|Posted on August 22, 2018 at 8:55 AM|
The Cannock Chess League team face a long wait before starting the Cannock Chess League 2018-2019 Division Two season away to Boldmere St. Michael's Chess Club on Wednesday 7th November 2018. Last season Boldmere St. Michael's were not in the Cannock Chess League but Brewood will be looking for a good start as they seek to claim a maiden Cannock Chess League title.
The first home match of the campaign is at home to Tamworth on Tuesday 27th November 2018. Last season the two matches against Tamworth ended up in two defeats for Brewood 2½ - 1½ at home and 3-1 away. This was important for Tamworth to finish last season in second place with Brewood finishing third in the league. Brewood will hope to make home advantage count in this match.
The last match before Christmas is an away match against Lichfield on Thursday 13th December 2018. Last season in the Cannock Chess League saw two victories for Brewood against Lichfield both times 2½ - 1½. The matches were closely contested though so whilst Brewood will be hoping for the same result again this season it certainly will not be easy.
The first match of 2019 sees Brewood play against Bushbury at home on Tuesday 29th January 2019. It remains to be seen whether John Fenby returns to Brewood to play against his old club. Meanwhile club president David Buckley is also the president of Bushbury whilst Derek Laight also plays for Bushbury Chess Club.
The first away match of 2019 sees Brewood play against Wolverhampton on Thursday 21st February 2019. Last season Wolverhampton finished bottom of the league but the matches between the teams were even with Brewood winning 2½ - 1½ at home before losing by the same scoreline away. This cost Brewood second place in the league so Brewood will be hoping to make up for it this season.
The final home match sees Brewood take on Rugeley on Tuesday 26th February 2019. Last season the sides saw two closely contested matches as Brewood and Rugeley shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw away and then Brewood won 2½ - 1½ at home. Fixtures against Rugeley have always being played in a friendly spirit and whilst that will be set to continue it will be a competitive match.
The final match of the season sees Brewood play against Rushall away on Monday 8th April 2019. Rushall are the defending champions of the league but last season the two sides managed to win their respective home fixtures 3-1 against each other. Rushall have produced some good players who have started off in their Cannock League team so this looks like being a tough match for Brewood.
Last season Brewood finished third in the league which was a respectable finish and we won more matches than we lost. Winning the league is going to be hard but the club will be able to give anyone a game as proved when we won against the eventual champions Rushall but can come undone in any given game as proved when we lost against the bottom club Wolverhampton last season.
The club chairman David Blower gave this reaction to the fixture list: "Winning the cup last season was brilliant but our bread and butter has always been the league and this season we hope to go two better as we look for our maiden Cannock Chess League title. That said I will be taking it one game at a time as we can only beat the opposition put in front of us."
Here is the full fixture list for the Brewood team for the Cannock & 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.)
7/11 Boldmere St. Michael's Chess Club - Away (Wednesday)
27/11 Tamworth - Home
13/12 Lichfield - Away (Thursday)
29/1 Bushbury - Home
21/2 Wolverhampton - Away (Thursday)
26/2 Rugeley - Home
8/4 Rushall - Away (Monday)
Brewood joined the Cannock Chess League in the 1999-2000 season and then continously from the 2003-2004 season onwards. In that time Brewood have finished runners-up in various divisions of the Cannock Chess League on five separate occassions and finsihed third last season. It would be nice to win it this time!!