Warriors hit a new wall in fightback for Gameknot top spot
Our team efforts to claw back our position against rivals New York Lovers and Latvia hit another wall over the past three months.
We attempted a slightly different approach over this past quarter by trying to be a little more careful about the matches we set up for team members.
In the past, we have aimed to keep the number of active games being played at a maximum by keeping players topped up as close to their maximum. During this past period, however, we cut that back a little and in the process took more care over the quality of games we have set.
It has not worked. At the end of January New York were 48 points ahead of us but in the intervening period they have added a further 52 points to their overall score.
In comparison, we have collectively fallen back by 61 points as a team during these three months leaving New York now 161 points ahead.
Our overall points total at the start of this month stood at 4,740, which is around 200 points below the position we were in at the same point last year.
We have had periods in the past where we have produced sustained forward momentum in terms of overall team points gained. We will need to recapture this if we are to stand a chance of regaining our previous top spot.
As with the previous couple of reports, I have included the full list of individual performances during the past three-month period to include both overall gains and losses.
You will see some tremendous results within this set as well as some disappointing ones. We have had one notable time-out hit from the most unusual of sources given that it involved one of our most reliable veterans within the team. He is already working hard to recapture some of those points and will strive to do so over the next couple of months.
Unfortunately, I have noticed another time-out hit this week which will not have helped our cause.
I know it is an obvious point but it is vital that we each take that extra care to avoid the damage of such needless points loss. Timeouts do so much to undermine everything we do collectively.
Picking out a couple of highlights from the past quarter shows three players who have done remarkably well during that period.
April in particular was a spectacular month for frriedel – Franz from San Francisco – who gained 13 points in that month to give him a three-month aggregate score of plus 10 points.
Slightly ahead of him was another player who has been performing well over a sustained period and that is collazos – German from Bogota in Colombia.
However, our star performer for the past three months was one of our longest serving team members mysticknight – Cliff from California in the US. He finished the three months with a total score of plus 14 and is thus our new MVP award winner.
I happen to know that Cliff has been battling some significant health issues over the past year and for a period he had to rein back hard on his games. It is brilliant to see him back fully engaged for the team and doing so well. Long may that continue.
So now trying not to leave anyone out, here is the full list showing the net gains and losses for all players spanning the full three-month period of February through to April 2016:
ilpo; alessanderthomaz; sycv
vicit; knightplay; yatsyshin; b_alex81; willybishop; ngb1066
chesscommander; cyrenaics; jeff62; pioko5; rodin; corneliusblisand; desmondvan
tumble_weed; takeplay; fisherboy46; pinzerl; drenwarrior; jurgmay;
Active but with zero gain or loss:
No games played:
velunia8; searcoid; deltawing; rona81; betterthanyou; fisherboy2
naitsirhc12345; icefox; sonofander_pict; milotoys
quid_pro_quo; hacker_1; stuartstaples; hjemcall; jacamabe
degrotebozewolf; thebishop1000; pantlko;
spursboy; negames4me; grogygrmln; andru2; gamestalker; oldfossil
mitchle; passcode; hopewell; electriflyer;
Onwards and upwards as ever
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Our Captain Andy
Andy has been Captain of The Fighting Warriors team since August 2009.
Andy joined the Warriors in October 2005 and has played throughout this time under the Gameknot username wanderingwolf. He was a co-Captain before stepping up to the Captaincy following team election.
Andy lives in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk in the UK.
Earl is a former Captain of the Fighting Warriors and has rarely not formed part of the captaincy team.
He joined the team in August 2006 and plays under the username earlkarjohn. He lives in Hook, Hampshire in the UK.