Tuesday, November 21, 2017

'B' Team Hammered At Meir

The 'B' team came up against a strong Meir 'A' last night and went down by 3.5 - 0.5. A draw from yours truly on board 2 was all we had to show for our efforts. Click here for the match score card.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

NSDCA UK v NSDCA EU

The 2nd UK v EU match will take place at Fenton on Monday 21st May 2018. Following the success of last year's event I am hoping to increase it to an 8 board match. The UK will be looking for revenge after the 5 - 1 drubbing they received earlier this year.

Fenton Into Open Cup Semi-Final

It was a great night for Fenton in the Open Cup as we came back from 3 - 0 down against Crewe to draw 3 - 3 and win the match on board count. We had a disastrous start to the evening when I lost in 14 moves on board 4. This was followed by Grenville's now customary endgame blundering, where he went from a piece up on board 6 to losing his Queen for a Rook. Glyn  then proceeded to lose on board 2. Petru brought us back to 3 - 1 but Kas looked totally lost on board 3. However, the next time I looked he had somehow won a Queen for a Rook and brought us back to 3 - 2. All eyes were then on Max, who was a pawn up and in a very good position. With both players in time trouble Max skewered his opponent's Rook against his King to go the exchange up. By now his opponent had very little counterplay and the end came rapidly to pull us back to 3 - 3 and a win on board count - a scenario that had looked very remote 10 minutes earlier. We will now play Cheddleton in the Semi-Final on the 16th February. Click here for last night's match score card.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

An Outrageous Win By Kasian Against Macclesfield

'A' Team Back On Top Of Division 2

The 'A' team went back to the top of Division 2 with a 4.5 - 0.5 win against Macclesfield last night. We were helped by the fact that Macclesfield defaulted a board. However, Petru was unstoppable on board 1 and won his game in less than 30 minutes, putting us 2-0 up. I agreed a draw, in what turned out to be a winning endgame on board 4, to ensure that we would take at least a point from the match. Kasian then got an outrageous win on board 3 to give us the match. I will try to publish this game on the website in the next day or so. Glyn then finished off the evening with a fine win on board 2. Click here for the match score card.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fenton At The 4NCL

Petru and I both played for Cheddleton in the 4NCL in Doncaster this weekend - myself just on Saturday and Petru on both Saturday and Sunday.

Our match on Saturday was against Holmes Chapel and I found myself playing Alberto Gissi of Newcastle in a long game that finished as a draw. Petru had much stronger opposition in a player graded 176, but continued his run of good form with a great win. On Sunday he found himself up against an opponent graded 182, not that it made much difference to Petru as he polished him off as well !!

Friday, November 03, 2017

Open Cup

Our Open Cup match against Crewe has been put back a week to Wednesday 15th November.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Revised Gradings

Martyn Harris has revised the estimated grades of Petru Floresc and Grenville Cross. Petru has been upgraded to 165 and Grenville downgraded to 110, based on their performances to date. These revisions take immediate effect.

'A' Team Threw Away A Win

The 'A' team threw away a win at Crewe 'A' last night. Ray and Grenville both had winning positions at one point but managed to convert them into losses. Fortunately, Petru and Kasian, the Romanian Batman and Robin, both won, and Glyn drew, to give us a share of the points. Click here for the match score card.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

'C' Team Still Looking For First Win

The 'C' team were held to a second successive draw last night, this time by Crewe 'C'. Draws for Max and Chris on boards 1 and 4, plus a win for Mike on board 3, gave us a share of the points. Click here for the match score card. 2 draws and a loss from our opening two Division 4 matches leave us just a point in front of the bottom two teams.