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Up for the cup - cup fixture news confirmed

Posted on August 31, 2017 at 8:55 AM

Brewood Chess Circle have entered three cup competitons this season.  These are the Pittaway Cup run by the Wolverhampton Chess League, the Humphrey's Trophy which is also run by the Wolverhampton Chess League and the Chase Trophy which is run by the Cannock Chess League.  All three cup competions are straight knockout cup competitons. 


The draws for all three cup competitons have been done, and the dates of the fixtures agreed with the respective clubs.  This website artictle is to give details of all of these cup fixtures so that members are aware of these fixtures and that there are no nasty surprises along the line later on in the season. 


The format of the cup competitions themselves is also briefly explained, and a brief mention of the clubs history in these competitions.  The details of the cup competitions below are in order of the dates of our first confirmed fixture in each different cup competition. 


As luck would have it we have been drawn away in all three cup competitions, although I am hopeful that we can win these games and get home fixtures in the next round. 


Humphrey's Trophy


Bushbury - Away - Preliminary round - Wednesday 13th September 2017


Team Captain:  David Blower


Players must be graded under 130.  Any player that is ungraded can only play with the prior consent of the controller. 


Teams of 4 players. 


The teams shall toss a coin for colour.  The winner of the toss of the coin shall have white on the odd numbered boards. 


Time Limits:  30 moves in 75 minutes, after black's 30th move, 15 minutes is added on for a quickplay finish, or if both teams agree before the match and sufficient digital chess clocks are available, the time limits shall be all moves in 75 minutes, with an increment of ten seconds for each move made. 


Tiebreaking methods:  Board Count, then elimination rule, then the team with black on board one is declared the winner. 


Ten teams have entered the Humphrey's Trophy this season.  Halesowen play Mercia in the other preliminary round fixture.  The draw for the quarter-finals will not be made until after the two preliminary round fixtures have both being played. 


Club history in the Humphrey's Trophy


The Humphrey's Trophy began in the 2005-2006 season.  In the 12 seasons since the Humphrey's Trophy began Brewood have entered the competition 9 times. 


Brewood's most successful season was the 2009-2010 season when we won the trophy and to date this remains the only time that we have won the trophy.  We have finished as runners-up on a further two occassions for the last two seasons in a row.  The other six occassions have seen us go out at the Quarter-Final stage. 


The 2015-2016 season saw us come a very close 2nd to Stourbridge in the final.  Three of the six quarter-final defeats came against Walsall Kipping and one against Wolverhampton.  The club history is not perfect though and we defaulted a quarter-final against Rushall in the 2005-2006 season, the first season of the Humphrey's Trophy existance. 


The 2010-2011 season probably also saw the least successful defence of any title of anything in sport as we were disqualified for failing to play a match against Stafford by the required date.  Stafford actually appealed on our behalf against that ruling. 


It would also be fair to say that the organisation of the tournament for Brewood was not without problems last season.  There was a discussion about whether we should enter the tournament this season in light of defaulting the final last season.  In the end on balance it was felt that we should but subject to what the league said at the league's AGM. 


Whilst the league were disappointed at us defaulting the final, they did have sympathy to what happened.  No one suggested at the league AGM to ban us from the Humphrey's trophy this season, so I have entered us into the competiton.  The club would like to take the opportunity to say sorry to Stourbridge Chess Club and to the league for the default of the final last season. 


Of course we aim to right the wrong of last season and are thankful that the league did not ban us from the Humphrey's Trophy this season.  Winning the trophy this season would be the very best way to do that and it is certainly a realistic aim to win the trophy. 


Pittaway Cup


West Bromwich - Away - Quarter-Final - Monday 6th November 2017


Team Captain:  Roger Grainger


This competition is not subjected to a grading limit. 


Teams of 8 players. 


Handicap:  If teams from different divisions play each other the team from the lower division gets a 2¼ points headstart per division. 


The teams shall toss a coin for colour.  The winner of the toss of the coin shall have white on the odd numbered boards. 


Time Limits:  30 moves in 75 minutes, after black's 30th move, 15 minutes is added on for a quickplay finish, or if both teams agree before the match and sufficient digital chess clocks are available, the time limits shall be all moves in 75 minutes, with an increment of ten seconds for each move made. 


Tiebreaking methods:  Board Count, then elimination rule, then the team with black on board one is declared the winner. 


Nine teams have entered the Pittaway Cup this season.  Seven clubs have received a bye to the Quarter-Finals with Brewood and West Bromwich being two of those clubs.  The other quarter-finals are Stafford v Lichfield, Wolverhampton v Mercia.  Telford face Stourbridge in a preliminary round fixture. 


Club history in the Pittaway Cup


Brewood Chess Circle make their return to the Pittaway Cup after a 15 year absence.  Brewood have never reached the final of the competition in our entire history although we will be hoping to put that right this season.  The best we have achieved is the semi-finals on three separate occassions in 1988-1989 and then for two seasons in a row in 2000-2001 and also 2001-2002. 


The Semi-Final in 2001-2002 appears to be the last time the club has entered the Pittaway Cup.  The club have entered the Pittaway Cup on a further nine occassions over the years and although we reached the quarter-finals in the 1989-1990 season, on seven occassions we have managed to go out in the 1st round.  The other occassion remains unknown. 


The records show we won the 1st round match in 1998-1999 but then failed to play another match, with there being no record of us ever having lost a game in that season.  One thing of amusement was that we were disqualified in the 1984-1985 season, although the decision came from the league after we had already lost in the 1st round.  I think the deadline has passed to appeal that decision!! 


We look forward to making our return in the Pittaway Cup.  It will be interesting to play against some players who usually would play in division one of the league, and with the 2¼ headstart we will get against the division one clubs, hopefully that will be one of the things in our favour this season.  At least captain Roger Grainger can already say he has got us to the Quarter-Finals!! 


Chase Trophy


Tamworth - Away - Semi-Final - Thursday 9th November 2017


Team Captain:  David Blower


This competition has a combined team grading limit of under 551. 


Teams of 4 players. 


The away team shall have white on the odd numbered boards. 


Time Limits:  30 moves in 60 minutes, after black's 30th move, 20 minutes is added on for a quickplay finish. 


Tiebreaking methods:  Board Count, then elimination rule, then the away team will be awarded the match. 


There have been five entries in the competiton this season.  Brewood are one of the clubs that have received a bye in the first round.  The other semi-final will involve Rugeley and either Sutton Coldfield or Lichfield. 


Club history in the Chase Trophy


In the previous two seasons Brewood have played against Tamworth with the result going Tamworth's way on both occassions.  In the 2015-2016 season after beating Lichfield and then Sutton Coldfield using the elimination rule, we managed to lose the final against Tamworth on board count.  Last season we again faced Tamworth this time in a Semi-Final but managed to lose 1½-2½. 


The third season in a row sees us against Tamworth again, this time in another semi-final.  Will this season prove to be third time lucky against Tamworth.  Hopefully yes. 


Overall we are looking forward to another competitive season of chess.  We aim to do well in the leagues but cup competitions is probably the most realistic aim of winning a trophy this season.  Good chess everyone. 

Categories: Bushbury, West Bromwich, Tamworth

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