The 2015 LCU AGM was a rarity in Irish chess – productive, in good humour and, most amazingly of all, over early!
The motions were published here on the site previously; the votes went as follows –
1) Defeated, as it is every time Bray propose something like this
2) Withdrawn, with it noted that if teams want to agree to move a Saturday game start time, the current rules already allow them do this
3) Defeated by maybe 2:1; teams generally want to play more games. A suggestion from the floor was that the groups change to match points rather than game points due to the small size of the groups
4) Withdrawn on the basis it wasn’t a rule in the first place (it was passed last year as a recommendation)
5) Passed because sure why not?
6) Passed. It was noted there was no punishment for failing to comply; rather, the rule is there to encourage clubs to be considerate to each other if they are going to withdraw a side from the leagues (e.g. this year’s Heidenfeld being a team short, and teams in divisions below were denied a chance to play up a division as well)
7) Initially withdrawn, but the VP stepped in and caught it before we moved on to the next motion, and it ended up being passed
8) Withdrawn with the incoming committee to look at how best to improve the efficiency of the cups, as is kind of traditional at this stage
All the outgoing committee were returned unopposed for another term. It was acknowledged that the league rules were never updated after last year’s marathon AGM, but they would be ready for the coming season. Only four of the 15 or so clubs polled about the use of Fischer time control in the top two divisions responded, with replies ranging from “meh” to “A bit in favour I guess”. The only conclusion drawn was to keep Fischer time for another season and try again for opinions.
A copy of the LCU accounts will be available for inspection at the first round of the club championships on Wednesday week.