Nomads 400 vs Barnsley

Nomads 400 2 2 Barnsley
Eric Mckenna (b) 0 1 A Steele
Robert Shaw 0 1 A Taylor
Jo Woollard 1 0 M Charlton
Ashley Rogers 1 0 M Anderson

Robert opened poorly, and was mated on move 14. Eric had a promising start, but was eventually outplayed. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good look at Ashley’s game, but he seemed to win without major problems.

Jo reached the end game with two rooks, the bishop pair, and six pawns against a knight, bishop, and five pawns, a clear advantage. She marched her b pawn up the board, but her opponent resigned just as she was about to queen it.

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.

Barnsley D vs Nomads E

Barnsley D Nomads E
Anthony Steel 1/2 1/2 Eric McKenna (b)
Russell Roe 1 0 Robert Shaw
Max Littlewood 0 1 Dave Kesteven
Alan Taylor 1 0 Jo Woollard

Robert sacrificed a knight for positional advantage, leaving  Russell with doubled e & g pawns, and an exposed king, but fumbled while attempting to exploit this, losing a rook to a skewer, after which he resigned.

Dave attacked strongly with his queen early on, gaining a rook, then swapped down, emerging into the end game with queen, rook and five pawns against just a rook and fice pawns. Dave then forced a queen exchange. Faced with inevitable promotion Max resigned.

After swapping off minor pieces Jo and Alan both castled king-side. Further exchanges left Jo with a queen, rook, and pawns against a queen, rook, knight and pawns, a slight disadvantage which proved decisive.

Eric was the last to finish. He too had opened by swapping off minor pieces and castling king-side, but he maintained material parity, manoeuvring  to a rook and pawn endgame, with a one pawn advantage. After exchanging rooks, Eric marched his h pawn to promotion, but Anthony also had an unstoppable pawn, so Eric agreed a draw.