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.
We’d brought a formidable team for this anticipated quarter final match, with Sam Milson (back in Sheffield) and Kieran significantly improving our chances against a strong Ecclesall. But bumping into Dave Adams in The Abbey carpark, he tells me they’ve been expecting to see Sam: intelligence from somewhere…. But still, great players if not quite the surprise factor we were counting on!
Very interesting match to watch. 3 fairly early draws: Chris v Dave Adams on board 3, Jon v Jonathan Tait on 1, then John F v Farshad on 4. But Ian (facing John Clark) and Kieran (Ewan Cormack) are better – and Sam is equal against Jim Burnett. Lots of interest in Ian’s middle game position: he’s playing extremely well against some inaccurate opening moves. But he is in bad time trouble and in the endgame his opponent is getting some threatening-looking counterplay. But still, Kieran has played very nicely on the White side of a Kings Indian Bayonet Attack: and I think we’ll probably win, with Sam now also standing better. Still, it’s quite tense, as people are crowded round the three outstanding games….. But then out of the blue Ian’s opponent resigns (he’s blundered his knight – see the full game below) and Kieran wins: we’re there. And Sam beats Jim too: 4.5-1.5 – a great result.
Nomads C remain unbeaten at the top of the league on 13 points out of 14 with a good draw against an above strength Ecclesall team. Ray notched up another excellent win and Eric & I drew to give us the draw in the final C team match until the New Year. Have a good Xmas every body 🙂
Another great result, ensuring the C team remain on maximum points so far this season. Four out of the five new players who recently joined the club took part in this game and we all returned home unbeaten, with wins for Ray, myself, Arkady and Rory (in his first game) and draws for Eric & Sean. Well done everyone 🙂
Eventually the A team gets its campaign underway with a trip to Hillsborough, and what a fantastic result for us winning 5-3. Wins for Jon, Chris (by default) John & Pete and draws for Nick & Steve gave us the points to secure a well deserved victory. Thanks to everyone who played tonight, what a great way to start the season. On to next match away to Darnell next Monday 5th Nov.
The England Open team had a good 2½-1½ win against Israel on Tuesday (2nd October), at the Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia. But one that got away was David Howell’s game against Emil Sutovsky. Here is the position at a critical point (after 26. Re1-e2…), with Howell (Black) to move):
Here he played 26…Rfe8, allowing White to play Nf4 and then Rd1, consolidating (though I assume it’s still much better for Black) – the game ended as a draw.
Can you do better than our grandmaster in this position?! There are actually two very strong continuations. Solutions in a few days!
The British Chess Championships take part in Hull this year, 27th July – 5th August. Jon Nelson is so far the only Nomad in the entries but it’s not to late for anyone who wishes to take part. There are classes for all abilities.