Not specifically involving any Bedford players (although Shakhriyar Mamedyarov did once enquire about membership!?) but brilliant games yesterday – well worth a look – Round 7 highlights
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|
|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|
- 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.
The OU defaulted the match.
The B team more or less cemented their position in division 1 for next season with an efficient demolition of the only other second team in the top flight. The home team looked second favourite on every board from quite early on – it finished 4-1 but might have been more!
- Ekhaesomi clearly does not visit our website or he would have not followed the same game as last year – Pike played a little dubiously (as ever) at times but won in 22 moves inside the hour
- Joe played a calm captains role, efficiently converting a space advantage against Whiteside into a winning R+Ps endgame
- Alex obtained a strong middle game position with Holland’s king and queen caught in the centre. He converted this into an advantageous N+Ps ending but running very short of time had to concede a draw
- Mike won a piece in the opening against Puleston and never looked troubled
- Neil looked to have the better of a rather weird game (imho – Ed) against Ward but settled for the draw with one eye on the team’s result.
|Home Team: Kents Luton||Away Team: Bedford D|
|1||Andrew Perkins||188||0.5||0.5||Richard T Bodily||140e|
|2||Michael Joseph||152||0||1||John J Harbour||141|
|3||Pete Montgomery||145||0||1||Gerry Nolan
|4||Marek Gladysz||142||0.5||0.5||Callum T Shields||123|
|5||Samir Vora||140||1||0||Ben Pike||80e|
|Date Played: 03/03/2014||2||3|
Captain John’s notes – in approximate finishing order:-
- Callum and Marek swapped off some pieces and agreed a draw
- Ben played the Morra Gambit against Samir but got distracted on the Kingside when the c file was begging to be owned
- Gerry planted a bishop on d6 early on, and Pete’s position was horrible from then on see game
- Richard had no real problems against Andrew’s Sicilian and agreed a draw an exchange up with just four minutes left on his clock
- Michael and I manoeuvred patiently (at one point he played Nf3-e1-d3-c1-b3 – I thought it was better placed on f3). At the first time control we had exchanged just three pairs of pawns, and we entered the blitz finish in a complicated middle game position. We both missed chances (Fritz has him as +6 immediately before the move that allowed me to win a piece) and his final mistake was to resign when we both had a minute left and I could easily have lost on time trying to mate him.
So Luton suffered their first defeat of the season. Up the Ds!!
The division two derby match was a titanic battle – a joint(?) report from both team captains.
- Alex and Richard fought out a Sicilian and agreed a fairly early draw.
- Chris got nothing as white out of a Catalan Opening (“… need better opening preparation – story of my chess life!”) and was forced to go into a QRR v QRR middlegame with black having the advantage of a Qside majority. Gerry declined an opportunity to go into a probably advantageous Rook ending and Chris managed to hold the draw.
- Callum built up a strong attack against Peter and always appeared (at least!) to be in control.
- Ben pushed a phalanx of pawns into Mac’s position but met strong resistance. When Ben failed to capitalise on his space advantage, Mac unravelled his position to win well.
At two points each, all eyes then turned to board two – John had got the worst of the opening against Peter, but fought through to a K+4P each ending (“Peter amazed me by swapping queens into a seemingly lost K&P ending but our resident expert, the correspondence GM Joe ‘Stockfish’ Valerio, declared the game a draw from the word go!” – Chris) whereupon he turned down Peter’s draw offer. The outcome of the game (and the match) then seemed to swing from side to side before finally ending in a draw, to halve the match.
|Home Team: Bedford D||Away Team: Bedford C|
|1||Richard T Bodily||140e||0.5||0.5||Alex Taylor||158|
|2||John J Harbour||141||0.5||0.5||Peter S Gill||133|
|3||Gerry Nolan||110e||0.5||0.5||Chris Hill||134|
|4||Callum T Shields||123||1||0||Peter T Housden||102|
|5||Ben Pike||80e||0||1||RW (Mac) MacKenzie||72|
|Date Played: 27/02/2014||2.5||2.5|
The A team were comfortable winners in the derby match.
Steve Ledger won efficiently, an exchange sacrifice obliterating Pike’s position. This gives Mr Ledger 8/8 in the league which is outstanding by any standard. Ravi never looked in trouble against Joe who suffered on the clock after a late arrival. Alex and Paul fought out a hard draw. Nick’s welcome return to league chess was spoilt by finding Neil in good form – the only winner for the B team. Chris capped his first game for the A team this season with a rather amusing smothered mate (with a Bishop!).
This result leaves the A team out in front of division 1. Leighton Buzzard and MK with matches in hand have dropped fewer points but still have to play each other twice.
|Home Team: Bedford B||Away Team: Bedford A|
|1||Steve Pike||170||0||1||Steven C Ledger||188|
|2||Giuseppe Valerio||156||0||1||Ravi Arulnandhy||183|
|3||Alex Taylor||158||0.5||0.5||Paul F Habershon||191|
|4||Neil Hickman||150||1||0||Nick P Collacott||167|
|5||John J Harbour||141||0||1||Chris Hill||134|
|Date Played: 20/02/2014||1.5||3.5|
(random notes by SCP)
Richard achieved a fine draw with black against Andrew Perkins. Callum scored the best win of his chess career against Michael Joseph, again with black. Gerry drew against Pete Montgomery, fending off what looked like strong pressure the one time I glanced at his game.
Mark left his king looking a bit lonely against John Kelly and suffered the consequences. I (John H) won a piece on move 10 in a King’s Gambit – then it all went wrong. A series of backwards moves put me under pressure, then I spotted a line that led to mate on f7. At the end of this I picked up the f7 pawn, and realised that my rook on h8 was not going to defend my queen. Qxf7+??, Kxf7, white resigns.
|Home Team: Bedford D||Away Team: Kents Luton|
|1||Richard T Bodily||140e||0.5||0.5||Andrew Perkins||188|
|2||John J Harbour||141||0||1||Damon D’Cruz||156|
|3||Callum T Shields||123||1||0||Michael Joseph||152|
|4||Gerry Nolan||110e||0.5||0.5||Pete Montgomery||145|
|5||Mark Schofield||114||0||1||John F Kelly||122|
|Date Played: 16/01/2014||2||3|
The second round took place (mostly) at the Kents Luton Club (Bedford players bolded below).
|1||Graham Smith||182||(1) 1||v 0||(1)||Paul Habershon||191|
|2||Steve Ledger||188||(1) 1||v 0||(1)||Kevin Williamson||170|
|3||Steve Pike||170||(1) 0.5||v 0.5||(1)||Richard Freeman||187|
|4||Ravi Arulnandhy||183||(1) 0.5||v 0.5||(1)||Peter Hunt||166|
|5||Adrian Elwin||169||(1) 1||v DEF||(1)||Rajan Ganger||183|
|6||Adrian Matthews||166||(0) 1||v 0||(1)||Graham Borrowdale||180|
|7||Colin Solloway||129||(0) DEF||v 1||(0)||Brian Valentine||161|
|8||Rob Whiteside||160||(0) 1||v 0||(0)||Sajan Ganger||123|
|9||Dave Phillips||114||(0) 0||v 1||(0)||Ray Holland||152|
|10||Michael Joseph||152||(0) 1||v 0||(0)||Bryan Leggett||88|
|11||Ben Pike||80||(0) 0||v 1||(0)||Tim Puleston||139|