First off, a few tournament results:
Mike Meadows (Downend) won the Downend Summer Rapid tournament with a great last night to pull ahead of clubmate Oli Stubbs and David Painter-Kooiman – congratulations! A thorough – totally unbiased – report is on Downend’s site.
The Steve Boniface Memorial was missing GM Arkell, and the heavy favourite IM Alan Merry could not repeat his Spring victory – instead Graham Moore won it with a perfect 5/5! Tim Woodward took another victory in the major, and Jonathon Gould scooped the minor.
2018/19 season predictions
It’s scary to think its almost 2019 – so let’s have a quick review of our predictions from last year:
Division 1: Clifton A – WRONG (Actual winners: Horfield A – our ‘Dark Horses’ pick)
Division 2: South Bristol B – WRONG (Actual winners: Clevedon B)
Division 3: Yate A – WRONG (Actual winners: Keynsham – our ‘runners-up’ pick)
Division 4: Downend F – WRONG (Actual winners: North Bristol B – our ‘runners-up’ pick)
So, let’s try to beat that score shall we? Here are all the competitors:
Champions: Horfield A
We are going for a successful defence of the title for Horfield (again, totally unbiased). They have lost star player Aaron Guthrie, but they remain strong and are hungry for more.
Dark Horses: Bath A
Bath are always knocking around the top of the table and it is tough to play them away – can they step up this year?
Champions: Clevedon B
A great season last time around for the club and a strong junior presence – surely they’ll be ruffling a few feathers.
Dark Horses: North Bristol A
Can they consolidate their squad and put out a regular mean team? We think maybe!
Champions: Cabot A
With Yate A and Keynsham A stepping up, division 3 is surely wide open – come on the Cabot!
Dark Horses: South Bristol B
The strength of the team is unknown as yet but South Bristol have always been able to produce strength in depth.
Champions: Clevedon C
I’m running with the confidence theory with all those fresh trophies in the cabinet.
Dark Horses: Congresbury
Welcome back to the league! An unknown quantity this season so certainly worth a punt.
Well let’s see if I can do better than Jon with 8 predictions rather than 12. Right, season begins tomorrow – time for some preparation!
Mike is co-editor of BCT and plays regular league and tournament chess