Tuesday, March 20, 2018

'C' Team Off Bottom Of The Table

The 'C' team recorded their second successive victory last night with a 3-1 win against Stafford 'B', lifting them off the bottom of the table for the first time this season. However, this may not last as they only have one more match left - away against top of the table Cheddleton 'F' - and the 2 teams below them have matches in hand.

Robert West got the team off to a great start with a win on board 3, followed by Chris taking a draw on board 4 in what was really a winning position. Kasian then followed this up with a brilliant checkmate on board 1, ensuring that we won the match. Last to finish was Derek, who was in terrible time trouble and missed a mate on the move, enabling his opponent to swindle a draw. Click here for the match score card.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Petru At The 4NCL

Petru was playing for Cheddleton in Rounds 7 & 8 of this weekend's 4NCL Division 3 North fixtures, winning both of his matches, so very well done to him.

I, on the other hand, made my debut for Ashby Ivanhoe on Thursday in the Leicestershire & Rutland League. Unfortunately my game didn't go to plan. I was all over my opponent like a cheap suit coming out of the opening, but then got too cocky and blundered away my position spectacularly. Despite my best efforts a loss ensued. I hope to make up for it this coming Thursday when I shall be playing again.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

'B' Team Held At Alsager

The 'B' team travelled to Alsager 'A' last night, hoping to make up some ground at the top of Division 3. Unfortunately things didn't go according to plan as we were held to a 2-2 draw by the second from bottom team. Another win for Petru on board 1, plus draws for myself and Stuart on boards 2 and 4, gave us a share of the points. We remain in 3rd place in the table, 5 points behind the leaders, Crewe 'B'. With matches running out, realistically our best hope is to catch 2nd placed Newcastle 'C'. Even this will be a difficult task as we trail them by 2 points and they have a match in hand. Click here for last night's match score card.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

'A' Team Go Clear At Top Of Division 2

The 'A' team have gone 2 points clear at the top of Division 2 following a hard fought match against Holmes Chapel Rooks in which all 5 games were very keenly contested. Grenville got us off to a good start with a win on board 5 before Holmes Chapel levelled the match with a win on board 2. Petru had a difficult game on board 1 and looked to be in an inferior position for much of the game before securing a draw. Kasian played his usual buccaneering game on board 3 to put us back in the lead before I finished things off with a win on board 4. Click here for the match score card. Next up for the 'A' team is an away fixture at Cheddleton 'C' on the 23rd March. With only 4 matches remaining we need to hold our nerve, with a tough match against Crewe 'A' following the match at Cheddleton 'C, plus a re-arranged match against Cheddleton 'D' to be arranged. So the destination of the title could all come down to our last match of the season against 2nd placed Cheddleton 'B' on the 16th April.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Petru Simultaneous

It was a fun evening at the Club last night, with Petru taking on 6 players in a simultaneous display, winning 5 and losing one. His sole loss was against Steve Hill, a guest player from Meir. Losers were Ray, Robert, Chris, Grenville and me. Click here for some photos of last night's event.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

'C' Team Off The Mark At Last

Very well done to the 'C' team who finally managed their first win of the season last night, a 2.5 - 1.5 victory against fellow strugglers Crewe 'D'. Wins for Derek and Robert on boards 2 and 3, plus a draw for Chris on board 4, sealed the points. We are still bottom of the Division 4 table but are only a point adrift of the two teams just above us so we can still avoid the Wooden Spoon. Click here for last night's match score card.

'A' Team Come Down To Earth With A Bump

The 'A' team's unbeaten run came to and last night when we were hammered 4-1 by the form team in the Division, Macclesfield. The evening started well with Petru getting an early win to put us 1-0 up, but then Glyn blundered a piece on board 2 to put the match level at 1-1. Max was a pawn up in his game on board 4 and looked to be heading for a win but the next time I looked he had been mated !! I was a pawn up in an endgame on board 3 and in a great position but then totally lost my way and allowed my opponent to penetrate my king side pawns with his King and it was game over. Grenville was a piece up on board 5 in what should have been a straightforward win, but then went and threw his Queen away. We now have a 2 week break before playing bottom of the table Holmes Chapel Rooks - a must win match. We are still top of the Division 2 table but have now used up one of our games in hand so we cannot afford any more slip ups. Click here for last night's match score card.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

'A' Team Held By Cheddleton 'D'

The 'A' team were unexpectedly held to a 2.5 - 2.5 draw in Division 2 by Cheddleton 'D' on Monday evening. However, the single point takes us to the top of the table, level on points with Cheddleton 'B', but with a superior Game Points score and 2 matches in hand. We also have 2 matches in hand of the 2 teams in joint 3rd place, Crewe 'A' and Macclesfield. but are 4 points clear of them. Another win for Petru on board 1, plus draws for Glyn, Max and Grenville on boards 2, 4 and 5 gave us a share of the points. Click here for the match score card and here for the Division 2 league table.

The return match against Cheddleton 'D' was due to have been played this Friday but has now been postponed because of the unavailability of several of our players.

Next up for the 'A' team is a difficult away match against in-form Macclesfield on Monday evening.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Fenton Out Of Open Cup

Fenton put up a great fight against Cheddleton in last night's Open Cup Semi-Final before going down by 4 - 2.  We were missing Kasian and Max, and were outgraded by over 240 points, but still managed to produce 2 magnificent wins by Petru and Glyn on boards 1 and 3 respectively, against Rob Shaw and Jacob Boswell. Ray took an early bath in his game against Dave Buxton on board 2 but the other 3 games all went to the wire, with Derek losing on time against Jon Blackburn on board 6, Grenville finding Bill Armstrong too strong on board 5, and me blundering a piece in a totally drawn endgame against Simon Gilmore on board 4, with only a few minutes left on the clock. Click here for the match score card. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Simultaneous Display

Petru will be giving a simultaneous display at the club on Monday 5th March. I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend.