Solid month can act as springboard
We steadied the ship in February following the setback of the early weeks of 2015.
We still lag a little way behind our 5000 target in overall team points but we have stopped the rot and closed the gap a little bit in the process.
In the meantime, however, our nearest rivals New York Lovers and Latvia continue to improve their overall position and are steadily reducing our lead.
Absolute avoidance of time outs and that pause for an extra minute of thought before committing each move should see us regain our previous momentum.
We have shown so often in the past that when we get that momentum going we can move on strongly as a team unit.
A quick analysis of February performances shows some interesting statistics and especially for those at the top of the pile.
As we have stressed in the past, consistency is the key and there are some good examples of solid consistent performance showing through in February.
There are a number of individuals who delivered a positive score in January showing up again in the February figures.
Included among these is eduherminio – Eduardo from Cuéllar in Spain – who came home with a +7 in January to move himself our from an overall negative team score into a positive one.
The great thing is to see Eduardo build on that in February by delivering a further +3 points in net score for the month.
Other notable performances in February included naitsirhc12345 – Christian from the Philippines – who returned plus eight points for the team.
However, ahead of him were two Warriors with a return in the shorter month of February of +9 points. These were thebishop1000 – Jerry from the City of Angels in California - and willybishop – Willy from Ontario, Canada.
Both these performances were notable for different reasons.
Jerry’s +9 performance follows his January MVP winning performance of +12 giving him a total net return across the two months of +19. A fantastic performance and hopefully he can continue this rich vein of form.
And Willy's return resulted in him wiping away his overall net score position for the team to move him into a +5 overall points position for us.
Well done to both and they deservedly share the MVP award for February.
Now the focus switches to March and hopefully we can build on the solid foundation of our February team performance.
So now trying not to leave anyone out, here is the full list of those who returned net positive scores during February:
icefox; mitchle; electriflyer
chesscommander; degrotebozewolf; jeff62; collazos; eduherminio; pioko5
spursboy; sonofander_pict; grogygrmln; irmo29063; takeplay; knightplay; pantlko; agis_p; alessanderthomaz; drenwarrior; yatsyshin
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.
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.