June - a sleepy month as focus shifts to match setting
June proved to be a rather sleepy month with no-one really roaring ahead in overall net gain score.
We get these months like this from time to time. and they often come around the Summer for reasons that are not obvious.
We have been working hard to load team members up with games over the past weeks and many thanks as ever to my co-captains for their support in this work.
We had run low on games for the team and certainly there was a lot of effort made in just getting games loaded up following my return from family vacation in mid-June.
One of the arts of match setting is in trying to look for combination of matches that give us a slight edge on paper in the match-up. A match involving three Warriors, for instance, might result in a tough challenge for one of our team but certainly well winnable games for the other two.
It has harder to achieve this balance over the past year to 18 months as other captains are becoming cuter in evaluating the ‘actual’ standard of players rather than placing focus on just current rating they have.
The introduction of the easily visible 90-day average rating has given captains an easy barometer to check on this.
I will admit that my personal key focus on getting back from holiday was more on quantity of games rather than allowing myself time to study the qualitative side of matches. It is possible that this fact is being reflected in the net gain performances showing in June.
Still, there were a number who managed to get ahead of the game and among those were tumble_weed – Rich from Williamsburg in Virginia, USA – with +6 points in the month.
Slightly ahead of him was takeplay – JD Da Costa from Dublin, Nigeria – with +7 points for the team.
However, leading the pack with +8 points in net gain for the team in June was pantlko – Jagdish from New Delhi in India.
Therefore, Jagdish picks up the MVP award for the month. Congratulations to him and all the others who got ahead in the month.
So now trying not to leave anyone out, here is the full list of those who returned net positive scores during June:
ilpo; fernandomartins; pioko5; rodin; desmondvan
vpartsch; grogygrmln; drivingmad; sherbert; agis_p; mitchee04
bobbob78; kudzu; deltawing; earlkarjohn; hacker_1; sycv; knightplay; pinzerl
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.
Steve is another longstanding and valuable member of the captaincy team.
He joined the Warriors in September 2006 and plays under the username sherbert. He lives in New Hampshire in the US.
Jeremy is the third member of the vital co-captaincy team.
He joined the Warriors in February 2009 and plays under the username bobbob78. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.