Darnall & H B vs Nomads

Darnall & H B 0 5 Nomads
Andrew Nettleship 0 1 Steve Withington (w)
Harry Feather 0 1 Les Day
Joel C Fair 0 1 Rob Nield
Colin Greighton 0 1 Eric McKenna
Ralph Batty 0 1 Jo Woollard

Nomads’ first match in the Summer League was played in blistering heat. Fortunately Darnall & Handsworth provided an excellent selection of fine ales. Steve was first to finish with an early pawn promotion, and soothed his parched throat with a Blond Witch and an Old Speckled Hen. Nomads were to win on all boards in some quite tough games.

Nomads B vs Rotherham A

Nomads B 2 4 Rotherham A
Ian Barwick (w) 1/2 1/2 Chris Williams
Ken Dewhurst 1/2 1/2 Pete Ballard
Lucas Roshani 0 1 Ed Sowerby
Steve Withington 1/2 1/2 Chris Willey
Les Day 1/2 1/2 Phil Sharp
Eric McKenna 0 1 Mick Snowdon

Usual captain Keith was playing for the A team in Barnsley, so Steve stood in.

First to finish was Les, with a short brutal game that ended in a draw. Meanwhile Steve allowed Chris an early threat of checkmate that could only be stopped by giving up a bishop. This, however, was met shortly after with a nice counter-blunder from Chris, and a draw was agreed in a game both players would rather forget. New Nomad Lucas crumbled early and things weren’t looking good. A draw on board two and defeat for Eric meant Nomads had lost the match.

Ian was last to finish with an interesting queens and pawns endgame from which he secured a draw.

Steve Withington vs Oliver Graham

Phil Morgan vs Steve Withington

Clay Cross vs Nomads C

Clay Cross 3½ – 2½ Nomads C
Dean Hartley 0 – 1 Henry Withington (w)
Phil Morgan 0 – 1 Steve Withington
Paul Kelman 1 – 0 Les Day
Jerome Redhead 1/2 – 1/2 Eric McKenna
Brian Redhead 1 – 0 Robert Shaw
Dudley Thorpe 1 -0 Mike King

Waiting in the freezing rain on Bramall Lane for Les’s lift, I was reminded of the fact that a healthy dose of masochism is an asset in chess. As usual there was a warm welcome when we finally arrived at Clay Cross. They even had the heating on full blast.

Excellent wins for Withingtons on the top boards were not to be enough. Les, Robert and brand new Nomad, Mike, all fell to Clay Cross. Eric could still draw the match with a win, and although a pawn down, he had a big time advantage. In the end Eric had to offer his opponent a draw. Jerome, with only minutes left on the clock, mulled this over for what must have been an agonising amount of time for his captain as the seconds ticked away. He finally agreed the draw, winning the match for Clay Cross.

All in all, an enjoyable night out, and second place in division three is still up for grabs.

Phil Morgan vs Steve Withington

Robert vs B Redhead, Clay Cross 28-2-17

Stannington C vs Nomads C

Stannington C 2½ – 3½ Nomads C
John Neely 1/2 – 1/2 Steve Withington (b)
Ken Kay 0 – 1 Duncan Chambers
Stephen Lee 1 – 0 Les Day
Kev Keenan 1/2 – 1/2 Keith Wicks
Ron Keenan 1/2 – 1/2 Eric McKenna
Pete Locking 0 – 1 Jo Woollard

Outgraded on the top and bottom boards, Nomads C were slight underdogs on an evening where underdogs were to triumph. (As the Nomads A were to find out. Nightmare at the New Barracks….)

The match could easily have gone the other way but Nomads held on with some deft defending. With everything even it all hinged on Jo, who put in a sterling performance and won her game, securing the match for Nomads.

Nomads 2 vs Stannington

Richardson Plate (Sam Haystead Trophy)

Nomads2 2-4 Stannington
Mike Newett (W) 1-0 Carl Walker
Henry Withington 0-1 John Fletcher
Ken Dewhurst 0-1 Khaled Muflehi
Steve Withington 1/2-1/2 Kier Morton
Duncan Chambers 1/2-1/2 David Grobler
Eric McKenna 0-1 John Mercy

Nomads 2 faced a strong team from Stannington in the semi-finals of the Richardson Plate competition. The highlight was Mike’s win on top board against Carl Walker, while Steve and myself drew with higher graded opponents. In the last game to finish, Ken sacrificed the exchange to obtain a dangerous passed pawn but his opponent was able to cover the queening square and Ken eventually ran out of time. Overall, this was a good performance considering the difference in grades between the teams. Many thanks to everyone who played for Nomads 2 this season.

Nigel Redmond vs Steve Withington

Steve Gibbs vs Steve Withington

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 I’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

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.

Worksop B vs Nomads C

Worksop B 3 3 Nomads C
Phill Beckett 0 1 Henry Withington (w)
Ionel Dragan 1 0 Steve Withington
Dave Fidler 1 0 Duncan Chambers
Rob Porter 0 1 Les Day
Andrew Smith 0 1 Eric McKenna
Alan Story 1 0 Jo Woollard

With the score standing at 3 – 2 everything hinged on Les’s game with Rob. Anything less than a win and the match would be lost. Fortunately Les had an extra pawn, and in a tense endgame accurate play ensured a win, and Nomads levelled the scores for a drawn match.

Henry wins the Ecclesall Chess Club 2016 Championship

Sunday was a very enjoyable day of chess at Ecclesall’s venue – Dore and Totley Golf Club. The small Nomads contingent was made up of father and son duo, Steve and Henry Withington, both eager to win something.

The Championship was a six round rapid-play tournament, with each player having 30 minutes on the clock for all the moves.

The first round was less than an ideal start for Henry, who was drawn against his father. Despite Henry’s patricidal onslaught, Steve was able to mount a strong counter-attack and a draw was agreed. But this was to be the only game Henry didn’t win. He scored 5½ points from six rounds, putting him one point ahead of nearest rival, and club champion, Peter Hempson. With three points Steve also picked up a grading prize.

A big thank you to Ecclesall Chess Club for hosting this excellent event.

And here is Alan McIntosh’s report from the Ecclesall website:

The annual Ecclesall Club Championship took place at our home venue, the Dore and Totley Golf Club, on Sunday 20th November. It was a 6 round swiss tournament, with 30 minutes per player per game. The entry fee was £3.50, plus an optional £6.50 for the food that was available, and the event was open to all Ecclesall Club members and invited guests. The tournament was well represented by our guests. Regulars such as Mark Allison and Bill Ward from Woodseats, Paul Fletcher from Stannington, and ‘newcomers’ such as Steve and Henry Withington from Nomads, all turned up to support the event. 18 players took part in total and all the entry fee money was returned in prizes: £20 1st prize, £15 2nd prize, £10 3rd prize and 2 x £10 grading prizes (one for the middle third and one for the bottom third of ranked players).
Henry Withington was drawn against his lower graded father in the first round and only managed to draw. Thereafter he ‘saw off’ Francis Kay, Paul Fletcher, Stephen Lee, John Neely and Ken McIntosh, to win the tournament outright with 5½.
Our own Peter Hempson, despite a loss in the first round to Stephen Lee and a draw against Ken McIntosh in round 5, finished 2nd with a score of 4½and not for the first time became the Club Champion.
There was a three way tie on 4/6, between Mark Allison, Stephen Lee and John Neely, for 3rd place. The latter two also picking up a half share of the first grading prize.
Paul Fletcher and Ken McIntosh followed with 3½. Then came a clutch of Ecclesall players (Peter Hoare, Alan McIntosh, Elliott Spencer and Norman Wragg) plus two guests (Paul Cheshire and Steve Withington), all on 3/6. These two guests and Elliott, sharing the third grading prize.
Those that scored less than half marks, and indeed some with more than half marks, may have been disappointed with their performance but, all seemed to have a good day. The venue was comfortable, the atmosphere friendly, the food tasty and the chess – brought us together.

The above report is by Alan McIntosh, Ecclesall Chess Club Secretary who also ran the Club Championship.

Many thanks Alan from everyone who attended.

Ken McIntosh vs Henry Withington

Nomads C vs Clay Cross

Nomads C 3.5 2.5 Clay Cross
Henry Withington (w) 1 0 DEFAULT
Steve Withington 0.5 0.5 Brian Lever
Duncan Chambers 0.5 0.5 Jerome Redhead
Keith Wicks 0 1 Frank Pearson
Ben Remy 0.5 0.5 Brian Redhead
Eric McKenna 1 0 Dudley Thorpe

Henry’s opponent unfortunately got lost on his way to Nomads’ venue, but the point was gratefully received. After draws for Steve and Duncan, a quick loss for Keith and a nice win for Eric the scores stood 3 – 2. Everything depended on Ben Remy, who just needed to draw.

His game with Brian Redhead proved that chess can indeed be a spectator sport. After a frenzy of clock-bashing and flying pieces, with both clocks seconds from falling, a draw was agreed. And this was all Nomads needed to win the match.

Nathan Gittens vs Henry Withington

John Stevens vs Steve Withington

Henry Withington vs Bill Egan

Saeed Hassani vs Steve Withington

Ecclesall C vs Nomads C

Ecclesall C 0.5 5.5 Nomads C
Bill Egan 0 1 Henry Withington (w)
Saeed Hassani 0 1 Steve Withington
S Bullington 0 1 Duncan Chambers
John Speck 0.5 0.5 Keith Wicks
Ken Scott 0 1 Les Day
M Howarth 0 1 Eric McKenna

After being hammered by the University, Nomads C really needed a win and got a convincing one. A familiar line up of regular C team players were on form and unbeaten on all boards.

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Nomads II vs Aughton

Nomads II 2 4 Aughton
H. Withington (W) 0.5 0.5 K. Marshall
K. Dewhurst 0 1 D. Watson
S. Withington 0.5 0.5 D. Glossop
K. Wicks 0 1 B. Williams
D. Chambers 1 0 J. Reynolds
L. Day 0 1 P. Connolly

Nomads won the toss and played White on odd boards. We gained an early lead with a win on board 5 but Aughton soon equalised by winning board 6. On board 4, Keith seemed to be doing well in a double-rook ending but the next time I looked he had only one rook and his opponent had two… Steve defended actively to gain a draw in an ending a pawn down. Henry’s game looked unclear to me from the outset and eventually ended in another draw. Last to finish was Ken who ran out of time in an ending the exchange down, making the final score 4-2 to the visitors and leaving Nomads 2 to try our luck in the Plate competition. Thanks to everyone for turning out.

Nomads C vs University

Nomads C University
Henry Withington (b) Roger Baxter
Steve Withington 0 1 Tobi Okusanyu
Keith Wicks 0 1 Peong Wei Jie
Duncan Chambers 0 1 Tjin Hui Hoh
Ben Remy 1 0 Mohd Sazlee Hidayatullah
Eric McKenna 0 1 Curtis Monkley

A strong university team demolished Nomads on four boards. Henry was able to get a draw, and last to finish was Ben, who did a Houdini, and turned what looked like a lost endgame into Nomads’ only win of the evening.

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Sheffield Individual Tournaments

The Sheffield Individual Tournaments

Comprising the Bruce Trophy, Holroyd Trophy &
Shapiro Trophy

These will be played as six-round Swiss tournaments spread out over the coming season, with one game scheduled every four to six weeks. In the case of insufficient entries then sections may be combined or a different format may be use
Closing date for entries is Saturday 15th October 2016
Entry Fee: There is no entry fee !!!!

Please send your entry, including
full name
grading reference(s)
postal address
telephone number
email address
date of birth (Juniors only)

To Geoff Brown:
O17O9 837596;    O7931 563787
gd_brown(at)hotmail.co.uk

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Shapero Trophy

Nomads vs Rotherham B

Nomads 2 3 Rotherham B
Steve Withington 0.5 0.5 Pete Catt (w)
Duncan Chambers 0.5 0.5 Chris Willey
Les Day 0 1 Andy Baxter
Eric McKenna 0 1 Ed Sowerby
Ben Remy 1 0 Mick Snowden

This was a closely contested match that saw another win for new Nomad, Ben Remy, and an epic swindle for Steve. Everything hinged on Les’s game – a difficult imbalanced endgame. Despite a valiant effort, and his opponent’s time trouble, it was not to be. All the same – it was a great summer league match.

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Pete Catt vs Steve Withington

Woodseats Olympians vs Nomads

Woodseats Olympians 1 3 Nomads
Nick Kanellis 0 1 Henry Withington
Bill Ward 0.5 0.5 Keith Wicks
Michael Mullin 0.5 0.5 Jo Woollard
Steve Dakin 0 1 Ashley Rogers

As Woodseats Olympians and Nomads clashed in the Red Lion, we were also “entertained” by England vs Slovakia (0 – 0). All the excitement was on the chess boards, rather than the pitch.

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Norbury’s Nine Pawn Game

This is what Ecclesall player Ken Norbury has been up to lately. Building on the lunacy first explored in “the Shuffleduck,” Ken sets out to prove that for the first dozen or so moves at least, the moving of pieces can be entirely avoided. Instead Ken seeks to push pawns only, in the manner of a beginner scarcely aware of the rules. Welcome to Ken’s “Nine Pawn Game”.

Detailed analysis of this game has yet to be done. Any thoughts or criticisms are more than welcome.

Visit Ken’s Site

Adrian Millward vs Henry Withington

Nomads C – Barnsley C

Nomads C 5.5 0.5 Barnsley C
Geoff Frost(W) 1 0 Vlad Shaposhnikov
Henry Withington 1 0 Russell Roe
Steve Withington 0.5 0.5 Anthony Steele
Keith Wicks 1 0 Robbie Merc
Les Day 1 0 Alan Taylor
Eric McKenna 1 0 Tony Leon

Nomads C team’s convincing 5.5 to 0.5 win against Barnsley C was an excellent end to a good season. As Nomads had already won their division and secured their promotion nothing hinged on this match. All the same the Nomads did the necessaries, and got a result that bodes well for next season when they face the much bigger task of winning division three.

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Nomads C vs Darnall & Handsworth

Nomads C 5 1 Darnall & Handsworth B
Henry Withington (w) 0.5 0.5 Danny Dawson
Steve Withington 1 0 Craig Chatterton
John Woollard 1 0 Robert Black
Duncan Chambers 1 0 Brian Stephenson
Les Day 1 0 Bob Lindsay
Eric McKenna 0.5 0.5 Mick Turnidge

Many of the games were close, but Nomads C had a good result with 5 – 1, and have now won the forth division.

Nomads C vs Rotherham B

Nomads C 0 6 Rotherham B
Henry Withington 0 1 A Baxter
Steve Withington 0 1 Chris Willey
Duncan Chambers 0 1 P Sharp
Keith Wickes 0 1 E Sowerby
Les Day 0 1 M Snowdon
Eric McKenna 0 1 C Whitehouse

Rotherham B delivered Nomads C’s worst, and only second, defeat of the season. A confident Nomads side was left wondering what had happened, after losing on all boards. Well played Rotherham.