Bristol in the Four Nations Chess League
If you are interested in playing, please contact David Buckley -
http://www.4ncl.co.uk/1011_d2team_BRI1.htm Bristol (1) Gain
promotion to Division One
Report by Joey Stewart on the 2010 - 2011 Season
After a hard fought season and some determined performances by the team,
Bristol 1 have managed to break back into division 1. Expectations
were high, after winning our group convincingly, to go all the way (even if
we did have a couple of close scraped wins to get there) but the promotion
stages were hard going and the final result
was always up in the air right to the very end. In a most fitting end
to his teams excellent season, it was David Buckley who brought home the
final and crucial point to win us our last match and guarantee our return to
the rightful realm of the top division.
Of course, it would be unfair to say that the rest of the team did not
contribute - Chris Beaumont's ever solid presence secured several vital wins
and draws in close matches. Jack Rudd, as always, provided great
entertainment with his highly original play and scored pretty respectably
overall. David Buckley won more then he lost, and had some very good results
in the final weekend especially. John Curtis played well above his
nominal rating, never really looking to be troubled by any opponent, and
finished with a plus score. David Collier also had some good wins
against higher rated opposition, his game against 3C's in particular was
instrumental to the teams
victory in that instance.
For myself, it was my best 4ncl season to date, with 4 wins and 6 draws
(although some draws were more favourable for me opponents than myself).
Steve Dilleigh had a season he would probably rather forget, although the
positive results he did get were always appreciated. Martin Oliver
surprised his opponents on several occasions by playing well above his
nominal rating, grinding out several good wins and accelerating his rating
towards the 2000 boundary.
Our guest international master Sergi Salov gave the team a positive boost in
the final weekend, scoring 50% against tough opposition, and also Derek Pugh
made a winning contribution in his game for the firsts.
We look forward to re-establishing ourselves in division 1, and showing the
other teams of the united kingdom that the west is best!