The 400 league season ended with Hillsborough and Nomads on the same points, both managing seven wins and one loss. Hillsborough had the higher game points but they didn’t count, it was play off time!
We reconvened at The New Barrack Tavern On Monday 11th June. We had an early blow when Sam had to pull out at late notice, meaning we went into the match with only three players and were 1-0 down before we began.
Well before 8.30pm, Eric wrapped up a good win to bring us back on level terms, leaving Les & I to play on, Les’s game was fairly level, I was a piece and a pawn up. It was another hour or so later when Les secured the win to take us 2-1 up meaning I hopefully only had to play the game through without any blunders to secure a victory. Victory eventually came and we won 3-1.
1 Ron Keenan 0-1 Les Day
2 Stuart Wright 0-1 Eric McKenna
3 Glen Marvin 0-1 Jo Woollard
4 Graeme Addison 1-0 Bye
Many thanks to everyone who played over the season 🙂
Robert Shaw got his bishop trapped early on, so was a piece down for most of his game. When his opponent forced a mate in 2, Robert resigned.
Peter and Tim both castled kingside. Peter gained a pawn. After further manoeuvring left Peter a s rook up, Tim resigned. Robert Nield gained a knight, then mated Brian.
Jo and Barry traded off the light-squared bishops, castling king-side. After further exchanges left Jo with a queen, rook and single pawn against a knight, rook and five pawn Barry resigned while Eric’s game deadlocked.
Keith ended up with two rooks and two bishops against two rooks, a bishop and knight, but resigned once David forced promotion.
Ashley and his opponent played a four knights opening, then swapped down to a queen, bishop and multiple pawns endgame. After Stephen forced a queen swap then secured promotion Ashley resigned.
Robert Shaw blundered away a rook pretty quickly. He played on for a few moves longer, attempting to trap his opponent’s rook, but when that failed he resigned.
Robert Nield lost a bishop for a rook, leaving him with a queen, rook, bishop and five pawns against a queen, two rooks, and five pawns. When Stephen won the bishop Robert Nield too resigned.
On board two, the initial exchanges left Jo with a rook, bishop and five pawns against a rook, bishop and six pawns, a marginal material disadvantage, but Alexander had doubled pawns, so the position looked pretty even. After swapping off the remaining pieces, Jo reached this position at move 41.
Soon after, Jo agreed a draw, saving the team from a complete whitewash.
Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odd boards.
Playing against the French Defence, Robert lost two rooks in quick succession to knight forks, ending up with a decisive material disadvantage, and resigned. Gordon and Glen both castled king-side, exchanging minor pieces, but after Glen’s queen captured Gordon’s a8 rook he too was faced with a decisive material disadvantage, and resigned.
Eric and his opponent traded off pieces. After 33 moves each, Eric was left with a rook, bishop and three pawns against a rook, knight and five pawns. Recognising his opponent’s pawn majority would be decisive he also resigned.
Meanwhile, Jo and Paul maintained approximate material parity. Jo had a well placed knight, and Paul had doubled pawns, but this did not prove to be quite enough for a win. After both players’ attacks fizzled out they agreed a draw, saving Nomads from a complete whitewash.
Eric traded minor pieces with his opponent, maintaining material parity, but eventually deadlocked. While one of them might have had a theoretical advantage, they’d have probably run afoul of the fifty move rule trying to exploit it, so a draw was agreed.
Dave’s opponent castled first, kingside. After some tense manoeuvring they ended up with a rook and four pawns each, then quickly agreed a draw.
Robert made some questionable moves early on, but won a knight with a fork, and kept this material advantage throughout the game, ending up with a rook, bishop and two pawns against just a rook and two pawns. He also had an extra fifteen minutes on the clock. A draw might still have been achievable for Alex, but then he lost his rook and resigned.
Eric swapped knight for bishop, then both players castled kingside. After a few more exchanges they were each left with a queen, rook, knight and four pawns, but while they had material parity Eric was coming under time pressure. When his opponent threatened promotion Eric lost a rook for a knight, then resigned.
Robert’s opponent played the English opening. Robert was quickly outmanoeuvred, and resigned on move 22, facing a mate in 2.
Gordon avoided any early exchanges, but eventually went a knight and pawn down, then his opponent won a rook with a knight fork. Faced with a decisive material loss Gordon resigned.
Jo was the last to finish. After a quiet opening she went into the endgame with a rook, bishop and five pawns against a rook, knight and five pawns, then won pawns with a discovered check, but her opponent regained one of the lost pawns. After 39 moves each, they ended up in this position, with Jo to move:
Here Jo and her opponent agreed a draw, thus preventing a complete whitewash of Nomads.
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.
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.
Robert opened poorly, and was mated on move 14. Eric had a promising start, but was eventually outplayed. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good look at Ashley’s game, but he seemed to win without major problems.
Jo reached the end game with two rooks, the bishop pair, and six pawns against a knight, bishop, and five pawns, a clear advantage. She marched her b pawn up the board, but her opponent resigned just as she was about to queen it.
Robert and his opponent lost their queens in quick succession. Eventually, his opponent forced material gain with a promotion threat. Robert played on for a while, but eventually resigned.
Eric castled kingside while his opponent developed his queen early. Eric gained material, then exchanged queens, leaving him with two rooks, a bishop, a knight, and six pawns against two rook and five pawns, a decisive material advantage. Mate soon follow.
Gordon soon gained a knight, then swapped down, ending with a queen, two rooks and three pawns against a queen, single rook, and three pawns. Faced with the forced capture of his queen Gordon’s opponent resigned.
Jo and her opponent both castled kingside, swapping off minor pieces and reaching this position on move 36.
The game was looking drawish, but Jo had a few minutes less on the clock so eventually ran out of time.