Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Braunstone 4 Vs HA3

There were two matches at Braunstone on Tuesday. With five boards in each match, there would have been difficulty fitting any more players into the room.

I had dropped myself from the team as it seemed to be my turn. As a non-playing Captain,  I should have been able to give a very precise account of what happened during the match, but i was tempted, away from the action, into the bar for a friendly against Barry Read.

The first result was a loss for Gary following a blunder with his queen. Vince's phone had rung during the game, and Gary - very sportingly - had refused to claim the game.

Drew dropped a couple of central pawns early on and was in quite a bit of trouble almost from the start.

Ray won his game against Steve Barlow. Last to finish and holding his own for most of the game was Michael.

The result of the night was a long awaited League win for Dave, whose pre-match haka had obviously done the trick. Following some overnight post-match analysis, Dave sent me this e-mail today:


Having played thru' my game with my Silicon Chess Buddy Fritz, I am not supplying you with the game...

My (I thought) masterstroke of sac'ing a bishop to bust open the King's side merited a double question mark, a rude comment and my coefficient going from positive one and a bit to negative one and a bit in one fell swoop. 

However, it was nice to win at last.  I have confirmed my last win for the Arms was on 23rd February 2010, and as you thought, John Impey was the unfortunate person to suffer that blot on his escutcheon then.  I look forward to seeing whether we get Braunstone in February 2012.

Lets hope so.

15 FebBraunstone 4vHeathcote Arms 3
3 - 2
1B104Closs, Guy0 - 1Ricketts, Dave99
2W88Barlow, Steve0 - 1Beach, Ray90
3B80Hoch, Toby1 - 0Bubb, Andrew80
4W80Tangney, Vince1 - 0Sanders, Gary80
5B86Impey, John1 - 0Bubb, Michael60

Next week (apparently during the school half term ???!!!), HA2/3 plays away at Melton Mowbray on Wednesday 23rd February. Pete will be Captaining on the night. With three wins out of three in the Minor League Cup, and at the head of the table with two matches to play a win would be very nice indeed.

Upcoming League Fixtures Until the End of March

Wednesday 16th Feb away at Loughborough.
Thursday 10th March away at Scraptoft Valley.
Wednesday 16th March away at Melton 1.
Tuesday 29th March will see HA1 play at home league match for the first time in months, against Shepshed.


Tuesday 8th March at home against Melton 3.
Tuesday 15th March away against Syston 2 (please note that HA3 also plays that night)


Tuesday 15th March at home against, the strong, Spinney Hill 2 (please note that HA2 also plays that night)
Tuesday 29th March at home against Kirby Muxloe 2 - whom we did well against last time.

Cup Matches

HA1 at home against Spinney Hill on 22nd February.

HA2/3 away against Melton on Wednesday 23rd February.

There will be a club night on Tuesday 22nd February, and i will be there willing victory for HA1.

Well done everybody


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