Double defeat for Barry chess club | News | The Bridgend and …

Friday, 9 February 2018

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A more normal week for the Barry Chess Club as just two of our teams were in action – unfortunately, yet again both teams lost.

In Division 1 the Barry Bosons met the North Cardiff Woodpushers.

The Woodpushers have the same group of players as last season but they are showing a level of consistency that looks likely to give them their first title.

In the reverse fixture we lost 5-0 so we could not do any worse. This time four of the matches were drawn with Pete Heaven deciding the match in the Woodpushers favour with the only win of the night.

The Bosons remain in sixth place on 29 points from 12 games. However with Bridgend winning two matches in succession and the North Cardiff Cheetahs also winning, the race to avoid relegation is hotting up.

The bottom four clubs are separated by only 0.5 points. The Bosons are 5.5 points above the battle with a better tie break score.

With the exception of the Woodpushers all the top teams are dropping points which conversely means the target to avoid the drop could be higher than the normal 40 point target.

The Bosons need to get a good result soon to stop us looking over our shoulders.

For the Quarks it was a different matter. Playing against the Cardiff AJ’s was never going to be an easy match for us.

Our team contained two players who have just returned to playing competitive chess for a long break so it was a useful if chastening experience for them.

Scott Turner, playing his first game for Barry, and team captain Martin Ricketts both earned draws meaning we lost 4-1.

After 10 matches the Quarks have 15 points and are 5.5 points from safety. This margin will increase should Penarth pick up points in their two games in hand.

With only nine teams in this division the target to avoid relegation will be less than the usual 40 points but to stay in this division we probably need to win at least four of our remaining six matches, a very unlikely scenario as we have only two victories to our name so far.

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

Phil Jones

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