|Posted on March 18, 2013 at 2:35 PM|
Brewood had some good respresentation in the under 120 match against Worcestershire on Saturday 16th March. The match was played in Newcastle-under-Lyme at the Bridge club in the town. Traffic congestion on the M6 meant that some of the players from Worcestershire arrived late. Whilst Staffordshire could have insisted on starting on time, as it was outside of Worcestershires control, we decided not to.
The team is intended to have 6 players from North Staffordshire clubs, and 6 players from South Staffordshire clubs. This proved to be the case exactly for this match. To give you an idea of where the players were from the 6 players from North Staffordshire were from the following clubs: Newcastle-under-Lyme had 3 players involved in the match, Fenton 1, Alsager 1, and Cheddleton & Leek 1.
Meanwhile from South Staffordshire, Cannock St. Mary's had 1 player, Bushbury 2 players, and Brewood 3 players. NB the above list of clubs does ignore the fact that chess players can play for more than one club. Travelling in the car was a mixture of Brewood and Bushbury players, and some discussion was had about the match in the Cannock League between Brewood and Bushbury from earlier on in the season.
Brewoods 3 players were John Fenby playing on board 2, David Buckley on board 11, and David Blower on board 12. The match score is given in the topic title, a very large victory. Congrualations must go to the Staffordshire team for the win. As for the Brewood players, John Fenby and David Buckley won their matches, whilst David Blower lost his.
This match was the last regional match of the competition for the Staffordshire team. However in the previous update I said that this would be the last chance to play for the Staffordshire team this season. That is not the case at all. Teams that do well during the regional stage of the competiton, can then go on to the national stages.
In the national stages, they face successful teams from other parts of England, and can become the National County Champions. Staffordshire have qualified for a national quarter final against Hertfordshire. Time, date, and venue have yet to be fixed, but the default date for all quarter finals is May 18th. It is likely to take place in a neutral county to reduce travelling and to give an idea of where a match could take place half way between the counties would be Northamptonshire. However all of this has yet to be confirmed.
If Staffordshire win the Quarter Final, the Semi Final would take place between the winners of Lancashire and Essex with the default date of the semi final of June 8th, with the final on July 13th in Warwickshire. So there is at least 1 more opportunity to play for Staffordshire this season, and possibly 3.
Peter Evans from Stafford Chess Club is the captain of the under 120 team so if you would like a game, he would like to hear from you. Here are his contact details:
Under 120 team: Peter Evans (Stafford)
Tel: 01785 601 928
17 Winsford Crescent,
Good luck to the Staffordshire team in the Quarter Final.
Categories: Inter-County Chess