Since my last report a couple of weeks ago the Barry Chess Club has played a number of matches - I shall now look review each individual division.
In Division 1 the Barry Bosons have been without a match for two weeks. We remain in fourth place however we are not immune from relegation.
We have two games left to play and need 2.5 points to secure our place at the top table. Surely this will not be beyond us!
In Division 2 the Barry Camelots have played two games. We played St Johns’ College returning home with a narrow victory courtesy of wins by Sam Jukes, Stephen Bonutto and Tom Cooke.
We then had a home match against North Cardiff Titans. We surprisingly lost this game by 3-2 with our points coming from wins by Tom Cooke and John Stephenson.
The result was not enough to save the Titans who are now relegated from this division with two matches left to play. In fact the relegation issues have been resolved already and the Camelots know they will be in Division 2 next season.
The Barry Quarks in Division 3 had an excellent 4-1 victory over the Penarth Piers.
The points came from draws on the top two boards from John Stephenson and John Ryles with wins by Sam White, Peter Watkins and John Rees in his debut match in this division.
With two matches remaining we currently sit in fifth position. It is all still to play for as we are only 3-5 points behind the Crowns in third place.
We are also mathematically not secure either although with 41.5 points we would be unfortunate to be relegated.
In division 4 there was not a lot of excitement in our two matches. Both of them ended in 4.5-0.5 defeats.
The only modicum of excitement came when we picked up our final player at Culverhouse Cross on our visit to Cardiff.
Team driver Ray Denyer decided to drive away before Dave Mahoney had squeezed into the back seat. His left foot was trailing along the road. We did stop to let him get in properly eventually!
For the Gambits the season started so brightly but without a win this year we have dropped down to sixth place in the league table and could drop even further unless we can get a result in our final game.
The Barry Chess Club meets at 7.30pm each Monday at the West End Club. St. Nicholas Road, Barry CF62 6QY.
The club is open to players of all standards; whether you are interested in playing competitive chess or just the occasional friendly games.
New players are very welcome to just turn up on the night but if you contact one of the club members through the website we can explain what is happening on the night you have in mind, and arrange for someone to greet you on your arrival.
For more details visit our website at http://barrychessclub.yolasite.com.