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.
This interesting position comes via Jeremy:
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.
Detail can be found here – https://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/
Also, check out the events and social programme running along side the event – https://www.britishchesschampionships.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Events-BCC-2018.pdf
Due to England progressing through to the next round of the world cup, which takes place on Tuesday 3rd July, the club championship has been put back a week. In a swiss format, it shall now be:-
Tuesday 10th July (rounds 1-3) 7.30pm
Tuesday 17th July (rounds 4 & 5) 7.45pm
Please come along if you can 🙂
|Woodseats A||1||7||Nomads A|
|Daniel Sullivan (w)||0||1||Jon Nelson|
|Stuart Jones||0||1||Chris Shephard|
|Shane Frith||0.5||0.5||Andrew Hards|
|David Toft||0.5||0.5||Geoff Frost|
|Steve Moon||0||1||Ian Barwick|
|Brendan Ashmore||0||1||Mike Newett|
|Bill Ward||0||1||Stuart Crosthwaite|
|Stephen Daykin||0||1||Nick Mahoney|
And so to Woodseats and the Red Lion for our first match of 2018. Andrew was missing (we wish him and his family well, of course) and Woodseats were also missing one or two others towards the top end of the team that left them comfortably outgraded on nearly every board. However, that didn’t prevent them from making a fight of things and the scoreline, as ever it seems, flattered us somewhat. First to finish were David and Geoff – Geoff forgot the usual continuation in the opening he played and things petered out quickly. But his was the only game to finish (relatively) quickly. Elsewhere, the battles were fought hard and long into the night.
Stuart entered into a King’s Gambit of sorts with Bill and seemed to hold onto the extra pawn, and hold it, and hold it… and eventually his pawn became a thorn in Bill’s position that he wasn’t able to round up as Stuart picked up pawns elsewhere on the board. Nick followed a little while after, also winning a number of pawns in the endgame to break Steve’s resistance.
After this, everything was something of a blur as most of the remaining games finished at a similar point. Mike’s kingside pressing eventually told as he forced his way into Brendan’s position; Ian’s pieces initially seemed to be getting in a bit of a tangle but once he sorted them out he too, was able to eke an advantage and overturn Steve’s brave resistance. On three, I got dragged into a very drawish opening line (I am sure I didn’t play it well but that’s no surprise!) and once everything came off Shane and I were left with a very drawish rook and pawn ending (one where I nearly walked into a mate in 1!) that ended in a draw, unsurprisingly. On two, Chris gradually wore Stuart down and in the ending, Chris’ more active king and better placed pawns were crucial (aided and abetted by a pawn advantage, as I recall). And on top board Jon and Daniel were out of book on around move 4… the game became exceedingly sharp and when I thought Daniel might be lost, he managed to wiggle some more before eventually entering an endgame where he was a piece down. Jon’s technique at this point was flawless, though, culminating in a nice mating pattern without need to promote his final pawn.
A one-sided result, but not so much a one-sided match – and a convincing enough start to 2018.
Disappointed that only Robert & Myself bothered to turn up to Phil Fords Memorial Tournament tonight. Don’t know why nobody else turned up to what normally is a well attended evening in the Clubs calendar. So far the Summer events we planned at our AGM have mostly been poorly attended which I find very sad indeed. Hope the few events we have planned in September are better attended. Cheers Lez