Haka Dave was away on Tuesday, so i captained our side in the first round of the Harrod Cup. Welcome to Michael who played his first competetive games for the club this evening. In the first round, we all played with the white pieces. Michael lost in the first round to Mick Adams (not that Mick Adams). Rob and Ray both managed draws. I fended off an attack from Bob Collins and went a knight up, but with serious time trouble offered a draw which was accepted.
In the second round, i lost very quickly to a queenside attack playing black in a Nimzo-Indian.
Michael lost with the black pieces.
Ray appeared to be in an impossible position with only his king and a single horse against rook and four pawns (one pawn on either wing and two doubled but central pawns). Mick Busby stared on helplessly as somehow, the lone ranger was able to skip around the board taking all four pawns and, by taking the last one, depositing his knight between the rook and his king. Confused as to what had just happened (as was everyone else), Mick offered a draw and Ray accepted. Ray is now giving up chess in favour of showjumping.
As he often does, Rob fought an excellent endgame, this time with bishops and rooks. By manouevering John's king back out of the way and bringing his own forwards, Rob was able to get to the base of John's pawn chain and threatened to go three pawns up.
For interest, the Scrappy Valley players long play grades were:
JP 166, BC 143, MB 120, and MA 118
The final score was Heathcote Arms (3-5) Scraptoft Valley
Well done everyone.
On Tuesday, next week, the first team play at home in the Wylie Cup, but there probably will not be much casual chess, that night, as some of us second team folks will be playing in the first round of the County Championships at Wigston, on Thursday:
Dennis Wilkins (109) Vs Ray Beach (90)
Dave Ricketts (104) Vs Alan Butler (92)
John Daniel (130) Vs Colin Ross (112)
Rob Ensor (NG) Vs David Reynolds (128)
Details of the County Champs can be found on Sean's website at: