OW Chess Club Report

We started the season attempting to retain the Martin Cath trophy in the Croydon District Chess League Division 2.

Our first match was away against the new boys in the league Streatham. It was a tough match which we lost 3-1 to the eventual unbeaten league champions.

Following our opening defeat, we regrouped and went unbeaten for the rest of the season. We recorded wins against South Norwood & Lewisham. Drawing matches at Coulsdon, Crystal Palace & West Wickham.

Our season match total points of 3.5/6, was enough to finish a creditable 3rd in the league from 7 teams competing.

During the season we increased our squad from 7 to 9.

We are hoping at the League’s AGM in September that the proposed team grading limit of 625 will be increased to 650. This will make team selection easier.

At our early June end of season curry night the consensus was to re-enter Division 2 next season. This is from September 2019 to May 2020 season.

After 2 years as Captain I have decided to take a break. Matt Hortin has kindly offered to captain the team next season. Matt would like to hear from any OWs currently retired from chess, who might like to play a couple of games next season. Contact matthortin@hotmail.com

Nigel Callow, OW (1983-91)