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.
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).
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.
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Other details may be found here.
Neil has added three more games to his collection. All are well worth playing through although CHO’D’s disposal of Bronstein requires some stamina – it’s quite difficult to imagine playing 120 moves in the Bedfordshire League! My personal favourite is Yates comprehensively duffing up Alekhine.
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!
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|
|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|
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|
|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.
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?)
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.
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|
|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|