The Leamington League fixtures have now been published for the coming season and can be found here - and very shortly on this website too, once the Webmaster gets around to it!
We kick off the season early in September with two mega-matches. On Monday the 7th, the B and C teams will go head to head at the Abbey Club, in what will be the first internecine Kenilworth war since I joined the club three years ago. This should be an epic encounter, and hopefully we will not see any pusillanimous, short draws. Fight to the death, comrades - to the death!
The A team season commences the day afterwards with an away match at defending champions Olton. We were the only team to lower their colours in the league last year, when we finally got our act together in the second half of the season. Here's hoping for a similar outcome!
The D team will join the action a couple of weeks later, starting with a home derby against Leamington D on September 21.
In the Open KO Cup, we have been drawn at home to Olton on October 5th. What on earth are the League Chairman and the League Secretary doing?! Being "impartial" and "hands off" it would appear!! I don't know; Rangers and Celtic never get drawn against each other in the first round.
The U-700 team have also been handed a tough draw, away to Solihull (October 7th), while the U-120 squad have been drawn away to Stratford II on October 22nd.
Exciting times - after going, so far, 6 days without a competitive chess game I already can't wait to get started again! I'm sure a Match Captain near you will be in touch to check on your availability for the early matches. On which point, please make every effort to attend the Team Formation Meeting at the Abbey Club on Monday August 24th (7.30 pm start). And please bring your £10 subs with you if you haven't paid already!
Good luck to all for the season ahead.