|Posted on June 8, 2015 at 3:10 PM|
On Wednesday 16th October 2013 the Brewood A team travelled and then played against Kidderminster away in the Wolverhampton Chess League 2013-2014 division 2 match. Here is the match card:
Board 1: John P Wrench (166) 1-0 Derek Laight 158
Board 2: John F Varilone (144) ½ - ½ Roger Grainger (127)
Board 3: Mark Riley (142) 0-1 Mike Jarocki 118
Board 4: David Close (142) 1-0 Andrew Lenz (Ungraded)
Board 5: Tim Yates (131) ½ - ½ Mark Binfield (111)
Board 6: Clive E Billinge (122) ½ - ½ Stephen Micklewright (110)
Total: Kidderminster 3½ - 2½ Brewood A
Thanks to Roger Grainger who provided me with a match report in my email inbox moreorless from the time of the match. The match report has been sitting in my inbox ever since, unpublished on the website, due to a mixture of real world reasons.
The website has not been as up-to-date as much as I would like and this has been one example of it. Of course it is the aim to get the news from the club, published onto the club's own website, as soon as possible afterwards. However as strange as it may seem to be adding a match report from October 2013 onto the website now, it is better late than never!
The fact that a match report does exist, means it is still easy to add it onto the website using the blog, so it would be wrong of me not to include it onto the website. Therefore for completeness reasons here is the match report.
The report from Roger Grainger who was there will follow in a moment, but first to explain the context of the match, Kidderminster had being relegated from Wolverhampton Chess League Division 1 during the 2012-2013 season, due to a penalty points deduction they had received for not paying the required league fees on time.
Kidderminster felt that the penalty should have been a financial penalty rather than a sporting penalty. Regardless of that though the penalty eventually stood, and they ended up relegated from the league. With their aim of gaining promotion back to division 1 at the first available opportunity, it was always going to be a tough match for Brewood A and so it proved.
For us, it would be our 2nd match of the season in division 2, after gaining promotion from division 3 in the previous season. Our aim would be to avoid relegation, a very different aim to Kidderminster's, but after winning against the St. George's B team when we were also outgraded, the team travelled to Kidderminster with nothing to lose and were determined to give the match a good go.
One last thing, at the time of the match, adjournments were still the default option in divisions 1 and 2 of the Wolverhampton Chess League. Kidderminster insisted upon using the longer time controls in this game, meaning that the time control was the first 36 moves in 75 minutes, followed by the next 28 moves in the next 60 minutes, followed by a 15-minute quickplay finish.
Here is the match report that I received from Roger Grainger:
We were outgraded on all boards including Derek Laight who lost on board 1. I drew board 2 and a good, quick win for Mike Jarocki on board 3. Unfortunately, Andrew Lenz lost on board 4 and he was actually checkmated. This was Andrew Lenz's first game of the season for us, as he has been working away in Germany and Austria which has now finished.
There were good draws from Mark Binfield on board 5 and also Stephen Micklewright on board 6. Although Mark Binfield on board 5 missed a forced checkmate in the end game.
Although we lost 3½ - 2½ it was a good display. Kidderminster insisted on the longer time control limits as clubs can do in Division 2, but it made no difference to the game score and all the matches finished on the night.
Speaking now, as a reflection of what has happened since then, at the end of the season, Kidderminster had indeed gained promotion back to division 1 of the league, where they have remained ever since, by finishing as runners up in division 2 in the 2013-2014 season. They then finished 3rd in division 1 in the 2014-2015 season.
As we know, the Brewood A team survived relegation to stay in division 2, finishing 6th out of 10 in division 2 in the 2013-2014 season and we improved upon that in the 2014-2015 season finishing 5th. The penalty for not paying the league fees remained a sporting penalty of a points deduction and was not changed to a financial penalty as Kidderminster had suggested.
Finally the default time controls of the Wolverhampton & District Chess League were changed at the 2014 AGM of the league, so that quickplay finishes on the night and not adjournments were now the default option of the league. It was partly as a result of this match, that Andrew Davies and I voted to get rid of the adjournments at the AGM.
The Brewood B team will encounter the Kidderminster B team twice during the 2015-2016 season, once home and once away, which will be the next meetings between the clubs. We would expect it to be a tough match for the Brewood B team, as Kidderminster B will probably be a very strong team, but nevertheless we look forward to the match.