2001/2 summary

London League – Teams finished in mid-table in divisions 2 and 4.

Essex League – Five teams played, of which the most successful was the second which looked in with a good chance of the Division 2 title until, affected by the barring rule based on apprearances (ironically abolished for next season) it lost its last two matches. The first team flattered to deceive after winning its first four matches.

North Circular League – A team played in Division C.

National Club – The Major team lost on board count in the home quarter final against Bourne End.

The club also entered the Handicap Rapidplay tournament and won this at the first attempt.

The Capes Trophy – The club entered two teams in this annual team lightning tournament, organised as a curtain-raiser to the season for the North Circular League by John Capes of Edmonton.

Lightning championship – This was held on 26 September 2001 and was won by David Sherman with 6½/7. Larry Marden was 2nd with 6 and Terry Whitton 3rd with 5. Mike Nicholson won the U100 grading prize with 3½.Julian Winkworth with 6/7. Larry Marden was 2nd with 5½ and Paul Barclay and Terry Whitton 3rd= with 5. Mike Nicholson won the U100 grading prize with 4½.

Club Championship – This was won by Steve Gilmour with 6/7.  Second was Terry Whitton with 5½ and third Graham Brown with 4½, although Sid Burns and Bob Heyman also scored 4½ to share the U120 grading prize.  The U85 grading prize went to Mark Le Gassicke with 3½.

Blitz championship – this was held on 8 January 2002 and was won by Julian Winkworth with 6/7. Larry Marden was 2nd with 5½ and Paul Barclay and Terry Whitton 3rd= with 5.  Mike Nicholson won the U100 grading prize with 4½.

Roy Wagstaff Memorial Match. The ninth match in this annual series against the Insurance Chess Club was played at 11 Belgrade Road on 17 October 2001 and resulted in a 5-2 win for Insurance.

Essex knock-out.  Two teams were entered in the Summer 2002 competition.  In the quarter finals the A team beat Chelmsford A by 6½ – 5½ at home while the B team beat Maldon 7 – 5 away.  In the semi-final the A team went down by 7½ – 4½ away to Writtle, and the B team lost at home to a very strong Ilford team, which went on to win the competition, by 10 – 2.

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