Saturday 17 December 2011

Website Traffic - Big in Japan?

Colin asked earlier in the month about where our traffic was originating, and the audience location is traceable. In terms of pageviews since the start then the traffic top nine is as follows:

  1. UK

  2. USA

  3. Japan

  4. India

  5. Germany

  6. Russia

  7. China

  8. Canada

  9. Netherlands

In the last month the traffic has originated as follows:

  1. UK

  2. USA

  3. Russia

  4. Germany

  5. Japan

  6. China

  7. Georgia

  8. Latvia

  9. Slovakia

  10. Spain.

I enjoyed the opportunity to get an 80's music reference into the blog title.

With reference to the performance at Kirby on Thursday, as widely predicted, my trusty old straight-talking chess critic Fritz showed that I blew a winning position in grand style. At move 7 it suggest d7-d5 "and Black can already relax". I, of course, played d7-d6. Notwithstanding that, at move 20 my coefficient was about 6. At move 30, it was about 3, at 40 we were level, and I resigned on move 47. I would like to say I was feeling sorry for my opponent, as he'd had a bit of a car shunt earlier in the day, but the truth is I WAS RUBBISH. As I told Colin on the way back, I'm thinking about taking up bowls, as they seem to have nice badges, and there might be the possibility I might not be so terrible at that.

Loss for HA3 at Kirby Muxloe

Before the match, both sides had been keen, and had agreed, to play five boards. On the night, however, we arrived with six. This was fine. Kirby nominated the next person to walk through the door as a new board 1. It was Jim Cowley. Everybody else moved down a board.

The first result was a welcome win for Michael against Scott Turner. If memory serves - i think Michael lost to Scott at the Heathcote Arms last time they met. At this point, in the remaining games we were looking alright: Gordon was a rook up on board 3, Haka Dave was a piece up on board 2, Drew on board 5 was a piece down but still kicking and i think Gary was slightly down on material on board 4. On board 1, there was material parity, but I thought i had a slight edge in position.

Drew then lost, and this was quickly followed by a loss for Gary. The rest of us played on for a while only to see some decent positions dissolve. Gordon lost his additional material and then the game. Dave had two rooks against rook and bishop and a passed pawn that could only be stopped by sacrificing material. As usual, i had met the time control with seconds to spare and my 30th move needlessly dropped a pawn. Things went downhill from there.

Kirby Muxloe 2 win matches only slightly more often than we do, so they asked us to leave so that they could celebrate by dancing naked around the Christmas Tree. I don't think that they were joking.

15 DecKirby Muxloe 2vHeathcote Arms 3
5 - 1
1B108Cowley, Jim1 - 0Ross, Colin118
2W60McEachran, Ewan1 - 0Ricketts, Dave93
3B60Shaw, Peter1 - 0Milner, Gordon100
4W56Kellock, Jim1 - 0Sanders, Gary50
5B55Turner, Scott0 - 1Bubb, Michael36
6W50Bowles, Les1 - 0Bubb, Andrew40


At Christmas, the Division 5 table looks like this.


Division 5

1Braunstone 58341710
2Syston 4632188
3Red Admiral 2732258
4Oadby 1540148
5Syston 3531167
6Ashby 46123-64
7Kirby Muxloe 26204-34
8Heathcote Arms 37016-211

League Matches

Our next League matches are as follows: HA2 plays at home against Leicester University 1 on Tuesday 10th January; HA3 plays away against Ashby 4 on Thursday 12th January; HA1 plays away against Willowbrook 2 on Thursday 19th January.

Cup Matches

Our next Cup matches both take place against Braunstone and both take place on Tuesday 24th January. HA1 play at home against Braunstone 1,and HA3 play away against Braunstone 2.

Club Nights

I am not sure if there will be much of a club night on Tuesday 20th December, but i will be up there at 7.30 if anyone wants a friendly. There will not be a club night on Tuesday 27th, but i suspect that by Tuesday 3rd January we will all be itching for a game.

Well done everyone,


Friday 16 December 2011

Loughborough 2 (1.5 - 3.5) HA1

Graham B Reports:

Rob and John came to the 1st team's rescue on Wednesday, when Graham and Raj couldn't make the match.

Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your point of view), their opponents didn't put up much resistance and both won quite easily. John had managed to take both rooks off of their original squares by the 12th move!!

Dave survived a scare against Jim Miller, who launched an attack against h2 with Bishop and queen, which resulted in him being 2 pawns up. Thought he was only going to stay 1 pawn up and offered a draw which Dave accepted and then realized the move Jim had just made was a blunder - so a draw was probably a fair result.

Mike's game fizzled out to a draw when Mike realized he could take a draw to give us the match.

I didn't play the opening very well, but managed to nick a pawn somewhere and was a pawn up in a queen and pawn ending. Terry offered me a draw, which I turned down knowing I couldn't lose, but I let my time drift away and had to settle for the draw in a won position.

I put Dave, Mike and my poor opening play down to the fact we spent 15 mins driving round Loughborough trying to park!!

This puts us 2 points clear at the top of Div 2 going into the Christmas break. Let's hope that lightning doesn't strike twice. We were top of Div 1 at Christmas last year and never won another match!!

Merry Christmas everyone,

Graham B 

14 DecLoughborough 2vHeathcote Arms 1
1½ - 3½
1B157Miller, James½ - ½Bray, Dave170
2W130Hickman, Peter½ - ½Cowley, Michael159
3B122Adcock, Terry½ - ½Booley, Graham147
4W100Cragg, N0 - 1Ensor, Rob128
5B80Cragg, O0 - 1The Grinder119
 Division 2
1Heathcote Arms 176101513
2Braunstone 2641179
3Wigston 36231-27
4Ashby 1522136
5Ashby 27214-55
6Melton Mowbray 27214-65
7Willowbrook 25023-42
8Loughborough 25014-81

Thursday 15 December 2011

HA2 (1-3) Hinckley 1

Peter the President Reports:

Had to play in the alley and at 7.15 we had no heat! The landlord rallied round and set the fire and after a while it was warm as toast! Rob came off worst against Howard and the Albin Counter Gambit. John drew and Ray lost, but i didn't see anything of their games. I was up against it all game, I decided to offer Peter a draw and made a total blunder with the move, but then found a way out with a perpetual that if he didnt take was curtains. So HA2 lose another one!

 Peter the President

13 DecHeathcote Arms 2vHinckley 1
1 - 3
1B149Harrison, Peter½ - ½Gibbs, Peter167
2W128Ensor, Rob0 - 1Phillips, Howard134
3B119The Grinder½ - ½Radesk, Brian113
4W105Raymondov0 - 1Smith, Jason106

Division 3
1Latimer 175201212
2Market Harborough 1632178
3Wigston 4640268
4Melton Mowbray 37322-28
5Hinckley 17304-36
6Heathcote Arms 27124-64
7Syston 16033-43
8Leicester University 16114-103

Sunday 11 December 2011

University of Leicester Vs HA2 Result

Last week's HA2 result has now reappeared. Here it is:

30 NovLeicester University 1vHeathcote Arms 2
2½ - 1½
1B135Wei, Elyn1 - 0Peter the President149
2W135Gomes, Matthew1 - 0Ensor, Rob128
3B80Kularatnam, Ahalya0 - 1The Grinder119
4W80Tan, Ce Dong½ - ½Raymondov105

Over the last year, interest in our website seems to have grown. Recently, we have been having 500+ hits per month, and for November we had around 850 hits. Not bad for a chess club with fewer than 20 players. It would be interesting to know who visits us. If any of our readers out there want to submit a guest blog, then e-mail it to me and i will put it up on Boxing Day.


Wednesday 7 December 2011

Record Score

Nine-Nil / Nine-Nil / Nine-Nil / Nine-Nil / Nine-Nil / Nine-Nil / Nine-Nil

...Join in anytime you like...

Nine-Nil / Nine-Nil / Nine-Nil / Nine-Nil / Nine-Nil / Nine-Nil / Nine-Nil

06 DecHeathcote Arms 2vLatimer 1
0 - 4
1B149Peter the President0 - 1Nwachukwu, Chino170
2W128Ensor, Rob0 - 1Potter, Karl162
3B119The Grinder0 - 1Slater, Brian L123
4W118Ross, Colin0 - 1Hill, Granville120

06 DecHeathcote Arms 3vSyston 4
0 - 5
1B105Raymondov0 - 1Veitch, Robert105
2W93Haka Dave0 - 1Mitton, Judith96
3B100Milner, Gordon0 - 1Martin, Maurice93
4W36Bubb, Michael0 - 1Agger, Reg86
5B40Bubb, Andrew0 - 1Mundy, Rob70

Well done to absolutely no one.


p.s. Something weird has happened on the LRCA website to the HA2 / University result from last Thursday. The match took place, and the result was late appearing - and now it has disappeared again. When it returns, we will post something here.

Next week: HA2 at home to Hinckley on Tuesday, HA1 away at Loughborough on Wednesday, and HA3 away at Kirby Muxloe on Thursday.

Thursday 1 December 2011

HA3 and HA1 Both Play at Home

Gary was the first to finish. His opponent laughed out loud before unleashing a knight attack on Gary's queen whilst discovering a queen and bishop mate in one along the long diagonal. Five minutes later, in a return friendly, Gary had his revenge as he removed a queen for free whilst discovering check. This prompted an immediate resignation.

Michael and Drew were both fine in the openings, but went on to be outplayed in the middlegame.

My own game had been looking drawish for a while. I had black. We were down to pawns and same coloured bishops with Barry having a pair of isolated double pawns. When we got to the time control Barry offered me a draw. Being only slightly better, and the match being lost, i took it.

Read Vs Ross

29 NovHeathcote Arms 3vBraunstone 5
½ - 3½
1B118Ross, Colin½ - ½Read, Barry101
2W50Sanders, Gary0 - 1Hoch, Toby100
3B36Bubb, Michael0 - 1Martin, Paul93
4W40Bubb, Andrew0 - 1Tangney, Vince76

I did not see any of the HA1 match, but there looks to have been a straightforward win for the home team.
29 NovHeathcote Arms 1vAshby 2
4 - 1
1B181Sharpe, Graham1 - 0Gibson, Paul152
2W173Ganger, Rajan1 - 0Hayden, Lawrence137
3B170Bray, Dave½ - ½Dove, Tom139
4W159Cowley, Michael1 - 0Reynolds, David125
5B147Booley, Graham½ - ½Wyld, Nick121

Next week:

HA2 Vs Latimer 1, and HA3 Vs Syston 4 both at home on Tuesday.

I will be contacting people for their availabilities.

Well done everyone,