AGM to be Thursday 3rd July

This years AGM will be held on 3rd July 2014.  Peter will send out an agenda nearer the time but meanwhile would anyone who would like something to be included, let him know directly or reply below – if you do the latter, please indicate whether you want it displayed on this page or not.

New games for your enjoyment

Neil has added five more games to his collection of British Chess Masterpieces. All are good as ever but Short-Timman is indeed sublime (in my very humble opinion).

Raj has shared his demolition of Mr Smith in the County Championship – it might not quite make Neil’s list but I enjoyed it enormously (both live and now).

Bedfordshire County Individual Successes

For a second year in a row, Bedford Club players have taken first and second prizes at the finals of the county individual championship.  Steve Ledger retained the trophy he won last year with a near-perfect 5.5/6 whilst Rajan Ganger (with a pretty demolition of Graham Smith in the last round) achieved 4.5 to share second place with Leighton Buzzard’s Kevin Williamson.

Seed
Grade Opponent   Result   Slow
rnd 1 rnd 2 rnd 3 rnd 4 rnd 5 rnd 6 rnd 1 rnd 2 rnd 3 rnd 4 rnd 5 rnd 6 Tot Starte
1 Paul Habershon 191 12 6 4 16 22 14 1 0 0 0 1 0.5 2.5 2.5
2 Steve Ledger 188 13 9 10 4 6 8 1 1 1 1 1 0.5 5.5 0
3 Richard Freeman 187 14 8 6 13 4 9 1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0 3 0
4 Ravi Arulnandhy 183 15 11 1 2 3 13 1 0.5 1 0 0.5 0 3 0
5 Rajan Ganger 183 16 10 15 11 9 6 1 0 1 1 0.5 1 4.5 0
6 Graham Smith 182 17 1 3 7 2 5 1 1 0.5 1 0 0 3.5 0
7 Graham Borrowdale 180 18 12 14 6     1 0 1 0 w/d w/d 2 0
8 Steve Pike 170 19 3 11 10 13 2 1 0.5 0.5 1 0.5 0.5 4 0
9 Kevin Williamson 170 20 2 16 12 5 3 1 0 1 1 0.5 1 4.5 0
10 Adrian Elwin 169 21 5 2 8 14 16 1 1 0 0 1 0.5 3.5 0
11 Peter Hunt 166 22 4 8 5     1 0.5 0.5 0 w/d w/d 2 0
12 Adrian Matthews 166 1 7 17 9 18 15 0 1 0.5 0 1 1 3.5 0
13 Brian Valentine 161 2 18 19 3 8 4 0 1 1 0.5 0.5 1 4 0
14 Rob Whiteside 160 3 19 7 17 10 1 0 1 0 1 0 0.5 2.5 2.5
15 Ray Holland 152 4 20 5 21 16 12 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 2
16 Michael Joseph 152 5 21 9 1 15 10 0 1 0 1 1 0.5 3.5 3.5
17 Tim Puleston 139 6 22 12 14     0 1 0.5 0 w/d w/d 1.5 0
18 Colin Solloway 129 7 13 22 20 12 19 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2
19 Sajan Ganger 123 8 14 13 22 20 18 0 0 0 0.5 1 1 2.5 2.5
20 David Phillips 114 9 15 21 18 19 22 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
21 Bryan Leggett 88 10 16 20 15     0 0 1 0 w/d w/d 1 1
22 Ben Pike 80 11 17 18 19 1 20 0 0 0 0.5 0 0 0.5 0.5

 

Other details may be found here.

Still all to play for!

Although the season is complete as far as the Bedford teams are concerned, there is still much to play for individually.

In  the Bedfordshire county individual, there are four Bedford players amongst the top eight places, any of whom could win it, with just two rounds to go to be played next Sunday (11th May).  Steve Ledger and Paul Habershon were first and second last year so we don’t want to see this trophy going anywhere else!  Three Bedford players are also contesting the slow-starter prize so there are possibilities for everyone.

In the clubs own competitions, nothing at all is decided!

With only eight games still to be played in division 1, any of six out of the eight players can win it and six players could still get relegated!

In division 2, there are still 30 games to be played and nearly everybody could win the trophy or gain promotion to division 1.

So even if your season has been below par this far, there is still time for most to taste success (or make a right mess of things!?) – good luck!

MK A v Bedford B

Confused by their captain’s instructions to avoid Europa League qualification, Bedford B disappointed in their final game of an otherwise successful season.

Steve proved that Rook endgames are always drawn, even when you have a small advantage, and Neil showed that they can be won, even when you’re getting battered! (see swindle – well worth a look although it should be said that Neil’s natural self-deprecation(?) disguises an outstanding 6/9 contribution to the team this season).

I am afraid I have no knowledge of the other games which we lost (please feel free to tell me someone, please…?)  as I had to drive to Manchester immediately after my game for reasons too obscure to explain.

Home Team: Milton Keynes A Away Team: Bedford B
Board Name Grade Score Score Name Grade
1 Graham Smith 182 0.5 0.5 Steve Pike 170
2 Graham E Borrowdale 180 1 0 Giuseppe Valerio 156
3 Adrian G Elwin 169 1 0 Alex Taylor 158
4 David Martinez Villena 174 1 0 Michael T Botteley 165
5 Alan Heath 157 0 1 Neil Hickman see swindle 150
Date Played: 01/05/2014 3.5 1.5

 

 

Bedford A v Northampton

Brief notes by Chris:-

The A Team beat a depleted Northampton 5-0 with Chris Ross absent. Steve played Eva and had a very good game with an interesting rook and pawn ending in which she played very well but not quite good enough to hold.  Didn’t see much of Ravi’s win against Branko.  I made heavy weather of my game, winning a pawn but with opposite bishops it would have been hard if my opponent had not swapped off queens and allowed me to trap his rook with bishop and pawn. Nick and Paul had comfortable wins.

Home Team: Bedford A Away Team: Northampton
Board Name Grade Score Score Name Grade
1 Ravi Arulnandhy 183 1 0 Branko Pribanich 160
2 Steven C Ledger 188 1 0 Eva Ressel 146
3 Paul F Habershon 191 1 0 Dion Lindsay 130e
4 Nick P Collacott 167 1 0 Tony Bayes 81
5 Chris Hill 134 1 0 Tom Maloney 69
Date Played: 01/05/2014 5 0

This result completes a very successful season for the A team, winning all their matches aside from one loss and one draw.  Sad to say, the loss was to Leighton Buzzard A who won the title by the slimmest of margins.  A special mention for Steve Ledger who scored a near-perfect 9.5/10 – Ed.

National Club Championship Triumph

Bedford continued their good record in the National Club Championship by winning the Intermediate (average grade U150) section, played at High Wycombe this weekend.  Bedford won all of their three matches convincingly 2.5-1.5, 4-0 and 6.5-1.5.

Individually, Paul scored a perfect 4/4 on top board, Steve and Chris managed 3.5/4 on boards 2 and 3, and Ben, out-graded in all games scored a creditable 2/4.  More details and all the games may be found here.  This miniature is quite amusing.

Clear a space in the trophy cabinet behind the bar at North End WMC! (why are chess players so photogenic?)

 

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Beds Individual Round 4

A somewhat abbreviated round 4 of the County Championship took place at Leighton Buzzard last night (15th April).  All Bedford players (bolded below) put points on the board.

Rajan Ganger (2) 1 – 0 Peter Hunt (2)

Steve Pike (2) 1 – 0 Adrian Elwin (2)

Adrian Matthews (1.5) 0 – 1 Kevin Williamson (2)

Ben Pike (0) 0.5 – 0.5 Sajan Ganger (0)

In a R+N+Ps each endgame, Rajan checkmated(!) Peter Hunt rather prettily.

In an error-ridden game (really wish I hadn’t watch Andrew Martin’s “How to beat the Caro Kann” YouTube), Adrian made the worst and final blunder in time difficulties.

Adrian Matthews ran out of rooks to sacrifice(!) against an unflappable Kevin Williamson.

Ben and Sajan’s game rather fizzled out after a bright start.

MK C v Bedford C

The C Team finished their season with a match against MK C, who had slightly strengthened their team since our last meeting. Peter H and Mac found their opponents too strong on the bottom boards. Peter G, after equalising out of the opening, missed a double attack by his opponent’s queen and lost a pawn. Matters got rapidly worse and we were 3-0 down. Nigel had his second fine victory in two weeks to make the score a little more respectable. The captain is still waiting for his first ever win over Peter Rawcliffe after being outplayed in the middle-game, having to sacrifice a pawn for some counter-play and making the time-control by literally one second. Peter still had to make his 35th move, probably still stunned that the game was not over, and he missed a strong, almost certainly winning, rook move. Soon we were in an opposite-coloured bishops ending and he had to concede the draw.

So we will finish mid-table, above both the OU and MK C, so all in all an excellent season for the club’s weakest team.

Home Team: MK C Away Team: Bedford C
Board Name Grade Score Score Name Grade
1 Peter Rawcliffe 147 0.5 0.5 Chris Hill 134
2 Tim Puleston 139 1 0 Peter S Gill 133
3 Colin Solloway 129 0 1 Nigel Staddon 134
4 John McKeon 121 1 0 Peter T Housden 102
5 Dave Wells 115 1 0 RW (Mac) MacKenzie 72
Date Played: 10/04/2014 3.5 1.5