|Posted on April 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM|
The Brewood A team completed their season with a draw against St. George's B. Before the match started the team already knew they had finished at least runners up, and were guaranteed promotion to Wolverhampton Chess League Division 2.
This was because last week the only other team who could catch up with us for the runners up spot, Stafford B, played away against Wolverhampton B on Thursday April 4th. Stafford B needed to win the match to move up into the runners up spot. Had they done so it would have meant we would have needed a draw in this match.
Stafford B defaulted two boards, and even though they then won 2 of the remaining 3 boards where chess matches actually took place, it meant they overall lost the match 3-2. Perhaps a sign they wanted to avoid promotion? Regardless of the reasons for it, it did mean that Brewood A could at least enjoy their final match of the season against St. George's B.
Brewood A did get the draw they would have needed though had Stafford B won their final match of the season. Here is the matchcard:
Board 1: Derek Laight (160) 0-1 Lee E Collier (151)
Board 2: Roger Grainger (129) ½ - ½ Ken Wise 138
Board 3: John Fenby (119) 0-1 Lennie Johnson (137)
Board 4: Mike Jarocki (119) 1-0 John Lunn (127)
Board 5 was defaulted by St. George's B.
Match reports from boards 2, 3, and 4 are unavailable, although if the players involved want to submit their own match report they are welcome to do so.
On board 1 Mike Jarocki reported to me that Derek had blundered his rook. This meant that Derek didn't quite manage to complete his 100% record this season for Brewood A, but nevertheless his efforts over the year have been impressive with 9 wins out of 10 for the club this season.
In total 9 players played for the Brewood A team this season, and everyone played a part in the promotion. Out of the 5 regular players for the Brewood A team as mentioned Derek won 9 out of his 10 matches, this was backed up with Roger Grainger getting 7 draws out of 7 from his matches.
Whilst by no means solely down to these 2 players on the top 2 boards it took a lot of the pressure of the rest of the team. The rest of the team also played their part in the promotion though, with at least 2 wins each for the other regular players during the season, meaning that a deserved promotion came for the Brewood A team.
With the Brewood B team staying up it has been a good season for the club, combined with the Dudley League team winning the Dudley League. With the Brewood A team being promoted to the Wolverhampton Chess League Division 2 it means that next season our own A and B teams will avoid playing each other.
Congraulations to the Brewood A team for a very successful season, lets hope they can stay in division 2 over the next season.