The Northumberland league and county championships have been suspended, so there remains a remote chance that more games will be played, but the Durham league has been terminated with further play abandoned for this season.
The South Shields A team has won division 1 with 6 wins and a draw from the 7 out of 8 matches for a total of 13 points. Second were Durham City Abbots with 4 wins, a draw and 2 losses, also from 7 matches for a total of 9 points.
The South Shields B team has won division 2 with 9 wins and 1 loss from 10 matches for a total of 20 points. Second were Hetton Lyons with 7 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss from 10 matches.
South Shields dominance continued in the various individual championships. Unlike the NCA there is no separate competition. Instead the individual results from league matches are used with some compensation built in so that players on lower boards from very strong teams do not have an (unfair) advantage. The rules for this were described on earlier versions of the DCCA website but have got lost with the change in format, so I will summarize.
There are 4 categories: Open, U165, U140 and U120. To qualify, a player must play at least 6 games during the season. The player’s standing is based on their average performance over the season. For each game played the score which contributes to their overall standing depends on the result and the grading difference between the players. If you beat a player of roughly the same grade then you receive 100%. If your opponent is much weaker then this percentage is reduced. If your opponent is much stronger you receive more than 100%
2020 Open Championship
The winner gets the Alan Sayers Trophy and is the DCCA 2020 champion.
First was Dave Walker (South Shields) with 83% from 5 wins, 1 draw and zero losses
Second was Konst Delidimoudis (South Shields) with 71% from 6 wins, 1 draw and zero losses. Note the lower percentage score even though the results appear better. This is because Dave Walker faced stronger opposition.
Third was Dave Mooney (South Shields) with 63% from 5 wins and 1 loss.
2020 U165 Championship
The winner gets the Robin Horner Trophy and is the DCCA U165 champion.
First was Aswin Bhat (Durham University) with 66% from 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.
Second was Brian Towers (South Shields) with 63% from 4 wins, 3 draws and zero losses.
2020 U140 Championship
The winner gets the Terry Holmes Trophy and is the DCCA U140 champion.
First (yet again!) was Dave Patterson (South Shields) with 68% from 6 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.
Second was sometime South Shields player, Dave Peardon, wearing his Hetton Lyons hat with 64% from 7 wins and 2 losses.