This has been a mixed season for the club. It was good to get back to playing over-the-board after 18 months away, but for various reasons there were fewer of us than there were when covid struck, even allowing for the new members that we welcomed.
The first tournament is always in September, a rapidplay jamboree in Bury St Edmunds. Our team of Aarnavh Trivedi, Paul Kemp, Harvey Kelly and Anthony Chan retained the trophy Linton have held for some years now.
In November the East Anglian Team Championships were held, renamed the Patrick Ribbands Team Championships after the Linton member who initiated them in 2009 and who sadly passed away early in 2021. Already the most successful club in the 12 years of these championships we had another terrific year winning the Open tournament outright and sharing first place in the U7200 rating tournament. This gave us a hat-trick of wins in the Open tournaments (the 2020 event being held online). The Open team consisted of Liam Varnam, Paul Kemp, Aarnavh Trivedi and Francis Bowers, and the U7200 team was Paul McMahon, Ruben Evans. Simon Jackson and Anthony Chan.
In the Bury League we found the competition tougher. We were significantly disrupted by covid absences, but battled on without postponements against stronger opposition. Unfortunately our campaign ran out of steam toward the end and two teams (the Leopards in division 1 and the Lynxes in division 2) were relegated. The Lions (division 1) and the Llamas (division 2) both finished in creditable third places, and the Lemurs were second in division 3, having led right until the final match. The coming season gives the club a real opportunity to bounce back.
However we did end the season on a positive note. Having won both divisions of the Roger Goldsmith Tournament (a rating limited competition) when it was last contested in 2019/20 we managed to repeat our success, albeit sharing the division 2 championship with Bury St Edmunds on this occasion.
It is always satisfying to see our younger players improve over the season and this year is no exception. On the new monthly rating system over the period from September to May Abbey Weersing has improved from 1945 to 2041, Ruben Evans from 1788 to 1829, Yoav Pilowsky-Bankirer from 1675 to 1772, Shivum Gordon-Shah from 1540 to 1600 and Benjamin Varea from 1383 to 1500. Well done to all of them.
Finally my thanks to all the captains: Paul McMahon, Oded Pilowsky-Bankirer, Alan Wadsworth, Michael Osborn, Anthony Chan and Rob Davies, and of course to all those members who have played for and supported the club over the past season.