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Brewood face first test against newly promoted Warley Quinborne

Posted on August 22, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Brewood face newly promoted Warley Quinborne in their first match of the Wolverhampton Chess League 2018-2019 Division Two season on Tuesday 25th September 2018.  Last season Warley Quinborne were champions of division three with only one defeat in twelve games and with a large squad to choose from look sure to give Brewood a tough test in their opening match. 


Brewood have a second home game against Boldmere St. Michael's Chess Club on Tuesday 9th October 2018.  Boldmere St. Michael's were relegated from the top flight of the Wolverhampton Chess League at the end of the 2014-2015 season but they have been in contention for promotion in all three seasons since then so this will be another difficult match for Brewood. 


The first away match of the season is against Kidderminster B on Wednesday 17th October 2018.  Last season Brewood won away against Kidderminster A who ended up getting promoted but lost against Kidderminster B at home.  The inconsitency was at times frustrating last season and Brewood ended up finishing 5th because of it so the team will be looking to improve upon that this season. 


A busy October concludes with another away trip this time to play against Rushall on Monday 29th October 2018.  Last season saw the teams battle out a thrilling 3-3 draw over the board which went down to the very last moments of the game.  Brewood will be looking to win this game as in recent years Brewood and Rushall have been involved in close relegation battles. 


The last match before Christmas sees a return to our home venue of St. Mary's for a match against Lichfield B on Tuesday 13th November 2018.  Last season the last match of the season saw Brewood lose to Lichfield C in a match that was a possible promotion shootout.  It ended up irrelvant as Kidderminster A snatched promotion but Brewood will be looking to do better this season. 


2019 starts with another home match this time against St. George's Chess Club on Tuesday 15th January 2019.  St. George's Chess Club finished last season in joint 2nd place with Mercia B in division three and needed a tiebreaking playoff win to achieve promotion in which all five players on the evening were unbeaten.  Brewood will be looking for a win against a possible relegation rival. 


Brewood travel to Mercia to play against Mercia A on Tuesday 22nd January 2019.  The last time the sides met was in the 2016-2017 season in which Mercia won 4-2 and ended up getting promotion to division one.  Last season Mercia A were relegated after only one season in the top flight but did do so with some respectability and they will be looking to bounce back up this season. 


The next match is away to Halesowen B on Thursday 7th February 2019.  Last season the team produced one of their best performances to secure a 4-2 win against Halesowen B to secure safety.  Halesowen are one of the biggest clubs in the Wolverhampton Chess League so this looks like being a tough match for Brewood. 


The final home match of the season is against Stourbridge B on Tuesday 19th March 2019.  Last season saw Brewood unable to play their best side which meant the team lost to Stourbridge B by 4½-1½.  Stourbridge B ended up getting saved from relegation at the AGM due to Lichfield withdrawing one of their teams and Brewood will be looking to make up for the defeat from last season. 


The final match of the season sees Brewood play against Rugeley away on Tuesday 26th March 2019.  Brewood have not won against Rugeley in the last three seasons so will be eager to end the season on a high.  Rugeley have just celebrated their 50th year as a chess club so congratulations to them for that and hopefully Brewood will be doing the same in the year 2030. 


Last season saw Brewood finish 5th in the league.  As mentoned above Brewood were inconsistent during the season but last season was not all bad.  Some brilliant wins away against Kidderminster A, Boldmere St. Michael's Chess Club and also a 6-0 away win against Walsall Kipping B were also mixed in with home defeats against Kidderminster B and Rugeley. 


Club chairman David Blower gives this reaction to the fixture list:  "As ever we look forward to competing in the matches against our local clubs.  We know that there are no easy games in chess and it is a game of 64 squares.  We hope to make the fans proud and we ask that you will support us throughout the whole season as we know you will." 


Here is the full fixture list for the Brewood A team for the Wolverhampton & District Chess League 2018-2019 Division Two season:  (Fixtures are always on Tuesday at home, the day of the week for an away match is always stated.) 


2018


September

25/9 Warley Quinborne B - Home


October

9/10 Boldmere St. Michael's Chess Club - Home

17/10 Kidderminster B - Away (Wednesday)

29/10 Rushall - Away (Monday)


November

13/11 Lichfield B - Home


2019


January

15/1 St. George's Chess Club - Home

22/1 Mercia A - Away (Tuesday)


February

7/2 Halesowen B - Away (Thursday)


March

19/3 Stourbridge B - Home

26/3 Rugeley - Away (Tuesday)


It remains to be seen what happen in the season but Brewood have never been in the top division of the Wolverhampton & District Chess League.  It would be nice to finally break the duck this time!! 

Categories: Brewood A team, Warley Quinborne, Rugeley

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