Ravenfield Bishops vs Nomads 400

Ravenfield Bishops 2 1/2 3 1/2 Nomads 400
Tim Gollens (w) 0 1 Peter Morton
David Tate 1 0 Keith Wicks
Andrew Shaw 1/2 1/2 Eric McKenna
Brian England 0 1 Robert Nield
Barry Shaw 0 1 Jo Woollard
D Hill 1 0 Robert Shaw

Robert Shaw got his bishop trapped early on, so was a piece down for most of his game. When his opponent forced a mate in 2, Robert resigned.

Peter and Tim both castled kingside. Peter gained a pawn. After further manoeuvring left Peter a s rook up, Tim resigned. Robert Nield gained a knight, then mated Brian.

Jo and Barry traded off the light-squared bishops, castling king-side. After further exchanges left Jo with a queen, rook and single pawn against a knight, rook and five pawn Barry resigned while Eric’s game deadlocked.

Keith ended up with two rooks and two bishops against two rooks, a bishop and knight, but resigned once David forced promotion.

Stannington vs Nomads 400

Stannington 3 1/2 1/2 Nomads 400
James Allen (b) 1 0 Eric McKenna
Paul Cheshire 1/2 1/2 Jo Woollard
Francis L Kay 1 0 Robert Shaw
Glen Marvin 1 0 Gordon Shaw

Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odd boards.

Playing against the French Defence, Robert lost two rooks in quick succession to knight forks, ending up with a decisive material disadvantage, and resigned. Gordon and Glen both castled king-side, exchanging minor pieces, but after Glen’s queen captured Gordon’s a8 rook he too was faced with a decisive material disadvantage, and resigned.

Eric and his opponent traded off pieces. After 33 moves each, Eric was left with a rook, bishop and three pawns against a rook, knight and five pawns. Recognising his opponent’s pawn majority would be decisive he also resigned.

Meanwhile, Jo and Paul maintained approximate material parity. Jo had a well placed knight, and Paul had doubled pawns, but this did not prove to be quite enough for a win. After both players’ attacks fizzled out they agreed a draw, saving Nomads from a complete whitewash.

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

Darnall & Handsworth B vs Nomads D

Darnall 3 1/2 2 1/2 Nomads D
Danny Dawson 1 0 Les Day (w)
Craig Chatterton 1/2 1/2 Eric McKenna
Robert Black 1/2 1/2 Jo Woollard
Harry Feather 1/2 1/2 Robert Shaw
Bob Lindsay 0 1 Gordon Shaw
Joel Fair 1 0 Sam Humphrey

Robert won a rook for a knight early on, but then had to trade a rook for a bishop to prevent his queen being trapped, leaving Robert just one pawn up. After some manoeuvring a draw was agreed in this position, with white to move.

Later, Harry Feather checked this position with an online chess engine, which confirmed it was a draw.

Les and his opponent both castled kingside, then traded off queens and minor pieces, leaving Les five pawns down in a rook endgame so he resigned.

Jo and her opponent began by trading knights. Further exchanges followed, leaving them in a deadlocked position. Eric’s game also quickly deadlocked, giving another draw.

Sam and his opponent both castled kingside. After trading off the minor pieces Sam emerged into the endgame with a queen and four pawns against two rooks and six pawns, a small material advantage, but enough for Joel to force a win.

Nomads 400 vs Stannington

Nomads 400 1/2 3 1/2 Stannington
Eric McKenna(b) 0 1 Kevin Keenan
Jo Woollard 1/2 1/2 James Allen
Robert Shaw 0 1 Francis Kay
Gordon Shaw 0 1 Glen Marvin

Eric swapped knight for bishop, then both players castled kingside. After a few more exchanges they were each left with a queen, rook, knight and four pawns, but while they had material parity Eric was coming under time pressure. When his opponent threatened promotion Eric lost a rook for a knight, then resigned.

Robert’s opponent played the English opening. Robert was quickly outmanoeuvred, and resigned on move 22, facing a mate in 2.

Gordon avoided any early exchanges, but eventually went a knight and pawn down, then his opponent won a rook with a knight fork. Faced with a decisive material loss Gordon resigned.

Jo was the last to finish. After a quiet opening she went into the endgame with a rook, bishop and five pawns against a rook, knight and five pawns, then won pawns with a discovered check, but her opponent regained one of the lost pawns. After 39 moves each, they ended up in this position, with Jo to move:

Here Jo and her opponent agreed a draw, thus preventing a complete whitewash of Nomads.

Ravenfield vs Nomads 400

Ravenfield 2 2 Nomads 400
David Hill 0 1 Eric McKenna (b)
Michael Hoyes 0 1 Jo Woollard
Andrew Rangecroft 1 0 Robert Shaw
John Beasley 1 0 Sam Humphrey

Eric and his opponent both castled kingside, then traded off minor pieces, leaving Eric with two rooks, a bishop and seven pawns against two rooks, a knight and six pawns, then Eric won a rook for a bishop, which proved decisive.

Jo won a queen with a bishop fork fairly early on, ending up with a rook and seven pawns against just four pawns, after which her opponent resigned.

Robert won a rook for a knight early on, but at the cost of positional weakness. His opponent soon won the lost material back, then forced mate.

Sam had good early development, tried a sacrifice which worked well enough, then attempted a second sacrifice which didn’t go so well, and resigned in the face of inevitable mate.

Nomads D vs Ravenfield

Nomads D 3 1/2 2 1/2 Ravenfield Bishops
John Woollard (w) 1/2 1/2 Tom Gollens
Les Day 0 1 Andrew Shaw
Eric McKenna 1/2 1/2 Brian England
Jo Woollard 1/2 1/2 Barry Shaw
Robert Shaw 1 0 Roy Evans
Robert Nield 1 0 Martin Wilkes

Robert Nield castled kingside, establishing a solid defensive position, then swapped down to knight, bishop and six pawns against two knights and four pawns, a slight material advantage, but sufficient to force mate.

Robert Shaw lost material to a fork early on, but then won a rook with a knight fork, leaving him slightly ahead. Once it became clear he couldn’t be prevented from swapping down to a won endgame, his opponent resigned.

Jo and her opponent began by swapping off the light-squared bishops. Exchanges of knights and queens soon followed. After much manoeuvring the game deadlocked. Eric also began with an early queen exchange. With neither player able to gain a clear material advantage this game too deadlocked.

Les castled queenside. In a complicated position he missed a pin, and was mated. Afterwards, he said he’d just been outplayed.

John emerged from the middle game with a rook and three pawns against a rook and four pawns, a slight disadvantage, but not enough to force a win. Instead, a draw was agreed.

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.

Nomads 400 vs Ecclesall

Nomads 400 1.5 2.5 Ecclesall
Eric Mckenna 0.5 0.5 John Speck
Robert Shaw 0 1 Ivan Basarab-Horwath
Reggie Kush 1 0 John Eddershaw
Jo Woollard 0 1 Alex Parker

Robert won a rook for a knight, but then lost a rook to an attack on the long diagonal. Unable to recover, he eventually resigned. Eric and John exchanged bishops early on, producing an open position which soon deadlocked, leading to an agreed draw.

Reggie, in his first game for the club, smoothly won a queen, ending up with a queen, rook, and pawns against just a rook and pawns. Before long, his opponent resigned.

Jo was the last to finish. She’d castled king-side while Alex had castled queen-side. After her opponent won a rook with clever manoeuvring, Jo was left with a queen, rook and six pawns against a queen, rook, bishop and three pawns – nominal material parity, but an inferior position. Running short on time, and faced with some strong mate threats, Jo resigned.

Overall, a disappointing result, but an excellent performance from Reggie in his first match for us.

Nomads D vs Ravenfield

Nomads D 1.5 4.5 Ravenfield
Duncan Chambers (w) 0 1 Tim Gollens
Les Day 1 0 Andrew Shaw
Eric Mckenna 0.5 0.5 Roy Evans
Robert Shaw 0 1 Barry Shaw
Jo Woollard 0 1 D Hill
Francesca Biggio 0 1 M Wilkes

Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odd boards.

Robert emerged from the opening with a bishop and five pawns against a bishop and four pawns. After much manoeuvring, he miscalculated, ending up in this position:

Seeing no way to prevent his opponent forcing promotion, Robert resigned.

Eric’s game began well, but eventually deadlocked, ending in an agreed draw. Duncan went a pawn down, and never quite recovered. Francesca also lost material early on, and eventually resigned.

Jo maintained material parity, ending up with a queen, two rooks, and seven pawns against a queen, two rooks, a knight, and four pawns. However, he defended well, holding Jo at bay until her flag fell.

Meanwhile, Les emerged into a bishop and pawns endgame two pawns up, with a clear time advantage. Before long, his opponent resigned.