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The volume of chess activity waxes and wanes as the years go by.  Every so often, there is a surge of interest attributable to some exceptional chess event.  When for the first time the Association found it expedient to form a fifth division of the league, perhaps as a delayed result of the stimulus provided by the Spassky-Fischer World Championship match, the need arose for a new trophy.

 

On this occasion the then-President of the Association Peter (“Pete”) H. Charles, undertook to donate a trophy.

 

It’s different.

 

One might be excused for thinking the P. H. Charles Trophy was for long-distance running, as it is surmounted by the figure of a runner who seems to have just reached the winning-post of a Marathon race.  There is symbolic realism here, however.

 

It is inherent in the rules determining the number of teams in the lowest division of the league that there could be as many as fourteen teams in it.  On an all-play-all basis that could mean twenty-six matches per team as compared with sixteen in the higher divisions.  The exact format of the lowest division, as regards how many matches each team plays, is determined by the Fixture Meeting.  Sometimes a “Marathon” season results, with eighteen or more matches per team, so the figure surmounting this trophy can be aptly symbolic!

 

 

Created

14/05/2012

Copyright © 2012 Stephen John Mann

Last Updated

14/05/2012