Woodseats B v Nomads D

A great result for Nomads D on their visit to the 5th division champions, Woodseats B. Wins for Les and Dave gave us an early lead, before Woodseats brought it back to 2-2. Simon, in his first match for a year, secured us at least a point with a win which left just Ashley and Stephen still playing. Ashley was material up, but short on time, a draw was agreed securing the win.

Woodseats B 2.5 – 3.5 Nomads D
Steve Moon 0-1 Les Day
Brendan Ashmore 0-1 Simon Nicholson
Dave Cook 1-0 Eric McKenna
Michael Mullin 1-0 Jo Woollard
Dave Margerison 0-1 Dave Kesteven
Stephen Daykin 0.5-0.5 Ashley Rogers

Nomads at Doncaster Congress

Six Nomads headed over to take part in the Doncaster Congress last weekend. Held at Hall Cross School, previously all sections have taken place in the main hall, but this year a stage production meant space was restricted, so the Open and Minor stayed put while the Major and Intermediates were spread across nearby class rooms.

A first round bye and three wins in the Open gave Sam 3.5 going into the final round, resulting in a pairing on top board with Laurence Webb (217), the highest graded player in the event. The resultant draw, giving Sam 4 out of 5, meant that Thomas Pitcher, who beat Ali Janooby in the final round, was able to come through and pip them both at the post with 4.5. Sam finishing an excellent joint second.

Henry stepped up in section, entering the Major. He had a tough start, two good close games resulted in losses, followed by the full point bye. A further loss followed in round 4, but he bounced back, beating a 164 in his final game, finishing on 2.

Having being under the weather for the last couple of weeks, John decided beforehand he was only going to play the Saturday. Entered in the Intermediates with a half point bye on Friday, his second round opponent was a no show. John received a full point bye and played out a draw with a lower rated player from the Open. A 3rd round win left him on 2.5 and a pretty good chance going into the final day, but he stuck with his decision and withdrew at this stage.

Keith had a great tournament in the Minor. On three out of three he was joint leader going into the last day. A draw in the morning meant he had to win in the afternoon to be in with a chance of first place, and win he did, sharing 1st with one other player on 4.5. This was Keith’s first ever tournament victory, well done Keith!

Eric continued his recent very good form, a loss in the first round was his only defeat, two draws and two wins followed and he finished on 3.

In Johns absence I decided to keep going and returned on the Sunday. By 11.00am I was wishing I hadn’t, a poor defeat and over three and a half hours to kill before the next game was enough for me to throw in the towel and withdraw, finishing on 1.

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

Barnsley v Nomads (400 league)

Barnsley 0.5 – 3.5 Nomads
Anthony Steele 0-1 Les Day
Russel Roe 0.5-0.5 Eric McKenna
Alan Taylor 0-1 Jo Woollard
Mike Charlton 0-1 Gordon Shaw

Our second outing in the 400 league (all team members grades must add up up to less than 400, maximum grade 120) took us to Barnsley. Robert wasn’t well, so Gordon kindly stepped in to his place.

Les was first to finish, around move 6 he made an error which would have resulted in being a piece down. Luckily his opponent didn’t spot this and two moves later Les found himself a piece up! He then simplified and 20 moves later victory came.

Gordon was next to notch up a win, around move 20 he got the first of 12 continuous checks, until finally his opponent had nowhere left to go and Gordon had mate.

After a tight start, I found myself 2 pawns up, which was then followed up with an exchange. Faced with losing a further piece, Alan resigned.

Eric was last to finish, agreeing a draw in a fairly locked up position, giving us victory 0.5 – 3.5.

All was well until I got home to find Mr Wool had accidentally locked me out of the house. What japes ensued…..