May is the month we stop the rot
May proved to be a month of consolidation as we appeared to halt the month-on-month slippage against rivals New York Lovers & Latvia.
We slipped a few points in overall team score but then so did they, which means we remain roughly about as far off them as we were in April – around 200 points.
While we hoped to claw some points back it was at least encouraging to see that the trend of backward movement was stopped, if only briefly.
Time outs continue to be the biggest issue we face and we have had a couple more instances of this although not as damaging as in previous months.
We have a small group of players who have been inactive for a while. A couple of these have been inactive in general on Gameknot, and I have removed these with a message to get back in touch if they get back to online chess playing.
The one that has been worrying me the most has been fisherboy2 who is pretty much our oldest team member at the age of 88.
Ross from Vancouver has been a team member for the past 11 years having joined in the same year as me – 2005. He would be the first to admit he is not the most IT-literate amongst and I have regularly had to help him out over the years.
Despite his age and some health issues, Ross has always been very active in life and a keen golfer. I haven’t been able to bring myself to remove him from the team despite several months of inactivity on Gameknot. I fear the worst but continue to hope for the best.
Anyway, looking at May in more detail we can see some solid performances with a decent number managing to deliver a net gain in points for the team.
Veteran Warrior kudzu – Bill from Newnan, Georgia in the US; along with quid_pro_quo – Caroline from the UK; and oldfossil – Warren from Tennessee all managed a plus four return for the team in the month.
However, ahead of them and so MVP award winner for May was desmondvan – Matt from Victoria in Canada. Matt has some work to do to eat into an overall negative score for the team but he has succeeded in doing so in recent months.
As for June, please focus on avoiding time outs and please take that little bit of extra time before ‘Submitting’ team moves to avoid those silly mistakes. I know I make enough of them and I am working hard to remove that annoying aspect from my game.
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 month of May 2016:
quid_pro_quo; kudzu; oldfossil
spursboy; mysticknight; wanderingwolf; flanders; jeff62; hjemcall; corneliusblisand
sonofander_pict; milotoys; passcode; pantlko; collazos; ngb1066
grogygrmln; vicit; andru2; eduherminio; electriflyer
Active but with zero gain or loss:
chesscommander; tumble_weed; velunia8; vpartsch; thebishop1000; frriedel; hopewell; pioko5; yatsyshin; b_alex81; drenwarrior
No games played:
searcoid; deltawing; rona81; betterthanyou; fisherboy2; geusen
ilpo; naitsirhc12345; solidecho; drivingmad; alessanderthomaz; pinzerl; stuartstaples; sherbert
negames4me; fisherboy46; knightplay; sycv; jurgmay; willybishop; jacamabe
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.