Saturday, 8 December 2012

Round Up

First of all, some more detail on events at last week's HA2 match away at Ashby according to Heathcote Arms players who were there.

Ashby 3 Vs HA2
29 Nov Ashby 3 v Heathcote Arms 2
2½ - 1½
1 B 121 Jones, Peter 0 - 1 Harrison, Peter 151
2 W 119 Armstrong, Victor 1 - 0 Manger, John 131
3 B 106 Williams, Richard ½ - ½ Beach, Ray 91
4 W 83 Page, Peter 1 - 0 Milner, Gordon 43

Captain Pete won and was in the bar with Mark Hebden.
John turned down the offer of a draw because he was trying to win and then left his queen en prise.

On board 3, both players were in time trouble, but Ray was two pieces up. Richard Williams' flag fell. Ray had not noticed, but Gordon pointed out to the players that the flag had fallen. Richard complained that Gordon was a spectator and had no right to intervene. Ray, being the good sport that he is, agreed to a draw.

HA3 Vs Red Admiral 1

A strange game between Stan and Drew where Stan had a guaranteed perpetual check (and they had appeared to play repetitions for around 20 moves with neither of them claiming), but then dropped his queen. Gordon had a massive material advantage against Calvin and then lost some of it back before mating him. Chris appeared to have the early advantage against Mick Slater, but was then back ranked by a rook in the corner supported by a bishop. Ray lost. Graham scored a draw against Andy Carter.

This left me struggling against Barney with the match score level. At this point a butterfly appeared in the Skittle Alley and fluttered back and forth for the rest of the evening. Upon closer inspection it turned out to be a Red Admiral.

Whether the appearance of this omen was the result of witchcraft, a remote control, or whether Stan had secretly smuggled it in and released it from a jar (or his wallet as one of his team mates suggested) at the appropriate moment, is unclear, but it seemed to raise the spirits of the visiting team.

This was a good game, and I went down fighting. Time got me in the end.

04 DecHeathcote Arms 3vRed Admiral 1
2½ - 3½
1B119Ross, Colin0 - 1Thomas, Barnaby129
2W110Hewitt, Graham½ - ½Carter, Andy99
3B91Beach, Ray0 - 1Barabas, Peter103
4W80Johnson, Chris0 - 1Slater, Mick98
5B60Harbidge, Drew1 - 0Parsons, Stan85
6W43Milner, Gordon1 - 0Burton, Calvin71

Melton Mowbray 3 Vs HA2

No details, as yet, about this match, but if i receive any news or games, i will edit them in here.

05 DecMelton Mowbray 3vHeathcote Arms 2
1 - 3
1B137Jex, Alan1 - 0Cowley, Michael147
2W95Smith, Peter0 - 1Harrison, Peter151
3B70Walton, Alison0 - 1Booley, Graham152
4W71Keightley, Andrew0 - 1Manger, John131

Next Week

Tuesday 11/12/12 HA3 at home to Syston 4.

Tuesday 11/12/12 HA1 plays its rearranged first round of the Major League Cup fixture at home against Braunstone 1.

Thursday 13/12/12 Shepshed 2 Vs HA1

No matches for HA2 until 17th January away at Wigston 4.

Well done everyone,


p.s.  there is an amusing blog dated 16.11.12 at

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