Bacchus: Bishops v Knights 17 Jan will be 6 a side – new league creates ideal opportunities for juniors

Bacchus: Bishops v Knights 17 Jan will be 6 a side – new league creates ideal opportunities for juniors

Poole’s commendable commitment to using Bacchus to give match experience to young players breaks new ground on 17 Jan ’19. Their 2 teams, made up entirely of junior players, meet over an innovative 6 boards. Tarik does an excellent job for junior chess at Lychett Minster, including running the Poole Knights team.  Eric Sachs is responsible for Poole Bishops as well as all his other work for junior chess development, mainly in the Bournemouth area. Other clubs, like Wimborne, also see Bacchus as offering an ideal opportunity for juniors, especially providing first experience of inter club matches using clocks etc.

Eric Sachs, Poole Chairman, adds that the club plan at least one junior team in the local leagues in the immediate seasons. Eric is hopeful this intention will encourage other clubs to think along the same lines.

The Bacchus League was the original idea of Wimborne’s Mike Davidson and Phil Wallace. The concept is to give match experience to players who would not normally get the chance – or might find opponents too strong in the lowest divisions of B&DCL & County – only because of their limited experience to date. The understanding is not to play anyone >100 grade unless agreed in advance. The spirit of the league is that taking part is much more important than the results.

It is in its first season with 4 participating clubs and 5 teams. Clocks must be used and moved recorded. Each player must have at least an hour on his or her clock. Results are recorded on LMS (as below & correct at 7 Jan ’19) and County Grader Phil Wallace sends these off for grading. Although all teams have received an award of £20 to club funds for taking part, there is no trophy as such – the thinking being that taking part is the priority over actual results.

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