Nomads C 2.5 – Aughton B 1.5

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 🙂

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Woodseats B vs Nomads B

Woodseats B 4 – 2 Nomad B
Stuart Jones 1 – 0 Peter Morton (w)
Douglas Counch 0.5 – 0.5 Rob Nield
Dave Toft 0.5 – 0.5 Steve Withingon
Brendan Ashmore 1 – 0 Eric McKenna
Steve Moon 0.5 – 0.5 Jo Woollard
Dave Cook 0.5 – 0.5 Arkady England

An excellent evening of chess at the Red Lion, London Road. The games were close and indeed four of them were draws, with Nomads’ new kid on the block, Arkady English, maintaining his excellent start for the club – undefeated. But Woodseats secured two wins and took the match.

Nomads B vs Ecclesall C

Nomads B 4.5 – 1.5 Ecclesall C
Peter Morton 0 – 1 Safdar Alam (w)
Rob Nield 1 – 0 Ivan Basarab-Howarth
Steve Withington 1 – 0 Roger Swindell
Duncan Chambers 0.5 – 0.5 John Speck
Akady English 1 – 0 Ken Scott
Eric McKenna 1 – 0 DEFAULT

A great start to the season for Nomads B. Making his debut for Nomads was Arkady English, delivering a win for the team.

400 league success

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 🙂

Nomads C vs Woodseats B

Nomads C Woodseats B
Henry Withington (w) 1 0 Peter Hulse
Steve Withington 0.5 0.5 Brendan Ashmore
Duncan Chambers 1 0 Steve Moon
Les Day 0 1 Dave Cook
Eric McKenna 1 0 Martin Edwards
Reggie Kush 1 0 Steve Daykin

Henry marked his return with a win from a game he looked like losing at one point. An excellent result for Nomads against a determined Woodseats.

Jon Arnott vs Andrew Hards

Barnsley A vs Nomads A, 5th December 2017

Barnsley A 4 4 Nomads A
Andy Butterworth (b) 0 1 Jon Nelson
Martin Sheard 0.5 0.5 Andrew Hards
Richard Desmedt 0.5 0.5 Geoff Frost
Ken Hunter 0.5 0.5 Ian Barwick
Tony Pogson 0 1 Mike Newett
Pete Micklethwaite 1 0 Wilson Banda
Neil Todd 0.5 0.5 Steve Withington
Richard Hall 1 0 BYE

We’ve struggled at Barnsley more than once in the past, and today was no exception. A default on the bottom board was not a good start. I spent most of the evening outside coughing or in the bathroom so didn’t see a great deal of the games. A draw after 25 or so minutes on board three wasn’t ideal in the circumstances – Geoff and Richard sheathing their swords early on – but Martin and I weren’t too far behind (I’ve yet to beat him in several attempts so a draw was a bit of a bonus personally in the circumstances!). Mike’s game also finished prematurely – Tony managed to get his queen trapped early on and resigned soon after. So even-Stevens after a very quick first half… the second half was not quite so fast though. Steve, Wilson and Jon all seemed under varying degrees of pressure whilst Ian seemed to have an attack brewing. Wilson eventually found Pete’s passed pawns too much, and even a piece sacrifice was not enough to stop them rolling through his position. Steve held on in his game and Neil agreed a draw in a position that may or may not have had more play in it – so we were 3.5 – 2.5 down; Ian’s draw with Ken, under some pressure, was well timed and though we couldn’t win the match, we could still draw it so everything came down to Jon. Andy repeated a combination he had recently played but crucially a piece was not on the same square as it had been before and when Jon’s counter-attack came, it picked up a loose rook and sealed a win which earned us a hard-fought, barely-scraped draw. PHEW! At least we go into the Xmas break still unbeaten… although it was a close one and no mistake.