Austin Lockwood Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Minutes of Inaugural Meeting held on 18 August 2012 at the Scala, Prestatyn
Meeting commenced 1 pm.
Austin Lockwood, Neil Limbert, David O Vaughan, Nino Algieri
Austin Lockwood & Neil Limbert explained the reasons for their decision to try to found a new Welsh CC federation. Historically, there has already been a Welsh CC federation but this collapsed sometime around 2000/2001. Since that time, Welsh players have not had the opportunity to represent their country internationally in team competitions, or to have their views represented within the ICCF. Both Scheming Mind (an internet CC club run by Austin Lockwood) and the British CC Association (N Limbert is shortly to be the General Secretary of the BCCA) have Welsh players whose interests they represented.
A draft Constitution was presented by Austin Lockwood and accepted by the meeting without change (see Appendix A).
Election of Officers
The following Officers were proposed & elected:
- President: David O Vaughan
- Secretary: Austin Lockwood
- Treasurer: Nino Algieri
A photo of the new Executive Board is attached (see Appendix B). Nino Algieri agreed to look into the opening of a Bank Account in the name of the federation in due course. Both the BCCA and Scheming Mind have agreed to become members & will pay their fee as soon as a bank account is available. Honorary membership is offered to the Welsh Chess Union.
Austin Lockwood agreed to present an application to the ICCF for official membership of Wales. It is hoped that a friendly match between Wales and another ICCF member federation can be arranged as soon as possible. The first serious competition is likely to be the Preliminaries for the 20th ICCF Olympiad (World team tournament for federations) due to start in autumn 2012 played by internet webserver. This is likely to be a 6 or 8 board tournament with each player playing 8 to 12 games. The Entry fee for the Olympiad is currently set at 17 Euros per player (so a 6 board tournament will cost 102 Euros -approx £80 -, and an 8 board tournament will cost 136 Euros -approx £107- ). Given the federation has no funds at present, this fee will have to be gleaned from the players themselves or sponsors if possible.
Welsh Chess Union (WCU)
The meeting expressed strong hopes of good understanding and co-operation with the WCU. Austin Lockwood agreed to contact the WCU and keep them informed of events. Given the small number of active Welsh CC players at present, it is hoped that the WCU will encourage their players to participate and help us raise a team for the ICCF Olympiad.
Austin Lockwood agreed to maintain the website and add other pages as necessary.
There been no other business, the meeting closed at 2:15pm