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OTB games suspended in WCA and Worc&DCL
After consultation with other senior officers of the Association and the District Chess League, General Secretary Paul Sharrat has issued the following statement suspending league activities. "Dear Officers and Club Secretaries, In the light of the current Coronavirus pandemic and advice from the English Chess Federation, the officers of Worcestershire Chess Association and the Worcester and District League have decided to suspend all activities in relation to both leagues (including individual competitions) with immediate effect and until further notice. If clubs decide to proceed with fixtures already arranged, any results will not be included in the league structure; and any games played in such circumstances will only be submitted for grading on receipt of requests to that effect from the Secretaries of both participating clubs, as separate submissions on behalf of those clubs. I am sure that you will understand the rationale for this decision; the well-being of our members and their families, and the wider community, must be our prime concern at this time. We look forward to resuming normal activity in better times. Best wishes - Paul Sharratt (General Secretary)"
15 Feb. Mercia have had to withdraw from Division 2. League officers decided to declare the results of the two matches played by Mercia void. Games played in fixtures involving Mercia will be submitted for standard play grades.
League structure. Kidderminster were unable to sustain two division 1 teams this season and Worcester could only sustain single round play if they entered division 1. The make up of the league for 2019-20 is
Time Control. A proposal to move to incremental time control as the default position was adopted. The time default control is 80 minutes for the game plus an increment of 10 seconds from move 1.
Election of officers. There were no changes from last year and the list of officers is shown here.
Presentation of trophies. The final of the Bennett Cup between Lee Davis (Malvern) and Ray Collett (Worcester) is still to be played and presentations were made to Dan Lambourne (Capt Redditch A, League Champions), Ian Clack (Captain Redditch B, Div 2 Champions and Ray Collett (Worcester, Ball Cup).
9 Aug. Collett wins Ball Cup. Malvern hosted the showdown for this competition with Brian Turner acting as Arbiter. Brian in his controller's report wrote: "John had the advantage in the early part of the game, but Ray defended strongly and eventually won a well-played ending with bishops of opposite colours".
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