National Club 2015/16

Sutton Coldfield were the only team to enter the Open; though they did get some chess playing as an additional entry in the Major Competition.

In its third year as a weekend Swiss event it was for the second year held at the Holiday Inn at Birmingham International on the 9th and 10th April. 17 Chess Clubs participated (2 up on last year) though the number of teams remained constant at 24.  Each club is permitted to register 6 players per team and for any team in any round field any 4 of their registered players, provided they meet the average grade requirements for the section entered.  GLCC entered the most teams, one in each of the 3 average grade sections.  Just 5 clubs entered more than one team.

WWCC entered two teams dictated by the grades of the players available: the Major (175 or less) and the Minor (125 or less) and with a squad restricted to just 8 members, there was no chance for skipper/manager David Smith to shuffle the teams, as had been done to good effect the previous year when the plate competition in the Major was won.

David Spearman, Ian Reynolds, Philip Staniland and Mark Murrell played in the Major (Ave 170.8) and as a team were undefeated in the competition, losing out to winners GLCC on tie-break.  Played 4, won 2, drew 2 with only 2 individual loses recorded for the entire event.  The Jamboree pairings (3 teams playing together as there were an odd number of entries) made it difficult to follow who was doing what and what was needed.

David Smith, Peter Nickals. Paul Haddock and Nigel White played in the Minor (Ave 121.3) with mixed fortunes, finishing third (on tie break). Played 4, won 2, drew 1 and lost 1.  Paul Haddock put in another fine individual performance in this competition conceding just a single draw and was matched by Peter Nickals.

The players were however now without support with 3 better halves in attendance throughout the weekend making it another enjoyable social event around the chess, including a group dinner on the Saturday night.

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