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AGM matters - Alternatives to the Dudley Chess League division 3 team

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 3:10 PM

This article was originally written by Andrew Davies for the club's May 2015 newsletter, which was given to club members who attended the club on Tuesday 12th May 2015. 


It is reproduced here on the club's own website so that members who did not attend the club on that date can have knowledge about the work that the committee has done in deciding what leagues the club can enter in next season ahead of the club's AGM on Tuesday 19th May 2015, starting at 7:30pm, at the club. 


The article is below, in italics, purely to make it easier to read. 


This matter will be discussed as part of the AGM.  The following information is included for your interest. 


After three successful years and winning the Dudley Chess League division 3 trophy in our first season [the 2012-2013 chess league season, with an unbeaten league record] the question was recently asked whether our Dudley Chess League Division 3 team still meets the requirements of players.  One important consideration being that it's grading limit of 115 has tended to restrict playing opportunities to B team players.  Three alternatives have been suggested: 


i)  Continue with a team in Dudley Chess League Division 3


Players must not have a grade higher than 115.  There is no promotion or relegation.  For the 2014-2015 chess league season Brewood ended up playing five fixtures. 


To help the comparisons here is a guide to the typical standard of players faced on each board during the 2014-2015 chess league season. 


  • Board 1:  Similar to B team, Board 4. 
  • Board 2:  Similar to B team, Board 5. 
  • Board 3:  No comparison close enough to list. 
  • Board 4:  Similar to Cannock team, board 4. 


ii)  Running a team in Cannock Chess League Division 2


Any member of the club could play in this team but the combined grade of the four players in each match must be no higher than 550.  As with the Dudley Chess League team there is no promotion or relegation.  For the 2014-2015 season teams had ten fixtures. 


For comparison, here is a guide to the typical players that each board might have faced.  Again using figures from 2014-2015. 


  • Board 1:  Similar to A team, Board 1. 
  • Board 2:  Similar to A team, Board 3. 
  • Board 3:  Similar to B team, Board 2. 
  • Board 4:  Similar to Dudley team, Board 3. 


Most of the opposing teams would come from clubs we already compete against so their venues should be familiar. 


iii)  Running a standard play team in the Shropshire Chess League Division 3


There are currently no grading limits for players or teams.  This is the lowest division in the Shropshire Chess League and teams are promoted and relegated.  For the 2014-2015 chess league season teams had twelve fixtures. 


  • Board 1:  Similar to B team, Board 4. 
  • Board 2:  No comparison close enough to list. 
  • Board 3:  Similar to B team, Board 5. 
  • Board 4:  Almost 10 grading points higher than board 4 in the Dudley Chess League Division 3. 


If we were to take part our team could be promoted.  For that reason here is a comparison with the standard of opponents a team in Shropshire Chess League Division 2 might face.  (Again, using figures from 2014-2015 for comparison.) 


  • Board 1:  Similar to A team, Board 3. 
  • Board 2:  Similar to B team, Board 1. 
  • Board 3:  Similar to A team, Board 4. 
  • Board 4:  Similar to B team, Board 2. 
  • Board 5:  Similar to B team, Board 5. 


Apart from Telford all opponents and venues would be new for standardplay games.  Most of the clubs that compete are located close to the A5/M54 corridor so although some clubs may be further than the league opponents we are familiar with they are considered easier to reach than venues such as Stourbridge (18 miles) for that reason. 


Four of the clubs taking part are more than thirty miles away.  These being Telepost (34 miles,) Church Stretton (35 miles,) Ludlow (37 miles) and Oswestry (45 miles.)  Depending on circumstances matches against such clubs might be played at a neutral venue.  For comparison, Sutton Coldfield who we play against in the Cannock Chess League Division 3 is 25 miles away. 

Categories: Other news, Dudley League, Cannock League

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