Ecclesall vs Nomads 400

Ecclesall 2 2 Nomads 400
John Speck (w) 1/2 1/2 Eric McKenna
Ivan Basarab-Horwath 1 0 Jo Woollard
Mike Howarth 1/2 1/2 Dave Kesteven
Alex Parker 1 0 Robert Shaw

Eric traded minor pieces with his opponent, maintaining material parity, but eventually deadlocked. While one of them might have had a theoretical advantage, they’d have probably run afoul of the fifty move rule trying to exploit it, so a draw was agreed.

Dave’s opponent castled first, kingside. After some tense manoeuvring they ended up with a rook and four pawns each, then quickly agreed a draw.

Robert made some questionable moves early on, but won a knight with a fork, and kept this material advantage throughout the game, ending up with a rook, bishop and two pawns against just a rook and two pawns. He also had an extra fifteen minutes on the clock. A draw might still have been achievable for Alex, but then he lost his rook and resigned.

R Shaw vs A Parker

Worksop C vs Nomads D

Worksop C 3 3 Nomads D
Andrew Smith (b) 0 1 Pete Morton (w)
Ian Barker 0 1 Eric McKenna
H Osbourne 0.5 0.5 Dave Kesteven
Alan Story 1 0 Robert Shaw
Cliff Briggs 0.5 0.5 Jo Woollard
David Bedwall 1 0 Ashley Rogers

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good look at Pete’s game but Eric’s opponent opened aggressively, pushing a pawn to his seventh rank by move 13. After Eric rebuffed this attack, gaining a queen and rook, his opponent resigned.

Dave ended up with a queen, rook, and three pawns against a queen, bishop and six pawns, not a decisive material advantage for either player, so a draw was agreed. Meanwhile Jo gained a rook for a bishop, but ended up in a king and pawns endgame, so also agreed a draw.

Robert put his opponent under some pressure early on, but after they swapped down to opposite coloured bishops Robert slipped up in the resulting battle of manoeuvre, losing material without compensation. He played on for a bit, looking for a way back, but then his flag fell. Ashley also had a solid opening which fizzled out.

Sasca E vs Nomads D Oct 3rd, 2016

Sasca E Nomads D
D Evans (w) 0 1 Eric McKenna (b)
A Wilson 0 1 Robert Shaw
M Atkinson 0 1 Jo Woollard
J Sexton 0 1 Dave Kesteven
W Peck Ashley Rogers

Sasca won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Eric castled kingside, with good early development, swapping down to two rooks each, with a pawn advantage. After the rooks went too, both players promoted simultaneously, but then Eric forced a second promotion, and his opponent resigned.

Robert sacrificed a knight on f7 for positional advantage, and came out of the resulting exchanges a minor piece up, eventually ending up with a knight and pawns against a bare king, then sacrificed the knight to allow a quick pawn promotion. His opponent resigned soon after.

Jo won material early on, having a two rook advantage at one point, and delivered mate on move 37, with her queen on her opponent’s first rank, behind his king.

Dave also won material early on, capturing his opponents queen on move 23. Mate quickly followed.

After some initial gains Ashley agreed a draw in a deeply unclear position.

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.

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 E vs Worksop C

Nomads E  (w) 0 4 Worksop C
Dave Kesteven 0 1 Nigel Baxendale
Robert Shaw 0 1 Tim England
Jo Woollard 0 1 Alan Story
Natasha Withington 0 1 Frank Holt

Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Dave played a four knights opening, fianchettoing  his bishop, but lost a knight for two pawns. After further uneven exchanges reduced him to just king and pawns, Dave resigned. At the other end of the table, Frank’s queen soon occupied h8, forcing Natasha;’s king into the middle of the board, where a knight delivered mate.

After exchanging knights Jo and Alan both castled kingside, but then Jo lost her queen for a knight, ending up with two rooks , a knight, and seven pawns against two rooks, a queen, and seven pawns, a decisive disadvantage.

Robert played the Queen’s Gambit Declined  After a complex exchange removed the queens, he seemed to have better development, but Tim did have the advantage of a bishop pair. Robert kept material parity into a rook and pawns end game, where he tried to play for a draw, but was comprehensively out manoeuvred and ultimately mated.