|Posted on February 16, 2014 at 10:25 PM|
The website continues the review of 2013 for the club.
The Dudley League Trophy is lifted
The Dudley League team also had its fair share of drama as like the B team the last board in the last match of the season had something on it. This time it was to decide a league title. The Dudley League teams aim was to give experience to new members of the club especially junior players. It was also to give the other players at the club more competitive chess.
The targets for this team had already being acheived. Our only junior member at the club Daniel Binfield had already had his first competitive wins in ECF graded chess for the club in the competition, and other members of the club had played in matches on a rotating basis.
Coming into the final match of the season the team were still unbeaten and a draw in the final match was all that was needed to win the league. The final match was at home to Warley Quinborne on Tuesday 26th March, and Warley Quinborne were midtable and had no chance to win the league. Nice and easy you would think. Not so!
Warley Quinborne put 4 very strong players out, all of them over 100. Very quickly the team were 2-0 down, myself falling for a skewer after being put under pressure the whole match, and Daniel Binfield falling for a pawn fork trick which hopefully he has learnt from. Stephen Mickelwright pulled us one back, and it was down to Mark Binfield to deliever us the league title.
Mark Binfield's game had come down to the last 15 minutes. For the 2nd time in the month, everyone in the room had gathered round the last board of the match, everyone in the room was in slience and everyone in the room had suddenly become some sort of expert chess pundit. Chess is easy when you are watching someone else play!
Mark took what seemed like years to make his moves but apparently the match finished on the same evening as it started. Mark won the Queen in a skewer move, checking his opponents King with his rook, and then he took a knight. Finally he traded his queen for his opponents rook and this ensured his opponent had no threats left. The tension was over, we had won the Dudley League.
We received the trophy from winning the Dudley Chess League at the Dudley Chess League AGM where David Blower representated the club. A simple handshake was never going to do for a league trophy presentation. Pretending it was the FA Cup, the Dudley League Trophy was given a kiss, before being lifted up. There was some polite clapping from the other club representatives.
The lid was even took off, as I inspected how much champagne could go into the trophy. The trophy was given a clean, (glistened I prefer to say) before going to Brewood to be on display at the club. One would not recommend however drinking champagne from the inside of the trophy and this was not done by myself. Its a pity the League AGM wasn't at Wembley stadium.
The A team is promoted
2013 was also a good year for the clubs A team. The end of 2012 had seen the team win 3, draw 1 and lose 1 of their opening 5 matches in the 2012-2013 Wolverhampton Chess League Division 3. The main target for the A team was to get promotion to Wolverhampton Chess League Division 2 for the start of the 2013-2014 season. This was eventually acheived.
We have to start the review of 2013 for the A team with Derek Laight. Out of the 10 matches in 2013 he played for the club in the Wolverhampton Chess League his record was 6 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses. His impressive record in 2013 helped get the A team promoted. This was split into 5 matches in 2013 as part of the 2012-2013 season, in which he had won 4 matches out of 5.
He was only denied a 100% record for the whole of the 2012-2013 season in the final match of the season, as he blundered his rook against St. George's B. Continuing in 2013 Derek then played 5 more matches for the A team as part of the 2013-2014 season, where he had won 2, drew 2 and lost 1 match. This has led to him getting his highest ever grading in history.
He has had a game submitted to the Wolverhampton Chess League website, and Rugeley have used one of his games that he played against Rugeley on their website. 2 games that are worth looking at, and they will be added to this website soon. Derek winning more often than not on board 1, took a lot of the pressure of the other players.
The team would then have been backed up by Roger Grainger on board 2. Roger had the least amount of ECF graded wins out of anyone at the club from Brewood in 2013, but he also had the least amount of defeats. Roger won only 1 match in the Wolverhampton Chess League in 2013 out of 9 played, but yet he was unbeaten for the club as he drew all of his other 8 matches!
It has become a bit of a running joke at the club that Roger likes to draw matches, but he is the 3rd highest graded player at the club. Peter Crozet reaction on Roger's draws: "Don't ever underestimate the importance of Roger getting a draw on board 2." The statement is true because more often than not in division 3 the team would be on 1.5 out of 2 in a 5 board match.
You might expect even Magnus Carlsen to agree a draw against Roger!!
The rest of the A teams players contributed towards getting the promotion as well. It was more of a team effort lower down the boards with different players getting wins in different matches. Peter Crozet, Andrew Davies, John Fenby, Andrew Lenz, and Mike Jarocki often got 2 points between them in several different matches for us more often than not to win the matches required to get promotion.
The conclusion was successful but not quite as dramatic as the Dudley League teams conclusion. Unlike Mark Binfield having a room full of people watching him, the A team got promotion as Stafford B lost to Wolverhampton B. Reading an email saying we had got promotion wasn't quite as stressful. Well done to the team.