|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|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.