Welcome to Discussions & Proposals

Here you can contribution to debates or start new ones - about the organisation, running and rules of the Association.

Please email me your contribution and I will do my best to present it clearly and chronologically following any existing material on the same subject. (My address: brianlever33(at)hotmail.com, or you can use the Guestbook page.)

For legal and other obvious reasons please take care not to refer to specific events and individuals, and please spend some time clarifying and organising your thoughts coherently before you send them. I do not see this facility as a chat room for off-the-cuff remarks – which seems to be the fashion these days! - and I do not wish to be seen as an editor of material, rather as a copier for presentation.

Brian Lever

P.S.(on 29/5/2015) I will add "new" comments on to the ends of each discussion, in variously coloured text, and may of course remove old material if I think it's "had its day". Thus readers may be relieved from reading the whole of a discussion repeatedly, in attempts to find anything new. 



2016 -2017 Discussions

Sheffield Central Chess Club? .... Do the Association rules favour block voting & inhibit what ordinary players want? ...Considering the number of clubs and the number of executive posts is it fair that their votes should carry the same weight?

How many UP and DOWN? .... Do the Association rules favour block voting & inhibit what ordinary players want? ...Considering the number of clubs and the number of executive posts is it fair that their votes should carry the same weight?

Tie Breaks, Play-offs, Multiple issues of Promotion & Relegation.... Is it always necessary to have play-offs when teams finish neck and neck in promotion & relegation places? After all, some teams turn down promotion, or want to be relegated. Are play-offs perceived as a problem? What about having other tie-breaking systems which save these extra games? Are some tie-breaks fairer than others?  Is it worth looking at Yorkshire League rules to find a good tie-break system?


2015 -2016 Discussions

Is S&DCA democratic? .... Do the Association rules favour block voting & inhibit what ordinary players want? ...Considering the number of clubs and the number of executive posts is it fair that their votes should carry the same weight?


2014 -2015 Fora

Forum 1: Problems with Rule 19(c) ...captains shall nominate the players in order of strength and pair them off: This season has shown some innovative interpretation of playing a team in order of strength.

Forum 2: A Review of the Registered Player rules ...why do we have them? Are they still doing the job they were intended for, or has the way we we see "team membership" changed so that they are no longer working appropriately? 

Forum 3: Winning Division 2 For possibly one of several reasons, teams finishing the season at the top of Division 2 in recent years have been turning down promotion, so that Division 1 has been under-subscribed. Is it OK for a club to win the Weston Trophy, refuse to fill a vacancy in the Davy, and possibly repeat the pattern in a following year?






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