|Posted on February 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM|
Halesowen Chess Club are one of the biggest local teams in the area. This means loads of teams and loads of fixtures to arrange for them, and it is not uncommon at Halesowen Chess Club for them to have 2 fixtures on the same night.
Halesowen have 12 chess teams competing in the Wolverhampton, Birminham, Dudley and Worcester Chess Leagues. This allows competitive action for chess players with a wide range of skill and ability.
This week its the turn of Brewood to visit as two different teams will play Halesowen chess club in two completely seperate competitions. The A team face them in the Wolverhampton Chess League Division 3, and the Dudley League team also have a match against them at the same time in the Dudley Chess League Division 3.
Due to other teams playing matches the A team have dropped down to 3rd in the Wolverhampton Chess League, but they have games in hand and will be looking to win this match to get back up into 2nd and into a promotion place. It is still in the A teams hand to do this and they will be looking for a repeat of the home result against Halesowen which was won 4-1. This is before the last two matches of the season against fellow promotion chasers Stafford and St Georges.
Halesowen will be hoping to repeat the result against our B team which was also 4-1 but unfortunately in Halesowens favour. They are currently 6th in the league below the Brewood B team, and have plenty of games in hand having only played 6 fixtures so far this season. Having been relegated from division 2 last season they will be disappointed to be near the bottom of the league, but they should have enough about them to avoid relegation for the 2nd season in a row. Their upcoming match against Walsall Kipping is important for our B team but thats for another day.
Derek Laight still has a 100% record so far this season with 7 wins out of 7. He is 15th in the whole league of the top chess players for the Wolverhampton Chess League this season. Team news is unconfirmed but it is likely that Brewood will field their strongest possible team, as they look to get back into division 2 for the first time in 2 years.
Meanwhile the Dudley League team also face Halesowen. The team have had a splendid start to their first ever campaign in the Dudley League Division 3, still unbeaten after 4 matches having won 3 and drawn 1 of them. Since the last win for the Dudley League team against Birmingham Checkmates, Walsall Kipping have knocked Brewood off the top, with 3 wins in a row, including a default 4-0 win against Birmingham Checkmates.
It won't be easy for Brewood but Brewood do not need to win both matches to win the league. Drawing this match and winning the final match against Warley Quinborne will secure the league title for Brewood, and winning on Tuesday night will mathamatically secure at least a 2nd place finish for Brewood.
But thats not to rule out Halesowen from winning the league themselves. They are 3 points behind Brewood with a game in hand, and 5 points behind Walsall Kipping with 3 games in hand. If they win this match they will think they have a good chance of winning the league, so this match could go a long way in deciding who wins the league title this season. A draw for Brewood in this match would actually still be a good result for the club.
3 of the 4 members of the team have been confirmed with Steve Mickelwright, David Blower, and Andrew Davies expected to play, and there is unlikely to be a defaulted board, although Steve didn't know who the 4th member of the team would be when I asked him on Tuesday night!
The club wishes all those travelling to Halesowen well. For those not playing the club is open as usual for the internal club competitions or even just for friendlies.