Ravenfield Bishops vs Nomads 400

Ravenfield Bishops 2 1/2 3 1/2 Nomads 400
Tim Gollens (w) 0 1 Peter Morton
David Tate 1 0 Keith Wicks
Andrew Shaw 1/2 1/2 Eric McKenna
Brian England 0 1 Robert Nield
Barry Shaw 0 1 Jo Woollard
D Hill 1 0 Robert Shaw

Robert Shaw got his bishop trapped early on, so was a piece down for most of his game. When his opponent forced a mate in 2, Robert resigned.

Peter and Tim both castled kingside. Peter gained a pawn. After further manoeuvring left Peter a s rook up, Tim resigned. Robert Nield gained a knight, then mated Brian.

Jo and Barry traded off the light-squared bishops, castling king-side. After further exchanges left Jo with a queen, rook and single pawn against a knight, rook and five pawn Barry resigned while Eric’s game deadlocked.

Keith ended up with two rooks and two bishops against two rooks, a bishop and knight, but resigned once David forced promotion.

Nomads 400 vs Woodseats

Nomads 400 1/2 3 1/2 Woodseats
Robert Nield(b) 0 1 Martyn Edwards
Jo Woollard 1/2 1/2 Alexander Pilakoutas
Robert Shaw 0 1 David Margerison
Ashley Rogers 0 1 Stephen Daykin

Ashley and his opponent played a four knights opening, then swapped down to a queen, bishop and multiple pawns endgame. After Stephen forced a queen swap then secured promotion Ashley resigned.

Robert Shaw blundered away a rook pretty quickly. He played on for a few moves longer, attempting to trap his opponent’s rook, but when that failed he resigned.

Robert Nield lost a bishop for a rook, leaving him with a queen, rook, bishop and five pawns against a queen, two rooks, and five pawns. When Stephen won the bishop Robert Nield too resigned.

On board two, the initial exchanges left Jo with a rook, bishop and five pawns against a rook, bishop and six pawns, a marginal material disadvantage, but Alexander had doubled pawns, so the position looked pretty even. After swapping off the remaining pieces, Jo reached this position at move 41.

Soon after, Jo agreed a draw, saving the team from a complete whitewash.