West Midlands Police SEASON SUMMARY 2015/16
I have to report on another tough and challenging season in the Birmingham & District Chess League.
For the first time we were forced out of our comfort zone of Adjournments and required to play Quickplay finish in some matches. I’m pleased that several of our team were able to adjust and by the end of the season even preferred the Quickplay option. By the same token our opponents were willing to accommodate those who still preferred Adjournments so it was win/win.
There was also the challenge of fielding two teams with a bare minimum of 10 players and again I’m pleased we managed to complete the season without defaulting a match albeit there were a few empty boards.
Our cup run came to an abrupt finish falling at the first fence in both the Trophy and the Plate competitions. In the league we only collected 2 points from the 5 matches before Christmas so the pressure was on. We found a bit of form and were optimistic going into our last two games but we made uncharacteristic errors and lost and drew when we had chances to win both. So 8 points from 12 matches which is normally sufficient to avoid relegation was not good enough on this occasion as Division 5 was fiercely competitive (see table below)
Hats off to our four member team for seeing out the season. We only managed a full team for 4 of our 11 fixtures but that didn’t stop us putting up a great show. The team finished with 8pts from 11matches well clear of the bottom two places. Thank you for your support.
Performances of Note:
Gary Wickett 66% - can’t see the board but only lost two in sixteen – a fine return to form as well as playing more games than anyone else – well done
Nobody else above 50% shows how tough the season has been – the league is contracting and we are playing against best of the remainder.
The silver lining of relegation means we should be able to turn out two full-strength teams for our matches and our cup competition handicap will get a boost. But don’t let that discourage anyone who would like to give it a try work their grey matter at the chess board. We are always keen to welcome new members.
Why not join us in September for some “relaxation”?
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