The season is drawing to a close in the Bury Area Chess League, where Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket clubs both play. The league championship, promotions and relegations are slowly being settled. Here is the current situation:
Cambridge Examiners are the new League Champions. Bury St Edmunds Scorpions (consisting of Ipswich players Graham Moore, Steve Gregory, Ian Walis, Tim Lunn and Silas Peck) have come third, just a point behind second-placed Linton A.
At the other end of the table, it’s going to be a close-run thing with three teams battling to avoid relegation. Bury St Edmunds Scarabs and Ely Beet Bishops have one match each remaining, whilst Bury St Edmunds Cobras have two matches to play. The final match on 23 April is between Cobras and Ely, when the fate of one of those teams could well be decided.
Cambridge Oddfellows need two points from their final match to be certain of promotion. Mathematically it’s still possible for them to be overtaken by Linton Blacks. Bury St Edmunds Vipers and Newmarket Stallions have to play each other twice in the next few weeks (their first match in December was postponed). Two drawn matches will see Vipers survive, as they are currently just half a point ahead.
Promoted are Bury St Edmunds F, whilst Linton Whites are in last place. Stowmarket are secure in second place, their ‘ideal’ result, as they do not feel they have a strong enough squad to play in Division 2. This is the only division to have completed all its matches already.