Tony Goddard dies aged 69

I heard the sad news yesterday evening that Tony Goddard has been found dead in his flat. Tony played several games of chess for Nomads in 2013. He was a well-known Sheffield character, a highly intelligent man and a complex individual. Tony was an extremely strong Go (Wei Qi) player who had played many times at an international level. In 2008 he represented Great Britain at the Beijing World Mind Sports Games.
Although Iā€™d known Tony well since 2003, it was upon his return from Beijing that he and I began to regularly play Xiang Qi (Chinese Chess). Tony even wrote a computer program that played Xiang Qi which he demonstrated to the public at Access Space, Sheffield.
Tony was a mathematician, something of an historian and a linguist. His view of the world was thoughtful and often nuanced. His dry wit was legendary, as was his inability to suffer fools gladly.
Antony Goddard 1947 - 2017
As a younger man he had worked as a computer programmer in many countries, including the USA, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. He had travelled in Iran and Afghanistan in the 1970s. He was something of a raconteur and had a wealth of stories with which he delighted audiences. To the dismay of his employers and other ex-pats Tony said he always seemed to prefer the company of the locals whilst abroad, often going native. The adventure he recalled to me of his time in a Washington ghetto was always my favourite.

Tony ate with chopsticks and loved cats. He enjoyed a good smoke and an occasional glass of wine. A man with a good heart, and a fine mind, he will be missed by those who knew him.

Steve Withington

Tony Goddard’s website

Ewan Cormack vs Andrew Hards (2016-17 season)

Nomads B Vs SASCA B

Nomads B team Welcomed SASCA B on Tuesday 17th, it was our 1st league game since the Christmas break, and with both both teams being slightly weaker than normal due to other commitments and player restrictions, the match promised to be a closely fought contest. Nomads were already 1-0 in front before play even began, but the other five games were not so easy, Ian lost in a closely fought contest, Arjun won in his usual slow, but calculating style, Ken drew his game, Steve, although a piece up, but playing against 2 passed pawns managed a draw with his opponent making the drawing move just a slit second before his flag fell, unlucky Steve!!!! Keith the captain and reluctantly playing showed no mercy to his opponent, making sure to maximise any and all mistakes.

Nomads B 4-2 SASCA B
I Barwick 7428 0-1 D Sullivan 3594
A Babu 3714 1-0 J Fryer 1782
K Dewhurst 1247 1/2-1/2 M Lau 7402
S Withington 3293 1/2-1/2 S Kooner 3366
K Wicks (c) 4298 1-0 I Sopolidi 4427
D Chambers 7523 1-0 Bye

Andrew Hards vs Yang Guo

Nomads 2 vs Ravenfield

Nomads 2 5 1 Ravenfield
Peter Morton (W) 0 1 Tim Gollens
Steve Withington 1 0 Brian England
Keith Wicks 1 0 Barry Shaw
Duncan Chambers 1 0 Roy Evans
Les Day 1 0 David Hill
Eric McKenna 1 0 Martin Wilkes

Despite being a division 5 team, Ravenfield fielded a player graded 169 on top board. However, Nomads had a grade advantage on the remaining boards and this proved enough for a clear win, although as ever most games were hard fought. Thanks to all the players who turned out and we look forward to the next round.

Nomads 1 v Ecclesall 1

Nomads 1 3.5-2.5 Ecclesall 1
Jon Nelson 0-1 David Adams
Paul Cumbers 0-1 Jim Burnett
Chris Shephard 1-0 Peter Hempson
Jamie Hillman 0.5-0.5 Ewan Cormack
Jeremy Hamm 1-0 James Marley
Geoff Frost 1-0 Safdar Alam

The first thing to note is that we comfortably outgraded Ecclesall on all boards. The second thing is to note that was by and large irrelevant!

Having won the toss there was a long debate between all 6 of us about choice of colours. Jon eventually took black and Paul white.

And so we set off. It was very cagey for a long time with no-one clearly doing well (or otherwise). Jamie eventually drew after about an hour and a half, in a position that looked slightly unfavourable for him. Then Chris won and mood in the camp brightened, until Jon lost.

I have played many Cup games against Ecclesall where Dave wins on 1, they win on 2, previously Pete but now Jim, and so only need 2 draws from the remaining 4 boards. Keep a close eye on Paul on board 2.

I eventually won on 6, having played a very forgettable first 25 moves before finding some tactics to win Safdars Queen.

Sat next to me, Jeremy was grinding out a nice ending which he was firstly unlikely to lose, then won with good technique. This was as well because finally Paul lost to Jim. I thought that he was at least drawing but of course I only play on board 6!

Good win and into the semi-final