It started today. This is a useful guide of how to watch it etc. If you know better or different, share your comments.
You know what its like when you sac a rook and knight and go on to a famous victory? – no, nor do I but so nearly …!?
Many thanks to Qais for provoking me into the attack, defending well and missing his own chances!
|Home Team: Bedford D||Away Team: Northampton|
|1||Toby Cox||139||1||0||Jordan Madjovski||155|
|2||John J Harbour||139||1||0||David P Curran||143|
|4||Gerry Nolan||130e||0.5||0.5||Shane Ashley||135|
|5||Lucian Cox||107||0||1||Dion G Lindsay||105|
The evening got off to a poor start when Callum interpreted “Our next match is this coming Thursday home to Northampton” as “Get ye to Northampton” only to be told on arrival that their club night is Tuesday.
My game got complicated early on as I departed from theory at about move 6, so once again I had little time to spectate and don’t have much to say about the other games. By the time I managed to go for a wander Gerry had agreed a draw, I was winning, Toby was a pawn up, and Lucian was a couple of pawns down.
Well done to Toby for another fine win. His opponent makes a couple of mistakes and is ruthlessly punished for them.
My game was fun, though the phrase “more luck than judgment” comes to mind.
Anyone may now enter club competition results to keep the website cross- tables up to date – simply log in and enter your result in the top right quadrant of the cross table. Let me know if you don’t know username/passwords or have any other problems.
It’s never too early to think about the play-offs! Joe has now decided the form this will take, details may be found on the competitions page.
Defending Champions Bedford B took on the upstart challenge of Bedford A on Thursday night.
Recent matches between the teams have been close, and despite the A Team bringing out their big guns, the B Team had that start of season optimism that they could upset the odds.
Marc faced the daunting prospect of facing Mindaugas on board 1. A Benoni opening saw Marc press on the queenside and a very adventurous venture forward by his queen. Mindaugas clinically wove a net around the monarch and successfully trapped it, winning the game (see below, apologies Marc! – Ed)
Board 2 saw the battle of the Steves. Steve P tried 2 b3 against the Sicillian but the black squared bishop ran into a d6/e5 blockade and looked misplaced. Meanwhile Steve L opened up the kingside with a timely f5 and white’s position became difficult with pieces on the wrong squares and without too many places to go. A final tactic winning either a rook or the queen saw Mr Ledger win the game.
The battle of the captains took place on Board 3. Paul gained an early space advantage out of the opening and I eventually sacrificed a pawn in an attempt to free the game. Perhaps there were some drawing chances, but the failure to take the opportunity to exchange off a pair of rooks certainly did not help my position and I ended up being tied in knots, and faced with the loss of another pawn resigned.
Fortunately, the bottom two boards put up some spirited resistance to at least avoid a whitewash.
Mike’s game against Andy on board resulting in a “dodgy opening” and some “dodgy middle game play” (Mike’s words!). Despite this, Mike’s position remained solid, albeit a little cramped, and Andy was not really able to make any progress. A draw was agreed, which looked the right result.
Richard faced his nemesis, Qais, on Board 4, having lost on both previous meetings. The game looked pretty level for much of the time, with opposite coloured bishops (plus a rook) ending seeming to be heading for a draw. Qais persevered and managed to win a couple of very useful pawns and seemed to be heading for a comfortable win. At the death a slight inaccuracy appeared to allow Richard to escape, but he immediately returned the favour and lost his bishop and the game.
The final score of 3.5 – 1.5 was fair overall.
Alex Taylor, 26th October 2018
|Home Team: Bedford B||Away Team: Bedford A|
|1||Marc ON Obi||167||0||1||Mindaugas Beinoras||229|
|2||Steve C Pike||170||0||1||Steven C Ledger||186|
|3||Alex Taylor||163||0||1||Paul F Habershon||180|
|4||Qais Karimi||159||1||0||Richard T Bodily||178|
|5||Michael T Botteley||154||0.5||0.5||Andrew J Chapman||169|
Joe has worked out the playing schedules for the club tournaments. Please try and follow them although playing out of order is better than not playing at all! Roughly one game per month keeps up with the schedule and paces the competitions nicely.
The DIvision 2 round robins are scheduled to complete at the end of April whereupon the top two in each division will play off to secure the two promotion places to Division 1, and the Division 2 trophy. Playoff arrangements will be confirmed soon.
There is still space in Division 2 for new entrants – please let Joe know as soon as possible if you wish to join.
Fine wins by Lucian, Callum and Gerry (game added – welcome back Gerry! – Ed), a boring draw from me, and a win on time by Toby when he dropped a pawn and Joe needed more than the 15 seconds he had left to process this fact.
More details later if I anyone can think of anything interesting to say…
Hope you all saw my magnificent swindle today (below-Ed) !? One very peed off Estonian who made me mate him with k+q V k. Not gone entirely to plan lately in a couple of bizarre matches. We drew with Grantham yesterday, 3 quiet draws on the top 3 then Dave won a right mess of a game, I recovered from an awful opening to even entertain winning thoughts then messed up a Q ending and got mated with 4Qs on the board (sorry Steve, thought we’d better see that as well ! ). Chris Duncan then proved the mantra of never give up / nobody ever won or drew a game by resigning by somehow drawing from -52 on Stockfish. Today was a nasty draw but our IMs halved out on the top 2 before Chris Duncan lost on time with 2.5 mins for move 40 in a decent position. This ultimately rendered my swindle academic and we went down 2.5-3.5. Norwegian team tomorrow who are losing even more rating points than we are !
The membership page has been updated with all the latest information. Some updated distribution lists are also provided for the various teams and club competitions which you may find useful.
Any queries or observations, let me know – Ed