Nomads D vs Darnall

Nomads D 2 2 Darnall & Handsworth
Eric McKenna(w) 1/2 1/2 Harry Feather
Robert Nield 1 0 Brian Stephenson
Robert Shaw 1/2 1/2 Bob Lindsay
Gordon Shaw 0 1 Mick Turnidge

Eric and his opponent both castled kingside, swapping off pieces in an open position, but neither was able to gain any advantage. Eric described the final result as a hard-fought draw.

Robert Nield and his opponent also both castled kingside. After the initial exchanges Robert was left with a knight and four pawns against a bishop and five pawns, a slight material disadvantage, but his opponent’s bishop was badly placed so he resigned.

Gordon and Mick both advanced a rook pawn before move 9, on opposite sides of the board. Then Gordon lost material, going two bishops down, and resigned in the face of a mate threat.

Robert Shaw was the last to finish. He opened quite aggressively, but failed to make any headway. After some manoeuvring he swapped off queens, then minor pieces, ending up with three pawns and a dark squared bishop against four pawns and a light squared bishop. Unable to see any way for either player to get anywhere Robert offered a draw which was soon accepted.

The consensus on the night was that Lindsay had a slight advantage when he agreed the draw, but not sufficient to force mate. Robert might well have found defending the position challenging, but overall a draw was considered reasonable.

R Shaw vs R Lindsay

R Shaw vs R Lindsay

Sasca vs Nomads D

Sasca 4 0 Nomads D
Andrew Ball 1 0 Jo Woollard (B)
Michael Hughes 1 0 Robert Shaw
Andrew Wilson 1 0 Sam Humphrey
I Sopalidi 1 0 Ashley Rogers

We found Sasca’s new venue easily enough, but ran into our first snag when we got out of the car to be met with a locked door. It turned out we’d gone to the wrong entrance, not exactly the best start to the evening.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good look at Ashley’s game, but he described it as a thrilling tactical battle, ending in his mate.

Sam pushed a pawn to the seventh rank, but then his opponent mated him on h8, with bishops of b2 and f7. Jo also succumbed to a similar mating pattern, attacked in the corner down the long diagonal.

Early on, Robert manoeuvred his opponent into doubling his pawns, leaving his king open. The game was looking promising, but then Robert blundered away a rook, placing himself at a decisive material disadvantage, and was unable to recover.

Robert vs B Redhead, Clay Cross 28-2-17

Ravenfield vs Nomads 400

Ravenfield 2 2 Nomads 400
David Hill 0 1 Eric McKenna (b)
Michael Hoyes 0 1 Jo Woollard
Andrew Rangecroft 1 0 Robert Shaw
John Beasley 1 0 Sam Humphrey

Eric and his opponent both castled kingside, then traded off minor pieces, leaving Eric with two rooks, a bishop and seven pawns against two rooks, a knight and six pawns, then Eric won a rook for a bishop, which proved decisive.

Jo won a queen with a bishop fork fairly early on, ending up with a rook and seven pawns against just four pawns, after which her opponent resigned.

Robert won a rook for a knight early on, but at the cost of positional weakness. His opponent soon won the lost material back, then forced mate.

Sam had good early development, tried a sacrifice which worked well enough, then attempted a second sacrifice which didn’t go so well, and resigned in the face of inevitable mate.

Nomads D vs Ravenfield

Nomads D 3 1/2 2 1/2 Ravenfield Bishops
John Woollard (w) 1/2 1/2 Tom Gollens
Les Day 0 1 Andrew Shaw
Eric McKenna 1/2 1/2 Brian England
Jo Woollard 1/2 1/2 Barry Shaw
Robert Shaw 1 0 Roy Evans
Robert Nield 1 0 Martin Wilkes

Robert Nield castled kingside, establishing a solid defensive position, then swapped down to knight, bishop and six pawns against two knights and four pawns, a slight material advantage, but sufficient to force mate.

Robert Shaw lost material to a fork early on, but then won a rook with a knight fork, leaving him slightly ahead. Once it became clear he couldn’t be prevented from swapping down to a won endgame, his opponent resigned.

Jo and her opponent began by swapping off the light-squared bishops. Exchanges of knights and queens soon followed. After much manoeuvring the game deadlocked. Eric also began with an early queen exchange. With neither player able to gain a clear material advantage this game too deadlocked.

Les castled queenside. In a complicated position he missed a pin, and was mated. Afterwards, he said he’d just been outplayed.

John emerged from the middle game with a rook and three pawns against a rook and four pawns, a slight disadvantage, but not enough to force a win. Instead, a draw was agreed.

Nomads D vs Worksop

Nomads D 1 4 Worksop
Ben Remy (w) 0 1 Nigel Baxendale
Reggie Kush 0 1 Andrew Smith
Robert Shaw 0 1 Ian Barker
Robert Nield 1/2 1/2 Frank Holt
Gordon Shaw 1/2 1/2 David Bedwall

In his first game for the club, Robert Nield played the Dutch defence, ending in a hard fought draw,

Gordon also drew. Both players castled kingside, then swapped down, ending up in this position.

Ben maintained material parity throughout most of his game, but eventually resigned after falling to a pawn fork on the king and queen.

Robert tried a speculative attack, which fizzled, then blundered into a knight fork and resigned.

Reggie and his opponent swapped down to rook, bishop, and five pawns against two rooks and six pawns, not far off material parity, but then Reggie resigned after his opponent found a way through.

Worksop C vs Nomads D

Worksop C 3 3 Nomads D
Andrew Smith (b) 0 1 Pete Morton (w)
Ian Barker 0 1 Eric McKenna
H Osbourne 0.5 0.5 Dave Kesteven
Alan Story 1 0 Robert Shaw
Cliff Briggs 0.5 0.5 Jo Woollard
David Bedwall 1 0 Ashley Rogers

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good look at Pete’s game but Eric’s opponent opened aggressively, pushing a pawn to his seventh rank by move 13. After Eric rebuffed this attack, gaining a queen and rook, his opponent resigned.

Dave ended up with a queen, rook, and three pawns against a queen, bishop and six pawns, not a decisive material advantage for either player, so a draw was agreed. Meanwhile Jo gained a rook for a bishop, but ended up in a king and pawns endgame, so also agreed a draw.

Robert put his opponent under some pressure early on, but after they swapped down to opposite coloured bishops Robert slipped up in the resulting battle of manoeuvre, losing material without compensation. He played on for a bit, looking for a way back, but then his flag fell. Ashley also had a solid opening which fizzled out.

Nomads 400 vs Ecclesall

Nomads 400 1.5 2.5 Ecclesall
Eric Mckenna 0.5 0.5 John Speck
Robert Shaw 0 1 Ivan Basarab-Horwath
Reggie Kush 1 0 John Eddershaw
Jo Woollard 0 1 Alex Parker

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 D vs Ravenfield

Nomads D 1.5 4.5 Ravenfield
Duncan Chambers (w) 0 1 Tim Gollens
Les Day 1 0 Andrew Shaw
Eric Mckenna 0.5 0.5 Roy Evans
Robert Shaw 0 1 Barry Shaw
Jo Woollard 0 1 D Hill
Francesca Biggio 0 1 M Wilkes

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.