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Surbiton A team in the Thames Valley Division 1 and Knock-Out Competitions
Season 2013-14 Review

Rather later than I had originally intended, here is my captain's report for the Thames Valley first team for the 2013-2014 season. No excuses really other than the need to spend a little time on my chess (with mixed results sadly)!

Anyway, let's start with the final Thames Valley League 1 table for 2013-2014:-

P

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

U

BD

De

Pts

 

 

 

Richmond A

12

10

0

2

0

26

0

10

 

Ealing A

12

9

1

2

0

24

0

 

Surbiton A

12

7

2

3

0

29

0

8

 

Wimbledon A

12

6

1

5

0

11

0

 

Richmond B

12

3

2

7

0

-35

3

4

 

Kingston A

12

2

2

8

0

-23

4

3

 

Wimbledon B

12

0

2

10

0

-32

0

1

 

We came third for the third season in a row. The 8/12 points gathered this time around compare favourably with last year's 9/14 (Maidenhead A's late withdrawal meant two less matches in Div 1 this season). However that is only part of the story. Looking at our net board score we actually ended up winning more chess games than any other team. When we won, we really rolled over the opposition and got six or more points from a match seven times in the season. When we were at our best we were really flying and were in contention right up until the end, which was very pleasing. Unfortunately in this league you really pay for your errors and our home 3-5 loss against what was, on paper (or gradings at least), not the strongest Richmond A side was a big blow. Right at the death we also lost heavily away to Ealing A (who won all of their home matches) and that finally put paid to any chances we had of winning the league.

So we were very close this time around but Richmond A and Ealing A deservedly finished above us. For whatever reason there have always been a couple of matches in each of the last few seasons where we just cannot raise anything like our strongest side, especially away from home. If we can find a way to cope better with that issue we can give ourselves a genuine chance to win the league for the first time in our 66 year history.

Nevertheless, to more than make up for missing out on the league title, we did win the Thames Valley Knock-Out Cup. I think that was just reward for what was a really good team effort during the season. Overall we scored 67% as a team in all competitions this season compared to a recent historic average of 53-57%. That is real performance progress. I have reported on the great cup victory elsewhere.

Click here for the statistics table

I am not going to drone on too much about individuals this time around as everyone involved in the team played their part and all should be proud. However I do remain especially grateful to the core members of the team who played in the majority of the matches. Namely, Nick Pelling, Ian Henderson, Steven Jones, Koby Kalavannan, Paul Durrant, Angus James, Chris Briscoe and Stef Bruzzi. Without you guys It would not have been possible to run the team.

Paul Shepherd 21 April 2015

Links

2014-2015 Season's review for 4NCL Team

2013-2014 Season's review for Thames Valley 1st Team

2012-2013 Season's review for Surrey Ellam Trophy 2nd Team

2012-2013 Season's review for Thames Valley 1st Team

2011-2012 Season's review for Thames Valley 1st Team

2010-2011 Season's review for Thames Valley 1st Team

Into the Black!
Wimbledon B 1.5-6.5 Surbiton A, Thames Valley Division 1 9 May 2011

Captains' delight!
Richmond A 4-4 Surbiton A, Thames Valley Division 1 14 Apr 2011

Slipping on our own Banana Skins!
Staines 4-2 Surbiton, Thames Valley Knock-out 11 Apr 2011

Perfect Symmetry.
Surbiton A 6-2 Wimbledon A, Thames Valley Division 1 30 Mar 2011

The Origami Game of Doom!
Staines A 1-7 Surbiton A, Thames Valley Division 1 21 Mar 2011

Away Day Blues.
Maidenhead A 5.5-2.5 Surbiton A, Thames Valley Division 1 14 Mar 2011

Where are you?
Surbiton A 8-0 Staines A, Thames Valley Division 1 9 Mar 2011

We're in the Final
Surbiton 7-3 South Norwood, Alexander Cup Semi-Final 3 March 2011

Tragedy at the end.
Wimbledon A 6-2 Surbiton A, Thames Valley Division 1 14 Feb 2011

Staring at the Brake Lights.
Harrow A 4.5-3.5 Surbiton A, Thames Valley Division 1 10 Feb 2011

The Champions are Beaten!
Surbiton A 5-3 Ealing A, Thames Valley Division 1 26 Jan 2011

Richmond wheel in the Big Guns.
Surbiton A 2.5-5.5 Richmond A, Thames Valley Division 1 12 Jan 2011

Thanks be to Mark Hogarth!
Surbiton 5.5-4.5 Wallington, Alexander Cup 17 Nov 2010

Running naked down the street?
Surbiton A 5.5-2.5 Maidenhead A, Thames Valley Division 1 3 Nov 2010

It was written in the Bird Excrement!
Surbiton A 2-6 Harrow A, Thames Valley Division 1 27 Oct 2010

Pushing the Champions close.
Ealing A 4.5-3.5 Surbiton A, Thames Valley Division 1 5 Oct 2010

Beating the Pink Doll Gambit.
Surbiton 5.5-0.5 Richmond, Thames Valley Knock-out 22 Sept 2010

Surbiton Chess Club End of Season Report May 2010

Surbiton Chess Club Newsletter Sept / Oct 2009