Friday, September 7, 2012

Minutes Of The Pre-Season Meeting

On September 6, 2012, the Garden State Chess League held its annual pre-season meeting.

Kevin Chen (of the DOCA Knights), Jose Fernandez (West Orange), John Hagerty (GSCL President), Arthur Macaspac (Chess Mates), Geoff McAuliffe (Kenilworth Kortchnois), Charles Miller (Hamilton), Donnally Miller (Summit), Nathan Napper (Newark-McDonald's), Ed Selling (Staten Island), Lev Zilbermintz (Essex County College) and John Moldovan (GSCL Vice-President) attended.

Sparta, which sat-out last season, Newark Academy and Rutgers University, both of which expressed interest in joining the league, did not send spoke-persons. Moldovan acted as the Kenilworth Karpovs' proxy.

Incomplete reporting was discussed. Team captains are to list full names on reporting cards (not just "Gary", for example). TDs are to make sure the cards are complete and report results promptly.

The house player loan rule was rescinded.

The official time control was changed to G/75;d5. Analog clocks are to be set at G/75.

The 4-board rating average was increased, to 1925.00.

Use of the USCF's September 2012 Golden Database, to determine this season's ratings, was approved. The database and minutes will be sent to the team captains ASAP. A link to the db will be placed on the GSCL website, in the Downloads category.

The Rules page line that reads "Matches will take place at the West Orange CC on the 1st 
Tuesday of each month...", etc. will be changed to "The league's schedule-maker sets the playing site and takes traveling distance into account. Teams can request a day or venue change."

Last year's frequent forfeitures and single-sided re-scheduling was were strongly criticized.

Teams are to poll their players to judge interest in USCF-rated play during 2013-14.

Team captains and league officials will convene sometime during the season to make preliminary plans for 2013-14.

Summit said it will keep its team name for the present but may play some home matches in 
Parsippany, where the Morris County Industrial League meets, and be re-dubbed.

Seven teams confirmed they will play the 2012-13 season: Chess Mates, DOCA Knights, Hamilton, Newark-McDonald's, Summit, West Orange and a Kenilworth entry to be determined.

Staten Island will not play this season. Upon advice by the President and V.P., ECC was absorbed by Newark-McD. The KCC doubts there will be sufficient interest among its membership to field a 2nd team.

The league expressed concern about Rutgers' ability to travel and reported that our weeknight schedule and starting times may keep Newark Academy from joining.

A September 20th, 9 p.m. deadline was set for Newark Academy, Rutgers University, Kenilworth CC team #2 and others to confirm their participation.

The confirmed teams drew numbers from 1-7 (1. Kenilworth A, 2. Hamilton, 3. Newark-McD, 4. Chess Mates, 5. Summit, 6. West Orange, 7. DOCA) and the undecided teams were assigned numbers from 8-10 (8. Rutgers U, 9. Newark Academy, 10. Kenilworth B). The RR pairing tables on pages 295-296 of the USCF's Official Rules Of Chess (5th edition) will be used to draft schedules.

The possibility of online play and geographic alignment were not brought-up.

If Kenilworth fields the same 2 teams as last year, the Karpovs would be "A" and the Kortchnois would be "B".

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