Nomads 2 v Nomads 1 Richardson Cup

Nomads 2 0.5-5.5 Nomads 1
Peter Morton 0-1 Jon Nelson
Ken Dewhurst 0-1 Chris Shephard
Steve Withington 0.5-0.5 Wilson Banda
Duncan Chambers 0-1 Ian Barwick
Keith Wicks 0-1 Geoff Frost
Eric McKenna 0-1 Nick Mahoney

So the great match arrived. Things started very slowly. The 1 team despite their grading advantage were being careful. Geoff was first to finish, despite starting last as a substitute. In a position that looked favourable for Keith, he found two neat tricks both of which won an exchange. Nick was next eventually bursting through Eric’s centre and kingside. Some of the other games looked very close and so it continued. Wilson and Steve drew in an open attacking game. The match was secured when Ken lost on time. It seems that he was not aware of the new time control. On the board Chris had just won a pawn and was exerting pressure. Jon and Peter played a Queenless middle game followed by a long, long ending. Jon only gained a material advantage when it was down to N+3 v N+2. Jon then wrapped the ending up. Finally Ian had been attacking away at Duncan but stood R+2 v 2N. Hard to see who if anyone was making progress. Short of time Duncan shed a N and his position crumbled. 5.5 -0.5 flattered us. Peter an d Duncan probably deserved more than a 0 next to their names.

 

Nomads 1 v Chesterfield 1 Richardson Cup

Nomads 1 4 – 2 Chesterfield 1
Jon Nelson 1/2 – 1/2 Peter Ackley
Chris Shephard 1 – 0 Mike Alcock
Kieran O'Driscoll 1/2 -1/2 Mike Johnson
Jeremy Hamm 1/2 -1/2 Martin Howard
Geoff Frost 1/2 – 1/2 David Ashcroft
Ian Barwick 1 – 0 Andy Mort

After the disaster in the league last week, this was a chance to redeem ourselves. We were from last weeks team missing boards 4 & 5. Chesterfield were missing Dave Latham on 1 but had Mike Alcock on 2. Otherwise it was their first 6.

We won the toss but Jon felt that himself, Kieran and Geoff did not deserve white again after only 3 draws last week. So black on odd.

A slow and cagey start with no obvious advantage for anyone. after only about 30-40 minutes, Andy offered a draw to Ian. It was very flat and level and was going to be a queenless middle game. Ian declined. I did wonder if that would come back to haunt us. not long afterwards Jon and Peter agreed a draw. They seemed to have played quite quickly and was already in a late middle game. Emboldened by this friendliness, Geoff offered a draw in a very early middlegame. Dave accepted. The spectre of 6 draws seemed likely.

I should say that my pre match e-mail predicted 5 draws and a win for Kieran. It seems that Kieran had also offered a draw which Mike had turned down.

There was nothing really happening but I felt that we could get something from 2 & 3 which at this stage looked like our powerhouse. Soon afterwards Jeremy and Martin drew. Ian had been pressing on, exchanging pieces and had reached B+5 v N+5 all very even. The Bishop should be better on an open board but I always fear sneaky N forks in time trouble!

Then Chris won. He obviously claimed that he had been losing…..

This put a different dynamic on the match. unless we lost BOTH outstanding games we would win. Kieran said he understood the arithmetic, so expected another draw offer at an appropriate stage. Ian had not stood up to look at the score and was playing the ending like a superstar. He won and it was all over. Kieran and Mike settled for the draw so 4-2.

Well done everyone and thanks to Chesterfield for a good and friendly evening.

Nomads 1 v Ecclesall 1

Nomads 1 3.5-2.5 Ecclesall 1
Jon Nelson 0-1 David Adams
Paul Cumbers 0-1 Jim Burnett
Chris Shephard 1-0 Peter Hempson
Jamie Hillman 0.5-0.5 Ewan Cormack
Jeremy Hamm 1-0 James Marley
Geoff Frost 1-0 Safdar Alam

The first thing to note is that we comfortably outgraded Ecclesall on all boards. The second thing is to note that was by and large irrelevant!

Having won the toss there was a long debate between all 6 of us about choice of colours. Jon eventually took black and Paul white.

And so we set off. It was very cagey for a long time with no-one clearly doing well (or otherwise). Jamie eventually drew after about an hour and a half, in a position that looked slightly unfavourable for him. Then Chris won and mood in the camp brightened, until Jon lost.

I have played many Cup games against Ecclesall where Dave wins on 1, they win on 2, previously Pete but now Jim, and so only need 2 draws from the remaining 4 boards. Keep a close eye on Paul on board 2.

I eventually won on 6, having played a very forgettable first 25 moves before finding some tactics to win Safdars Queen.

Sat next to me, Jeremy was grinding out a nice ending which he was firstly unlikely to lose, then won with good technique. This was as well because finally Paul lost to Jim. I thought that he was at least drawing but of course I only play on board 6!

Good win and into the semi-final

 

 

Nomads I vs SASCA II

Well SASCA 2 could only raise 3 players for the match. They had to play it to gain access to the Plate. I was able to give Jeremy and Nick the night off. So only 3 games played. On Board 2 Sam’s opponent played a fairly accurate French defence and I thought that this could develop into a reasonable game. When I next returned, Sam had won his opponent’s Queen on a full board…1-0

Daniel was not unduly troubled and won a piece in 6 moves. He just played it out to a win nothing tricky, just winning material as he went…2-0

Paul on Board 1 had a very long game. Black in a Benoni he seemed to have all the chances, but probably failed to note the drawishness of the Bishops Opposite colours in a very locked position. Finally as we were putting the rest of the sets and tables away (assisted by his opponent, thanks !) Paul made a breakthrough and was able to infiltrate with his Rook…3-0, or 6-0

We now have a Bye until the New Year.