After a shaky start to the season with a home defeat 2-4 against Ecclesall and 3-3 draw away to Hillsborough the season has got considerably better with us winning our next 4 games in convincing style with a 4-2 win being our worst result. Our next 3 matches were all at home where we beat Aughton 4.5-1.5, Chesterfield 5-1, & University 5.5-0.5. Our last game of 2019 saw us travel to Woodseats which should have been a tough match but we were victorious by 4-2 a fantastic result. So with 6 played & 8 to go we sit top of the table on 9 points, a 1 point lead over Woodseats & Chesterfield chasing us on 8 points each, (same games played as us) and winning the league is very much in our own hands, win all our remaining 8 games & we are champions I would even say winning 7 of our 8 would give us a great chance of winning the league. Thanks to all who have played for me so far this season your support as always is greatly appreciated. Lets get the job done in the second half of the season & romp away with the title like the champions we are and make it Nomads Champions of Divisions 1 & 2 as it looks like the A team are in total control of their division winning 5 out of 5 great work so far Chris keep it going.
Firstly I want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who played for me this season. The help & support I received from everyone was fantastic & very much appreciated. Players agreeing to play weeks in advance of the next match made my job so much easier to organise teams.
Looking at the season overall, I think everyone should be very proud of what we achieved. When you consider what things were looking like last summer no Captain, losing players & so much uncertainty within the Club this has been a remarkable turnaround. To finish 2nd when we thought just surviving in the Division would be great is an amazing achievement. I think the team spirit we had this year was remarkable & every player played their part in one way or another. I would especially like to thank the players (mainly Pete & Steve) I asked to be 1st or 2nd reserve for matches in case first choice players couldn’t make it, that allowed me to field our strongest team possible at all times. We only used 13 players in the season & 8 players played 8 or more games which gave us a very consistent team throughout the season, which is the main reason we did so well.
To lose only 1 game to the eventual League winners Ecclesall is not bad, but I strongly believe we had every chance to beat them in our home match instead of drawing & we should have won both the games we drew which would have seen us win the League. That in mind, the season ahead should be a very positive one.
Would like to say congratulations & well done to Vasilis who in his first season with was our most valuable player (MVP) He only lost 1 game in the 9 he played winning the other 8 giving him a 89% win rate. A fantastic achievement.
I would like to thank Ian for being the only player to have played in every game this season & Jon,Chris, John, Stuart & Nick who all played 10 or more games.
Below are the final league table & player stats.
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|Nelson, Jonathan P
|Shephard, Chris CW
|Fletcher, John T
|Milson, Samuel A
Our 4th game of the season saw us travel to University. Where we continued our unbeaten run with a fine win 5.5 – 2.5. Wins for Chris, John, Pete & Duncan and draws for Jon, Stuart & Nick secured the points. This puts us 3rd in the league with 6 points out of 8. with 2 wins & 2 draws. Onto next week where we go to Ecclesall who are also unbeaten but have won all their 4 games.
We move onto our 3rd game of the season (our 1st at home) where we welcomed Woodseats to the Trades & Labour Club. We won the toss & Jon chose to play black on odd boards. After a shaky start we managed to get the edge in the match & it looked like we were heading for a win. But in the end the match ended in a 4-4 draw. Wins for Chris, Vasilis (in his first game for the club) & Pete who has a 100% record so far with 3 wins from 3 games played. Jon & Duncan both drew. Still unbeaten after 3 games a great achievement with a win & 2 draws (4 points from 6). we next play on Wednesday 21st Nov away to University lets keep our unbeaten run going.
Our second match of the season saw us travel to Darnall for what was going to be a tough match, and tough it was. The match ended all square 4-4. Wins for Stuart, Pete & Steve & draws for Chris & Nick secured us a share of the points. Unbeaten in our first 2 games is a fantastic achievement with 3 out of 4 points. On to next week where we have our first home of the season against Woodseats.
Eventually the A team gets its campaign underway with a trip to Hillsborough, and what a fantastic result for us winning 5-3. Wins for Jon, Chris (by default) John & Pete and draws for Nick & Steve gave us the points to secure a well deserved victory. Thanks to everyone who played tonight, what a great way to start the season. On to next match away to Darnell next Monday 5th Nov.
Disappointed that only Robert & Myself bothered to turn up to Phil Fords Memorial Tournament tonight. Don’t know why nobody else turned up to what normally is a well attended evening in the Clubs calendar. So far the Summer events we planned at our AGM have mostly been poorly attended which I find very sad indeed. Hope the few events we have planned in September are better attended. Cheers Lez
8 players turned up for our second Club League night. In Division 1 Henry kept up his winning start with a win over Nick, while in Division 2 Eric remained unbeaten with a win over Rob. Steve & Lez played out a draw. Only one match in Division 3 with Lucas playing his first game winning against Gordon. Thanks to all for playing tonight the next Club League night is on Sept 19th, hope to see everyone there.
A good turnout for the first night matches in the Club League. We had 11 out of the 15 entered turn up giving us 5 games. one in Division 1 & two each in Divisions 2 & 3. Winners on the night were Geoff in Div 1. Eric in Div 2 & Reggie & Sam in Div 3. Steve & Keith drew in Div 2. All results have been entered on to the tables. Looking forward to our second Club League night on August 15th.
The Club League will be starting on Tuesday 11th July at Trades & Labour Club 7.45-8pm. The plan is to have have 2 more nights during the Summer season on the 15th August & 19th September, to kickstart the competition before the league starts in October. Depending on amount of players taking part, we will be making Divisions of between 4-6 players where there will be an all play all, playing each player twice one as white, other black. So each player will be playing a minimum of 6 games & a maximum of 10 in the year. The games will played over the normal League time control. Players can contact their opponent anytime throughout the year to arrange to play their games. I will be giving each player a list of the players in their Division with their phone number & email address on & which of these would be their prefered method of contact. There will be constant updates on the Nomads website of results & new League positions as results are sent through to me. We have had a great response so far with 8 players interested in playing, they are
I would really appreciate everyone getting in touch whether they want to play or not by the 30th June so we can get things finalised & ready to start on 11th July. You can do this by either email,phone or text my number is 07888745616. If all players can play on the 3 nights planned during the summer I would envisage players having to play on average 1 game every 5-8 weeks during the League from October – June, which should not interfere with players League games. We will during the course of the season set aside nights when there is no League or cup chess to play matches in our Club League. Thanks to everyone who has responded so far & look forward to everyone else replying A.S.A.P please. If you have any questions or want anymore information please don’t hesitate to ask.