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.

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.

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 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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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.