Nomads D vs Ravenfield

Ravenfield Nomads D
David Tate 1 0 Keith Wicks (w)
Steve Eyre 0 1 Robert Shaw
D Hill 0 1 Jo Woollard
Martin Wilkes 0 1 Dave Kesteven
Graham Peacock 0.5 0.5 Gordon Shaw

Robert traded two minor pieces for a rook and pawn early on, then after a misstep won a knight outright before eventually mating.

Jo and her opponent both castled king-side. Jo quickly developed both knights, positioning a bishop on g2, then exchanged two knights for two bishops and won a rook for a knight, ending up in this position:

Facing mate, her opponent resigned.

Keith stated with a knight for bishop exchange, then gained a bishop, leaving him with two rooks, a bishop, and six pawns against two rooks and six pawns, but then David won a bishop back, before swapping off all the pieces. With just pawns left, David promoted, and Keith resigned.

Dave and Martin exchanged off minor pieces, castling king-side, but then Dave gained material, going into the endgame with a rook and five pawns against a knight and four pawns. After some manoeuvring Dave forced promotion, and mate soon followed.

Gordon and Graham swapped queens off early. After some more exchanges he lost a rook for a knight, ending up with a knight and five pawns against a rook and four pawns, then put up a solid defence, reaching this position.

Here, with under 10 minutes left on both clocks, Graham offered a draw, which Gordon quickly accepted.

Worksop C vs Nomads D

Worksop C Nomads D
Andrew Smith (w) 1/2 1/2 Eric McKenna (b)
Ian Barker 0 1 Robert Shaw
H Osbourne 0 1 Jo Woollard
Alan Story 1 0 Dave Kesteven
A Proctor 1 0 Gordon Shaw
Ross Phillips 0 1 Sam Humphrey

Eric gained a pawn early on, then castled king-side, exchanging queens on move 12, then bishops. Soon after, the position deadlocked, and a draw was agreed.

Robert won a bishop, completely missed a chance to capture Ian’s queen, but still managed to find a checkmate.

Jo and her opponent exchanged off both bishops, then she castled king-side and won the queen, leaving her with a queen, a rook, two knights, and six pawns, against a rook, two knights, and six pawns. Once she developed a strong mating threat Osbourne resigned.

The early exchanges left Dave with a queen, rook, bishop, and six pawns against a queen, rook, bishop, and five pawns. Dave then lost a bishop for a pawn, but delivered mate with his queen and rook.

Gordon won a bishop early on, then swapped one of the rooks off. Soon after, Gordon’s king came under attack. To block the mate threat he would have needed to sacrifice material, and still been left facing connected passed pawns, so he decided to resign rather than play on in an unviable position.

Sam offered Ross his knight on move 9, in an attempt to break open Ross’s pawns, but Ross declined this gambit. However, Sam still got his queen to g6, checking Ross’s castled king, then brought his bishop to h6, before putting his queen on h5, setting up a potential discovered check. Once he drove Ross’s queen off the seventh rank, mate quickly followed, Sam’s first victory for our club.

Nomads D vs Woodseats B

Nomads D Woodseats B
Keith Wicks (b) 0.5 0.5 Steve Moon
Eric McKenna 0.5 0.5 Brendan Ashmore
Robert Shaw 0 1 Dave Cook
Jo Woollard 1 0 Michael Mullin
Sam Humphrey 0 1 David Margenson
Ashley Rogers 0 1 Martyn Edwards

Keith was the first to finish. When Steve accidentally touched his own queen, forcing him to lose it, Keith sportingly offered him a draw instead. Eric played the English Opening, leading a deadlocked position, and a second draw.

After much manoeuvring, Ashley was checkmated while Sam’s opponent forced promotion. However, Jo had a strong queenside attack which culminated in mate, with her queen on f7, supported by a pawn.

Early on, Robert traded his queen for a rook and knight rather than losing an whole piece, but blundered away his own knight. Fortunately, he somehow managed to regain a rook, leaving him level on material. After swapping down to a pawn-only endgame, both players promoted on move 40. Robert had a pawn advantage, and a few more minutes on the clock, but didn’t feel this was enough to win, so a draw was agreed.

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.

Sasca E vs Nomads D

Sasca E Nomads D
J Ryalls (w) 0 1 Eric McKenna (b)
F Kay 1/2 1/2 Dave Kesteven
C Deery 1/2 1/2 Robert Shaw
C Wilson 1/2 1/2 Jo Woollard
D Evans 1 0 Gordon Shaw
J Speakman 1 0 Ashley Rogers

After the  opening exchanges, Eric was left slightly down on material, with a queen, bishop, rook, and pawns against a queen, knight, two rooks, and pawns, but he defended strongly, eventually trapping his opponents queen. They promptly resigned.

Robert declined the queen’s gambit, and ended up in a pawn endgame. Unable to force promotion, he exchanged off the last pawns, leaving bare kings for a draw,

At move 28, Gordon had only a queen, two rooks, a bishop, and three pawns against a queen, two rooks, two knights, and six pawns, but he also had an extra ten minutes on the clock. When his opponent narrowly made the time control, and gained a rook, Gordon resigned.

Against Ashley’s Kings Indian attack, his opponent went with a modern defence. Ashley lost a rook to an pin on move 12 but soon managed to regain some material so by move 18 Ashley had a bishop, rook and five pawns versus two rooks and seven pawns. However, his major pieces were tied down defending his king from his opponent’s rooks, and  he could not see a way to mount an effective attack or push a pawn through to promotion so resigned on move 37

Jo and her opponent both castled king-side, exchanging bishops and knights, eventually ending up in a deadlocked position.

 

 

Worksop C vs Nomads D

Worksop C 1 3 Nomads D
Ian Barker 1 0 Robert Shaw (w)
Alan Story 0 1 Jo Woollard
Cliff Briggs 0 1 Dave Kesteven
Ross Philips 0 1 Gordon Shaw

We won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Gordon won his game in just twelve moves, mating Ross on his back rank with the queen, supported by the bishop.

Robert’s game also started promisingly, but then he blundered on move 23, allowing Ian to deliver check with a discovered attack on the queen. Robert played on for a few more moves, looking for tactical options, then resigned.

Dave gained material early on, going into the middle game with a queen, two rooks and five pawns against a queen, rook, knight and five pawns. He swapped the queens off on move 30, then forced a rook exchange, which left him with a passed pawn on the d file.

Further exchanges left Dave with a rook and three pawns against a knight and three pawns. After some manoeuvring,  Dave win the knight with a promotion threat, and Cliff resigned,

Jo was the last to finish.  She also gained material in early exchanges, ending up with a two rooks and six pawns against a rook, bishop, and five pawns. Jo doubled her rooks on the e file, then won Alan’s rook with a fork, at which point he resigned.

Sheffield Deaf vs Nomads D

Sheffield Deaf 4 0 Nomads D
Michael Freund (b) 1 0 Peter Morton
Peter Sharpe 1 0 Robert Shaw
Mick Simmons 1 0 Jo Woollard
David Whiston 1 0 Ashley Rogers

Ashley lost a rook to a knight fork early on, then his opponent forced a bishop swap, giving him an overwhelming material advantage.

Robert swapped off a knight and opposite coloured bishops, then lost his remaining knight to a queen fork. A mate threat forced him to give up his queen, and mate soon followed.

Jo and Mick both castled king side. After a quiet looking opening, they swapped off rooks, then queens. By the midgame,  they were both down to a rook, bishop, knight, and six pawns each, though Jo had a passed pawn, a theoretical advantage. However, after some manoeuvring, she lost her rook and resigned.

On board one, Peter had a promising opening, with decent development, but his opponent gained first a bishop then a rook, after which Peter also resigned.

Overall, a disappointing result, though the games were closer than the scoreline might suggest.

 

 

Sasca E vs Nomads D

Sasca E Nomads D
M Hemmingway 1 0 Eric McKenna (b)
B Hemmingway 1 0 Robert Shaw
C Deery 0 1 Jo Woollard
D Evans 1/2 1/2 Gordon Shaw

Sasca won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Jo exchanged a bishop and knight early, then castled kingside while her opponent castled queenside. She made good use of her rooks, squeezing her opponent until he resigned.

Robert got his queen trapped in the midgame, trading it for a knight and bishop. He played on for a while, looking for tactical resources, but when he was reduced to rook and pawns against queen and pawns, he resigned,

Gordon’s opponent captured his rook on a1 fairly early, leaving him down on material and under strong pressure, but during the following exchanges Gordon gained three pawns,  and pinned his opponents rook against their queen, winning a rook for a bishop, thus restoring approximate material parity. After some manoeuvring, a draw was agreed.

Eric was the last to finish. Early on, he castled kingside, getting a solid position with decent development, then won a bishop for a pawn, giving him a clear material advantage.  By move 22,  he was also comfortably ahead on time, with 15 minutes left on the clock to his opponents five.

However, this small advantage proved insufficient. After much manoeuvring,  Eric resigned, faced with decisive material loss and probable mate.

 

 

Nomads D vs Ravenfield Bishops

Ravenfield Bishops 1.5 4.5 Nomads D
David Tate (b) 0 1 Keith Wicks
Rob Beevers 0 1 Eric McKenna
David Hill 1 0 Dave Kesteven
Steve Eyre 0.5   0.5 Robert Shaw
Martin Wilkes 0 1 Jo Woollard
Graham Peacock 0 1 Gordon Shaw

Jo won the toss.

Robert pinned Steve’s knight against his queen, trying to set up a pin on the queen itself, but when the exchanges were resolved both players were left with a rook and four pawns., so a draw was soon agreed.

After some early exchanges, Gordon gained a queen, then traded his queen for a mate.

Dave and David both castled king-side, swapping off minor pieces. Dave  generated promising mating threats, but David manoeuvred through them to mate him.

Eric went a bishop up early on, trading off both knights for a clear material advantage.  After some manoeuvring,  he mated Robert’s exposed king  with his queen, supported by a distant bishop.

Keith swapped down to queen, rook and 7 pawns against a queen, rook and just five pawns, then forced promotion. Once he had two queens, mate quickly followed.

Jo and Martin both castled king-side.  Jo established a strong defensive position, then won both rooks, gaining a pawn in the process.  Once the minor pieces were swapped off, she advanced a pawn to the sixth rank, forced a queen exchange, then promoted, leaving her with a queen, two rooks, and six pawns against just three pawns. There was still a chance of stalemate traps, but Jo avoided those and forced mate.