Nomads D vs Woodseats B

Nomads D 1 4 Woodseats B
Keith Wicks 0 1 Steve Moon (b)
Eric McKenna 1/2 1/2 Dave Cook
Robert Shaw 1/2 1/2 Brendan Ashmore
Jo Woollard 0 1 Martyn Edwards
Ashley Rogers 0 1 Michael Mullin

Robert was the first to finish. Early on, he traded a knight and bishop for a rook and two pawns, which is theoretically a material advantage but leaves less scope for manoeuvre.  He tried to build an attack, but could not see a clear way to break through, so played for a draw.

Eric and Dave both castled kingside, swapping off minor pieces. Eric came under pressure on g7, but defended strongly, deadlocking the position.

Keith’s midgame pawn structure looked pretty open, with his king exposed on g3.  Soon, he was left with rook, knight, and three pawns against a rook, five pawns, and a bishop. He traded his knight for a bishop and pawn, then won a pawn with a rook fork, leaving a rook and three pawns against a rook and four pawns. After much manoeuvring, Steve forced promotion, winning the game.

Ashley, our newest player, put up a spirited fight, but eventually lost. Afterwards, he said his first competitive match had been fun.

Jo and her opponent both castled kingside, then swapped off bishop and knight. After further exchanges, Jo ended up with a rook, knight and four pawns against a rook, knight and six pawns, and short on time. She defended well, but the material disadvantage eventually proved insurmountable.




R Shaw vs B Ashmore

G Shaw vs M Charlton

Facing imminent mate, Gordon’s opponent resigned.

Barnsley v Nomads (400 league)

Barnsley 0.5 – 3.5 Nomads
Anthony Steele 0-1 Les Day
Russel Roe 0.5-0.5 Eric McKenna
Alan Taylor 0-1 Jo Woollard
Mike Charlton 0-1 Gordon Shaw

Our second outing in the 400 league (all team members grades must add up up to less than 400, maximum grade 120) took us to Barnsley. Robert wasn’t well, so Gordon kindly stepped in to his place.

Les was first to finish, around move 6 he made an error which would have resulted in being a piece down. Luckily his opponent didn’t spot this and two moves later Les found himself a piece up! He then simplified and 20 moves later victory came.

Gordon was next to notch up a win, around move 20 he got the first of 12 continuous checks, until finally his opponent had nowhere left to go and Gordon had mate.

After a tight start, I found myself 2 pawns up, which was then followed up with an exchange. Faced with losing a further piece, Alan resigned.

Eric was last to finish, agreeing a draw in a fairly locked up position, giving us victory 0.5 – 3.5.

All was well until I got home to find Mr Wool had accidentally locked me out of the house. What japes ensued…..