After a shaky start to the season with a home defeat 2-4 against Ecclesall and 3-3 draw away to Hillsborough the season has got considerably better with us winning our next 4 games in convincing style with a 4-2 win being our worst result. Our next 3 matches were all at home where we beat Aughton 4.5-1.5, Chesterfield 5-1, & University 5.5-0.5. Our last game of 2019 saw us travel to Woodseats which should have been a tough match but we were victorious by 4-2 a fantastic result. So with 6 played & 8 to go we sit top of the table on 9 points, a 1 point lead over Woodseats & Chesterfield chasing us on 8 points each, (same games played as us) and winning the league is very much in our own hands, win all our remaining 8 games & we are champions I would even say winning 7 of our 8 would give us a great chance of winning the league. Thanks to all who have played for me so far this season your support as always is greatly appreciated. Lets get the job done in the second half of the season & romp away with the title like the champions we are and make it Nomads Champions of Divisions 1 & 2 as it looks like the A team are in total control of their division winning 5 out of 5 great work so far Chris keep it going.
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!