Highcliffe A are the new Bournemouth & District Chess League Division 2 champions after an excellent run which saw us win our last 6 matches in a row and finish top of the table by a clear margin of 2 points! We also compiled the highest number of individual board points of any of the teams in the 5 divisions, a superb achievement!
Our team, with the Division 2 trophy board. Left to right are Ken Smith, Rob Halse (captain), Richard Ursell and Christian Westrap.
Everyone in the team played well in what was a memorable season but, in terms of scores, a special mention must be made to Ken, who scored the highest score if anyone in the division across all the teams and Rob who made the joint highest score and captained the team admirably! Both players scored a whopping 8/10, with Ken winning the division’s individual trophy, on tiebreak, by virtue of playing on a higher board!
In the run in to the season we beat all the other teams in the division, Wimborne A, Ringwood A, Bournemouth A, Bournemouth B and New Milton. Bournemouth even fielded an International Master against us, twice, but we still won the matches! Congratulations all round and best of luck for next year in Division 1!