Peter Sharpe vs Robert Shaw

Nomads E vs Sheffield Deaf

Nomads E 1/2 Sheffield Deaf
Peter Morton (w) 1/2 1/2 Michael Freund
Robert Shaw 0 1 Peter Sharpe
Jo Woollard 0 1 Mick Simmons
Natasha Withington 0 1 David Whiston

On board 4, David got his queen into Natasha’s position early on, quickly forcing mate. Peter’s game also finished fairly quickly.  Playing against the French Defence, he maintained material parity, but was unable to break through, and accepted a draw.

Jo went a knight up in the early exchanges, but slipped back in the midgame, ending up with queen, bishop against queen, rook, and pawns. Jo’s pawns did look slightly better, but this proved insufficient to outweigh the material disadvantage.

Robert began by swapping off minor pieces, trying to weaken Peter’s pawn structure, but went two pans down in the process. Under pressure, he managed to avoid losing further material, and recovered the lost pawns, but was eventually out- manoeuvred, succumbing to a mate he never saw coming.

Tim England vs Robert Shaw

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.

Nomads E vs Rotherham B

Nomads E 1 3 Rotherham B
Simon Nicholson 0 1 Chris Willey (b)
Eric McKenna 1 0 Default
Dave Kesteven 0 1 Philip Sharpe
Robert Shaw 0 1 Michael Snowdon

Rotherham defaulted on board two, due to a family emergency.

Dave and Philip both castled king-side, swapping off minor pieces, then Philip doubled his rooks on the d file, generating a strong attack.  After losing significant material, Dave resigned.

Simon played an obscure variant of the Caro-Kann  defence. Early on, he forced Chris to retreat his knight back to g8, but Chris soon recovered. Just as the game was starting to look like a draw, Simon’s flag fell, before move 30.

Robert gained a rook early on with a knight fork, but eventually blundered it away, leaving him with a lone knight against three pawns. While he was struggling to find a way to prevent promotion, his flag too fell.

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.

Nomads E vs Barnsley D

Nomads E 3 1 Barnsley D
Duncan Chambers (b) 1/2 1/2 Russell Roe
Peter Morton 1 0 Phil Griffiths
Robert Shaw 1 0 Robbie Merc
Jo Woollard 1/2 1/2 Alan Taylor

On board 4, early exchanges left both Jo and Alan with a week queenside pawn structure, but  Jo’s remaining bishop was well placed on g2.  After further exchanged left both players with a single knight and bishop, plus pawns, a draw was agreed. Duncan’s  game also began with a minor piece exchange, and ended in deadlock.

Peter came out of the opening with two bishops, a knight, and five pawns against two rooks and five pawns, a marginal material advantage, but it proved sufficient. Peter forced further exchanges, with gradual material gain, ending up with a bishop and three pawns against just three pawns, at which point his opponent resigned.

After some initial manoeuvring, Robert won a queen for a bishop, a decisive advantage. His opponent played on for a while, generating some threats, but resigned once mate was clearly inevitable.

Ecclesall E vs Nomads E

Ecclesall E Nomads E
Mike Howarth 1/2 1/2 Eric McKenna (w)
Elliot Spencer 0 1 Peter Morton
John Speck 1 0 Dave Kesteven
Ken Scott 1 0 Robert Shaw
Peter Mitchell 0 1 Jo Woollard

Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Dave soon went a knight down. He lured Speck’s king to f7, where it looked pretty vulnerable, but this didn’t prove to be enough. Robert  also lost a piece early on, following a miscalculation in a promising position. He was able to generate some pressure with promotion threat on the a file, but eventually resigned.

Eric maintained material parity throughout his game, both players ending up with six pawns, a knight, and a bishop, on opposite colours. Once it was clear neither player could break through, a draw was agreed.

Peter and Elliot swapped off queens early, then Peter lost the exchange, going a knight for a rook down. He did have an extra pawn in compensation, but three of how pawns were trebled on the e file. However, Peter eventually recovered material in a tangled position, and then his opponents flag fell, before move 30.

Jo and Peter both castled kingside, with an open pawn structure on the queenside. After swapping bishops off, Jo went an exchange up: queen, two rooks and six pawns against queen, rook, knight, and six pawns. She tehn pressed this slight advantage home, until Peter resigned.


Sasca E vs Nomads E

Sasca E 1/2 Nomads E
D Evans (w) 1/2 1/2 Eric McKenna
C Wilson 0 1 Robert Shaw
O Walker 0 1 Jo Woollard
N Roberts 0 1 Gordon Shaw

Sasca won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Eric’s opponent opened with a strong attack, but Eric mounted a solid defence, eventually swapping down to a queen, rook and pawn endgame, with a  one pawn advantage for Eric. He tried to press this home, but his opponent manoeuvred him into perpetual check.

Playing against the French defence, Gordon quickly gained a pawn.  After his opponent retreated his bishop to e7, they both castled kingside, then Gordon swapped a bishop and knight for two bishops, giving him the slight theoretical advantage of the bishop pair. Exploiting this, he squeezed his opponent, swapping off queens on move 19 and.ending up with a rook and two pawns against just three pawns. This was enough to force promotion, after which mate swiftly followed.

Jo also opened with an exchange of minor pieces. Further exchanges followed, with Jo steadily gaining positional advantage, until her opponent was mated.

Robert was the last to finish. He and his opponent had exchanged queens on move 19. leaving Robert a pawn down, but with a stronger pawn structure. The next exchanges left Robert with a knight for four pawns, a marginal disadvantage, but after a wobbly middle-game he pulled back, gaining material, so towards the end of the game Robert had a  rook, knight and pawn against just a rook.  Once his opponent’s rook was disposed of, mate soon followed.

Robert’s mate:

Clay Cross vs Nomads E

Clay Cross 3 1 Nomads E
Jerome Redhead 1 0 Duncan Chambers (w)
Neil Cameron 1/2 1/2 Eric McKenna
Keith Myhill 1 0 Robert Shaw
Brian Redhead 1/2 1/2 Jo Woollard

Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Robert miscalculated an early exchange, trading a bishop for two pawns. He was able to generate a promotion threat with his kingside pawn majority, getting one pawn to the seventh rank, but Keith eventually blocked him. Once it was clear he could force promotion, Robert resigned.

Eric castled first in a solid defensive opening, exchanging first minor pieces then queens. When the dust settled Eric and his opponent had two knights and seven pawns each. Once it was clear neither player could make progress a draw was agreed.

After swapping off bishops Duncan positioned his queen threateningly on g6, then exchanged knights. More exchanges followed, leaving Duncan two pawns down with a single rook, bishop, and queen, then Jerome outmanoeuvred Duncan, winning his bishop outright. Facing a clear material disadvantage, Duncan resigned.

Against Jo, Brian opened aggressively, his queen penetrating to a4, but Jo repulsed this attack., going two pawns up. Going into the endgame, she had a rook and six pawns, including connected passed pawns on g6 and f7, against a rook, bishop and just two pawns. After some manoeuvring, Jo won the bishop with a promotion threat, leaving her with a rook and five pawns against a rook and a single pawn, but she was running short on time.

With just  50 seconds left on the clock, Jo succumbed to a stalemate trap, and the match was over.

Considering we were outgraded on every board, this was a respectable result.

Ravenfield vs Nomads E

Ravenfield Nomads E
David Tate 1 0 Les Day (w)
Andrew Shaw 1/2 1/2 Duncan Chambers
David Hall 1 0 Eric McKenna
Stephen Eyre 0 1 Robert Shaw
Martin Wilkes 0 1 Jo Woollard
Graham Peacock 0 1 Gordon Shaw

Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odds.

On board 1, the queens were swapped off early, leaving Les with doubled f pawns, and his king looking vulnerable on g2. Once all the pieces had been exchanged, Les was left with a bare king against three pawns, and resigned.

Meanwhile, Gordon won his opponent’s queen with a knight fork, then mated him on move 21 on h1, with his queen on h3 and a bishop on f2

Eric castled first, then exchanged minor pieces, ending up with a rook, opposite coloured bishops, and six pawns each. After much manoeuvring, Eric lost his rook, and resigned.

Duncan also castled first in a fairly quiet opening, then swapped off minor pieces, ending up with two rooks and five pawns (one on his seventh rank) against two rooks and six pawns. Duncan then exchanged rooks, gained a pawn advantage, but the position remained pretty even, so a draw was eventually agreed.

Robert won a rook for a knight in the middle game, then swapped down to rook and two pawns vs bishop and 3 pawns, a slight advantage.  Robert pushed his pawns, winning two pawns in the process, then swapped his rook for the bishop, giving him a won king and pawn endgame. Faced with inevitable promotion, Stephen resigned.

Jo was the last to finish, ending up in a rook and pawn endgame, with six pawns to four, and five minutes extra on the clock, but players had a passed pawn. Jo won her opponent’s rook with a promotion threat, then promoted one of her remaining pawns, giving her a queen and rook against a king and pawns. Mate soon followed.

Stephen Eyre vs Robert Shaw

Rotherham B vs Nomads E

Rotherham B 1 4 Nomads E
Ed Sowerby 0 1 Eric McKenna (b)
John Baker 1/2 1/2 Duncan Chambers
Colin Whitehouse 1/2 1/2 Robert Shaw
Harry Dickinson 0 1 Jo Woollard
Neil Craig 0 1 David Kesteven

Rotherham won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Eric and Ed swapped off  a knight and bishop early, and castled kingside, producing a tangled position with plenty of active pieces. After some manoeuvring Eric won a queen and Ed resigned.

Duncan castled first, queenside. Both kings looked pretty open to attack, but neither player was quite able to force mate, so they eventually agreed a draw. Meanwhile, David opened by exchanging two knights for a knight and bishop, before mounting a strong attack on Neil’s castled king with his queen and both bishops. Faced with decisive material loss, Neil resigned.

Robert gained a pawn in the early middle gain, then tried to swap down to a won end game,  but Colin outmanoeuvred him and gained two pawns, leaving Robert with a rook and two pawns against a rook and three pawns.  He swapped off the rooks, then pushed a pawn to promotion, but Colin promoted simultaneously,  leaving Robert with a queen and two pawns against a queen and pawn. Unable to see a clear route to victory for either player, Robert offered a draw, which was quickly accepted.

Jo was the last to finish. After swapping off pieces, she was left with three pawns against two, but she had pawns on both sides of the board, unlike  Harry, so she was able to push a pawn to promotion. Harry resigned soon after.



Colin Whitehouse Vs Robert Shaw

Nomads E vs Ecclesall E

Nomads E 2 4 Ecclesall E
Duncan Chambers (w) 0 1 Elliot Spencer
Keith Davis 0 1 John Speck
Robert Shaw 0 1 John Eddershaw
David Kesteven 1 0 Ken Scott
Peter Morton 1 0 Mike Howarth
Natasha Withington 0 1 Tim Port

Keith opened with the exchange variation of the Caro-Kann defence, eventually swapping off all the minor pieces. After some manoeuvring, the rooks were also exchanged, leaving both players with just a king and four pawns.  John pushed an isolated pawn to his seventh rank, pulling Keith’s king away from his own pawns, and allowing John to get in behind them, giving him a decisive pawn lead.

After a quiet opening, Duncan ended up in a close position, only slightly down on material. Realising he couldn’t win unless his opponent blundered, Duncan resigned. Meanwhile, Natasha lost significant material, ending up with just a king and five pawns against a king, two knights, a bishop, and seven pawns.

In a complex sequence of early exchanges, Robert gained two bishops and a knight for two knights, a bishop and a pawn, a small net loss, but one from which he never really recovered. In the resulting rook and pawn endgame, John’s extra pawn was enough to force promotion, and Robert resigned.

Peter emerged from the middle game with a rook, two knights and seven  pawns against a rook, bishop, and five pawns, then won Mike’s rook with a bishop fork, a decisive material gain, and his first win for the club.

David and his opponent, Ken, both had good early development, with strongly placed knights and bishops. Multiple exchanges left David with a rook, bishop and two pawns against a bishop and five pawns, theoretically a material advantage but rich in complications.  After much manoeuvring, Ken sacrificed his bishop to march a pawn to promotion,  only for David to instantly win the new queen with a skewer. faced with a decisive material disadvantage, Ken resigned.





Worksop C vs Nomads E, 3/11/2014

Worksop C 4 1 Nomads E
Rob Porter 0 1 John Woollard (w)
Andrew Smith 1 0 Eric McKenna
Nigel Baxendale 1 0 Robert Shaw
Tim England 1 0 Jo Woollard
Alan Story 1 0 Gordon Shaw

Gordon lost his queen to a knight fork early on, and never really recovered., eventually resigning when out of strategic options.

Robert also lost his queen to a knight fork, while distracted by a potential attack on his rook. He recovered  some material, including winning Nigel’s queen with a rook fork, ending up with a rook and five pawns against a rook, bishop, and six pawns. When Nigel forced promotion, Robert resigned.

After a quiet opening, Eric was gradually outmanoeuvred.

Jo and Tim swapped off queen, knight, and bishop early on. Tim’s king looked fairly open, with a weak pawn structure, but Jo couldn’t quite get her pieces into his position. When Tim forced promotion, Jo resigned.

John was the last to finish. Early on, he had castled kingside, and fianchettoed his bishop on b2, gaining a solid defensive position. He also had a considerable time advantage. At the 20 move mark he had 30 minutes left to Robs’s five.

At move 30, John and Rob had two rooks and four pawns each, but John still had an extra 15 minutes on his clock.  After he won a rook with a rook fork, Rob resigned, giving us our sole victory of the night.



Nomads E v Clay Cross B

Nomads E 2.5-1.5 Clay Cross B
John Woollard 1-0 Kieran Redhead
Duncan Chambers 0.5-0.5 Mike Colclough
Eric McKenna 0.5-0.5 Brian Lever
Jo Woollard 0.5-0.5 Keith Myhill

With the A & B team both at home I wasn’t sure whether we had the room or equipment to squeeze the E team in as well, so took up Clay Cross on their kind offer to play the game at their venue. John was first to finish, winning after being under the cosh for most of the game, followed by a draw for Eric who decided beforehand he was going to play a fun game. Duncan and Mike also agreed a draw as Mike became short on time which left just Keith and I playing. A few minutes later Keith offered the draw, he had the slightly stronger position so I was happy to accept. He then stated that that meant Clay Cross had won the game. Fair enough I thought, until I picked up the score sheet which someone else had filled in for me on the next table along. Although John had finished first, I hadn’t seen the result of his game. There he was, listed at the top 1-0. Unfortunately for Keith, when he had a cursory glance over at the score sheet he hadn’t realised I had listed our team on the left, it being our home game. He had seen the 1-0 and thought they had won, meaning a draw for him would be sufficient. So a third win out of three games and top of the table so far, great start team!

Sheffield Deaf vs Nomads E

Sheffield Deaf 1½-2½ Nomads E
Michael Freund 1/2 – 1/2 John Woollard (w)
Pete Sharpe 0-1 Eric Mckenna
M Simmonds 1-0 Robert Shaw
David Whiston 0-1 Jo Wollard

Robert blundered early on, losing a couple of pieces. He defended as best he could for a while, then resigned once there was no longer any prospect of recovering material through pins, forks, or skewers.

John and his opponent both castled king-side, and swapped off bishops. A subsequent queen swap left John with a slightly stronger looking position, but no clear lines of attack. After some probing showed the position was deadlocked, a draw was agreed.

Eric and his opponent began by exchanging minor pieces, ending up with the queen, two rooks, and a knight each, but Pete was forced to double pawns on both the c and f files, giving Eric a slight advantage.

Eric then won a knight with a pawn fork, leaving him with a rook, knight and four pawns against just  a rook and four pawns.  Pete resigned shortly afterwards, when it became clear he couldn’t prevent promotion.

Jo gained a bishop early, then traded a rook for a bishop and knight, before using a promotion threat to win a rook outright. heading into the  endgame with two knights and three pawns against just two pawns.  After considerable manoeuvring , Jo was able to force promotion, so her opponent resigned.


Nomads E vs Ravenfield

Nomads E 5-1 Ravenfield
Mark Bartell (w) 1-0 A Shaw
Les Day 1-0 B Shaw
Eric McKenna 1-0 S Eyre
Graham Bex-Priestley 1-0 M Wilkes
Robert Shaw 0-1 D Hill
Natasha Withington 1-0 P Dexter

Our first match of the season, and we got off to a good start, winning the toss.

Natasha began with a queen’s pawn opening, swapped off both bishops early, gaining a rook for a knight. Pushing a pawn to promotion gave her two queens, a knight, and four pawns, against just a queen and three pawns. Her opponent resigned soon after, faced with a mate in two, an excellent win for Natasha in her game for us. Mark, meanwhile, won so fast I didn’t get time to see his game.

Graham and his opponent both castled king side., producing a quiet position. After a knight for bishop swap, Graham gained a rook and two pawn advantage. Victory followed soon after.

Eric also gained a rook early on, then swapped down. By move 31, he had a rook and four pawns against just three pawns. After a little manoeuvring his opponent resigned.

Robert picked up several pawns, planning to swap down pieces and push for promotion, but left himself open to a mate in two, which his opponent immediately spotted, our sole defeat of the night.

Les went into the end game with two rooks, a knight and one pawn against two rooks, a knight and two  pawn.  Les recovered a pawn, then pushed his h pawn to the 7th rank, with rooks on g7 and f6, and his knight on f7, putting his opponent under pressure. It looked like the h pawn would soon be promoted, but instead Les used that threat to force mate.