Greetings from the President

We welcome Tattenhall into the League - the entry of this new club raises the number of affiliated clubs to ten. With the introduction of a third Holywell team, the number of teams has also increased from 21 last season to 23 now, although the total number of active players in the League remains approximately constant in the 150s.

It's good that the number of teams in division 1 has increased to six with the promotion of Malpas & Oswestry and with Colwyn Bay 1 agreeing to stay up. However, with eight teams in division 2 this season and nine in division 3, it was decided there wasn't space in the fixture schedule to run two knock-out tournaments. The U145 has therefore been dropped, but it is intended that the Bill Davies Shield will in future be presented to the winner of the U130 section in the Individual Competition.

At the same time, it was decided to refine the rather crude handicap system used for the Handicap Knock-Out Tournament. In the past this handicap has been decided by which division the (top) team of the club in question is in, whereas from now on it will be determined by the sum of the grades of the teams involved (K/O captains please note !) and it is hoped this will lead to a fairer competition.

I'm glad to report that all League Officers have been re-elected and continue in their posts and I thank them for their work.

Have a good season!

Max Coventry

President, Chester & District Chess League