2005/6 summary

The 2005/6 season began on 6 September with the traditional “caterpillar” simultaneous display, which was followed on 13 September by a challenge match (as Essex League champions) against the Essex President’s team.

London League – After the relegation of the first team from Division 1 after a single season, teams played in Divisions 2 and 3. The Division 2 team finished third, and therefore failed to secure an immediate return to the top division, The Division 3 team won its first four matches and drew its next two, but hampered by barrings rather fell away thereafter to finish in mid-table.

Essex League – Five teams were entered, with the second team (which won Division 2 with a 100% record last season) joining the first team who were the reigning champions in Division 1. The first team won its first three matches, with the 6-2 victory away to Southend being particularly encouraging in view of the absentees from the team that night, but the 5-3 loss to Writtle proved decisive and the team finished in second place.  The second team struggled early on but got off the mark with a tied match against Upminster, and wins against Shell, Southend and Waltham Forest made for a much higher finish than might have been expected.  The fourth team was narrowly pipped for the Division 3 title by Thurrock 1.

North Circular League – For the first time the club fielded a team in Division A as well as Division B.  The two knockout rapidplay events (the Lawrence Cup and the Finchley Cup) were also entered, and two club teams took part in the Capes trophy (a blitz event) on 20 September.

National Club. The club entered the Major (Average grade < 160) and Handicap Rapidplay events.  In round 1 of the Major, Maidstone were defeated 3 -2 away, but we lost on bottom board elimination to old rivals Rose Forgrove in round 2.  The rapidplay took place at Magdalen College School, Oxford on Sunday 23 April 2006, but the team did not particularly distinguish itself.

Lightning championship – this took place on 27 September and was won by Terry Whitton.

Club championship (defending champion Steve Gilmour) has been won by Ian Hunnable with the excellent score of 6½ out of 7, half a point ahead of Terry Whitton. The U120 grading prize was won by SId Burns and the U85 grading prize by Fin O’Regan.

Blitz Championship – this took place on 3 January 2006 was was won by Larry Marden

Roy Wagstaff Memorial Match. This is a traditional annual fixture with the Insurance Chess Club which took place at Wanstead House on 18 February 2006 and was won 5 – 3 by Insurance.

Essex knock-out. Two teams were entered in the Summer 2006 competition, but both lost in the first round of the main competition, and neither made progress in the plate either.

Essex team blitz. Two teams were entered in the event all play all event on 15 July 2006.  The first team (Ian Hunnable, Terry Whitton, Nayeem Syed and David Smith) scored 17½/32 and finished 5th (out of 9 teams), and the second (Mark Murrell, Laurie Burtt, Fin O’Regan and Andy Lu) scored 4½ and finished 9th.

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