|Ravenfield Bishops||2 1/2||3 1/2||Nomads 400|
|Tim Gollens (w)||0||1||Peter Morton|
|David Tate||1||0||Keith Wicks|
|Andrew Shaw||1/2||1/2||Eric McKenna|
|Brian England||0||1||Robert Nield|
|Barry Shaw||0||1||Jo Woollard|
|D Hill||1||0||Robert Shaw|
Robert Shaw got his bishop trapped early on, so was a piece down for most of his game. When his opponent forced a mate in 2, Robert resigned.
Peter and Tim both castled kingside. Peter gained a pawn. After further manoeuvring left Peter a s rook up, Tim resigned. Robert Nield gained a knight, then mated Brian.
Jo and Barry traded off the light-squared bishops, castling king-side. After further exchanges left Jo with a queen, rook and single pawn against a knight, rook and five pawn Barry resigned while Eric’s game deadlocked.
Keith ended up with two rooks and two bishops against two rooks, a bishop and knight, but resigned once David forced promotion.
|Nomads 400||1/2||3 1/2||Woodseats|
|Robert Nield(b)||0||1||Martyn Edwards|
|Jo Woollard||1/2||1/2||Alexander Pilakoutas|
|Robert Shaw||0||1||David Margerison|
|Ashley Rogers||0||1||Stephen Daykin|
Ashley and his opponent played a four knights opening, then swapped down to a queen, bishop and multiple pawns endgame. After Stephen forced a queen swap then secured promotion Ashley resigned.
Robert Shaw blundered away a rook pretty quickly. He played on for a few moves longer, attempting to trap his opponent’s rook, but when that failed he resigned.
Robert Nield lost a bishop for a rook, leaving him with a queen, rook, bishop and five pawns against a queen, two rooks, and five pawns. When Stephen won the bishop Robert Nield too resigned.
On board two, the initial exchanges left Jo with a rook, bishop and five pawns against a rook, bishop and six pawns, a marginal material disadvantage, but Alexander had doubled pawns, so the position looked pretty even. After swapping off the remaining pieces, Jo reached this position at move 41.
Soon after, Jo agreed a draw, saving the team from a complete whitewash.
|Stannington||3 1/2||1/2||Nomads 400|
|James Allen (b)||1||0||Eric McKenna|
|Paul Cheshire||1/2||1/2||Jo Woollard|
|Francis L Kay||1||0||Robert Shaw|
|Glen Marvin||1||0||Gordon Shaw|
Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odd boards.
Playing against the French Defence, Robert lost two rooks in quick succession to knight forks, ending up with a decisive material disadvantage, and resigned. Gordon and Glen both castled king-side, exchanging minor pieces, but after Glen’s queen captured Gordon’s a8 rook he too was faced with a decisive material disadvantage, and resigned.
Eric and his opponent traded off pieces. After 33 moves each, Eric was left with a rook, bishop and three pawns against a rook, knight and five pawns. Recognising his opponent’s pawn majority would be decisive he also resigned.
Meanwhile, Jo and Paul maintained approximate material parity. Jo had a well placed knight, and Paul had doubled pawns, but this did not prove to be quite enough for a win. After both players’ attacks fizzled out they agreed a draw, saving Nomads from a complete whitewash.
|John Speck (w)||1/2||1/2||Eric McKenna|
|Ivan Basarab-Horwath||1||0||Jo Woollard|
|Mike Howarth||1/2||1/2||Dave Kesteven|
|Alex Parker||1||0||Robert Shaw|
Eric traded minor pieces with his opponent, maintaining material parity, but eventually deadlocked. While one of them might have had a theoretical advantage, they’d have probably run afoul of the fifty move rule trying to exploit it, so a draw was agreed.
Dave’s opponent castled first, kingside. After some tense manoeuvring they ended up with a rook and four pawns each, then quickly agreed a draw.
Robert made some questionable moves early on, but won a knight with a fork, and kept this material advantage throughout the game, ending up with a rook, bishop and two pawns against just a rook and two pawns. He also had an extra fifteen minutes on the clock. A draw might still have been achievable for Alex, but then he lost his rook and resigned.
R Shaw vs A Parker
|Darnall||3 1/2||2 1/2||Nomads D|
|Danny Dawson||1||0||Les Day (w)|
|Craig Chatterton||1/2||1/2||Eric McKenna|
|Robert Black||1/2||1/2||Jo Woollard|
|Harry Feather||1/2||1/2||Robert Shaw|
|Bob Lindsay||0||1||Gordon Shaw|
|Joel Fair||1||0||Sam Humphrey|
Robert won a rook for a knight early on, but then had to trade a rook for a bishop to prevent his queen being trapped, leaving Robert just one pawn up. After some manoeuvring a draw was agreed in this position, with white to move.
Later, Harry Feather checked this position with an online chess engine, which confirmed it was a draw.
Les and his opponent both castled kingside, then traded off queens and minor pieces, leaving Les five pawns down in a rook endgame so he resigned.
Jo and her opponent began by trading knights. Further exchanges followed, leaving them in a deadlocked position. Eric’s game also quickly deadlocked, giving another draw.
Sam and his opponent both castled kingside. After trading off the minor pieces Sam emerged into the endgame with a queen and four pawns against two rooks and six pawns, a small material advantage, but enough for Joel to force a win.
|Nomads 400||1/2||3 1/2||Stannington|
|Eric McKenna(b)||0||1||Kevin Keenan|
|Jo Woollard||1/2||1/2||James Allen|
|Robert Shaw||0||1||Francis Kay|
|Gordon Shaw||0||1||Glen Marvin|
Eric swapped knight for bishop, then both players castled kingside. After a few more exchanges they were each left with a queen, rook, knight and four pawns, but while they had material parity Eric was coming under time pressure. When his opponent threatened promotion Eric lost a rook for a knight, then resigned.
Robert’s opponent played the English opening. Robert was quickly outmanoeuvred, and resigned on move 22, facing a mate in 2.
Gordon avoided any early exchanges, but eventually went a knight and pawn down, then his opponent won a rook with a knight fork. Faced with a decisive material loss Gordon resigned.
Jo was the last to finish. After a quiet opening she went into the endgame with a rook, bishop and five pawns against a rook, knight and five pawns, then won pawns with a discovered check, but her opponent regained one of the lost pawns. After 39 moves each, they ended up in this position, with Jo to move:
Here Jo and her opponent agreed a draw, thus preventing a complete whitewash of Nomads.