very enjoyable tournament was held in
Derby from 02-04 March
2007. The seedings were largely justified with Tyson Mordue winning
with 4.5 from 5, followed by Chris Ross on 4, and Graham Lilley,
Steve Burnell, and Ernie McElroy on 3.5. The grading prizes in the
top section went to Richard Murphy (section A) and to Guy
Whitehouse, Mark Kirkham and Steve Brown (section B),
In the minor event, prizes went as
follows: 1st = John Kidals and Jim Cuthbert 4 points; 3rd Orlando
Sobers 3.5; and a grading award to Gary Wickett.
The week-end was another successful
Derby where the
Midland hotel, centrally located
and well staffed provided an excellent venue for chess and for the
annual general meeting.
At the meeting members endorsed
most of the committee's activities and approved the proposals for
the 75th anniversary, on coaching, and to extend junior concessions
to the age of 25. Sufficient criticisms of our performance reminded
us that the B.C.A. expects a high level of performance from its elected
officers, all of whom were re-appointed unopposed. However Chris
Ross gave up his responsibilities for youth development and Alastair Irving for
junior representation. Bill Armstrong will cover Youth Development on a temporary basis. These posts remain unfilled.