Thursday, 25 November 2010

HA2/3 Vs Hinckley in Minor League Cup

We won the toss and opted for white pieces on the odd numbered boards. Grade difference meant a one point head start for us. It was quite a while before the first result when Ray succumbed to Jason Smith.  Michael put up an excellent fight against Terry Clay staying equal on material almost into the endgame, but as Terry is a renowned for losing on time, he did exactly the right thing in not resigning until defeat was inevitable. Pete then won with the white pieces against Barry Bailey. The final game to finish was my own against Brian Radesk. There hade been time scrambles at the first and last time controls. I offered Brian a draw (for our game and the match) in what was a lost position for me, and around three moves later, Brian left his queen en pris. The final result including handicap, therefore, was a 3-2 win for us in what should have been a 3-2 defeat. That is two wins out of two for us in the Minor League Cup.

Radesk,Brian - Ross,Colin

1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bd7 8.c3 f6 9.Qg4 Qe7 10.f4 Nc6 11.Bd3 0–0–0 12.Nf3 Nh6 13.Qg3 Rdg8 14.Qh4 Nf7 15.Qf2 g5 16.exf6 Qxf6 17.fxg5 Qe7 18.h4 e5 19.dxe5 Nfxe5 20.Nxe5 Nxe5 21.Kd2 Rf8 22.Qe3 Bf5 23.Bxf5+ Rxf5 24.Kc2 Rhf8 25.Re1 Qd7 26.Qc5+ Nc6 27.Re2 d4 28.Qc4 Rf2 29.Rd2 Qf5+ 30.Kb2 Rxd2+ 31.Bxd2 Qf2 32.Rd1 Qxg2 33.cxd4 Rf2 34.Qg8+ Kc7 35.Qxh7+ Kb6 36.Qd3 Rf3 37.Qc4 Rf5 38.Ka1 Rb5 39.d5 Na5 40.Be3+ Ka6 41.Rb1 Nxc4 0–1

23 NovHeathcote Arms 2vHinckley 1GD
2 - 249
Handicap1 - 0
3 - 2
1W138Harrison, Peter1 - 0Bailey, Barry129-9
2B102Ross, Colin1 - 0Radesk, Brian11311
3W90Beach, Ray0 - 1Smith, Jason10212
4B60Bubb, Michael0 - 1Clay, Terry9535

Upcoming Matches and Events.

Wednesday 24th November HA1 away against Melton Mowbray 1.


Tuesday 7th December at home against Scraptoft Valley 1.
Thursday 13th January away against Wigston1.

Tuesday 30th November at home against Syston 2.
Tuesday 7th December at home against Wigston5.
Tuesday 4th January at home against Braunstone 3.

Thursday 16th December away against Spinney Hill 2 (Spinney want to play 5 boards)
Tuesday 11th January at home against Oadby 1.

Christmas Pairs Competition

We will be having a Christmas friendly match against The Red Admiral, on Wednesday 22nd December, at the Heathcote Arms. This is a pairs competition without confering. We will be playing to Harrod Cup time controls, and like the Harrod Cup, each pair play one game with the white pieces and one with the black. This evening will not be too serious and we will be laying some food on.

London Chess Classic

Ray and i will be visiting the London Chess Classic on Friday 10th December. If anyone wants to tag along and see the world's and the English elite in action, there may still be tickets available at

Club Night

There will definitely be a club night on Tuesday 30th November.

Well done everyone,


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