There was unfortunately a glaring omission in the list of ECF grades I published. Searching under Sheffield, Chris, who is registered only under the 4NCL team he plays for, didn’t show up! Apologies Chris! Revised list above.
Nomads A took a hard fought point from the match against Barnsley A. We were both weaker than usual and welcomed yet another Withington to the team Sam.
At my first glance round, Sam and Steve were not doing too well, Jamie and Henry were clearly better.
Sam did lose as did Steve. Steve’s kingside vanished and he was 2 pawns down. However his pieces Q & R were more active and if he could have consolidated he could have been Ok. However he decided to sacrifice his Bishop, not necessarily a good decision and soon lost.
Jon’s game on 1 was very solid and Andrew with White seemed more interested in not losing. A draw was agreed.
I thought Chris had been doing Ok on 2, certainly in the early stages. I had my back to their game but I heard Martin say “draw”. What I didn’t know until after was that Martin was in a crushing position and his flag fell as he made his 30th move. The old “had he made his move”, “did he press his clock” “did the flag fall early” etc etc. Now I set all the clock and always give a minute on all clocks at start. Chris immediately offered/accepted a draw and everyone was happy.
Henry was winning confortably but he played a move that we all knew he was going to make, all knew that it lost. very sad he had played really well.
So we were 4-1 down. Although Jamie was winning, I was under the cosh and Arjun turned a draw down.
Some magic, Arjun went into overdrive and crashed through.
I offered a dubious piece sacrifice which my opponent rejected because he thought he was winning anyway. I managed to break through on my Queenside whilst Richard was trying to unlock my Kingside.
Jamie all this time had been winning a double Rook + Queen ending a couple of pawns up. with that amount of heavy pieces on the board it is never easy.
Very very hard work.
Jon won a grinding ending R+N v R+B. A really good knight v a pretty bad bishop. Jon said he could play the position all day…from what I saw Nigel pushed his King side pawns and gave Jon targets. Nigel was short of time
Chris won a nice game just overpowering Andy. Final position double rook ending but chris’s rooks doubled on 7th as would eliminate all Andy’s pawns with mate threats.
Andrew’s game was probably influenced by that fact that he had to get home quickly. A straightforward enough draw.
Mine was pretty poor. 3 pawns down for nothing. I was about to resign but I had more time and Dave blundered a rook and resigned immediately.
Arjun was last to finish. I thought that he had slightly the better of the middle game but in went down to R+1 each Drawn. I suspect that neither had a deal of time.
Henry’s game has been posted. It was a draw. It fluctuated every time I went to look
Steve’s game looked very drawing. Q’s off early, most pieces on odd squares. Eventually Steve had B v N and won a couple of pawns.
Pete on board 8 started off as a Morra and Brendan had a little pressure, Pete played very cautiously to equalise. I didn’t look at any of the games for a while so I was surprised to find Pete’s knights at h3 and f2 with the white king at g3. At first glance I could not see anything dynamic but Pete certainly stood better, and was still his pawn up. There must have been some explosion because the game finished quickly after that.
Woodseats have also posted their version of events. May be worth a comparison!! http://www.woodseatschess.org.uk/new_site/?p=3433
|Worksop C||1||3||Nomads D|
|Ian Barker||1||0||Robert Shaw (w)|
|Alan Story||0||1||Jo Woollard|
|Cliff Briggs||0||1||Dave Kesteven|
|Ross Philips||0||1||Gordon Shaw|
We won the toss, and chose white on odds.
Gordon won his game in just twelve moves, mating Ross on his back rank with the queen, supported by the bishop.
Robert’s game also started promisingly, but then he blundered on move 23, allowing Ian to deliver check with a discovered attack on the queen. Robert played on for a few more moves, looking for tactical options, then resigned.
Dave gained material early on, going into the middle game with a queen, two rooks and five pawns against a queen, rook, knight and five pawns. He swapped the queens off on move 30, then forced a rook exchange, which left him with a passed pawn on the d file.
Further exchanges left Dave with a rook and three pawns against a knight and three pawns. After some manoeuvring, Dave win the knight with a promotion threat, and Cliff resigned,
Jo was the last to finish. She also gained material in early exchanges, ending up with a two rooks and six pawns against a rook, bishop, and five pawns. Jo doubled her rooks on the e file, then won Alan’s rook with a fork, at which point he resigned.
|SASCA RJ D||0.5||5.5||Nomads C|
|Sammy Benzaira||0||1||Henry Withington|
|Marek Krajici||0||1||Steve Withington|
|S Kay||0.5||0.5||Duncan Chambers|
|C Wilson||0||1||Keith Wicks|
|D Evans||0||1||Les Day|
|D Harris||0||1||Eric McKenna|
Nomads faced a somewhat under-strength SASCA, and were able to get the win, and continue their march towards (hopefully) winning the division.
|Sheffield Deaf||4||0||Nomads D|
|Michael Freund (b)||1||0||Peter Morton|
|Peter Sharpe||1||0||Robert Shaw|
|Mick Simmons||1||0||Jo Woollard|
|David Whiston||1||0||Ashley Rogers|
Ashley lost a rook to a knight fork early on, then his opponent forced a bishop swap, giving him an overwhelming material advantage.
Robert swapped off a knight and opposite coloured bishops, then lost his remaining knight to a queen fork. A mate threat forced him to give up his queen, and mate soon followed.
Jo and Mick both castled king side. After a quiet looking opening, they swapped off rooks, then queens. By the midgame, they were both down to a rook, bishop, knight, and six pawns each, though Jo had a passed pawn, a theoretical advantage. However, after some manoeuvring, she lost her rook and resigned.
On board one, Peter had a promising opening, with decent development, but his opponent gained first a bishop then a rook, after which Peter also resigned.
Overall, a disappointing result, though the games were closer than the scoreline might suggest.
|Nomads C||2||4||Chesterfield C|
|Henry Withington||1/2||1/2||I Edmundson|
|Steve Withingon||0||1||Brian Crofts|
|Duncan Chambers||0||1||T Amarnath|
|Keith Wicks||1/2||1/2||J Riley|
|Les Day||0||1||R May|
|Eric McKenna||1||0||H Schofield|
What should have been a pretty evenly contested match became something of a walk-over for Chesterfield. Les lost his queen very early and resigned, only minutes later for Steve’s position to crumble entirely from what should have been a drawn position. Duncan faired little better. A win from Eric and draws from Keith and Henry were not enough to save the day, and Chesterfield C convincingly stopped Nomads C’s unbroken run without defeat.
Spice up your evenings with a game of chess at Sheffield Nomadz.
People may have heard the sad news that Pete Mitchell recently died.
His funeral will be on Thursday 21st January 1pm at Hutcliffe Woods Crematorium.
In his recent S&DCA newsletter Brian Lever said of Pete:
Pete Mitchell, local chess player in the Works League and Sheffield Association, has died.
He will be much missed by Ecclesall CC, where he played in all the teams and was the club librarian for many years, and by the many others of us who met him frequently in our away matches there, sometimes sitting face to face with him for two or three hours, wondering what he was plotting.
One begins to suspect that Ecclesall Chess Club is actually an orchestra in disguise; perhaps they should run matches with the accompaniment of a string quartet, because it transpires that, like Joe Morrison, Peter was a keen violinist.
In addition to the fiddle, he also wielded golf sticks and snooker utensils on a regular basis.