Nomads C vs Ecclesall D

Nomads C 5.5 0.5 Ecclesall D
Milan Zpevak 1 0 Elliott Spencer
Henry Withington 1 0 John Speck
Steve Withington 1 0 John Robertson
Duncan Chambers 0.5 0.5 John Eddershaw
Keith Wickes 1 0 Ivan Basarab-Horwath
Les Day 1 0 Ken Scott

The 5½ – ½ score did not reflect the closeness of many of the games. Nomads C continue an excellent season.

Nomads C vs Stannington C

Nomads C 6 0 Stannington C
Geoff Frost 1 0 John Neely
Arjun Babu 1 0 Alan Sutton
Henry Withington 1 0 Ron Keenan
Milan Zpevak 1 0 Ken Keenan
Steve Withington 1 0 Paul Cheshire
Pete Morton 1 0 Glen Marvin

A Nomads C team featuring a returning Milan, and strengthened by Geoff and Arjun produced the goods this evening.

The walk from town to Duke Street Trades and Labour club goes across the Parkway roundabout, which is surprisingly picturesque and a pleasant end to the evening for those of us who head back into town to catch the bus home.

Keith Booth vs Henry Withington

Darnall & Handsworth B vs Nomads C

Darnall & H B 1 5 Nomads C
Keith Booth 0 1 Henry Withington
Robert Black 0.5 0.5 Steve Withington
Brian Stephenson 0 1 Duncan Chambers
Bob Lindsay 0 1 Keith Wicks
Mick Turnidge 0.5 0.5 Eric McKenna
DEFAULT 0 1 Les Day

A great night at Darnall and Handsworth, who must be complimented on the excellent selection of beers they provided. My favourite was Sheppard Neame’s Brilliant Ale.

Nomads C face Stannington tomorrow.

Richardson semi-final – Jeremy’s draw

Ecclesall Social Chess Evening

Ecclesall CC: Invitation to all – Tues 1st March

Ecclesall Chess Club are holding a Social Chess Evening
on Tuesday 1st March 2016 at Dore and Totley Golf Club.

It is believed that there is insufficient opportunity for chess players to play casual chess (and interact socially with players from other chess clubs).

The event is open to all chess players (and even possibly those that wish to learn). There is no charge for attendance although it is hoped that attendees will purchase at least one drink from the bar (teas, coffees, hot chocolate and soft drinks are also available). The event will effectively be whatever the attendees wish to do but it is expected that most players will play casual chess. Some will probably want to go over positions from games/ openings etc. and this will also be available. Some coaching for weaker players may also be available.

Chess Sets from my Childhood

My Dad made this Isle of Lewis set in 1974, using plaster of Paris, and moulds bought from the Exchange & Mart. He painted them with poster paints and varnished them. He made another one as a gift for a family friend.

This beauty was made in plastic and had a cardboard board. It was last used in 1983 and was probably introduced by my parents as safe alternative to earlier heavier wooden sets that were regularly flung at victorious opponents (not by me of course 🙂 ).

Any Nomads, or players from other clubs, got unusual or old chess sets? Why not post them here? I’ve got one or two more that I shall dig out.

Richardson Cup Semi Final

Geoff, he had a dream………..

Richardson Cup 09-02-16

Semi Final

Nomads 1 3.5 2.5 Ecclesall 1
Jon Nelson 204 7062 1 0 David Adams 1062
Sam Milson 188 3971 1 0 Jim Burnett 5495
Chris Shephard 192 1603 0.5 0.5 Farshad Ai 2397
Daniel Sullivan 184 3594 0 1 Peter Hempson 1354
Jamie Hillman 186 4353 0.5 0.5 James Marley 2800
Jeremy Hamm 168 3243 0.5 0.5 Gunnar Mallon 3954

The long awaited Semifinal clash with Ecclesall. Thanks to my players for feverish email, statistics and board order suggestions. I could fill a page with analysis, thought process etc….
The teams were evenly matched, we slightly shaded it on grades. At Jon’s suggestion we took Black on ODD, again lots to consider.
Ok, Jon played a modern system against a very classical  set up from Dave. Nf3, Nc3, early h3…this was going to be a long grinding game. Sam played e4 and Jim played his favourite line of the French Tarrasch. Sam had more space but this was not going anywhere quickly. Farshad Chris was 1 d4 Nf6,2 Bf4 play was cautious by both players. In the mmdle of the game and on a full board the Queens ended up at a2 and a7 very cautious.
I do not have a note of Daniel v Peter opening. They were soon in a middle game, Daniel had doubled Rooks on the b file seemed to be going fine. Jamie played a NimzoIndian which soon had a locked position. Finally Jeremy also got a French, Winawer this time. I was very happy about this as I have seen Jeremy win many of these games (Often against me!)
Then disaster. Daniel move his Knight to avoid a fork but put it between the doubled rooks. Lost the Rook Resigned. This was then balanced by a fine win by Sam. Jim lost a piece in an exchange, overlooking an intermediate check. Now we had the win on 2 against the loss on 4 so were in pole position on board count. Jamie then drew, as did Jeremy. It looked like Jeremy had a nice plus but we were unable to find a clear win.
So to Board 1. Jon offered Dave a draw, Dave didn’t hear but said the he would have played on anyway because of the state of the match. Near time control Jon won the exchange and the game. Home with a board to spare. Chris and Farshad played on but it was clear that neither could win without risks so a draw was agreed.
Results above, thanks to my players. Also thanks to Ecclesall for a good and sporting match.
Bring on SASCA…..

Bryan Wood vs Robert Shaw

Nomads D v Ravenfield Knights

Nomads D 2-2 Ravenfield Knights
Peter Morton 1-0 Roy Evans
Jo Woollard 1-0 Barry Shaw
Sam Humphrey 0-1 Michael Hoyes
Ashley Rogers 0-1 Peter Sharman

A busy night at the club with 18 boards in total saw the D team take on the newly formed team for this season, Ravenfield Knights. We welcomed Sam for his first game for the club. Ravenfield, playing two nights running, were a little under strength, as were we due to the B team playing the same evening.

Sam was first to finish, starting with a loss, unfortunately I did not see any of his game but he said he had really enjoyed the experience and is keen to play again. Ashley followed Sam, again, due to my own time troubles, I did not see any of his game, sorry Ashley.

So 2-0 down I was next to finish, I was two, then three pawns up, but Barry had a strong kingside attack which I had to fend off first. Eventually I managed to swap off leaving a rook each, me 5 pawns and him 3. After a bit of manoeuvring I managed to promote the c pawn at which point he resigned.

Peter was last to finish, up on material he eventually pushed his advantage home and we managed to get the draw. Result 2-2.

Doncaster Chess Congress

Just a reminder of a local(ish) congress coming up soon

Doncaster Chess Congress
Hall Cross School, Thorne Road, Doncaster, DN1 2HY

February 26th – 28th
Contact: Steve Mann Email: sjmann@gmx.co.uk Tel: 01709 379 209
4 Swiss sections: Open, Under 176, Under 146, Under 126. Entry fee £31 adults, £26 juniors; less for ECF membership (above Bronze) £7 adults, £5 juniors. Entries to Steve Mann, by post, e-mail or phone

Sasca E vs Nomads D

Sasca E Nomads D
J Ryalls (w) 0 1 Eric McKenna (b)
F Kay 1/2 1/2 Dave Kesteven
C Deery 1/2 1/2 Robert Shaw
C Wilson 1/2 1/2 Jo Woollard
D Evans 1 0 Gordon Shaw
J Speakman 1 0 Ashley Rogers

After the  opening exchanges, Eric was left slightly down on material, with a queen, bishop, rook, and pawns against a queen, knight, two rooks, and pawns, but he defended strongly, eventually trapping his opponents queen. They promptly resigned.

Robert declined the queen’s gambit, and ended up in a pawn endgame. Unable to force promotion, he exchanged off the last pawns, leaving bare kings for a draw,

At move 28, Gordon had only a queen, two rooks, a bishop, and three pawns against a queen, two rooks, two knights, and six pawns, but he also had an extra ten minutes on the clock. When his opponent narrowly made the time control, and gained a rook, Gordon resigned.

Against Ashley’s Kings Indian attack, his opponent went with a modern defence. Ashley lost a rook to an pin on move 12 but soon managed to regain some material so by move 18 Ashley had a bishop, rook and five pawns versus two rooks and seven pawns. However, his major pieces were tied down defending his king from his opponent’s rooks, and  he could not see a way to mount an effective attack or push a pawn through to promotion so resigned on move 37

Jo and her opponent both castled king-side, exchanging bishops and knights, eventually ending up in a deadlocked position.

 

 

C Deery vs R Shaw