Grandmaster Keith Arkell must be beginning to think that Lichfield is his bogey team after another unexpected result.
On his last two visits to Lichfield, Keith lost to former leading player Paul Wallace who has now returned to his native Ireland. This season, playing at home for Halesowen, Keith was held to a draw by Lichfield newcomer. David Hulme.
Considering that David, a former vicar, has a grading of 151 compared with Keith’s 237, it was an outstanding result.
David is one of seven newcomers to the club this season. Secretary David Short said it was a very encouraging situation, particularly as some Midlands club have been gradually losing members.
The club’s playing results have also improved dramatically from the same time last year when several teams were propping up their respective divisions.