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Wolverhampton and District Chess League
A Team: Thu, 23 Jan. Home v Stafford.
B Team: Thu, 13 Feb. Away v Halesowen B.
A Team: Tue, 11 Feb. Away v Halesowen.
B Team: Wed, 29 Jan. Home v Shirley & Wythall.
Cannock and District Chess League
Wed, 22 Jan. Home v Tamworth.
Dudley and District Chess League
Thu, 27 Feb. Home v Halesowen.
24th December, 2019: It could be worse!
It's not been a great season so far. There has not been much activity in the Cannock and Dudley Leagues, so it's too early to say anything about these competitions.
Of the Wolverhampton and Birmingham Leagues teams, results have been fair ... to average ... to mediocre. Essentially, there are no real League winning prospects on the horizon, but there
are also no immediate relegation threats either.
Wolverhampton have also lost a few matches they really should have won. This epitomises the season so far. Expectations have failed to materialise in several areas.
As for Cup and Trophy news, again little action, but there is some hope that at least one piece of silverware may find it's way to Wolverhampton before the end of the season.
It would be nice if some fresh talent would come the club, and it would not take much of an improvement in this area to make a substantial difference. The strong clubs have remained
strong, and some of the other aspiring clubs have gained some decent players. Ergo, Wolverhampton have lost out a little in this respect.
It's going to be a long hard slog to the end of the season. But there is optimism that all of the Wolverhampton teams will at least be competing at the same level next season.
Merry Christmas, everyone.
12th August, 2019: The Birmingham Summer League brings another honour to the club!
After a quite successful Winter period, Wolverhampton entered three teams in the Birmingham Summer League and over three different divisions.
Results were mixed. Top honours went to the team in the '560 Max' Division with the club finishing in first place. Another credible performance was put in by the 'Open' Division
team where the club very narrowly lost out to third place and finished fourth. In the '480 Max' Division, the club struggled and finished in last place.
The Winter season is almost upon us. Extra nights are now being utilised and some matches will now be played on Wednesdays - in addition to the regular club night of Thursday.
It looks like it is going to be very intriguing with the club growing in stature. Big things could happen by the time we get to 2020! Stay posted everyone!
The honours from 2018-2019 seasons: Chase Trophy, Humphreys Trophy, WDCL Division 3 title, BDCL (Summer) '560 Max' title. Four pieces of team silverware in total!
8th February, 2019: Teamwork leads to two more victories - and a promotion!
The Birmingham League team won their first match of the season last night with a good victory against Shirley Wythall. The score was 3.5 - 2.5. They are now off the bottom of the table and
have every chance of avoiding the drop from Division 1.
The 'Bs' also won with a resounding victory (3.5 - 0.5) against Walsall Kipping C in the WDCL. This completes the double. Better still, the team is now officially promoted to
WDCL Division 2 next season. Will they also clinch the Division 3 title? That's all down to Halesowen, who have a game in hand and are just two points behind in second place.
UPDATED! 4th February, 2019: Another hurdle cleared for Wolverhampton!
On Monday last, the team beat Rushall 3-1 to reach the Humphreys Trophy Final. They will meet Stourbridge who beat Mercia 3.5 - 0.5 in the other Semi-Final.
As for other competition news, Gordon Sands has reached the Semi-Finals of the Bidgood Trophy. He will play Vic Brown of Walsall Kipping. In the Robert Ward Trophy and Plate, the club
is still represented by Chris Cox and Geoff Rosser (both Semi-Finalists, respectively).
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