Lincoln have finished third in the Lincolnshire Chess Association 1st division.
The city finished behind both Louth and Grimsby, with Louth winning the division.
Peter Sherlock, Lincoln captain, admits that players moving away has cost the team.
“5 years ago we used to beat everybody,” he said, “but all the best players moved away.”
Louth have been the surprise package of the season. Having sat bottom of the table last term, they now have won the division.
“Grimsby have the biggest population to draw from,” said Peter, “and Louth have a couple of good players who were at university.”
Life as a captain involves a variety of tasks for Peter, as well as adding to his role as a player.
He arranges player availability, contacts the opposing captain, arranges fixtures at the start of the season and attends the fixture meeting at the Annual General Meeting in September.
A 130 ranked player, Peter has been in the game for more than 20 years, and has represented the city and the county at championships.
Dave Bull, secretary of Lincoln Chess Club, said that Peter was the bedrock of the club.
“Pete knows everything,” he said, “He’s the chairman and treasurer of the club.”
Lincolnshire have qualified for the national stages of the regional finals, which are held on the 15th and 16th July at North Hykeham.
The tournament, which takes place over a weekend, involves five rounds and nearly 30 people attending on behalf of the county.
Peter runs the event, but admits Lincolnshire may not be strong enough to win the event.
“We want to attract many people all down the grading order,” he said, “but we might not be strong enough for the final.”
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