|Posted on January 31, 2013 at 11:35 AM|
The Brewood A team now travel to Wolverhampton for a 4th v 3rd clash in which the winner (or Brewood if its a draw) are guaranteed to go up to 2nd place in the table. With that in mind and as its nearing the end of the season, tonights match against Wolverhampton is obviously an important match.
So far this season Wolverhampton have played 6 games winning 4, and losing 2. They have already played the Brewood B team this season, winning a close match by the narrowest of margins 3-2. The club does not have a team in the Cannock League this season, so unlike last season Brewood and Wolverhampton will not face each other in that.
Last season Wolverhampton managed to draw the A and the B teams out of the hat to play each team twice, and therefore the combination of both Brewood teams 4 times in the Wolverhampton Chess League Division 3. The results of those 4 matches produced 4 away victories, 3-2 in both the A team matches, and 4-1 in both of the B team matches. Furthermore the Cannock League fixture last season between the 2 clubs produced a 2-2 draw, so in recent times the matches between the clubs have been close.
Wolverhampton Chess Club is the oldest club in the region, although its one of many that were set up in Victorian Britain. It was established in 1895, 60 years before the Wolverhampton Chess League existed! At the time although Chess had being around since the 15th century (and predecessors to the game from around the 6th century) it wasn't until 1886 that chess officially had a world championship. This coupled with the London tournament of 1851 led to a huge increase in the popularity of chess in the UK.
Nowadays Wolverhampton Chess Club reflects that it is one of the biggest clubs in the region with teams in the Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Dudley Leagues. In the Wolverhampton Chess League their A team is in division 2, having been relegated on board count from division 1 last season, as mentioned their B team is in division 3, and their C team is in division 4. Wolverhampton also have a team in the Birmingham & District Chess League Division 3, and in the Dudley Chess League Division 2.
Brewood are expected to play their strongest team available although this is unconfirmed. Derek Laight has a 100% record so far this season for Brewood in the Wolverhampton League, having played and won 6 matches, and therefore is in the top 25 players list (21st) of the Wolverhampton Chess League website, covering all the clubs in all the leagues (from divisions 1-4.)
We wish the players well in the match, and hope that we get that win to boost the promotion chances even further.