Clay Cross vs Nomads C

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 vs Nomads C

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.

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.