The ECF have gone live with their new four figure ratings, which will be updated on a monthly basis and take the place of the current three figure system. The link below takes you to the Nomads page.
Darnall & Handsworth host their third FIDE 6 round rapidplay on Saturday 1st September 2018. Having taken part last year I can definitely recommend it, a very well run event and on our doorstep!
|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.