Fourteen players made it to LCCC on a hot Monday night. The highlights were some chess instruction by Terry G and some fine casual games played. In addition, Tom H became a voting member of LCCC. Thanks Tom.
We ended the evening a little early to hold a Club Meeting. All three Board members, two other Officers, and four other members were in attendance. Here are the highlights
> To replace the Ladder Tournament, The “Challenge Chess” concept was discussed as a new club “rating” method that would play as a more serious tournament type game & facilitate club ratings for members. All seemed to be in agreement with the concept. Action items include Mike K and Terry G will e-mail draft copies of the proposed rules to the rules committee members for review & consideration.
> Team Challenges (challenge other clubs to matches) are being considered. Matt T discussed the history of this activity from 2 years ago. Ken L will lead the action to determine other clubs that will accept team challenges and develop a list of volunteers that want to play in these games.
> LCCC holding USCF rated tournaments were also discussed. Ken T Will continue with necessary steps to become USCF certified as a “club tournament Director”, and will also be the lead person to coordinate all the activities of the first club hosted open tournament. Matt T volunteered to assist as a consultant who has the actual experience.
> Getting some guest speakers to come to LCCC was also discussed. Mike K suggested that other club presidents might consider coming by to discuss club building strategies. Mike N will research this possibility.
> A Club bank account is needed. Treasurer Vince V will research this for availability of a free checking account, and what might be required by a bank or credit union.
> As always, gaining new members is the focus of any club that wants to survive. Mike N will lead this effort starting in a couple of weeks. Paul M came up with some great suggestions as to how to contact the schools and let them know of the benefits of LCCC. Mike N would like to hear more suggestions on how to get free advertising for LCCC.
Benefits of playing chess at LCCC:
Free lessons for most skill levels by Terry G, Jason M and Mike N primarily. But all club members have - and will - help the less experienced players gain knowledge. It's what LCCC does.
Your games can be posted on the Web Site by sending Mike K a PGN file or on the Blog if you send Mike N a copy of your game sheet.
Free Club Forum on the Web Site or free Blog Posts – open to any attending member of LCCC (
Free Member's Chess League.
Free Club Rating (via the LCCC League and hopefully Challenge Games), so an estimate of your USCF rating is possible without entering tournaments. Mike K volunteered to process the ratings and include on the web site.