Disappointed that only Robert & Myself bothered to turn up to Phil Fords Memorial Tournament tonight. Don’t know why nobody else turned up to what normally is a well attended evening in the Clubs calendar. So far the Summer events we planned at our AGM have mostly been poorly attended which I find very sad indeed. Hope the few events we have planned in September are better attended. Cheers Lez
8 players turned up for our second Club League night. In Division 1 Henry kept up his winning start with a win over Nick, while in Division 2 Eric remained unbeaten with a win over Rob. Steve & Lez played out a draw. Only one match in Division 3 with Lucas playing his first game winning against Gordon. Thanks to all for playing tonight the next Club League night is on Sept 19th, hope to see everyone there.
For those with long memories, the Richardson Cup final was played on 15th March 2016. on 26th September 2016 the replay was held. By agreement between the captains and Phill Beckett (controller) we played over 4 boards and agreed that board count and board elimination would be used to settle a 2-2 draw. There was no agreement or facility for 4 draws. Cue collective crossed fingers.
The teams were again very evenly matched and probably had their best 4 available players out.
So off we went. That is to say they played and the general retired for a coffee.
Soon Chris and Jonathan walked in to my bunker all smiles. Jonathan was happy to have drawn in 16 moves. Chris likewise, citing that he was after all black and hadn’t played for 3 months. 1 draw down 3 to go. followed quickly by Jamie with another lame excuse for drawing in 18. 2 draws 2 to go. I wonder what Ian’s players told him!!
So off to the front line to observe the remains of the battle. To my amateur eyes we stood better on both games. Jon’s was messy but he has a good score against Oskar. Paul seemed to have more space and an easier position against Peter. Now a win on board 1 would have decided the match there and then. Hence another draw. Jon muttered something about time pressure. 3 draws 1 to go.
So all eyes on Paul and Peter, except mine, I retreated to the safety of the bunker to await reports. Paul was a pawn up but had doubled isolated b pawns. I again ventured forward and concluded that the game would be won or lost by Paul on the kingside or centre. I will not name the pessimist in our side who was strongly betting on Peter.
Finally, finally it was confirmed that Paul had won.
A postscript is that during the match Phill Beckett and I finalised the draw for next year’s Richardson cup. The loser of this game were to play Woodseats, the winner got the bye. Thought it better not to mention it during the game.
Thanks to everyone who played all season, including Pal and his dad who came back from Grantham for this match.
Fascinating article from chess.com:
|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.
This week, Bill Pettigrew, who has been with Nomads club since the 90s, has moved from his flat in Longley to be closer to his daughters in Bridlington. Though he hasn’t been to the club recently, people will remember his lively spirit very well from Eten Café (including his magic acts there!) and at previous venues before that. When we were still at The Harlequin, he gave a lecture on the history of chess in Sheffield: including amusing stories of how the allure of chess had proved the ruin of some people he’d come across in his working life, as well as the saviour for others.
Bill has had a long life, with memories of chess in Sheffield stretching back to the 1950s. Though he didn’t play at the Sheffield Boys’ Working Home where he was brought up (his only chess memories there are of boys using two torn-in-half chessboards as shields against the pieces thrown at each other!), it obviously stirred his imagination – he learned to play later in the army, buying his first chess set in an antique shop in Worcester (close to the Great Malvern barracks where he was based). He first played ‘properly’ in the 50s when he was a constable in Sheffield City Police, as part of the Works League. He was also for a time a member of Association clubs: The Limes first on Barnsley Rd and then Southey in the 60s. In Bill’s memory, there was a clear contrast between the two Sheffield leagues: while the Works was dominated by workers from steel and engineering, the Association was much more the domain of the professional classes. Bill took part in the famous 100-board matches that were played annually between the two leagues, he was part of the 1975 match between Sheffield and Manchester – and going further back well remembers local characters such as Charlie Gurnhill, the strong Sheffield and Yorkshire player of the mid-20th century.
Good luck Bill from players at the Nomads – all the very best and hope you find that chess club in Bridlington!
Both Nomads and SASCA had pulled out all the stops for this Richardson final. The two teams each had an average (live) grade of 193 – and remarkably, players were almost equally matched board for board.
30 minutes in and the quality of the chess was apparent. Jon’s game on 1 was becoming interesting: he’d played …c6 and …b5 to disrupt Oskar’s central pawn setup – and followed up by playing …Nd4, sacrificing a pawn – though there was nothing immediate, we’ve seen Jon play like this before, seizing weaknesses in opponents’ positions, in this case with White’s under-development and exposed king in the line of fire. On the other boards, Paul was a little better against Peter’s Dutch Stonewall, Sam was doing fine in a kind of non-d4 Grunfeld, Chris was a little passive in a kingside fianchetto and d3 setup, Jamie was holding on in the face of Ryan’s Colle, and Daniel was developing a nice positional edge (facing another Dutch Stonewall).
Interestingly it was our top two Black games (Jon on 1 and Sam on 3) which first looked they were potentially tilting our way. Jon’s pressure was starting to pay dividends, while Sam was enjoying more space in a position which now resembled a reversed Benoni. But other games were more worrying: in particular, Paul’s position was turning in his opponent’s favour (Paul later said he’d made a key mistake in allowing Peter’s central pawns to go forward) – and on board 5 Ryan had unleashed a nasty-looking g4 to disrupt Jamie’s d5-e6-f5 pawn formation. Daniel was still better.
And then, Jon’s game exploded into life. Some wonderful piece play – with his opponent’s king still in the centre of the board, his queen, rook and knight appeared to swarm on strong central squares, joined by his black-squared bishop: before too long, the position was overwhelming and Oskar resigned. Something of a relief, with other games definitely more worrying by this stage – including Sam’s increasingly complex game, where nobody watching had a clue of what was going on!
Chris on 4 managed to reach the time control, in spite of his huge time deficit. Paul was in trouble, a pawn down now and positionally worse. Meanwhile Jamie was valiantly attempting to counter his opponent’s initiative, playing on both the king and queensides: but his position was getting very stretched and when Ryan successfully swapped black-squared bishops, it looked very difficult. Daniel was still better, his bishop greatly superior to Deji’s: but his position was simplifying by now and it wasn’t clear how he was going to make further progress.
When Paul resigned and Daniel agreed the draw, it was 1½-1½, with 3 games to go. Sam was clearly on top now – his advancing passed a pawn was posing Yang with enormous problems. But at this stage, we could easily be losing both the remaining two games and with it the match. In fact, things weren’t so simple. In enormous time trouble, Chris was defending Jonathan’s initiative heroically – and on board 5, Jamie was finding great squares for his bad bishop, putting pressure on Ryan and his clock: both players were bashing out moves at this stage. The position was lost but with not more than 20 seconds left Ryan may well have been forced to concede a draw – but then in the chaos Jamie moved into check, giving his opponent an extra 2 minutes to finish things off. Sam had won by now – so 2½-2½, with just Chris’s game left. Opposite coloured bishops meant it was extremely difficult to make any progress: Jonathan graciously conceded the draw, even though he could have run Chris out of time.
So after all the drama (and a great buffet organised by Les), 3-3 and a replay in a few weeks time: can’t wait!
Nomads I SASCA I
1. Jonathan Nelson 1-0 Oskar Hackner
2. Paul Cumbers 0-1 Peter Shaw
3. Samuel Milson 1-0 Yang Guo
4. Chris Shephard ½-½ Jonathan Arnott
5. Jamie Hillman 0-1 Ryan Burgin
6. Daniel Sullivan ½-½ Deji Jeje
|Barnsley C||1||5||Nomads C|
|V Shaposhnikov||0||1||Henry Withington|
|P Lea-Kine||0.5||0.5||Steve Withington|
|J Stevens||0||1||Duncan Chambers|
|A Steele||0||1||Keith Wicks|
|R Merc||0||1||Les Day|
|M Littlewood||0.5||0.5||Eric McKenna|
|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.
Am liking the new look website with some great new additions to make things easier to contribute to the site. Nice work Steve cheers
|Nomads B||2.5||3.5||Chesterfield A|
|Daniel Sullivan (W)||0||1||Dave Latham|
|Ian Barwick||1||0||Dave Ashcroft|
|Stuart Crosthwaite||0||1||Martin Howard|
|Ken Dewhurst||0||1||Andy Mort|
|Duncan Chambers||1||0||Steve Burke|
|Keith Wicks||0.5||0.5||George Peters|
|Les Day||0||1||Ian Edmundson|
|Eric McKenna||1||0||Brian Crofts|
Spice up your evenings with a game of chess at Sheffield Nomadz.
This is a brief guide to our digital chess clocks, found on youtube. It doesn’t explain absolutely everything, but it should give you a decent idea how setting the clocks is supposed to work.
Think the new events calendar looks good nice one Steve.
I suffered a bad loss in a Sicilian mainline recently when I ran into an opening novelty that I was unprepared for. The move should not present White with serious problems but you might want to look in to this in case you face it over the board:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. d4 d5!?
My game continued:
5. exd5 Nxd5 6. Bc4 Nb6 7. Bb5 cxd4 8. Nxd4 a6 9. Nxc6 Qxd1+ 10. Kxd1 axb5 11. Nd4 b4 12. Nce2? after which I got into trouble (Ncb5 is better).
After the game my opponent told me that IM Jon Rowson won as White in the line 6. dxc5 Nxc3 7. Qxd8+ Kxd8 8. bxc3. Despite the extra pawn I’m not attracted to White’s structure but who am I to argue with an IM?
Coming up this week on BBC Radio Four a documentary about street chess in New York. Catch it live on Thursday or on the BBC website, play it again option: