12-month review: a year marked by sadness and achievement
A full year has now passed since our last MVP and team analysis report was posted on this site.
It has been a year of some event and one that saw the sad passing of our original team founder and Captain Natalino – aka achilles13. It has also seen the departure of our longstanding teammate and veteran co-Captain Earl – aka earlkarjohn – who is struggling to cope with the advanced stages of Parkinson’s Disease.
Not the best of years in many ways. However, it is always important to focus on the good things as well as the bad and so to mark the anniversary of our last report I have run another full-year analysis on our team performance.
A year ago I reported that our standing in the Gameknot team table against New York Lovers and Latvia was continuing to slide at a disturbing rate. They overtook us to move into top spot around 15 months ago but then a combination of events led to us to slip quickly further behind them.
This time last year we were around 450 points behind with the gap was growing by an average of around 130 per quarter.
We are still in firm second slot but the slightly better news is that we appear to have halted the slide. Today we stand 500 points behind with this representing a slip of just 50 points in one year.
Not the progress we would have liked I suppose but at least the trend of backward slide appears to have stopped. This is despite the fact that New York have continued to gain points and have now gone through the 5,000 mark.
Now that we have stopped that negative momentum let us hope that this is the year we start to eat into that gap a little. We will see.
Time outs have continued to plague us and we have lost one or two players during the year as a result. The deficit caused by these players will not show in the analysis below but it shows in our overall standing.
I have once again included a warts and all report of individual performance, and each figure will tell its own story. You will each know your own tale.
One such story can be found in the player who sits on top of the pile for the past year and this by some distance is robertgold from the US.
Robert was a team member of ours for a number of years until he decided to move away from Gameknot completely for a variety of reasons. This year he decided to come back to online chess and his first step was to apply to rejoin us, which of course he did.
Robert had been a player who was comfortable around the 1800s but as with the way Gameknot works he restarted his stint with us around 1200. This meant that he was in the fortunate position of being able to pick up useful and relatively easy points for the team as he played matches against less rated players while he moved back to his natural rating.
He has continued to gain points since finding his level although naturally not at quite the prolific rate of those early months. The net result is that in his first few months back he has contributed a net gain for the team of 49 points.
This is not the only reason we have to be grateful to Robert. In these first few months he also agreed to step up to the plate and become a co-Captain to help with match-setting for all of you. In effect, he has filled the gap left by the departure of Earl.
Robert’s great year has been shared by a number of other Warriors who have made some excellent gains in overall team score during the year.
These include our veteran five-star team member sonofander_pict – John from Recife in Brazil – who brought in a net gain of plus 18 in the year.
His performance was matched by mortal_coil who team members will probably know better as either Cyrenaics or Takis from Athens. An excellent return of plus 18 also.
Close behind them was sycv – Sidney from Cape Verde – who made a gain during the year of plus 17.
This also turned out to be a better year for me as I increased my own overall position by plus 16 points and improved my rating by 250+ points.
I have to say that much of my own improvement has come about as a result of getting involved with other higher-rated team members in the ongoing Warriors team match against Sixth Sense. This exercise has proved to be an invaluable coaching tool for me and has helped me look afresh at new openings and to find a new way of assessing the board.
I especially want to thank drenwarrior – Dušan from Drenov Grič in Solvenia; yatsyshin – Alexander from St Petersburg in Russia; and hjemcall – Herman from Flanders in Belgium for helping me in this way.
The other team member to reach double figures was vpartsch – Vincent from Florida in the US – who had some setbacks in the year but persevered to register an excellent plus 15 for the team. A true grit performance.
The full analysis player by player is set out below but I will pick out one more - pioko5 aka Piotr from Warsaw in Poland who brought in plus nine to move out of overall negative team score into a positive. As I say, each score has its own tale.
So finally, and hoping that I have missed no-one out, here is the player-by-player analysis of performance over the period of 12 months through to August 2017:
sonofander_pict; mortal_coil (previously cyrenaics)
deltawing; pioko5; jeff62
spursboy; icefox; pantlko;
velunia8; mitchle; drenwarrior; corneliusblisand
ilpo; tumble_weed; degrotebozewolf; jurgmay
flanders; yatsyshin; gamestalker; willybishop
Active in year but with zero gain or loss:
alessanderthomaz; jacamabe; rona81
No games played and inactive in three months:
rona81; pinzerl; knightplay
solidecho; hacker_1; hjemcall;
degrotebozewolf; collazos; sherbert; ngb1066; desmondvan
mysticknight; vicit; rodin; hopewell
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.