Friday 27 April 2012

First Round of the County Champs (Lower Sections)

I did not see much of the other games on Thursday, but Ray lost to Roy Lathwood, the current Minor Champion. John drew with Howard Phillips. I am not sure how Graham B did as he was sitting on the row of tables behind me.

There was a surprise after about fifteen minutes when David Reynolds (with the black pieces) announced check mate against a very startled Bob Collins - a smothered mate in nine moves. It seems that this was the Keininger Trap in the Budapest Gambit.

According to Wikipedia it goes something (although not exactly, because David took 9 moves rather than 8) like this:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5!? 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Bf4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bb4+
6.Nbd2 Qe7 7.a3 Ngxe5! 8.axb4?? 8...Nd3#!

With the black pieces, i swindled a draw from Guy Closs:
Closs,Guy - Ross,Colin

County Champs (Major) Leicester, 26.04.2012

[Fritz 10 (30s)]
C01: French: Exchange Variation 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 c6 5.Bd3 Bd6 6.0–0 Ne7 7.Bg5 f6  8.Bh4 0–0 9.Re1 Qc7  10.Nbd2 Bg4  11.Rc1?? Bxh2+! 12.Kh1 Bd6 13.Nf1 Nd7 14.c4 Ng6 15.Bxg6 hxg6 16.cxd5 g5 17.dxc6± bxc6 18.Bg3 Bxg3 19.Nxg3 Rfe8 20.Qd3 Nf8 21.d5 Rxe1+= 22.Nxe1 Rd8 23.Qd4?? Qd6?? (Be6 is better) 24.Qxg4+- Qxd5 25.Qa4 Qd2 26.Qc2 Qf4 27.Nf3 g4 28.Nh2 Rd2  29.Qc4+ Qxc4 30.Rxc4 Rxb2 31.Nxg4 Rxa2 32.Rxc6 f5? 33.Nh2 Rxf2  34.Ra6 f4 35.Nh5 Rb2 36.Nf3 Rb7 37.Nxf4 Rf7 38.Nd5 Nh7 39.Kh2 g5 40.Kg3 g4 41.Kxg4 Rg7+ 42.Kh3 Ng5+ 43.Nxg5 Rxg5 44.Ne7+ Kf8 45.Nc8 Rc5 46.Nxa7 Ke7 47.g4 Kf7  48.Kh4 Kg7 49.g5 Rc4+ 50.Kh5 Rc1 51.Nb5 Rh1+ 52.Kg4 Rg1+ 53.Kf5 Rf1+ 54.Ke5 Re1+ 55.Kf5 Rf1+ 56.Ke6 Re1+?? (56...Kg6 is better) 57.Kd7 Re5 58.g6 (58.Nc7 should still have won for white) 58...Rxb5= 59.Re6 Rg5 ½–½

Club night on Tuesday at the Arms. HA1 may, or may not, be playing their first Wylie Cup fixture at Loughborough.

Well done everyone,

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Final Standings in the 2011/12 League Tables

Здравствулте! и гостеприимсво к вебсайту клуба шахмат заречья Blaby

(Hello and Welcome to the Blaby District Chess Club website).

The final league tables for this year look like this: 

Division 2

1Heathcote Arms 11412113125
2Ashby 1148421520
3Braunstone 2147341017
4Wigston 314644-216
5Ashby 214437-411
6Melton Mowbray 214518-411
7Willowbrook 214248-178
8Loughborough 2140410-294

A runaway success for HA1.
A very respectable place in Division 3 for HA2 who were promoted at the end of last season.

Division 3

1Latimer 11411212824
2Market Harborough 1146621318
3Syston 114554214
4Heathcote Arms 214464014
5Hinckley 114707-414
6Melton Mowbray 314545-514
7Wigston 414509010
8Leicester University 1141112-342

HA3 lies stuck like a postage stamp to the bottom of Division 5.

Division 5

1Oadby 11411121523
2Syston 3147341017
3Red Admiral 214644616
4Braunstone 5146441116
5Ashby 414635-115
6Syston 414536213
7Kirby Muxloe 214509-410
8Heathcote Arms 3140212-392

Well done everyone.

A look at our web traffic indicates a lot of current interest in our little Chess site from Russia. When i checked last night, in the previous week, there had been 121 pageviews from Russia compared with 114 from the United Kingdom.

This morning, traffic in the previous seven days was as follows:
United Kingdon 105, Russia 86, USA 32, Rest of the World 11 (n=234).

I suspect that Raymondov has a following.

Tonight (Tuesday 24th April) there will be a clubnight, but the main event, this week, will be the first round of the lower sections of the County Championships at Wigston on Thursday:

Guy Closs (109) Vs Colin Ross (120)
The Grinder (133) Vs Howard Phillips (136)

Roy Lathwood (119) Vs Raymondov (87)

Haka Dave has a draw by default.


Saturday 21 April 2012

Last Round of the Major.

On Tuesday:

Loughborough started with a half point handicap bonus.
Mike C took some risks and lost. Graham B went a Rook for a Pawn up and then blundered back the rook - then agreeing a draw. Graham S drew; and Pete pulled a win out of the bag from what had been a worse position. The handicap was enough to decide the match in Loughborough's favour.

17 AprHeathcote Arms 1vLoughborough 1GD
2 - 2-36
Handicap0 - ½
2 - 2½
1B181Sharpe, Graham½ - ½Sheahan, Sean170-11
2W159Cowley, Michael0 - 1Miller, James157-2
3B149Peter the President1 - 0Glover, John143-6
4W147Booley, Graham½ - ½Hickman, Peter130-17

 Braunstone won the Major League Cup (and also won the Minor this year, too).

1Braunstone 1641179
2Heathcote Arms 1630326
3Loughborough 16303-46
4Willowbrook 16114-53

The dining room was booked out this week, so we had club night in the alley where we had to be fairly quiet because of the match, but we had some friendlies and another book swap.

On Tuesday, 24th April, there will be a fairly select club night - we have another new player coming down.

Thursday 26th sees the first round of the lower sections of the County Championship at Wigston.

Well done everyone,


Thursday 12 April 2012

Various News Items

This Tuesday

Tuesday saw another smallish club night at the Arms. I brought some books down and we played a few friendlies.

County Championship

The deadline for entries into the County Championship Competitions is this Friday and our representation is currently as follows:

Graham Sharpe (195) - Current County Champion
Sean Hewitt (156)
Graham Booley (147)


The Grinder (133)
Colin Ross (120)

Haka Dave (93)
Raymondov (87)

I know that other people were considering entering - the deadline is this Friday - 13th April. e-mail if interested - he will be glad to hear from you.

Summer Cups
We have entered one side (HA1) into the Wylie Cup, one side into the Harrod Cup (HA2/3) and one side into the Chapman Cup (HA2/3).
This should allow plenty of time for County Championship Games, the Summer Cups, and a Club Championship.

Next Tuesday
On Tuesday, 17th April, HA1 play in the last round of the Major League Cup. They have a good chance of winning this.

Also on Tuesday, we will be doing some coaching.


Thursday 5 April 2012

HA2's Last Match

Last Thursday, HA2 drew their last match at Market Harborough to finish the season in the middle of Division 3.

29 MarMarket Harborough 1vHeathcote Arms 2
2 - 2
1B134Thomson, John0 - 1Peter the President149
2W130Newham, John0 - 1The Grinder119
3B127Hatton, Paul1 - 0Raymondov105
4W113King, Robert1 - 0Milner, Gordon60

On Tuesday we had a fairly exclusive club night - just the die hards and Drew the Younger.

We are now definitely banned from having any direct access to the skittle alley key as we have taken it home with us three times within the last month or so.

No matches are organised for next week, but there will be a club night on Tuesday 10th April. Anyone and everyone welcome.

Anybody who wants to enter this years County Championship should e-mail Sean by the end of next week at

Well done everyone,