Bedford D v MK C

The D rose to the challenge posed by the C team captain by winning a hard fought match against Milton Keynes C.   Richard reports:- 

  • Callum won a pawn in the middle game, swapped down to a rook knight and pawns endgame with Callum having a passed ‘a’ pawn which he was pushing.
  • I obtained my usual very average position out of the opening, fought back to equalise and then blundered.
  • Ben was on the wrong end of a Ruy Lopez exchange which his opponent played well, good knight v bad bishop.  Ben had to shed several pawns to free his pieces and succumbed.
  • Mike always had a slight edge and exchanged down to a 2 rooks and 2 bishops v 2 rooks and 2 knights.  He steadily improved his position and won 2 pawns whilst retaining his advantage.
  • Gerry had black against a London system  and his opponent built a promising king side attack see game.  Black defended well and his opponent seemed to run out of ideas when Gerry counter-attacked and in the complications was victorious. 

A good result capping a fine season.

Home Team: Bedford D Away Team: Milton Keynes C
Board Name Grade Score Score Name Grade
1 Michael T Botteley 165 1 0 Peter Rawcliffe 147
2 Richard T Bodily 140e 0 1 Colin Solloway 129
3 Gerry Nolan
see game
141e 1 0 John McKeon 121
4 Callum T Shields 123 1 0 Dave Wells 115
5 Ben Pike 80e 0 1 Bryan Leggett 88
Date Played: 03/04/2014 3 2

Leighton Buzzard B v Bedford C

The C Team had an excellent win at Leighton Buzzard – notes by Chris.

  • Nigel was playing in his first league match since his illness and showed he was back to form by beating Andre Eggenhoffner with a kingside attack.
  • Mac outclassed his young opponent to score a comfortable win putting us two points up – could we score the third point for the win?
  • This looked unlikely as Peter Housden was always struggling against Tony Readman and eventually lost.
  • Peter Gill’s opponent sacrificed a piece in the opening (Cochrane Gambit) and built up a very strong position. In the end Peter gave a piece back to reach material equality and eventually achieved a draw.

So the result rested on my game with Brian Valentine, a regular contributer to this website!! I felt I had a slight edge in the opening but he came back into the game and I couldn’t find a way to improve the position of my major pieces. He rejected my draw offer at the time control and won a pawn so I just marched my king down the board (didn’t someone say that the king is an attacking piece?) and tried to mate him with rook, knight and king while he pushed his extra pawn. Unfortunately in time trouble I couldn’t find the mate (pointed out afterwards by Graham Borrowdale) but at least I had a perpetual check and secured the 3-2 victory.

This win piles the pressure on the D Team(!?) ahead of their crucial match against MKC at the club on Thursday. The C and D Team are locked together on 9 points with both having one match to play.


Home Team: Leighton Buzzard B Away Team: Bedford C
Board Name Grade Score Score Name Grade
1 Brian J Valentine 161 0.5 0.5 Chris Hill see game 134
2 Tom Rixon 134 0.5 0.5 Peter S Gill 133
3 Andre Eggenhoffner 125e 0 1 J Nigel Staddon 126
4 Tony Readman 125 1 0 Peter T Housden 102
5 Valentin Bunave 100e 0 1 RW (Mac) MacKenzie 72
Date Played: 01/04/2014 2 3


Bedford B v Northampton

26th March – Northampton 1.5 – 3.5 Bedford B

An efficient team performance with boards 2 to 5 appearing (from superficial observation) comfortable throughout, Neil blowing his hapless opponent away from the outset.  Board 1’s end game technique was conspicuously absent as he contrived to lose a dead drawn R+7P v R+7P ending.

New-look Games Page

The website has a new-look games page from which a number of different options may be selected:-

  • Today – games played by Bedford Club players this season – all new games played in the league or club competitions very welcome
  • Yesterday – games played by Bedford Club players in seasons past – this recently includes an interesting “missed opportunity” for Alex and a number of Joe’s correspondence games – please add to the body of club games
  • Bedford games – notable games with a Bedford connection – Neil has contributed some but I’m sure more are available?
  • British chess masterpieces – Neil has selected 30 games that symbolise 200 years of British chess – he has annotated five so far with more to follow
  • Ravi’s corner – Ravi presents a series of interesting and educational games – the first one is published, more to follow
  • Mr Fletcher’s gambits – Neil considers gambits old and new – coming soon

Feedback on content to Steve or direct to Ravi or Neil as appropriate please!  Alternatively, any suggestions or contributions for new themes will be published! – thanks in anticipation

County Championship Third Round

Bedford club hosted the county championship third round this week.  Bedford players (bolded) had mixed fortunes but Steve ledger took an uncontested lead at the halfway stage of this year’s competition.

Board White


1 Adrian Elwin 169 (2) 0 v 1 (2) Steve Ledger 188
2 Richard Freeman 187 (1.5) 0.5 v 0.5 (2) Graham Smith 182
3 Peter Hunt 166 (1.5)  0.5 v 0.5 (1.5) Steve Pike 170
4 Paul Habershon 191 (1) 0 v 1 (1.5) Ravi Arulnandhy 183
5 Ray Holland 152 (1) 0 v 1 (1) Rajan Ganger 183
6 Graham Borrowdale 180 (1) 1 v 0 (1) Rob Whiteside 160
7 Kevin Williamson 170 (1) 1 v 0 (1) Michael Joseph 152
8 Tim Puleston 139 (1) 0.5 v 0.5 (1) Adrian Matthews 166
9 Sajan Ganger 123 (0) 0 v 1 (1) Brian Valentine 161
10 Colin Solloway 129 (0) 1 v 0 (0) Ben Pike 80
11 Bryan Leggett 88 (0) v (0) Dave Phillips 114

Bedford A v MK A

Great 4-1 win for the A team to keep their title hopes (and the B team’s third place aspirations!) alive.
Notes by Paul:-

  • Ravi was first to win. Borrowdale gave up a pawn for active play which seemed only to expose his own K side.
  • Bd 1 got into a major piece ending where Steve neutralised pressure on his f7 pawn and eventually drew when it came down to a rook and pawns each.
  • I won a pawn on Bd 2 going into a rook and minor piece ending, but my bishop wasn’t working as well as his knight and a draw was agreed, fine for me as Ravi had already won and we were up on the bottom two boards.
  • Nick somehow got to be an exchange up and hung on to it before returning it for a won knight ending. A frantic time scramble ended with Nick delivering mate with his flag already ‘down’ (do we say ‘showing’ for a digital clock?!). Possibly Adrian could have previously claimed a win on time as he still had a pawn on the board. see game
  • I was down in the bar when Peter Gill came down to say there was a dispute on Bd 5, apparently involving inability to add two minutes to a clock. Luckily my technical expertise was not called on because Adrian Elwin, a qualified arbiter of course, had already sorted it all. The position by then was a trivial win for Michael and he had enough time. I remember seeing some tightwire tactics in the middlegame.
Home Team: Milton Keynes A Away Team: Bedford A
Board Name Grade Score Score Name Grade
1 Graham Smith 182 0.5 0.5 Steven C Ledger 188
2 Richard Freeman 187 0.5 0.5 Paul F Habershon 191
3 Graham Borrowdale 180 0 1 Ravi Arulnandhy 183
4 Adrian Elwin 169 0 1 Nick P Collacott See game 167
5 David Martinez-Willena 174 0 1 Michael Botteley 165
Date Played: 13/03/2014 1 4


OU v Bedford D

Home Team: Open University
Away Team: Bedford D
Board Name Grade Score Score Name Grade
1 George Ward 147 0 1 Richard Bodily 140e
2 Aidar Talibzhanov 143 1 0 John Harbour 141
3 Mark Wasserberg 132 1 0 Gerry Nolan 141e
4 Richard Keane 120 0 1 Callum Shields 123
5 David Phillips 114 1 0 Ben Pike 80e
Date Played: 13/03/2014 3 2
  • Ben played a solid opening and looked fine until he dropped a couple of pawns. When Dave forced the queens off it was all over.
  • Callum played a fine game, and finished it off with a neat rook sacrifice to force mate.
  • Gerry’s game looked under control until he swapped two minor pieces for rook and pawn. Mark’s extra piece proved stronger than Gerry’s passed pawn.
  • John was solid but short of space after the opening but then allowed Aidar to push his queen into a corner. It never got out again!
  • Richard was better against George, though over 30 minutes behind on the clock as George played rapidly as usual. Then Richard dropped a piece to a fork, but managed to push a pawn to the 7th as compensation. In a wild and exciting finish George tried to find a mate, and in doing so underestimated the threat to his own king.