Richardson Plate, 11 November 2019
Woodseats 2 vs. Nomads 2
After our defeat by Woodseats 1 in the Richardson proper, we returned to the Abbey to face their second team in the first round of the Plate competition. The teams looked evenly matched and the match remained balanced for a long time. Steve and Rahul drew their games, while a loss for Keith on Board 5 was cancelled out by Les’s win on Board 6. Events turned in our favour in the last 15 minutes of play. I managed to win a bishop ending with an extra pawn and Andrew won a rook ending which saw a large number of moves blitzed out by both players. So 4–2, a good result, and we look forward to the next round. My thanks to everyone who played.
Woodseats II 2-4 Nomads II
1 Andy Lee (B) 0-1 Andrew Hards (W)
2 Brendan Ashmore (W) ½-½ Steve Withington (B)
3 Peter Hulse (B) 0-1 Duncan Chambers (W)
4 Steve Moon (W) ½-½ Rahul Kumar (B)
5 Dave Cook (B) 1-0 Keith Wicks (W)
6 Rob Skelton (W) 0-1 Les Day (B)
And so, it begins again….
First match of the season for the C team with two pretty evenly matched teams. Duncan was first to finish, with a win, closely followed by a loss for Joel, who by all accounts had played a very good attacking game. Arkady also lost in a close game while finally, having gone a pawn down, a mistake by my opponent meant I was able to win back both the pawn and a piece which eventually proved decisive. Final score 2-2.
Duncan Chambers 1-0 Dave Margerison
Jo Woollard 1-0 Jamie Woodhouse
Arkady English 0-1 Rob Skelton
Joel Ellis 0-1 Steve Daykin
The new ECF grades have been published, a summary of club members is as follows:-
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Nomads C top the table on 20 points out of 20 following a double points win at Woodseats. Wins for Les, Arkady and Sam and a draw for Jo.
Nomads C remain unbeaten at the top of the league on 13 points out of 14 with a good draw against an above strength Ecclesall team. Ray notched up another excellent win and Eric & I drew to give us the draw in the final C team match until the New Year. Have a good Xmas every body 🙂
Another great result, ensuring the C team remain on maximum points so far this season. Four out of the five new players who recently joined the club took part in this game and we all returned home unbeaten, with wins for Ray, myself, Arkady and Rory (in his first game) and draws for Eric & Sean. Well done everyone 🙂
Another good win for the team, leaving us top of the table with ten points from ten. After two previous very long games, Sean had the luxury of finishing first with a good solid win. Arkady secured a draw, then Sam, who seemed nearly down and out at three pawns down, took advantage of his opponents mistake and went on to win. This left us on 2.5 / 5 with two games still to finish. Eric secured the draw to win the match, then Ray, playing his first game for us, wrapped up an impressive win just in time, for the match to finish 4-1.
Our first double pointer of the season, as Aughton, short on players this season, declined a second fixture. We had an immediate boost as they arrived with only three players, giving us a 1-0 advantage. They outgraded us on every board but credit to Eric, Sam and new player Sean, who all had very tight games.
Sam eventually succumbed to his very experienced opponent, Eric had the advantage all the way through but had to settle for a draw, leaving it all square with Sean to finish. His game had everything, down the exchange, getting it back, queen sacrifices, pawns on the 7th, a king on the run, eventually going into the end game a piece down, a Queen and a couple of pawns to his opponents Queen, Bishop and 3 pawns. Just when it looked like he may be on the losing end, his opponent lost his queen turning the game completely, with Sean achieving check mate after about 80 moves with 20 seconds left, getting his first win for the team.
Three wins out of three so far 🙂