Before the 3rd round of the Dutchess County Championship (standings to be posted tonight, stay tuned!), we held our annual club meeting. Some of the topics discussed:
Having a night dedicated to analysis. Instead of playing a game, we go over one or more games played by club members, where we can get deep into the position, look for missed opportunities, and have a cooperative environment where we can all hopefully improve our understanding of chess. To do this, without impacting our normal tournament schedule, requires us obtaining a room at Vassar on another night, possibly a weekend. We will announce this if/when this occurs.
Obtaining some inexpensive digital clocks. Not everyone who comes to the club brings a clock. While we have extra sets (although we could update those as well), we do not have any spare clocks. And with some form of delay being ubiquitous, an analog clock is no longer ideal. We will be working with the treasurer to find the best deal. This does not mean you should come to a tournament assuming a clock will be provided!
Changing delay to 10 seconds. This is being done by a major organizer (Continental Chess), and we should take a look at running some our tournaments with the increased delay time. We will need to look at what to set the main time for, to avoid situations where games bleed into other rounds (or too late at night).
Bringing in another GM/IM for analysis/simul. The IM Bonin simul was a big hit, and we will look at bringing in more titled players from NYC (or elsewhere) to our region. The biggest concern is funding the appearance; our club runs very low cost tournaments and does not take in membership fees. It’s a lean, frugal ship. But we will look at our options in this area, given the interest level.
In addition, we went through the election of the club officers. By unanimous decision (primarily due to no one else wanting to run), all positions will remain with their current holders.