Saturday, 16 December 2017

HA3 (1-3) Leicester University 2

12 DecHeathcote Arms 3vLeicester University 2
1B122Ross, Colin01Ammon, Dominik138
2W94Maconnachie, Richard01Lyon, Alexander124
3B92Roberts, Bill01Lichnovsky, Marian100
4W90Harbidge, Drew10d(Default)


Sunday, 10 December 2017

HA3 (2-2) Ashby 4

05 DecHeathcote Arms 3vAshby 4
1B122Ross, Colin01Wilson, Andrew97
2W94Maconnachie, Richard10Lassetter, Neil94
3B92Roberts, Bill10Brown, Mick84
4W39Milner, Gordon01Hart, Jake83

In my game, Andrew seemed determined to lose on time despite having the better position. I was 30 minutes ahead, but despite this, on both moves 56 and 57, I missed a mate in one with Rxh2#. Ay Caramba!
Good wins for both Richard and Bill.


Thursday, 30 November 2017

Red Admiral (2-2) HA3

A pleasant evening at the Red Admiral finished with a drawn match and both teams at the bottom of the table.

29 NovRed AdmiralvHeathcote Arms 3
1B133Johnson, Andy01Ross, Colin122
2W96Matts, Stephen10Roberts, Bill92
3B91Slater, Mick01Maconnachie, Richard94
4W90Carter, Andy10Harbidge, Drew90

Here was my game against Andy Johnson.


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

HA3 Not Bottom of the Table Anymore.

31 OctHeathcote Arms 3vWigston 4
1B122Ross, Colin10Eastlake, Charles118
2W92Roberts, Bill01Woods, Trevor99
3B94Maconnachie, Richard01Kershaw, Harry89
4W90Harbidge, Drew10McKiernan, John87

Last night, HA3 took its first step towards its main mission for the season - namely finishing above Red Admiral in the table. Gordon, our non-playing Captain, had a plan. Hooray - a point!

My game below against Charles Eastlake was rather sharp.


Friday, 27 October 2017

HA2 (3-1) Syston 3

24 OctHeathcote Arms 2vSyston 3

1B152Harrison, Peter01Gramaticu, Constantin170
2W149Booley, Graham10Pourmozafari, Ben130
3B139Manger, John10Suchak, Parin133
4W133Cowley, Michael10Stone, Robert105
A good result at home for HA2.
The outcome of the game on board 3 was decided by the clock with white to move in the position below.


Fritz gives this the following continuation: 1 Rf7, Rb2+, 2 Kc1 Rg2, 3 Ra7+ Kb4, 4 Rc7=
The start of the new season has seen a welcome return of our club night with plenty of casual games going on.


Friday, 20 October 2017

Atkins Rapidplay

On Sunday 15.10.17 Ray, John and I competed in the latest version of the Atkins. This was a six round Rapid Play Swiss held at Leicester Grammar School in Great Glen. This was a nice venue and there was a decent turnout. Time control was 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from the start.

One of the highlights was Hebden (with White) K+Q+P winning against Dong K+Q in a game that lasted around 50 minutes.

I was very pleased to jointly win the Minor with 5/6.

Sorry, no games recorded.

Results available at:


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Syston 1 (4.5-0.5) HA1

On Tuesday, I was drafted in as a sub for HA1 against a seriously strong Syston 1 team.

I opened with the Ruy Lopez. Black played 8...d5, a move known as the Marshall Attack. The idea of the Marshall is that black sacrifices a pawn for development and then throws everything at White's kingside. This was the first time that I had faced it. My queenside pieces became trapped and I did not get time to untangle them and bring them into the game. Some homework required.

Graham B was a pawn up, but running short on time. He had at least a draw, but then made an error (I made the same mistake as I played along in my head).

10 OctSyston 1vHeathcote Arms 1
1B242Hebden, Mark10Sharpe, Graham177
2W186Galligan, Brian½½Bray, Dave177
3B178Taylor, Robert10Booley, Graham149
4W181Naylor, John10Manger, John139
5B167Robinson, John10Ross, Colin122

Market Harborough were also playing Syston 3. I watched a very exciting finish between Ian Clarke and Ben Pourmozafari. Ben had over 30 minutes in hand to Ian's 2 minutes, and eventually seconds. Both sides were pushing pawns towards the end of the board. It ended with Ben's King jumping around six squares into a corner out of harm's way.

It is the Atkins Rapidplay Tournament this Sunday.