For those with long memories, the Richardson Cup final was played on 15th March 2016. on 26th September 2016 the replay was held. By agreement between the captains and Phill Beckett (controller) we played over 4 boards and agreed that board count and board elimination would be used to settle a 2-2 draw. There was no agreement or facility for 4 draws. Cue collective crossed fingers.
The teams were again very evenly matched and probably had their best 4 available players out.
So off we went. That is to say they played and the general retired for a coffee.
Soon Chris and Jonathan walked in to my bunker all smiles. Jonathan was happy to have drawn in 16 moves. Chris likewise, citing that he was after all black and hadn’t played for 3 months. 1 draw down 3 to go. followed quickly by Jamie with another lame excuse for drawing in 18. 2 draws 2 to go. I wonder what Ian’s players told him!!
So off to the front line to observe the remains of the battle. To my amateur eyes we stood better on both games. Jon’s was messy but he has a good score against Oskar. Paul seemed to have more space and an easier position against Peter. Now a win on board 1 would have decided the match there and then. Hence another draw. Jon muttered something about time pressure. 3 draws 1 to go.
So all eyes on Paul and Peter, except mine, I retreated to the safety of the bunker to await reports. Paul was a pawn up but had doubled isolated b pawns. I again ventured forward and concluded that the game would be won or lost by Paul on the kingside or centre. I will not name the pessimist in our side who was strongly betting on Peter.
Finally, finally it was confirmed that Paul had won.
A postscript is that during the match Phill Beckett and I finalised the draw for next year’s Richardson cup. The loser of this game were to play Woodseats, the winner got the bye. Thought it better not to mention it during the game.
Thanks to everyone who played all season, including Pal and his dad who came back from Grantham for this match.
Geoff, he had a dream………..
Richardson Cup 09-02-16
|Nomads 1||3.5||2.5||Ecclesall 1|
|Jon Nelson 204 7062||1||0||David Adams 1062|
|Sam Milson 188 3971||1||0||Jim Burnett 5495|
|Chris Shephard 192 1603||0.5||0.5||Farshad Ai 2397|
|Daniel Sullivan 184 3594||0||1||Peter Hempson 1354|
|Jamie Hillman 186 4353||0.5||0.5||James Marley 2800|
|Jeremy Hamm 168 3243||0.5||0.5||Gunnar Mallon 3954|
The long awaited Semifinal clash with Ecclesall. Thanks to my players for feverish email, statistics and board order suggestions. I could fill a page with analysis, thought process etc….
The teams were evenly matched, we slightly shaded it on grades. At Jon’s suggestion we took Black on ODD, again lots to consider.
Ok, Jon played a modern system against a very classical set up from Dave. Nf3, Nc3, early h3…this was going to be a long grinding game. Sam played e4 and Jim played his favourite line of the French Tarrasch. Sam had more space but this was not going anywhere quickly. Farshad Chris was 1 d4 Nf6,2 Bf4 play was cautious by both players. In the mmdle of the game and on a full board the Queens ended up at a2 and a7 very cautious.
I do not have a note of Daniel v Peter opening. They were soon in a middle game, Daniel had doubled Rooks on the b file seemed to be going fine. Jamie played a NimzoIndian which soon had a locked position. Finally Jeremy also got a French, Winawer this time. I was very happy about this as I have seen Jeremy win many of these games (Often against me!)
Then disaster. Daniel move his Knight to avoid a fork but put it between the doubled rooks. Lost the Rook Resigned. This was then balanced by a fine win by Sam. Jim lost a piece in an exchange, overlooking an intermediate check. Now we had the win on 2 against the loss on 4 so were in pole position on board count. Jamie then drew, as did Jeremy. It looked like Jeremy had a nice plus but we were unable to find a clear win.
So to Board 1. Jon offered Dave a draw, Dave didn’t hear but said the he would have played on anyway because of the state of the match. Near time control Jon won the exchange and the game. Home with a board to spare. Chris and Farshad played on but it was clear that neither could win without risks so a draw was agreed.
Results above, thanks to my players. Also thanks to Ecclesall for a good and sporting match.
Bring on SASCA…..
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
Well SASCA 2 could only raise 3 players for the match. They had to play it to gain access to the Plate. I was able to give Jeremy and Nick the night off. So only 3 games played. On Board 2 Sam’s opponent played a fairly accurate French defence and I thought that this could develop into a reasonable game. When I next returned, Sam had won his opponent’s Queen on a full board…1-0
Daniel was not unduly troubled and won a piece in 6 moves. He just played it out to a win nothing tricky, just winning material as he went…2-0
Paul on Board 1 had a very long game. Black in a Benoni he seemed to have all the chances, but probably failed to note the drawishness of the Bishops Opposite colours in a very locked position. Finally as we were putting the rest of the sets and tables away (assisted by his opponent, thanks !) Paul made a breakthrough and was able to infiltrate with his Rook…3-0, or 6-0
We now have a Bye until the New Year.