Monday, 30 May 2011

Harrod Cup, HA1 in the Chapman, and Championship Section of the Counties.

Harrod Cup

Michael was our hero of the day scoring a half point in his second game, having had chances in the first.
Gary's board was at the other side of the room, so we didn't see much of what was going on there. Dave and i did not do well.

24 MayHeathcote Arms 1W - BB - WWigston 1
½ - 7½
1102Ross, Colin0 - 10 - 1Wilson, Matthew135
298Ricketts, Dave0 - 10 - 1Eastlake, Charles125
380Sanders, Gary0 - 10 - 1Winterton, Paul102
460Bubb, Michael½ - ½0 - 1Vaughan, Ben100

Chapman Cup

A strong Shepshed team narrowly took a win from our first Chapman Cup side.
Heathcote's chances in the Birstall Cup now look better.

24 MayHeathcote Arms 1vShepshed 1GD
1 - 376
Handicap1½ - 0
2½ - 3
1W153Booley, Graham0 - 1Toothill, Andrew17017
2B138Harrison, Peter0 - 1Farrall, David16527
3W139Ensor, Rob½ - ½McDermott, Patrick16425
4B122Manger, John½ - ½Bennett, Kevin1297

Championship Section of the County Championships (Second Round)

Draws for both Grahams (leaving both on 1.5 points). Wins for Sean and Rajan (leaving both on 1 point).

1Salisbury, Michael WBraunstone1.02087Mladenov, IlianLoughborough1.021940-1
2Sharpe, GrahamHeathcote Arms1.02186 *Morley, AndyWigston1.02074 *½-½
3Deacon, PaulScraptoft Valle1.01922 *Byron, Alan MWigston1.021830-1
4Burrows, Martin PWigston1.02168Colburn, Paul JBraunstone1.02003½-½
5Booley, Graham MHeathcote Arms1.01790Horspool, PhilWigston1.02138 *½-½
6Robinson, John KBraunstone0.02001Harlow, PhilWigston1.01810 *½-½
7Denton, John RMelton Mowbray0.02062Farrall, David JShepshed Rooks0.018691-0
8Potter, Karl HSpinney Hill WM0.01899Nwachukwu, ChinoSpinney Hill WM0.01938 *0-1
9Hewitt, Sean DHeathcote Arms0.01923Wilson, Matthew RWigston0.00 *1-0
10Jimenez, AlfonsoLoughborough0.01857Ganger, RajanHeathcote Arms0.019190-1

This week, our club AGM is on Tuesday (bring your cheque book), where there might be the chance of a few friendlies after the business of the evening, and the lower sections on the Counties will be at Wigston on Thursday.

Well done everyone,


Thursday, 26 May 2011

Hertfordshire v Leicestershire

Two Heathcote Players featured in the Minor Counties Quarter final against Hertfordshire:

MATCH : Hertfordshire v Leicestershire DATE : 21st MAY 2011
SECTION : Minor Counties Quarter Final VENUE : Bugbrooke

1 SIMON KNOTT 127688J 214 0 M. HEBDEN 112455K 242 1
2 STEVE SWANSON 119944E 204 0.5 A. BYRON 107857E 197 0.5
3 PHIL BONAFONT 174940H 195 0 I. MLADENOV 193 1
4 JEREMY FRASER-MITCHELL 110893B 192 1 M. BURROWS 125697L 190 0
5 JERRY RUDGE 118313J 188 1 P. HORSPOOL 113015J 186 0
6 PAUL BYWAY 107862J 187 0.5 G. SHARPE 118281J 192 0.5
7 STEVE LAW 114126A 184 0 A. MORLEY 115787F 178 1
8 PETER RICE 174755B 178 1 S. SHEAHAN 118836H 172 0
9 TARISAI SAVANHU 234993A 175 1 R. BURGESS 107674H 173 0
10 BARRY MORRIS 115807H 170 1 J. DENTON 109613J 177 0
11 CHRIS MAJER 114822K 165 0 J. ROBINSON 118096E 170 1
12 ANDY TINKER 120439H 165 0.5 P. MCDERMOTT 115247G 164 0.5
13 DAVID BOWER 107067J 164 0 J. MITCHELL 115634C 162 1
14 MACE CARNOCHAN 266747C 159 1 D. FARRALL 213110K 165 0
15 PAUL KENNING 234286J 150 0.5 S. HEWITT 112575J 156 0.5
16 ALAN GORE 170188F 149 0 J. PATTINSON 116818G 155 1

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Wylie First Round

Graham B reports a 4-4 draw against Loughborough.

18 MayLoughborough 1W - BB - WHeathcote Arms 1
4 - 4
1185Sheahan, Sean½ - ½½ - ½Sharpe, Graham188
2164Mitchell, John1 - 01 - 0Hewitt, Sean156
3155Eagleton, Greg0 - 11 - 0Cowley, Michael153
4118Adcock, Terry0 - 10 - 1Booley, Graham137

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Chapman Cup Massacre

I think Wigston was expecting to play our first team.

On the night, our team was essentially HA3. The grade difference gave us the maximum handicap bonus. We therefore only needed a draw on one of the boards in order to win the match. Wigston won the toss and chose the white pieces on the even numbered boards.

We rarely, if ever, get to compete with players as strong as this, but we surprised ourselves at how long we are able to last. Unsurprisingly, against the County Champion, i was the first to bite the dust at around 9PM. We were 23 moves in and the outcome by then was obvious so rather than drag things out any further, i resigned. Alan was kind enough to talk me through the game afterwards and showed me lots of  ways that i could have hung on for longer, but still lost. This was really useful. Afterwards, Fritz was not able to tell me anything that Alan had not.

Michael, with the black pieces, pioneered the Bubb Gambit: 1 Nf3 e5, 2 Nxe5 f6, but after an interesting start was able to exert some real pressure with his major pieces down the kingside files forcing his opponent into some serious thought.

Ray was in a rook and minor piece endgame against Phil Harlow, and according to Alan, missed a win.

Dave, too, managed to get to the endgame even on material, but his bishop and king were hemmed in by his own pawns, and eventually his position crumbled.

17 MayHeathcote Arms 2vWigston 1GD
0 - 4199
Handicap3½ - 0
3½ - 4
1W102Ross, Colin0 - 1Byron, Alan19750
2B99Ricketts, Dave0 - 1Smith, Stephen14849
3W90Beach, Ray0 - 1Harlow, Phil14550
4B60Bubb, Michael0 - 1Wilson, Matthew13550

So, our second Chapman Cup team goes out in the first round. We have the consolation of being entered into the Birstall Cup as first round losers.

Well done everyone.

Tonight, HA1 play in the Wylie.

Next Tuesday, at the Arms, we have two home matches: a Harrod Cup match (against Wigston), and our first Chapman Cup team play against Shepshed.  


Saturday, 14 May 2011

The 2nd George Winterton Pairs Competition

On Tuesday we met at home for the second George Winterton Pairs Competition - our annual friendly against the Red Admiral.
We used Harrod/Wylie Cup time controls and each pair played one game with the white pieces and one with the black. Pairs played without consultation and so had to work out what their team mate was thinking as well as their opponents.

Round 1

The first round went 2-1 to the Red Admiral. This should really have been 3-0, but Paul and Richard lost on time despite being two bishops up.

Rob Ensor & John Manger (1-0) Paul Wyley & Richard Smith
Colin Ross & Ray Beach (0-1) Andy Carter & Mick Slater
Drew & Michael Bubb (0-1) Stan Parsons & Calvin Burton

Half time refreshments consisted of a choice of Chicken or Vegetable Curry with Poppadoms and Pickles, or Faggots, Chips and Mushy Peas.

Round 2

Our decision to substitute myself and Ray with Pete & Dave paid off with a win on board 2 at the end of a hard fought game against Andy and Mick. Round 2 finished 1.5 to 1.5 points and the match finished 3.5 points to 2.5 in the Red Admiral's favour making it two wins out of two to them.

Rob Ensor & John Manger (Draw) Paul Wyley & Richard Smith
Pete Harrison & Dave Ricketts (1-0) Andy Carter & Mick Slater
Drew & Michael Bubb (0-1) Stan Parsons & Calvin Burton

Well done everyone. Another fun, pressure free, evening. We look forward to next year.

On Tuesday 17th May, Heathcote Arms 2 (HA3) plays at home against Wigston in the Chapman Cup, and on Wednesday, HA1 plays away in their defence of the Wylie Cup at Loughborough.


Friday, 6 May 2011

County Champs Update, Pairs, and Chess in May

Last night we had the first round of the Minor, Major, and Challengers sections of the County Championships.

Ray was the first HA player to finish, having agreed to a draw offer from Dennis Wilkins.

I then managed a surprise win against the comparatively strong Jez Wells (136).

With the black pieces, I had been feeling quite comfortable. White had just played 17 Nc5. From here, i completely ruined my game with 17...Bxc5, 18 dxc5 Qxc5, 19 Bxf6 resulting in a discovered attack on my queen and both of my rooks being forked.
... some time later...
I had just played 28...Rg8 and offered a draw. My opponent replied with a firm 'No' and then played 29 Qe5. This allowed 29...Nf3+ forking king and queen with the pawn unable to take. Jez resigned straight away.
It is surprising how often i have my draw offers refused only for my opponent to blow up immediately afterwards.
The last game in the room to finish was Haka Dave against Roy Lathwood. Dave had held the upper hand earlier, but things deteriorated later on. Afterwards Roy remarked to Dave that ''You were 5-0 up at half time''. 
Results were:
Ray Beach (90) Draw Dennis Wilkins (110)
Dave Ricketts (99) 0-1 Roy Lathwood (117)
Jez Wells (136) 0-1 Colin Ross (102)
On Tuesday 10th May, at the Arms, we have the George Winterton Pairs Competition against the Red Admiral. We are expecting 7 Red Admiral players. As with last year, pairs will be in order of strength and we will use Harrod/Wylie time controls and the pairs on each board (also as in the Harrod/Wylie Cups) will play one game with black and one game with white. There will be some hot food at half time (curry maybe?).
There is a lot going on this month:
10th May George Winterton Pairs Competition.
11th May HA1 play in the Wylie
17th May Heathcote Arms 2 (actually HA3) at home against Wigston, Chapman Cup
24th May Heathcote Arms at home against Wigston, Harrod Cup
25th May Leicestershire and Rutland Chess Association AGM
31st May Club AGM.
In addition, Heathcote Arms 1 (actually HA2) will also be playing in the Chapman Cup, at home, against Shepshed on either the 17th or 24th May.
We have put some links on the website (on the right hand side). These include a link to the Master Game programmes that have recently appeared on you tube. Programmes from 1980,81 and 82 are being added over time. The 1981 final between a 15 year old Nigel Short and a stressed out Tony Miles is well worth a look. Besides the links, we have also put a counter on the website. We had over 500 hits last month - so someone is obviously visiting our site.
Well done everyone,