WMA SPRING 2021

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matchstick-1MATCH DETAILS matchstick-1

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is west-midlands.jpg WMA SPRING LEAGUE 2021: Division 1

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MATCHSTICK 2 Hereford 2 – 6 Longbridge – played Thursday March 25th 2021

Hi to a new season. It was a positive start with a 6-2 win for Longbridge. Thanks to excellent performances from Robert Stern, Edward Small and Marcus Walsh, and the only blip coming on Board 1 where Kevin Hurney faced yet another tough opponent but showed his class in returning a win in the second encounter. Longbridge leaped onto 5 match points to kick off the campaign. 

MATCHSTICK 2 Longbridge 5 – 3 Redditch – played Thursday April 1st 2021

Redditch were without their Grandmaster but had drafted in another highly ranked player to compensate. Nonetheless, the quality of Longbridge was telling. Kevin Hurney with 1½ from his 2 games, coupled with 2 wins for Marcus Walsh, looks to have been the deciding factor; while Robert Stern and Edward Small did just enough to secure the 5 match points. With the maximum 10 points on the board from the first two matches, Longbridge are three results from claiming the title. Solihull may have other ideas.   

MATCHSTICK 2 Worcester 3½ – 4½ Longbridge – played Thursday April 8th 2021

Longbridge may have blown our chance of finishing in top spot. It was a strange night with Kevin Hurney bearing the brunt of two losses to a much weaker player, yet errors also cost teammate Marcus Walsh who fared marginally better by finding a ½ point against a player that should never have got a look-in. Robert Stern and Edward Small with two wins each saved the day, and in doing so, secured 4 match points. Nonetheless, Solihull, with 15 points, leaped a point ahead of Longbridge, just in time for the crunch match next week. 

matchstick-1 Longbridge v Solihull – to be played Thursday April 15th 2021

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matchstick-1 Warwick University v Longbridge – to be played Thursday April 22nd 2021

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This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is west-midlands.jpg WMA SPRING LEAGUE 2021: Division 2

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MATCHSTICK 2 Kidderminster 4 – 4 Longbridge – played Thursday March 25th 2021

Kidderminster had provided highly rated opposition. Steve Shaw again found life on Board 1 almost impossible but battled gallantly without reward. Haroon Symonds on Board 2 justified his inclusion with two excellent wins, and both Ian Ellis and Matthew Rowe responded to losses with wins in their second games. All-in-all, an exciting night of chess which netted 2 match points to begin the Spring campaign. 

MATCHSTICK 2 Longbridge 2½ – 5½ Mutual Circle – played Thursday April 1st 2021

Reality struck as Mutual laid waste to my team selection. The highlight for me was provided by Ian Ellis who finally nailed his second win of the night; his labouring Queen and King overcoming a King dodging in and out of two awkward Black Knights on an otherwise empty board. Haroon Symonds managed a ½ point. Matthew Rowe and Ian Truscott played two terrible losses each. I shall reserve judgement in wondering whose brain to upgrade for the clash with table toppers, South Birmingham! I’ll start with my own.  

MATCHSTICK 2 South Birmingham 6 – 2 Longbridge – played Thursday April 8th 2021

SB with the exceptional Dicen sisters, destroyed Longbridge to maintain their quest for promotion. Haroon Symonds threw away victory in his first game but bounced back to record a win against Imogen. Steve Shaw accepted a draw in a winning position against Elis. It looked a dead cert draw to everyone but the Stockfish Engine! Ian Ellis found our only other draw, while Richard Collett added to a growing list of woeful displays. Hardly surprising when facing much tougher opposition week-in and week-out; which leaves us languishing near the foot of the table.  

matchstick-1 Longbridge v Stourbridge – to be played Thursday April 15th 2021

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matchstick-1 Worcester v Longbridge – to be played Thursday April 22nd 2021

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matchstick-1 Longbridge v Isle of White – to be played Thursday April 29th 2021

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matchstick-1 Longbridge v Solihull – to be played Thursday May 6th 2021

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