AGM Headlines

The Annual General Meeting on Monday 25th July saw one major change. Keith Escott was re-elected as Secretary, but stood down as Chairperson (which he had been since 1995) in favour of John Mildenhall. Keith was given a vote of thanks, plus the new Open Championship Trophy will be called the Escott Trophy.

Other news in brief: Rob Marks was appointed Member of the Year not to mention re-elected as Treasurer and as Equipment Secretary. Marek Soszynski was elected to the new post of Membership Secretary.

Diary Dates

Sutton Coldfield Chess Club @ Minworth Social Club

  • Monday 25th July 19:30 — Annual General Meeting — Members are strongly encouraged to attend in order to discuss and decide Chess Club matters.
  • Monday 8th August 19:30 — Bobby Fischer — Brian Denny gives a talk (with slides) on the controversial American Grandmaster, including his World Championship match in 1972 against Boris Spassky. Non-members welcome.

17 Curries

A great Curry Knight at the Indian Chef in Walmley! Many thanks to Golam Ali for making it possible. Seventeen of us sang songs — Happy Birthday to Mircea-Marius Mesesan, had selfies with Grandmaster Mark Hebden, reminisced about chess games that should have been won, and of course ate really good food like Marek Soszynski’s Garlic Salmon Jalfrezi.

Grand Curry Knight 12th May

Members are invited to an extra-special Curry Knight to be held 8pm Thursday 12th May (postponed from 3rd May) at the Indian Chef, 2 Berkeley House, Walmley Road B76 1NR The evening will be special for several reasons including the welcoming of two very strong chessplayers who will be joining our Club to strengthen our top teams. One is a Grandmaster, the other has Grandmasters among his victims!

Noise Abatement

On match nights…

  • Mobile phones and devices should be off.
  • Drinks should be ordered at the main bar (though can be brought to the lounge bar counter by the staff).
  • The lounge radio/PA should be turned off (by the bar staff) and the TV sound, at least, should also be off.
  • Over-talkative players should be requested to reduce their noise or advised to take a plastic and vinyl set into the bar.

At the start of matches Captains should echo/respect the above as well as point out the location of the main bar and the toilets (so no one needs to ask).