Peter Sharpe vs Robert Shaw

Nomads E vs Sheffield Deaf

Nomads E 1/2 Sheffield Deaf
Peter Morton (w) 1/2 1/2 Michael Freund
Robert Shaw 0 1 Peter Sharpe
Jo Woollard 0 1 Mick Simmons
Natasha Withington 0 1 David Whiston

On board 4, David got his queen into Natasha’s position early on, quickly forcing mate. Peter’s game also finished fairly quickly.  Playing against the French Defence, he maintained material parity, but was unable to break through, and accepted a draw.

Jo went a knight up in the early exchanges, but slipped back in the midgame, ending up with queen, bishop against queen, rook, and pawns. Jo’s pawns did look slightly better, but this proved insufficient to outweigh the material disadvantage.

Robert began by swapping off minor pieces, trying to weaken Peter’s pawn structure, but went two pans down in the process. Under pressure, he managed to avoid losing further material, and recovered the lost pawns, but was eventually out- manoeuvred, succumbing to a mate he never saw coming.

Tim England vs Robert Shaw

Nomads E vs Worksop C

Nomads E  (w) 0 4 Worksop C
Dave Kesteven 0 1 Nigel Baxendale
Robert Shaw 0 1 Tim England
Jo Woollard 0 1 Alan Story
Natasha Withington 0 1 Frank Holt

Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Dave played a four knights opening, fianchettoing  his bishop, but lost a knight for two pawns. After further uneven exchanges reduced him to just king and pawns, Dave resigned. At the other end of the table, Frank’s queen soon occupied h8, forcing Natasha;’s king into the middle of the board, where a knight delivered mate.

After exchanging knights Jo and Alan both castled kingside, but then Jo lost her queen for a knight, ending up with two rooks , a knight, and seven pawns against two rooks, a queen, and seven pawns, a decisive disadvantage.

Robert played the Queen’s Gambit Declined  After a complex exchange removed the queens, he seemed to have better development, but Tim did have the advantage of a bishop pair. Robert kept material parity into a rook and pawns end game, where he tried to play for a draw, but was comprehensively out manoeuvred and ultimately mated.

Nomads E vs Rotherham B

Nomads E 1 3 Rotherham B
Simon Nicholson 0 1 Chris Willey (b)
Eric McKenna 1 0 Default
Dave Kesteven 0 1 Philip Sharpe
Robert Shaw 0 1 Michael Snowdon

Rotherham defaulted on board two, due to a family emergency.

Dave and Philip both castled king-side, swapping off minor pieces, then Philip doubled his rooks on the d file, generating a strong attack.  After losing significant material, Dave resigned.

Simon played an obscure variant of the Caro-Kann  defence. Early on, he forced Chris to retreat his knight back to g8, but Chris soon recovered. Just as the game was starting to look like a draw, Simon’s flag fell, before move 30.

Robert gained a rook early on with a knight fork, but eventually blundered it away, leaving him with a lone knight against three pawns. While he was struggling to find a way to prevent promotion, his flag too fell.

Barnsley D vs Nomads E

Barnsley D Nomads E
Anthony Steel 1/2   1/2 Eric McKenna (b)
Russell Roe 1 0 Robert Shaw
Max Littlewood 0 1 Dave Kesteven
Alan Taylor 1 0 Jo Woollard

Robert sacrificed a knight for positional advantage, leaving  Russell with doubled e & g pawns, and an exposed king, but fumbled while attempting to exploit this, losing a rook to a skewer, after which he resigned.

Dave attacked strongly with his queen early on, gaining a rook, then swapped down, emerging into the end game with queen, rook and five pawns against just a rook and fice pawns. Dave then forced a queen exchange. Faced with inevitable promotion Max resigned.

After swapping off minor pieces Jo and Alan both castled king-side. Further exchanges left Jo with a queen, rook, and pawns against a queen, rook, knight and pawns, a slight disadvantage which proved decisive.

Eric was the last to finish. He too had opened by swapping off minor pieces and castling king-side, but he maintained material parity, manoeuvring  to a rook and pawn endgame, with a one pawn advantage. After exchanging rooks, Eric marched his h pawn to promotion, but Anthony also had an unstoppable pawn, so Eric agreed a draw.

Nomads E vs Barnsley D

Nomads E 3 1 Barnsley D
Duncan Chambers (b) 1/2 1/2 Russell Roe
Peter Morton 1 0 Phil Griffiths
Robert Shaw 1 0 Robbie Merc
Jo Woollard 1/2 1/2 Alan Taylor

On board 4, early exchanges left both Jo and Alan with a week queenside pawn structure, but  Jo’s remaining bishop was well placed on g2.  After further exchanged left both players with a single knight and bishop, plus pawns, a draw was agreed. Duncan’s  game also began with a minor piece exchange, and ended in deadlock.

Peter came out of the opening with two bishops, a knight, and five pawns against two rooks and five pawns, a marginal material advantage, but it proved sufficient. Peter forced further exchanges, with gradual material gain, ending up with a bishop and three pawns against just three pawns, at which point his opponent resigned.

After some initial manoeuvring, Robert won a queen for a bishop, a decisive advantage. His opponent played on for a while, generating some threats, but resigned once mate was clearly inevitable.

Ecclesall E vs Nomads E

Ecclesall E Nomads E
Mike Howarth 1/2 1/2 Eric McKenna (w)
Elliot Spencer 0 1 Peter Morton
John Speck 1 0 Dave Kesteven
Ken Scott 1 0 Robert Shaw
Peter Mitchell 0 1 Jo Woollard

Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Dave soon went a knight down. He lured Speck’s king to f7, where it looked pretty vulnerable, but this didn’t prove to be enough. Robert  also lost a piece early on, following a miscalculation in a promising position. He was able to generate some pressure with promotion threat on the a file, but eventually resigned.

Eric maintained material parity throughout his game, both players ending up with six pawns, a knight, and a bishop, on opposite colours. Once it was clear neither player could break through, a draw was agreed.

Peter and Elliot swapped off queens early, then Peter lost the exchange, going a knight for a rook down. He did have an extra pawn in compensation, but three of how pawns were trebled on the e file. However, Peter eventually recovered material in a tangled position, and then his opponents flag fell, before move 30.

Jo and Peter both castled kingside, with an open pawn structure on the queenside. After swapping bishops off, Jo went an exchange up: queen, two rooks and six pawns against queen, rook, knight, and six pawns. She tehn pressed this slight advantage home, until Peter resigned.


Sasca E vs Nomads E

Sasca E 1/2 Nomads E
D Evans (w) 1/2 1/2 Eric McKenna
C Wilson 0 1 Robert Shaw
O Walker 0 1 Jo Woollard
N Roberts 0 1 Gordon Shaw

Sasca won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Eric’s opponent opened with a strong attack, but Eric mounted a solid defence, eventually swapping down to a queen, rook and pawn endgame, with a  one pawn advantage for Eric. He tried to press this home, but his opponent manoeuvred him into perpetual check.

Playing against the French defence, Gordon quickly gained a pawn.  After his opponent retreated his bishop to e7, they both castled kingside, then Gordon swapped a bishop and knight for two bishops, giving him the slight theoretical advantage of the bishop pair. Exploiting this, he squeezed his opponent, swapping off queens on move 19 and.ending up with a rook and two pawns against just three pawns. This was enough to force promotion, after which mate swiftly followed.

Jo also opened with an exchange of minor pieces. Further exchanges followed, with Jo steadily gaining positional advantage, until her opponent was mated.

Robert was the last to finish. He and his opponent had exchanged queens on move 19. leaving Robert a pawn down, but with a stronger pawn structure. The next exchanges left Robert with a knight for four pawns, a marginal disadvantage, but after a wobbly middle-game he pulled back, gaining material, so towards the end of the game Robert had a  rook, knight and pawn against just a rook.  Once his opponent’s rook was disposed of, mate soon followed.

Robert’s mate:

Clay Cross vs Nomads E

Clay Cross 3 1 Nomads E
Jerome Redhead 1 0 Duncan Chambers (w)
Neil Cameron 1/2 1/2 Eric McKenna
Keith Myhill 1 0 Robert Shaw
Brian Redhead 1/2 1/2 Jo Woollard

Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Robert miscalculated an early exchange, trading a bishop for two pawns. He was able to generate a promotion threat with his kingside pawn majority, getting one pawn to the seventh rank, but Keith eventually blocked him. Once it was clear he could force promotion, Robert resigned.

Eric castled first in a solid defensive opening, exchanging first minor pieces then queens. When the dust settled Eric and his opponent had two knights and seven pawns each. Once it was clear neither player could make progress a draw was agreed.

After swapping off bishops Duncan positioned his queen threateningly on g6, then exchanged knights. More exchanges followed, leaving Duncan two pawns down with a single rook, bishop, and queen, then Jerome outmanoeuvred Duncan, winning his bishop outright. Facing a clear material disadvantage, Duncan resigned.

Against Jo, Brian opened aggressively, his queen penetrating to a4, but Jo repulsed this attack., going two pawns up. Going into the endgame, she had a rook and six pawns, including connected passed pawns on g6 and f7, against a rook, bishop and just two pawns. After some manoeuvring, Jo won the bishop with a promotion threat, leaving her with a rook and five pawns against a rook and a single pawn, but she was running short on time.

With just  50 seconds left on the clock, Jo succumbed to a stalemate trap, and the match was over.

Considering we were outgraded on every board, this was a respectable result.