Nomads vs Rotherham B

Nomads 2 3 Rotherham B
Steve Withington 0.5 0.5 Pete Catt (w)
Duncan Chambers 0.5 0.5 Chris Willey
Les Day 0 1 Andy Baxter
Eric McKenna 0 1 Ed Sowerby
Ben Remy 1 0 Mick Snowden

This was a closely contested match that saw another win for new Nomad, Ben Remy, and an epic swindle for Steve. Everything hinged on Les’s game – a difficult imbalanced endgame. Despite a valiant effort, and his opponent’s time trouble, it was not to be. All the same – it was a great summer league match.

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Woodseats Olympians vs Nomads

Woodseats Olympians 1 3 Nomads
Nick Kanellis 0 1 Henry Withington
Bill Ward 0.5 0.5 Keith Wicks
Michael Mullin 0.5 0.5 Jo Woollard
Steve Dakin 0 1 Ashley Rogers

As Woodseats Olympians and Nomads clashed in the Red Lion, we were also “entertained” by England vs Slovakia (0 – 0). All the excitement was on the chess boards, rather than the pitch.

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Ravenfield Knights vs Nomads D

Ravenfield Knights 1 3 Nomads D
Andrew Shaw 0 1 Les Day (w)
Roy Evans 1 0 Robert Shaw
Michael Hoyes 0 1 Jo Woollard
Pete Sharman 0 1 Gordon Shaw

After a quiet opening, first Robert then his opponent gave away a rook, ending up in a rook and pawn endgame with Robert two pawns down. Once Roy forced promotion Robert resigned.

Gordon and Pete swapped off queens early, with Gordon gaining a bishop then winning a rook with a knight fork, a decisive material advantage. After some more manoeuvring, Gordon delivered this mate on move 30:

Coming out of the opening, Les had a dangerous looking knight on e5, but his opponent traded off minor piece. Both players were left with a queen, a single rook, and pawns, but Les had a four pawn advantage which proved sufficient for him to win a queen outright. Andrew then resigned.

In a quiet opening Jo and Michael both castled kingside. Jo won a queen for two pieces, but then Michael pinned her rook, gaining a rook for a bishop. However Jo won a knight with a queen fork, leaving her with a queen, rook and five pawns against two rooks and two pawns. After much manoeuvring, mate followed.

Nomads D vs Ravenfield Bishops

Nomads D 4 1 Ravenfield Bishops
Simon Nicholson (w) 1 0 David Tate
Robert Shaw 1 0 Steve Eyre
Jo Woollard 1 0 David Hill
Dave Kesteven 1 0 Martin Wilkes
Ashley Rogers 0 1 Phil Dexter

Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odd boards.

Robert gained a couple of pawns early on, then swapped down to just a rook, a knight and pawns each. Both players promoted, but neither new queen lasted long. Robert ended up with a king and rook against a bare king, then Steve’s flag fell.

Jo also gained an early pawn, then she traded a knight for a bishop before gaining a full bishop, a decisive advantage. Simon went into the endgame with four pawns to one. When he forced promotion, his opponent resigned.

Ashley and Phil swapped down to rooks and pawns, then Phil outmanoeuvred Ashley, forcing promotion, so Ashley resigned. Meanwhile, after exchanging minor pieces and castling kingside, Dave sacrificed his queen to force mate.

Steve Eyre Vs Robert Shaw, 3/5/16

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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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 400 vs Ecclesall

Nomads 400 1 3 Ecclesall
Robert Shaw(b) 0.5 0.5 John Speck (w)
Jo Woollard 0.5 0.5 Ken Scott
Dave Kesteven 0 1 Ivan Basarab-Horwath
Sam Humphrey 0 1 Safdar Alam

Ecclesall won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Early on, Robert won a queen, rook, and two pawns for a queen, bishop, and knight, a small theoretical advantage, but was unable to capitalise. Eventually, John Speck trapped Robert’s remaining rook, giving him a definite material advantage, but he was under time pressure with no clear route to mate, so a draw was agreed.

In a quiet opening, Dave and Ivan both castled king-side. After much manoeuvring Dave suffered decisive material loss, and resigned. Sam also resigned, after losing his queen to a knight fork.

In Jo’s game, her opponent castled first, then they exchanged knights and bishops, eventually reaching this position, in which a draw was agreed.

J Speck vs R Shaw

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.

Ecclesall vs Nomads 400

Ecclesall Nomads 400
Robert Walton (b) 0.5 0.5 Eric McKenna (w)
Ivan Basarab-Horwath 1 0 Robert Shaw
Safdar Alam 1 0 Jo Woollard
Stuart Bullington 1 0 Sam Humphrey

Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Robert and Ivan both castled king-side. Once out of the opening, Robert was comprehensively out-manoeuvred. On move 29, facing imminent forced mate, he resigned.

Jo established a solid defensive position, with her bishop on g2, but her opponent launched a strong attack with queen and bishop along the a8-h1 diagonal. Swapping queens off left Jo a bishop don, then she lost a rook for a bishop, leaving her a full rook down. She resigned soon after.

Sam exchanged knights, then bishops. His opponent positioned his queen ominously on e5, but Sam got a pawn to h2. However, Stuart forced a queen swap, winning the h pawn, then won a rook for a knight, giving him a decisive lead.

Eric castled early, positioning his bishop on g2, then swapped off knights. The two queens followed, on move 25. By move 30, Eric and his opponent were left with just a rook, knight, and five pawns each. A draw was agreed soon after, in this position:

Woodseats vs Nomads 400

Woodseats 3 1 Nomads
Kypros Pilakoutas 1 0 Eric McKenna (w)
Michael Mullin 0.5 0.5 Robert Shaw
Stephen Daykin 0.5 0.5 Jo Woollard
Alexander Pilakoutas 1 0 Ashley Rogers

Jo won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Eric castled king-side, put his king on h2, then lost material, finishing up with two bishops and four pawns against two rooks and five pawns. When his opponent forced mate in two, Eric resigned. Ashley swapped queens off, but went a knight down. Further material loss followed, leaving him with a bishop, knight and two pawns against a rook, bishop, knight, and five pawns, so he too resigned.

Robert declined the Queen’s Gambit, gained a pawn advantage. then lost it, ending up in a rook and pawn endgame. After some manoeuvring a draw was agreed in this position.

Jo and Stephen both castled king-side. Jo established a solid defensive position, gaining a rook. More material gains followed, giving Jo two rooks, a bishop and seven pawns against just one pawn, but her opponent managed to find a stalemate.

Nomads 400 vs Barnsley

Nomads 3 1 Barnsley
Eric McKenna (b) 0.5 0.5 Russell Roe
Robert Shaw 1 0 Anthony Steele
Jo Woollard 0.5 0.5 Alan Taylor
Gordon Shaw 1 0 Michael Charlton

Against Eric, Russell played the English Opening, 1 c4. Eric established a solid defensive position, exchanging off knights then bishops, leading to a quiet game which eventually deadlocked. Robert opened with the Italian Game, producing an even-looking position. When Robert managed to gain a queen, Anthony resigned.

Jo felt on the back foot for most of her game, but managed to maintain material parity. After swapping off most of the pieces, she went into the endgame with a rook and five pawns against a rook and six pawns, but extra ten minutes on the clock. Neither player had any clear way to force promotion, so a draw was agreed.

Gordon won a rook for a bishop early on, then gained a bishop before winning the queen, ending up with a queen, two rooks and six pawns, one on the seventh rank, against a single rook and just four pawns, none of them past their fourth rank. Facing mate, his opponent resigned.

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.

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.

Sam Humphrey vs Ross Phillips

Robert Shaw vs Ian Barker

All commentary welcome.

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 C vs Ecclesall D

Nomads C 5.5 0.5 Ecclesall D
Milan Zpevak 1 0 Elliott Spencer
Henry Withington 1 0 John Speck
Steve Withington 1 0 John Robertson
Duncan Chambers 0.5 0.5 John Eddershaw
Keith Wickes 1 0 Ivan Basarab-Horwath
Les Day 1 0 Ken Scott

The 5½ – ½ score did not reflect the closeness of many of the games. Nomads C continue an excellent season.

Nomads C vs Stannington C

Nomads C 6 0 Stannington C
Geoff Frost 1 0 John Neely
Arjun Babu 1 0 Alan Sutton
Henry Withington 1 0 Ron Keenan
Milan Zpevak 1 0 Ken Keenan
Steve Withington 1 0 Paul Cheshire
Pete Morton 1 0 Glen Marvin

A Nomads C team featuring a returning Milan, and strengthened by Geoff and Arjun produced the goods this evening.

The walk from town to Duke Street Trades and Labour club goes across the Parkway roundabout, which is surprisingly picturesque and a pleasant end to the evening for those of us who head back into town to catch the bus home.

Darnall & Handsworth B vs Nomads C

Darnall & H B 1 5 Nomads C
Keith Booth 0 1 Henry Withington
Robert Black 0.5 0.5 Steve Withington
Brian Stephenson 0 1 Duncan Chambers
Bob Lindsay 0 1 Keith Wicks
Mick Turnidge 0.5 0.5 Eric McKenna
DEFAULT 0 1 Les Day

A great night at Darnall and Handsworth, who must be complimented on the excellent selection of beers they provided. My favourite was Sheppard Neame’s Brilliant Ale.

Nomads C face Stannington tomorrow.

Richardson Cup Semi Final

Geoff, he had a dream………..

Richardson Cup 09-02-16

Semi Final

Nomads 1 3.5 2.5 Ecclesall 1
Jon Nelson 204 7062 1 0 David Adams 1062
Sam Milson 188 3971 1 0 Jim Burnett 5495
Chris Shephard 192 1603 0.5 0.5 Farshad Ai 2397
Daniel Sullivan 184 3594 0 1 Peter Hempson 1354
Jamie Hillman 186 4353 0.5 0.5 James Marley 2800
Jeremy Hamm 168 3243 0.5 0.5 Gunnar Mallon 3954

The long awaited Semifinal clash with Ecclesall. Thanks to my players for feverish email, statistics and board order suggestions. I could fill a page with analysis, thought process etc….
The teams were evenly matched, we slightly shaded it on grades. At Jon’s suggestion we took Black on ODD, again lots to consider.
Ok, Jon played a modern system against a very classical  set up from Dave. Nf3, Nc3, early h3…this was going to be a long grinding game. Sam played e4 and Jim played his favourite line of the French Tarrasch. Sam had more space but this was not going anywhere quickly. Farshad Chris was 1 d4 Nf6,2 Bf4 play was cautious by both players. In the mmdle of the game and on a full board the Queens ended up at a2 and a7 very cautious.
I do not have a note of Daniel v Peter opening. They were soon in a middle game, Daniel had doubled Rooks on the b file seemed to be going fine. Jamie played a NimzoIndian which soon had a locked position. Finally Jeremy also got a French, Winawer this time. I was very happy about this as I have seen Jeremy win many of these games (Often against me!)
Then disaster. Daniel move his Knight to avoid a fork but put it between the doubled rooks. Lost the Rook Resigned. This was then balanced by a fine win by Sam. Jim lost a piece in an exchange, overlooking an intermediate check. Now we had the win on 2 against the loss on 4 so were in pole position on board count. Jamie then drew, as did Jeremy. It looked like Jeremy had a nice plus but we were unable to find a clear win.
So to Board 1. Jon offered Dave a draw, Dave didn’t hear but said the he would have played on anyway because of the state of the match. Near time control Jon won the exchange and the game. Home with a board to spare. Chris and Farshad played on but it was clear that neither could win without risks so a draw was agreed.
Results above, thanks to my players. Also thanks to Ecclesall for a good and sporting match.
Bring on SASCA…..

Bryan Wood vs Robert Shaw

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.

 

 

Nomads A vs Barnsley A

Nomads A took a hard fought point from the match against Barnsley A. We were both weaker than usual and welcomed yet another Withington to the team Sam.
At my first glance round, Sam and Steve were not doing too well, Jamie and Henry were clearly better.
Sam did lose as did Steve. Steve’s kingside vanished and he was 2 pawns down. However his pieces Q & R were more active and if he could have consolidated he could have been Ok. However he decided to sacrifice his Bishop, not necessarily a good decision and soon lost.
Jon’s game on 1 was very solid and Andrew with White seemed more interested in not losing. A draw was agreed.
I thought Chris had been doing Ok on 2, certainly in the early stages. I had my back to their game but I heard Martin say “draw”. What I didn’t know until after was that Martin was in a crushing position and his flag fell as he made his 30th move. The old “had he made his move”, “did he press his clock” “did the flag fall early” etc etc. Now I set all the clock and always give a minute on all clocks at start. Chris immediately offered/accepted a draw and everyone was happy.
Henry was winning confortably but he played a move that we all knew he was going to make, all knew that it lost. very sad he had played really well.
So we were 4-1 down. Although Jamie was winning, I was under the cosh and Arjun turned a draw down.
Some magic, Arjun went into overdrive and crashed through.
I offered a dubious piece sacrifice which my opponent rejected because he thought he was winning anyway. I managed to break through on my Queenside whilst Richard was trying to unlock my Kingside.
Jamie all this time had been winning a double Rook + Queen ending a couple of pawns up. with that amount of heavy pieces on the board it is never easy.
So 4-4.
Very very hard work.

Woodseats A v Nomads A

Jon won a grinding ending R+N v R+B. A really good knight v a pretty bad bishop. Jon said he could play the position all day…from what I saw Nigel pushed his King side pawns and gave Jon targets. Nigel was short of time

Chris won a nice game just overpowering Andy. Final position double rook ending but chris’s rooks doubled on 7th as would eliminate all Andy’s pawns with mate threats.

Andrew’s game was probably influenced by that fact that he had to get home quickly. A straightforward enough draw.

Mine was pretty poor. 3 pawns down for nothing. I was about to resign but I had more time and Dave blundered a rook and resigned immediately.

Arjun was last to finish. I thought that he had slightly the better of the middle game but in went down to R+1 each Drawn. I suspect that neither had a deal of time.

Henry’s game has been posted. It was a draw. It fluctuated every time I went to look

Steve’s game looked very drawing.  Q’s off early, most pieces on odd squares. Eventually Steve had B v N and won a couple of pawns.

Pete on board 8 started off as a Morra and Brendan had a little pressure, Pete played very cautiously to equalise. I didn’t look at any of the games for a while so I was surprised to find Pete’s knights at h3 and f2 with the white king at g3. At first glance I could not see anything dynamic but Pete certainly stood better, and was still his pawn up. There must have been some explosion because the game finished quickly after that.

 

Geoff

 

Woodseats have also posted their version of events. May be worth a comparison!!  http://www.woodseatschess.org.uk/new_site/?p=3433

 

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.

SASCA RJ D vs Nomads C

SASCA RJ D 0.5 5.5 Nomads C
Sammy Benzaira 0 1 Henry Withington
Marek Krajici 0 1 Steve Withington
S Kay 0.5 0.5 Duncan Chambers
C Wilson 0 1 Keith Wicks
D Evans 0 1 Les Day
D Harris 0 1 Eric McKenna

Nomads faced a somewhat under-strength SASCA, and were able to get the win, and continue their march towards (hopefully) winning the division.

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.

 

 

Nomads C vs Chestefield C

Nomads C 2 4 Chesterfield C
Henry Withington 1/2 1/2 I Edmundson
Steve Withingon 0 1 Brian Crofts
Duncan Chambers 0 1 T Amarnath
Keith Wicks 1/2 1/2 J Riley
Les Day 0 1 R May
Eric McKenna 1 0 H Schofield

What should have been a pretty evenly contested match became something of a walk-over for Chesterfield. Les lost his queen very early and resigned, only minutes later for Steve’s position to crumble entirely from what should have been a drawn position. Duncan faired little better. A win from Eric and draws from Keith and Henry were not enough to save the day, and Chesterfield C convincingly stopped Nomads C’s unbroken run without defeat.

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.

 

 

Clay Cross B vs Nomads C

Clay Cross B 2 4 Nomads C
Brian Lever 0 1 Henry Withington
Neil Cameron 1 0 Steve Withington
Brian Readhead 0 1 Duncan Chambers
Jerome Redhead 0.5 0.5 Keith Wicks
Keith Myhill 0.5 0.5 Les Day
Frank Pearson 0 1 Eric McKenna

 

Steve’s promising early attack floundered and Neil’s powerful queenside counter attack proved swift and lethal. Wins for Henry and Eric, and draws for Les and Keith left Duncan needing only a draw for match victory. Brian was under pressure and in a slightly worse position than Duncan and he eventually resigned.

Nomads C vs Clay Cross B

Nomads C 4 2 Clay Cross B
Henry Withington 1 0 Brian Lever
John Woollard 0 1 Neil Cameron
Steve Withington 1 0 Brian Readhead
Keith Wicks 1 0 Jerome Redhead
Les Day 1 0 Keith Myhill
Eric McKenna 0 1 Frank Pearson

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A finely balanced match was decided only when Henry had won against Brian. Nomads C are now joint top of the table with Stannington C with two games in hand.

Steve Eyre vs Robert Shaw

Graham Peacock vs Gordon Shaw

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.

 

 

Nomads D vs Worksop C

Nomads E Worksop C
Eric McKenna (w) 1 0 H Osborne
Dave Kesteven 0 1 Tim England
Jo Woollard 0.5 0.5 Alan Story
Natasha Withington 0 1 Ross Phillips

Playing the English opening, Eric put his bishop on g2 and quickly went two pawns up then castled king-side.  In the mid-game he won the queen with a knight fork, then pinned his opponent’s rook.  Osborne promptly resigned.

Jo also played the English opening, putting her bishop on g2 and castling king-side.  Eventually, Alan traded his queen for a rook, then immediately won Jo’s queen with a knight fork, but Jo captured his knight, leaving her with a bishop, knight and five pawns against a bishop, rook, and five pawns, a slight disadvantage but not decisive. A draw was soon offered, and accepted.

Dave developed his pieces solidly, avoiding speculative gambits, then swapped down to queen, rook and knight, with a one pawn deficit. After much manoeuvring, the queens were swapped off, but then Tim forced mate.

Natasha went a knight down early on, then lost her queen to a knight fork, and her knight was forced to retreat to h5.  Ross then forced an exchange of the remaining rooks, before pressing home the attack. Faced with multiple strong mating threats Natasha resigned.