Table Topping Treble
The last time three teams from the same club won three divisions was in the 1986-87 season when West Bridgford 1, 2 & 4 won divisions 1, 2 & 4 respectively. Currently Gambit X, 3 & 4 lead divisions 2, 3 & 4.
Gambit 3 have won all 7 matches so far this season and are 3 points clear with a match in hand over 2nd placed University 2. Keith has won all his 7 games and everyone else except Gary has winning records. All 5 have played in every match this season. There is a note of caution though. Four of the matches have been won 3-2 so they will have to remain focused in the 2nd half of the season to maintain their place at the top of the division.
Gambit 4’s passage has not been as plain sailing as Gambit 3’s. Although they won their 1st match (against Newark 3) on the night, captain Derek had played Peter G-M above Richard Edwards thinking Peter was 127 and Richard 145 when Peter was actually 125 and Richard 147. The match result changed from a 3-2 win to a 2-3 loss.
They recovered well though, with a 5-0 thrashing of Central 2, and have won their other 4 matches to lead division 4 by a point with a game in hand over WN3 and are two points above Newark 3 who have also played just 6 matches. Maggie has won 4 and drawn 1 of her five games and both Mick and Peter remain unbeaten, with Derek having lost just one game. As with Gambit 3, there is a note of caution. Their wins, in order, were 5-0, 4-1, 3.5 – 1.5, 3-2 & 3-2, so their winning margin has narrowed as the season has progressed. With 8 matches left, they still have a lot of work to do to maintain their lead.
The surprise package is Gambit X which was cobbled together at the start of October to fill the gap in division 2 left by the withdrawal of University 1. Almost immediately after the team was entered, they lost the services of John Tassi, who is gradually recovering from illness, so, just like Gambit 4, there have only been 4 regular players.
After drawing with Nomads 1 they beat LE 5-0 and have won the other 4 matches to lead division 2 by 3 points more than Nomads 1 with a game in hand, and are 4 points above Ashfield 2 having played one more match. Drag has won all 6 of his games and Steve has won 4 and drawn 2. Florian has a 3-0-1 record.
Graham has yet to record his 1st win. His game against Alan Robinson in the Ashfield 2 v Gambit X match is currently a matter of dispute and is with the LMC. The issue involves a faulty clock, interference by a spectator (Ashfield 2’s captain), what happened afterwards (and what could or should have happened), the impact on the game (an almost certain win on time became a loss over the board), and clarification both about the laws of chess and whether a captain can dispute a result after signing off the match result when he later becomes aware of the interference.