noted below (07/06/2018) your webmaster can help anyone interested in taking on this post by supplying player contact details.

07/06/2018 - Your Results Officer and Webmaster would like to step down from both roles at the 2019 AGM. He is of course willing to provide any necessary help, training and on-going support for anyone interested in taking on either role. Contact Gerry for more details.

07/06/2018 - The post of Somerset match captain is currently vacant. This post is extremely important and needs to be filled urgently if Somerset are to field a County team next season. The first County match is the Jamboree on 15th September. Your webmaster can help anyone interested in taking on this post by supplying player contact details.

07/06/2018 - At the 2018 SCCA AGM held on the 4th June the following decisions were made: a) Quick-play finishes are no longer mandatory and clubs may agree an alternative time control, e.g. one with 10 second increments as used in the Bristol League. b) The default time control was changed from 15 minute quick-play finish to a 90 minute per game 'guillotine' finish. c) The default time, i.e. the elapsed time before a game may be declared lost by default in the event of a player not turning up, was set to 30 minutes. d) In Divisions 2 and 3 the restriction that a player may not play for more than one team in the same Division was changed to 'no player may play for more than one club'. (The purpose of the latter is to help clubs field teams where otherwise they may have difficulties through shortage of players.) Not all of these changes are uncontroversial.