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)
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.
Firstly I want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who played for me this season. The help & support I received from everyone was fantastic & very much appreciated. Players agreeing to play weeks in advance of the next match made my job so much easier to organise teams.
Looking at the season overall, I think everyone should be very proud of what we achieved. When you consider what things were looking like last summer no Captain, losing players & so much uncertainty within the Club this has been a remarkable turnaround. To finish 2nd when we thought just surviving in the Division would be great is an amazing achievement. I think the team spirit we had this year was remarkable & every player played their part in one way or another. I would especially like to thank the players (mainly Pete & Steve) I asked to be 1st or 2nd reserve for matches in case first choice players couldn’t make it, that allowed me to field our strongest team possible at all times. We only used 13 players in the season & 8 players played 8 or more games which gave us a very consistent team throughout the season, which is the main reason we did so well.
To lose only 1 game to the eventual League winners Ecclesall is not bad, but I strongly believe we had every chance to beat them in our home match instead of drawing & we should have won both the games we drew which would have seen us win the League. That in mind, the season ahead should be a very positive one.
Would like to say congratulations & well done to Vasilis who in his first season with was our most valuable player (MVP) He only lost 1 game in the 9 he played winning the other 8 giving him a 89% win rate. A fantastic achievement.
I would like to thank Ian for being the only player to have played in every game this season & Jon,Chris, John, Stuart & Nick who all played 10 or more games.
Our 4th game of the season saw us travel to University. Where we continued our unbeaten run with a fine win 5.5 – 2.5. Wins for Chris, John, Pete & Duncan and draws for Jon, Stuart & Nick secured the points. This puts us 3rd in the league with 6 points out of 8. with 2 wins & 2 draws. Onto next week where we go to Ecclesall who are also unbeaten but have won all their 4 games.
We move onto our 3rd game of the season (our 1st at home) where we welcomed Woodseats to the Trades & Labour Club. We won the toss & Jon chose to play black on odd boards. After a shaky start we managed to get the edge in the match & it looked like we were heading for a win. But in the end the match ended in a 4-4 draw. Wins for Chris, Vasilis (in his first game for the club) & Pete who has a 100% record so far with 3 wins from 3 games played. Jon & Duncan both drew. Still unbeaten after 3 games a great achievement with a win & 2 draws (4 points from 6). we next play on Wednesday 21st Nov away to University lets keep our unbeaten run going.
Our second match of the season saw us travel to Darnall for what was going to be a tough match, and tough it was. The match ended all square 4-4. Wins for Stuart, Pete & Steve & draws for Chris & Nick secured us a share of the points. Unbeaten in our first 2 games is a fantastic achievement with 3 out of 4 points. On to next week where we have our first home of the season against Woodseats.