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 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.
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.
Robert and his opponent lost their queens in quick succession. Eventually, his opponent forced material gain with a promotion threat. Robert played on for a while, but eventually resigned.
Eric castled kingside while his opponent developed his queen early. Eric gained material, then exchanged queens, leaving him with two rooks, a bishop, a knight, and six pawns against two rook and five pawns, a decisive material advantage. Mate soon follow.
Gordon soon gained a knight, then swapped down, ending with a queen, two rooks and three pawns against a queen, single rook, and three pawns. Faced with the forced capture of his queen Gordon’s opponent resigned.
Jo and her opponent both castled kingside, swapping off minor pieces and reaching this position on move 36.
The game was looking drawish, but Jo had a few minutes less on the clock so eventually ran out of time.
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.
After a quiet opening, first Robert then his opponent gave away a rook, ending up in a rook and pawn endgame with Robert two pawns down. Once Roy forced promotion Robert resigned.
Gordon and Pete swapped off queens early, with Gordon gaining a bishop then winning a rook with a knight fork, a decisive material advantage. After some more manoeuvring, Gordon delivered this mate on move 30:
Coming out of the opening, Les had a dangerous looking knight on e5, but his opponent traded off minor piece. Both players were left with a queen, a single rook, and pawns, but Les had a four pawn advantage which proved sufficient for him to win a queen outright. Andrew then resigned.
In a quiet opening Jo and Michael both castled kingside. Jo won a queen for two pieces, but then Michael pinned her rook, gaining a rook for a bishop. However Jo won a knight with a queen fork, leaving her with a queen, rook and five pawns against two rooks and two pawns. After much manoeuvring, mate followed.
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.
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.
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.
Robert traded two minor pieces for a rook and pawn early on, then after a misstep won a knight outright before eventually mating.
Jo and her opponent both castled king-side. Jo quickly developed both knights, positioning a bishop on g2, then exchanged two knights for two bishops and won a rook for a knight, ending up in this position:
Facing mate, her opponent resigned.
Keith stated with a knight for bishop exchange, then gained a bishop, leaving him with two rooks, a bishop, and six pawns against two rooks and six pawns, but then David won a bishop back, before swapping off all the pieces. With just pawns left, David promoted, and Keith resigned.
Dave and Martin exchanged off minor pieces, castling king-side, but then Dave gained material, going into the endgame with a rook and five pawns against a knight and four pawns. After some manoeuvring Dave forced promotion, and mate soon followed.
Gordon and Graham swapped queens off early. After some more exchanges he lost a rook for a knight, ending up with a knight and five pawns against a rook and four pawns, then put up a solid defence, reaching this position.
Here, with under 10 minutes left on both clocks, Graham offered a draw, which Gordon quickly accepted.