The New Season

posted Aug 6, 2016, 6:30 AM by Phil Morgan
The football season starts today, about a month before chess resumes. Each new season brings out new hopes or expectations. In football will this be the year that our club . be it Mansfield, Chesterfield, Derby, Leeds or Tottenham, breaks through?. I've nailed my colours to the mast, and backed Leeds United to be promoted at 11-1.The chances of this occurring depend on our President not discarding his managers like suits. 

Ashfield will be fielding 4 teams in the Notts League. We managed to keep 2 teams up in Division 1 last season, despite 3 of the club's stronger players having very limited playing availability. Any increase in these players' availability will boost our teams' prospects. Ashfield 2  start the season as strong relegation favourite. I'll be very happy to match our tally of 6 points last season.

Ashfield 3 have lost David Woodhouse. We wish him well with his new club, Belper. We are always looking to increase our playing squads. If you're new to the area,  and interested in playing for a club, we'd be pleased to hear from you.

My personal chess hopes rest on Pensioner Power. I've noticed a few players appear to have improved following retirement from work. The down side of this is that I can no longer use Workplace Fatigue or Stress as excuses for poor results .

A rule change has scrapped time controls and it will be fascinating to see the impact of this. Players could in the past  experience 2 separate time scrambles i.e. to reach the time control and to conclude the game. How will the players who get into time difficulties manage this changes? Alan Robinson's games could be very entertaining and nerve-racking.  

There will a club Rapidplay event on Sunday, 18th September. If you are interested in playing in this, please contact the Club Secretary..