Wednesday 30 October 2013

HA2 Vs Kirby Muxloe 1

A third win out of three matches for HA2. I think Mike Cowley was first to finish (with a win), followed by a draw for Pete on board 1. I was in my usual time trouble, but was able to convert the full point. At this point, Ray was an exchange and two pawns down and was unable to stop the inevitable.

29 OctHeathcote Arms 2vKirby Muxloe 1
2½ - 1½
1B156Harrison, Peter½ - ½Walton, David135
2W141Cowley, Michael1 - 0Gray, Paul135
3B107Ross, Colin1 - 0Walker, John125
4W92Beach, Ray0 - 1McEachran, Ewan124

Graham Hewitt made an appearance for club night - the first since his recent surgery, and Richard, Drew, Graham U, and Bill Roberts (friend of Gordons who was an active player in Leicestershire up until the 1980s) were also up for some friendlies.

Next week, HA3 are at home to Syston 4 on Tuesday 5th November, and HA1 are also at home against Ashby 2.

Below is my game against John Walker.

Well done everyone,


Friday 18 October 2013

HA1 & HA3 at Syston

Syston had three matches at home on Tuesday and there was not enough space in the usual rooms.
As a result, I did not get to see any of the HA1 match. There was a good result, however.

15 Oct
Syston 1
Heathcote Arms 1
2 - 3
Galligan, Brian
0 - 1
Sharpe, Graham
Pourmozafari, Ben
½ - ½
Bray, Dave
Suchak, Parin
1 - 0
Booley, Graham
Gramaticu, Constantin
0 - 1
Cowley, Michael
Johnson, Cyril
½ - ½
Manger, John

Meanwhile, HA3 played in the bar, and as there was an England football match on, things were a bit noisier than usual.

Gordon and Drew both finished with losses - Gordon had been material up.
Graham U got a decent result against the solid Reg Agger. I had a winning position, but was under time pressure (as always) and missed a mate. My opponent and I agreed a draw.

15 OctSyston 5vHeathcote Arms 3
2½ - 1½
1B94Adams, Mick½ - ½Ross, Colin107
2W88Agger, Reg0 - 1Urquhart, Graham80
3B86Mundy, Rob1 - 0Harbidge, Drew65
4W58Morelli, Nando1 - 0Milner, Gordon49

There were a couple more moves, which, in time trouble, I failed to record. My b-pawn dropped in the scramble.

The missed win was 58 Bc3 Rf3+ 59. gxf3 gxf3 60. Ra1#.
Fritz and John Manger both spotted it.

Next Tuesday, friendlies at the Heathcote Arms.

Well done everyone,


Sunday 13 October 2013

HA2 and HA3 last Thursday. This week...

Ashby 4 Vs HA3

HA3 lost away at Ashby 4 on Thursday. Peter Page's Steinitz Defence failed against my Ruy Lopez as he got his king stuck in the centre. Drew then lost on board 3, but his opponent looked very relieved. Gordon's game went too and fro, but he eventually lost out. Graham U was a pawn up in the late middle game but a few moves further on was a pawn down and was then unable to stop the march of pawns.

10 OctAshby 4vHeathcote Arms 3
3 - 1
1B107Page, Peter0 - 1Ross, Colin107
2W86Williams, Richard1 - 0Urquhart, Graham80
3B87Brown, Mick1 - 0Harbidge, Drew65
4W54Holmes, Stephen1 - 0Milner, Gordon49

HA2 Vs Hinckley 1

08 OctHeathcote Arms 2vHinckley 1
2½ - 1½
1B156Harrison, Peter1 - 0Phillips, Howard128
2W140Manger, John1 - 0Radesk, Brian113
3B92Beach, Ray0 - 1Smith, Jason109
4W80Maconnachie, Richard½ - ½Clay, Terry108

On the same night, HA2 were in action against Hinckley. A good result with Richard scoring a draw, in his first league game, against Terry Clay - nice one!

This Coming Week:

On Tuesday, most of us will all be at Syston. There may be some players at home for some friendlies, but don't quote me.

Syston 1 Vs HA1 on Tuesday 15th.
Syston 5 Vs HA3 on Tuesday 15th.

HA2 have a rest until Tuesday 29th at home against Kirby Muxloe 1.

Here is my game against Peter Page:

Well done everyone,


Sunday 6 October 2013

HA2 Vs Thurnby 2 & Wigston 3 Vs HA1

There was a great start to the season for HA2 last Tuesday with a 3-1 win against visiting Thurnby 2.

The first result in was a draw on board 1 for Graham B. This was followed by a win for Ray on 4 against Bob Collins. I was being crushed, but some exchanges let me out of gaol and I was able to recover and win against Mick Tate. John was in a materially unbalanced game, but when his opponent overlooked a win and offered John a draw, he was lucky not to lose his hand shaking arm.

Heathcote Arms (2) Vs Thurnby 2
Graham Booley (B) 153
John Pattinson (W) 155
John Manger (W) 140
Mick Busby (B) 137
Colin Ross (B) 107
Mick Tate (W) 130
Ray Beach (W) 92
Bob Collins (B) 125

Here is my game against Mick Tate:

HA1 played away on Thursday and scored a 4-1 win against Wigston 3.

03 OctWigston 3vHeathcote Arms 1
1 - 4
1B158Reeves, Andrew0 - 1Sharpe, Graham178
2W158Harlow, Phil½ - ½Bray, Dave176
3B152Dodds, Iain½ - ½Booley, Graham153
4W151Wylie, Stephen0 - 1Harrison, Peter156
5B143Vaja, Ricky0 - 1Cowley, Michael141

This week, there will be a club night at the Arms on Tuesday.

Then on Thursday we have two matches:

HA2 Vs Hinckley AT HOME on Thursday.

Ashby 4 Vs HA3 Away.

We could do with someone else to play at home. James or Richard, are you available?