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.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Fenton Out Of Gothard Cup On Board Count

We were knocked out of the Gothard County Cup last night by Cheddleton, our perennial bogey team. A 2 - 2 draw meant that Cheddleton go through to the Final on board count. It was a closely contested match with only 3 grading points separating the two teams. Early draws for myself and Max on boards 3 and 4 left us needing something out of Glyn's game on board 1. Unfortunately for him (and us !!) it was not to be and we were left 2 - 1 down with only Kasian on board 2 to finish, in a game that now had no relevance to the final result. However, he found an excellent combination to win the game and level the match at 2 - 2. Unfortunately the board count rule meant that we lost the match. Click here to view the match score card.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

'A' Team Closing In At Top Of Division 2

A fantastic 3.5 - 1.5 win at table topping Cheddleton 'B' last night has taken us to within a point of the top spot in Division 2, and we still have 3 matches in hand of them. With 3rd placed Crewe 'A' suffering an unexpected loss against bottom of the table Cheddleton 'C', we have now put clear daylight between ourselves and the chasing pack, and we still have matches in hand of the teams below us. Draws for myself and Max on boards 3 and 4, plus a good win for Grenville on board 5 against highly rated youngster, Sam Parry, put us into the lead midway through the evening. Glyn then took a draw on board 2 to ensure that we got at least a point out of the match. However, the highlight of the evening was a stunning win for Petru on board 1 against 195 graded Dave Buxton, to give us the win we could only dream about at the start of the match. Click here to view the match score card.

The one disappointing aspect of the evening was both Grenville and Petru's mobile phones going off, although their opponents were sporting enough to ignore it. Both phones had been turned off before the start of the match, but turned themselves on when they were knocked in their pockets. They did not actually ring but beeped when turned on. We are going to have to insist, in future, that mobile phones are either left in your car or put in a bag and stored somewhere else in the room for the duration of the match. Mobile phones will NOT be permitted on your person whilst you are playing in a match. It is the responsibility of the Team Captain to ensure that this is adhered to.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

'C' Team Whitewashed At Crewe

The 'C' team can't buy a win this season. A 4-0 hammering at Crewe 'C' last night leaves them still rooted to the bottom of the Division 4 table. Click here for the match score card.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

'B' Team Back To Winning Ways

The 'B' team got back to winning ways last night, following last week's slip up at Newcastle 'C'. A 2.5 - 1.5 win against Meir 'A' puts us joint top of Division 3, along with Crewe 'B'. However, Crewe remain just in front of us by virtue of superior Game points, plus they also have 2 matches in hand of us, as do Newcastle 'C' who are lurking a point behind us. Wins for Max and Grenville, plus the usual predictable draw for me, gave us the points. Click here for the match score card.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

'A' Team Win Again

The 'A' team completed the double over Newcastle 'B' last night, replicating their 4-1 win earlier in the season. The win keeps us 2nd in the table, 3 points behind Cheddleton 'B' but with 2 matches in hand. Wins for Petru, Ray and Max, plus draws for myself and Kas, gave us the points. Click here for the match score card.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Postponed Fixture

Kidsgrove have requested a postponement of their match against the 'B' team, originally scheduled for Monday 29th January. No new date has been set yet.

'B' Team Held By Crewe

The 'B' team missed the chance to go joint top of Division 3 last night when they were held to a 2-2 draw by a below strength Crewe 'B'. Kasian got us of to a good start with an early win on board 1. Grenville had a great position on board 4 but somehow threw it away and the loss ensued. I was on top in the opening in my game on board 2 but a couple of poor moves gave my opponent the advantage and I was lucky to get away with a draw. Max was a pawn up on board 3 in an endgame but couldn't find a way through and ended up taking the draw. Click here to view the match score card.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Petru At The 4NCL

Petru was playing for Cheddleton at the 4NCL this weekend, losing his game on Saturday and drawing on Sunday.