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MACA Board Minutes
 MACA Board Meeting, July 14, 2020

Massachusetts Chess Association

Board of Director Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 7:00pm

Virtual Meeting

ATTENDEES: Oleg Poliannikov (President), Bob Messenger (Treasurer), Andrew Hoy (Clerk), Paul Arond, Jeff Caruso, George Mirijanian, Nicholas Sterling, Robb Stewart, Latanya Sweeney, and Yi Wang.

1. Memberships

Since the last meeting, we lost 16 members and gained one prison membership. The Board had a discussion about how to extend memberships in order to compensate existing members for a lack of over the board tournaments.
MOTION: Extend memberships expiring after March 2020 by six months (AH/JC).

VOTE: Passed, 9-0 

2. Online Events

The Board had a good discussion about potential online events including:

  • ?  Online camps

  • ?  Small group learning Lectures

Instruction for beginners, specifically given by scholastic volunteers

3. Spiegel Cup and Girls Championship

Both events were successful and well run. The online format was certainly not ideal, but in the circumstances both events were well received. Several parents had concerns that their childrens opponents were cheating, but these allegations were unfounded, and the video was carefully reviewed. The Board wishes to thank Nick Sterling, Prathiba Yuvarajan, and Andrew Hoy for making the events successful.

For future online events, sticking to around 40 players works well for monitoring purposes. The TD can be more proactive in reaching out to players and parents during games to adjust cameras in order to alleviate cheating concerns from other parents. The Board will consider online qualifiers in the fall for the start of the scholastic year.

4. Executive Session