Friday, 26 May 2017

Bob Wildig is new President of Rugby Chess Club

This week we had out AGM and also saw Bob Wildig formally stand down as our secretary and then stand up again to become our President. If you have access to the Rugby Advertiser (25th May edition) there is a short article and a big picture about the occasion (page 60). That photo and the one below were taken by Nicola Carrouche.

In the above photo Bob has just awarded the Jonathan Payne Trophy for most committed player in the 2016/17 season to Nalin Kadodwala.

The club presented Bob with wine and a heavily customised card recording memories from his years as secretary (from winning awards, our exhibition in the museum and nights down the Merchants playing chess, through to teaching juniors and Christmas parties).  We hope he will be playing chess and doing less paperwork as our new President in the new season.

Chris Pegler as the new Secretary has taken on the paperwork (look out!), Nalin will continue teaching juniors in Bob's stead, working with Nigel Stanley. Reminder that our next meeting is on Monday, 5th June, and this time there will be more chess and no paperwork!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

A successful season (well done everyone)

With one Leamington League game yet to play we have a bevy of fine results and some silverware for the club. Really an excellent season for all our players, with over 260 games played and a fine way to celebrate our 140th anniversary (the club was reputedly established in 1877).

RUGBY A,  captained by Simon Turner, this season won both the Coventry and District Chess League (CDCL) KO Cup, and also the CDCL Divisional Cup (A).
RUGBY B also did very well, finishing in top place in Division 2 of the CDCL and their Captain, John Hall, also had personal success in the Leamington League. He won the Individual KO contest for under-100 rated players. Patrick, who played for both A and B teams during the season won the Individual KO Open in the Leamington League.

RUGBY C played in both the CDCL Division 3 and in Divisional Cup (B) under Captain Nicola Carrouche. While this team may not have brought home any silverware the players had some very interesting chess moments!

As well as the individual player successes in the LEAMINGTON LEAGUE we also had team success. New Captain Malcolm Harding steered us to the top of Division 4 when we still had four games left to play! This league draws players from across all levels in the club and next season we expect to be promoted to Division 3, which gives our players more games in this league.

Well done everyone.