The inaugural Summer Chess League held at our venue ended with the East London Knights crowned champions after both Battersea teams came up just short.
The Amps lost 2.5-3.5 to Streatham & Brixton’s Streatwise team while the Volts were held to a 3-3 draw by by the league’s whipping boys, Totally Hammered.
It meant the Volts were pipped at the post by one point and a better games won total by the Knights.
The Amps, who had also been in the title hunt going into the final round, finished 4th with a identical record to third-placed Streatwise but behind them after losing the head-to-head match.
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Battersea’s point scorers on the night were Alan Palmer and Ben Franklin for the Amps and Motiejus Gudenas and Edwin Magombe for the Volts.
But there were loses for the stalwarts Ali Hill and Steve Barry while newboys Gregg Hutchence and Rayan Balluz also faltered.
All the games are available to view move-by-move here.
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In the end the East London Knights, representing the British Bangla Chess Association, were worthy winners and deserved the crown.
And Battersea may be seeing a lot more of them in the coming years as the BBCA has entered a team in this year’s London Chess League, starting out in division 4.