Tuesday, April 24, 2018

'B' Team Sign Off With A Win

The 'B' team completed their fixtures last night with a 2.5 - 1.5 win against Newcastle 'C', a result that saw us leapfrog them into 2nd place in the Division 3 table. This situation is unlikely to last long though as we are only a point in front of them and they still have 2 matches left to play. We can count ourselves fortunate to win as Glyn's opponent blundered a piece in an endgame that looked drawn. Derek drew his game on board 4, although he looked to have the better of things for most of the game. Grenville then reverted to his miserable early season form on board 3, leaving the match tied at 1.5 - 1.5. All eyes were then on Kasian, who had played his usual Gung Ho game, and he didn't disappoint. He played a tremendous endgame in a position that had looked completely drawn. With Rook, Bishop and 4 pawns against Rook, Knight and 4 pawns his Bishop proved to be a much more powerful piece. He managed to force the exchange of Rooks and, with his opponent's Knight having hardly any squares to move to, he marched his King through to pick up 2 pawns and the game. The result put a major dent in Newcastle's title hopes, who must now rely on Crewe losing their last game to have any chance of catching them. Click here for last night's match score card.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Some Dates For Your Diary

It has been a bit of a rush over the past few seasons to get the Club Rapidplay Championship squeezed into one evening. I have, therefore, decided to spread it over 2 evenings this season, with Rounds 1/2/3 being played on Monday 13th August and Rounds 4/5/6, plus any Armageddon game, on Monday 20th August. The rate of play will be 20 minutes each on the clock, plus 10 seconds per move.

The South Potteries Chess Challenge Cup match against Meir will be on Monday 17th September. It is our turn to host it this year. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to provide a buffet as in previous seasons as the hotel does not allow us to bring our own food in.

The 2018 AGM will be held on Monday 24th September.

The Club Individual Championship will be held over June/July.

2nd NSDCA UK v NSDCA EU Match

This year's big international match is being played at Fenton on Monday 21st May. Petru, Kas and Max will be in the EU team. Click here to view the current team sheet - although this is liable to change as we get nearer the date.

We Are The Champions !!!

After a couple of stumbles in their last few matches the 'A' team finally made it across the line last night. A 3-2 win against Cheddleton 'B', the only team that could catch us, means that we have won the Division 2 Championship for the first time in the Club's history and we have done it with a match to spare. We didn't get off to the best of starts last night, with Petru suffering a rare defeat early on in the match. Max then agreed a draw on board 4, followed by me on board 3, to make it 2-1 to Cheddleton halfway through the evening. However, Glyn and Grenville both played very well to give us wins on boards 2 and 5 and seal the points. Click here for the match score card. Our final 'A' team match of the season is away against Cheddleton 'D' on the 4th May, although this is now purely academic.

The 'B' team were held to a 2-2 draw by Kidsgrove for the second time in as many weeks. Wins for Danny and Mike on boards 2 and 3 gave us a share of the points. Click here for the match score card. A win in our final match against second placed Newcastle 'C' next Monday would send us into second place in the Division 3 table but they still have 2 matches in hand of us.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Fenton At The Newcastle Congress

Congratulations to Glyn on finishing 2nd in the U160 Section of this weekend's Newcastle Congress. Grenville finished 3rd in the U130 Section, just half a point behind the joint winners. Unfortunately, the rest of us -  myself, Max, Ernie and Robert - didn't cover ourselves with glory, all finishing with scores of less than 50%. Click here to view the full details.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Fenton Crash Out Of Withnall Trophy

Fenton came up against a strong Newcastle team in last night's Withnall Trophy Semi-Final and were beaten 2.5 - 1.5. A good win for Grenville on board 4, and a draw for Robert on board 3, was all we could muster as Newcastle proved too strong on the top boards. Click here for the match score card.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

'C' Team Finish With A Flourish

After languishing at the foot of the table for most of the season, the 'C' team have completed their fixtures by winning their last 3 matches in succession. The latest win was a 2.5 - 1.5 victory at top of the table Cheddleton 'F' last night, a result that opens up the Division 4 title race. Wins for Glyn and Derek on boards 1 and 3, plus a draw for Ernie on board 2, gave us the points. Ernie's was a particularly good result as he was up against an opponent graded 37 points higher than him. Click here for the match score card. We are now above both Crewe 'C' and 'D' in the table, although they still have matches to play. However, if Crewe 'D' fail to win their final match against 2nd placed Newcastle 'C' we are guaranteed to avoid the Wooden Spoon.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

'B' Team Drop Point At Kidsgrove

The 'B' team were held to a 2-2 draw at Kidsgrove last night, a result that almost certainly means that the best we can hope for is a 3rd place finish in Division 3. We are level on points with 2nd placed Newcastle 'C', but with an inferior Game Points score and having played 2 matches more than them. A win for Kasian on board 2, plus draws for Grenville and Derek on boards 3 and 4, gave us a share of the points. Click here for the match score card.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

'B' Team Win Again

Another good win for the 'B' team at Alsager 'A' last night consolidated their 3rd place in the Division 3 table. With 3 matches left to play they are just a point adrift of 2nd placed Newcastle 'C' and 3 points behind the leaders, Crewe 'B', so there is everything still to play for. Petru and Grenville  recovered from their dismal 'A' team performances the previous evening to put us into an early 2-0 lead. Derek looked to be winning his game on board 4 against Fenton old boy Mike Williams but took the draw to secure the match. I was then left to grind out a win on board 2 to make the final score 3.5 - 0.5. Click here for the match score card. Next up for the 'B' team is a tricky match at Kidsgrove next Tuesday. Kidsgrove are having a vastly better season than in recent years so it will be no easy match.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

'A' Team Nerves Beginning To Show

The 'A' team's Division 2 Championship aspirations took a knock last night when they were beaten 3-2 by Crewe 'A'. We now need to get 3 points from our last 2 matches. Grenville was the first to finish in his match on board 5, where he was totally outplayed by Doug Barnett. Petru then had an unexpected loss on board 1 against Karl Lockett, who he had already beaten twice this season. Max was in a losing position for most of his game against Amy Lovett on board 4, being a piece down for most of the it. He somehow managed to worm his way out of an impossible looking position and actually went into the endgame a piece up. Unfortunately his opponent had a perpetual check and the game ended in a draw. Glyn had a good win against Neville Layhe on board 2, where he was a pawn up in the endgame and his opponent was unable to prevent him from breaking through. With the score at 2.5 - 1.5 in Crewe's favour all eyes were on Kas on board 3, who was a clear piece up. Unfortunately he was in a lot of time trouble and left a piece of his own en prise and the game petered out into a draw. Maybe that will teach him to arrive on time and not start the game 15 minutes down on the clock.