|Nomads||4||2||Darnall & H B|
|Steve Withington||1||0||Ian Barker (w)|
|Keith Wicks||1||0||Andrew Nettleship|
|Eric McKenna||0||1||Bob Lindsay|
|Robert Shaw||0||1||Harrry Feather|
|Jo Woollard||1||0||Ralph Batty|
|Sam Humphrey||1||0||Andrew Turnidge|
It’s always great to see the chaps from Darnall. A great night of chess was had by all.
|Steve Withington||1||0||Kypros Pilakoutas|
|Duncan Chambers||0.5||0.5||Bill Ward|
|Robert Nield||1||0||Dave Cook|
|Eric McKenna||1||0||Alexander Pilakoutas|
|Reggie Kush||0||1||Dave Margerison|
|Sam Humphrey||1||0||Steve Daykin|
This return match against Woodseats ended up with an exact reversal of the scores.
|Steve Moon (w)||1||0||Steve Withington|
|Brendan Ashmore||0||1||Keith Wicks|
|Dave L Cook||1||0||Robert Nield|
|Florin Maneanu||1||0||Eric McKenna|
|David Margerison||0.5||0.5||Jo Woollard|
|Stephen Daykin||1||0||Sam Humphrey|
|Duncan Chambers (w)||0||1||Andrew Allen|
|Lez Day||0||1||Rob Porter|
|Robert Nield||1||0||Alan Storey|
|Eric McKenna||0||1||Cliff Briggs|
|Robert Shaw||1||0||David Bedwell|
|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 C||1½ – 4½||Stannington C|
|Steve Withington (w)||1/2-1/2||John Neely|
|Duncan Chambers||1/2-1/2||Stephen Lee|
|Les Day||1/2-1/2||Kevin Keenan|
|Eric McKenna||0-1||Ken Kay|
|Lucas Roshani||0-1||Chris Allen|
|Ashley Rogers||0-1||Ron Keenan|
|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.
|Kev Marshall||1||0||Steve Withington|
|D Watson||0||1||Duncan Chambers|
|B Williams||1/2||1/2||Les Day|
|D Glossop||1||0||Eric McKenna|
|P Connolly||1||0||Jo Woollard|
|J Reynolds||1||0||Robert Shaw|
Aughton, still roofless, played at Rotherham and were ruthless.
|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||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.
Richardson Plate (Sam Haystead Trophy)
|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.
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.
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.
|Nomads C||4.5||0.5||Ecclesall C|
|Arjun Babu (w)||1||0||Peter Hoare|
|Steve Withington||1||0||Stuart Bullington|
|Duncan Chambers||0.5||0.5||Ivan Basarab-Howarth|
|Keith Wicks||1||0||John Eddershaw|
|Les Day||1||0||Ken Scott|
A convincing result from Nomads C maintains a respectable position in Division Three.
|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 C||4||2||Aughton A|
|Henry Withington (w)||1||0||Kevin Marshall|
|Ken Dewhurst||0||1||Dace Watson|
|Steve Withington||0.5||0.5||Barry Williams|
|Keith Wicks||1||0||Dave Glossop|
|Duncan Chambers||0.5||0.5||John Reynolds|
|Les Day||1||0||Andrew Nettleship|
|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.
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.
|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.
|Peong Wei Jie||1||0||Arjun Babu|
|Nathan Gittens||0||1||Henry Withington|
|Jamie Tilston||1||0||Steve Withington|
|Tobi Okusanyu||1||0||Duncan Chambers|
|Curtis Monkley||0||1||Les Day|
|Mohamed Al Lawati||1||0||Ben Remy|
Nomads C were eager for revenge in this return match. The scoreline belies six very close games, but Uni were to win 4 – 2.
|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.
|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.
|Henry Withington (b)||0½||0½||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.
The Sheffield Individual Tournaments
Comprising the Bruce Trophy, Holroyd 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
date of birth (Juniors only)
To Geoff Brown:
O17O9 837596; O7931 563787
Fascinating article from chess.com:
Five rapid play games played over two club nights decided the Nomads Club Championship. Jeremy was the clear winner with 4.5 points.
|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.
|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.
|Steve Withington||0.5||0.5||Ian Barker|
|Keith Wicks||0.5||0.5||Steve Turner|
|Sam Humphrey||0||1||Alan Story|
|Ben Remy||1||0||Helmuth Osborne|
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.
|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.
|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||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.
|Barnsley C||1||5||Nomads C|
|V Shaposhnikov||0||1||Henry Withington|
|P Lea-Kine||0.5||0.5||Steve Withington|
|J Stevens||0||1||Duncan Chambers|
|A Steele||0||1||Keith Wicks|
|R Merc||0||1||Les Day|
|M Littlewood||0.5||0.5||Eric McKenna|