In a fascinating finish to Division 1 of the Bury Area Chess League, Cambridge Choristers came within a whisker of grabbing the title from leaders Linton A.
Facing Bury St Edmunds Scorpions last night, the Choristers fielded their strongest team, outgrading their opponents on three of the four boards. Choristers needed to win 4½-½ to climb above Linton in the final league table. That score would have placed them level with Linton, with an identical number of wins. But in this league there is a second tie-break based on the results between the two teams during the season. With a draw and a win behind them, Choristers would have triumphed had they won on three boards and drawn on one (remember, in the BACL there’s a bonus point for a team win).
The Scorpions team included Shaun Munson and Ian Wallis, who play for Bury St Edmunds in this league. Linton owe them a drink or two, because Shaun drew (against IM Richard Tozer) and Ian beat Rob McCorry. The other two boards lost, making the final score 3½-1½ to Choristers, a point short of their target.
So, the Bury League Champions for 2012/13 are Linton A.
Left to right: Kevin Clark (191), David Coleman (202), Paul Kemp (188) and Norman Hutchinson (186).