With the 2022
summer league now completed, congratulations go to:
winners SASCA A 16 pts, runners-up Chesterfield A 13 pts.
winners Worksop 17 pts, runners-up University A 15 pts.
winners Ecclesall B 16 pts, runners-up Chesterfield B 14 pts.
University B 17 pts, runners-up Ecclesall C 13 pts.
In division 1 SASCA
A’s strong flexible squad had the title sewn up with a match or two to
spare, finishing three points clear of Chesterfield A. In division 2
University A were the early front runners, but they were pipped by Worksop.
Barnsley for a number of reasons were weaker than expected and failed to
gain a match point, but I hope they at least enjoyed the competition. With
hindsight I feel I should have placed them in the third division, but I’m
not sure that their replacement would have performed any better. The
division 3 title race was a close affair. Ecclesall slipped up on a couple
of occasions but critically beat their nearest rivals, Chesterfield B, in
both meetings. University B were comfortable winners of division 4,
finishing four points clear of Ecclesall C. The University had a large
better than expected squad that might have been more suited to the third
division, but it could have been problematic for whichever club took their
In conclusion, I
think the summer league has been a great success. There were 120 matches
played over 579 boards. I never expected we would have four divisions of
six teams and I never expected we would have so many new players taking up
over the board chess. What is also encouraging is that although these new
players are not exactly in their teens, they have certainly lowered the
average age of those playing in the S&DCA league.
Finally, I would
like to thank all those that took part but especially the captains that
entered their results – reducing my workload – and especially Geoff Brown
and Steve Mann for their work on new players, registrations and general