Review of the 2022-23 Season
It was great to be playing "over-the-board" chess for the entire season - due to Covid-19, the last time this could be said was the 2018-19 season.
Steve Levy won both the pre-Christmas and post-Christmas phases of the Homan League, and thus beecame Club Champion without having to go through any kind of playoff. Steve didn't have it all his own way, though - during the season James Schofield, Trevor Hurt and David Archer all denied him a 100% record, and there were several games when Steve looked as if he might draw or even lose until his strong end game play and time management saw himn through to victory.
The final of the Cookworthy Cup was fought between Club newcomer Cathy Black and Steve Levy. When Cathy won the first leg, it looked as if she might win the Cup outright. However it was not to be; Steve won the second leg and under Club rules the trophy was shared between Cathy and Steve.
The trophies were presented at the AGM on 25th May. Many congratulatyions to Cathy and Steve.
Torbay Chess League
The Torbay Chess League ran
- three 4-player Standard Play leagues - Division 1 (no rating limits), Division 2 (under 6800) and Division 3 (under 6400)
- one 4-player Rapid Play league (under 7000)
- one 6-player Knockout competition (under 10,000)
South Hams won Division 1, Division 2 and the Rapid Play leagues, finished second to Plymouth in Division 3, and lost in the first round of the Knockout to eventual winners Newton Abbot. The final league tables can be viweed here. Full details are on the ECF League Management System.
The 2023-24 season will start on Thursday 31st August with a "simul" by Steve Levy, our Club Champion. The following Thursday will be a fun Rapid Play evening, and club competitions will kick off on Thursday 14th September. Enquiries from prospective new members are most welcome.