The fightback for top spot is underway after sticky start
January marked the first month of our attempted fightback to regain top spot in overall team score on Gameknot.
In the end we had something of a rollercoaster month in which we lost more ground only to mount a spirited clawback in the final two weeks.
The gap between the Warriors and our rivals New York Lovers and Latvia grew to 63 points at one point. However, by the end of the month we closed that to 48 points.
In truth, both teams moved backwards in overall team score but the New York reverse was far greater than ours. We finished the month with six fewer overall points than we began it.
I have been studying our opponents a little more and I suspect the abrupt backward step they suffered was caused by one of their number suffering a batch of timeouts.
Thankfully this was something we managed to avoid collectively, and this can often make the difference between a good month and a bad one.
New York have just 26 team members with only around half of them being active in terms of team games.
They have one or two prolific point scorers and chief among these is their Captain manhattan who has contributed more than 1560 plus points to the team. He is ably supported in scoring by his co-Captain tetis who has 840 plus points.
In contrast, we have 64 team members with all but four of us with active team matches on the go.
Overall we as a team currently have more than 200 team matches on the go collectively. This compares to the 48 being played by New York Lovers.
If we were to concentrate collectively as a team then this should be an advantage in that it could offer us opportunity to close the gap quicker.
Extra care in team match moves, a pause for closer study before submitting a play, good use of the analysis tool - all these things should help us maximize our position.
Time will tell but the goal is one that is achievable with the right approach and effort.
As for January, we had a good spread of decent performances with the highest return being a plus six and the biggest reverse a minus seven score.
As I mentioned last month, from now on I will be showing the monthly performances for all team members and will be sharing everyone’s performance.
Registering a reverse in a single month should not be seen as a badge of shame as it happens to us all at times. It is important to stress this.
I am hoping, though, that it might act as additional incentive for all players if the overall picture is on display. At very least, it will flag up any significant timeout infringements and thankfully there were none this month.
The scores are laid out here and you see from this that the highest scorer and MVP for January is ngb1066 – Neil from Hastings in South East England. Congratulations to him and to all those who gained plus scores during the month.
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 period of January 2016:
ilpo; mitchle;; eduherminio; oldfossil
chesscommander; grogygrmln; pantlko
spursboy; vpartsch; solidecho; fisherboy46; electriflyer; rona81; hjemcall
sonofander_pict; kudzu; hopewell; alessanderthomaz; collazos; rodin; gamestalker; earlkarjohn
Active but with zero gain or loss:
velunia8; wanderingwolf; icefox; drivingmad; jeff62; knightplay; pioko5; pinzerl; drenwarrior; jacamabe
No games played:
searcoid; deltawing; betterthanyou; fisherboy2
naitsirhc12345; degrotebozewolf; mysticknight; negames4me; vicit; frriedel; hacker_1; sycv; geusen
tumble_weed; quid_pro_quo; flanders; yatsyshin
milotoys; cyrenaics; passcode; andru2; sherbert
takeplay; vj84529; b_alex81; desmondvan
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.