Yorkshire Post Article 2 – YCA League 2015/16 Round 2

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This is an extended version of the column published in The Yorkshire Post on 24th October 2015

Yorkshire League Review

Woodhouse Cup

Over the last few seasons, the three main competitors for the Woodhouse Cup title have been Sheffield A (defending champions), Bradford A (2014 champions) and York RI A (2010-2013 champions). Sheffield have got off to a perfect two wins out of two with comfortable wins over Bradford Central and Rose Forgrove A. Joining Sheffield on maximum points are Alwoodley A, a newly-promoted team from the IM Brown.

However, the talking point of the second round of fixtures was Bradford A hosting York RI A. Neither side was at full strength but were evenly-matched on paper. The match itself was close and hard fought on nearly all boards, but didn’t feel so tense as York reached 4-1 quite early. Bradford needed to win the last three to draw, and won the games on boards 1 and 8 but Detlef Plump played a sound positional game to seal things for York as they won 5-3.

This moved York RI A up to equal second as a result while Bradford A at least have the small consolation of placing fourth by virtue of having the best game point count of the teams on two points. Bradford A can still win the league but victory against Sheffield A in April becomes all the more crucial. Martin Carpenter has annotated his very interesting game with Ihor Lewyk that can be seen in the game viewer below.

At the other end of the table, York RI B and Bradford Central currently occupy the relegation spots after losing their first two matches, but there is plenty of time for them to recover.

League Table
Match Reports

IM Brown

The second division of the Yorkshire league is typically very hard to predict. The first round got off to what can be described as a violent start with six decisive matches including two 8-0 whitewashes and a 7.5-0.5 victory. The second round was much more competitive, with the match of the season being the exciting tussle between York RI C and Wakefield A.

Wakefield took a 3-2 lead (which included a minor piece of controversy) and it remained this way until the last few minutes of the maximum four hours for the match to be decided. Chris Bak performed an amazing turnaround from a losing position into a checkmate to tie the scores at 3-3. Aaron Barker also performed miracles to hold a draw which allowed his team-mate Barry Marshall to score a decisive victory with York RI C winning 4.5-3.5. See the detailed match reports for more information on this match.

Four teams are on a maximum four points from two matches: York RI C, Calderdale B, Sheffield B and Rose Forgrove B. In a remarkably symmetrical division with no drawn matches, four teams are on two points and four teams are on zero points but with nine fixtures remaining, there is a lot still to play for.

League Table
Match Reports

Silver Rook

The third division only contains seven teams so they will play each other twice over the course of the season. Five teams are currently top of the table with two points; West Leeds and Bradford C have played two matches while Leeds CCCC B, Sheffield D and Wakefield B have won their only match.

League Table
Detailed Match Reports

The next column will appear in The Yorkshire Post on Saturday 31st October


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