We have begun the new season and spirits are high. There is a palpable atmosphere of togertherness, support and fun which is a hallmark here at NCHESS. Results have been mixed so far but it is early days. There have been some great individual performances with teams falling short at times but only by very little. In chess the margins are sometimes so small. I have to say that we feel greater and better for the addition of quite a few great, new members. In last night's match against Bolton 3 (ultimately we lost 3-4), Ben reminded us in his play, and approach to a near hopeless position, that there is and needs to be a lighter side to a game we all can be drawn to approach too seriously. We thank him for that. Long live the enjoyment of chess!!!