2016/17 Yorkshire League Round 7

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Latest Woodhouse Reports 

Home Team   Away Team
Hull DCA A5.5
vs
2.5Alwoodley A
Harrogate A3.5
vs
4.5York RI C
Leeds CCCC A4
vs
4Bradford A
Calderdale A7.5
vs
0.5Huddersfield
York RI A2
vs
6Sheffield A
Sheffield B6
vs
2Rose Forgrove A

Calderdale A 7½ vs Huddersfield ½

Huddersfield were missing 6 regulars which made Calderdale strong favourites for the match so it proved to be we had a comfortable win,although the final margin flattered us.Two vital points think 8 may be enough just need two more !

Report by Dave Patrick

Calderdale A 7½ – ½ Huddersfield
P WATSON 1 – 0 D KEDDIE
P MULLEADY 1 – 0 D FIRTH
R WEBSTER 1 – 0 D TOOLEY
J WAREING 1 – 0 MCFADDEN
T HILTON 1 – 0 J LAVAN
J MORGAN 1 – 0 N HEPWORTH
M WHITEHEAD ½ – ½ R BOYLAN
D PATRICK 1 – 0 K SHARPE

York RI A 2 vs Sheffield A 6

Well, that didn’t quite go to plan :) This match wasn’t quite a chance to wrap the Woodhouse up but winning it would have left us big favourites.

Knowing our team, the match itself was always likely to be 50/50 on paper, and so it proved. It was actually a really close match over the board for a long time too, but obviously didn’t end that way!

The first game to finish was Dave drawing with Woodford and the first blood was Oskar finishing off Chris who seemed to lose a pawn then try to hold a rather unlikely R&B vs Q ending. That was shortly followed by Detlef managing to convert quite a nice positional game, leaving things equal at 1.5 – 1.5.

So it stayed for a long time, with most of those games looking very even. Unfortunately somewhere in between my vanishing into my game to hit the time control and passing it things went very wrong for us.

There were major blunders on 1 and 8 while 2/6 drifted away rather.

I often lose heart once a match results is decided but this time tried very hard to convert my better ending vs Michael – the game points are obviously potential gold dust. It looked very promising, but he defended very well to hold it.

At least our destiny is technically our own, even if a 1.5 game point lead is hardly secure! Especially with our very tough remaining matches. Makes it exciting again I guess :)

Report by Martin Carpenter

York RI A 2 – 6 Sheffield A
R Palliser 0 – 1 A Ledger
MP Townsend 0 – 1 J Nelson
Chris Ross 0 – 1 Oskar Hackner
Detlef Plump 1 – 0 Paul Cumbers
David Adams ½ – ½ Rob Woodford
Gavyn Cooper 0 – 1 Deji Jeje
Martin Carpenter ½ – ½ Michael Johnson
Jim Nicholson 0 – 1 Martin Howard

Sheffield B 6 vs Rose Forgrove A 2

Always good from a ‘win the match’ perspective to start with a default on bottom board… not so good from a ‘let’s actually play chess’ perspective and bad news for Steve, who was literally entering the playing room when I called him to let him know his services were no longer required. At least it was a home match – and we’re not exactly strangers to the bottom board default ourselves this season so for once the boot was on the other foot.

After the uplifting win against Alwoodley last time around, I had been obliged to make two changes with Daniel and Peong unavailable; Carl and the aforementioned Steve stepped in, our middle order all moved up a board, and with Rose Forgrove missing a couple we appeared to have a slight grading edge overall. And so it proved over the boards with only one of our team ever looked in dire straits (yours truly of course).

Peter and Mark were relatively quickly into a double rook endgame; 6 pawns each when I noted it in my book. 6 pawns vs 2 a little while later as Mark’s 2nd proved somewhat more vulnerable to a rook pair than Peter’s. Too much to turn around and after a couple of tactical tries Mark resigned.

Jim picked up a pawn against Trevor in a French fairly early on and retained that slight edge through to a queenless late middlegame. Trevor’s dogged resistance kept Jim’s a-pawn at bay and a draw was agreed.

So top two boards the first to finish and we were 2.5 – 0.5 up. The remaining 5 boards played on for some time. I spent a lot of that time fretting over Tom’s kingside and concerned he was a pawn down for not much compensation…until at some point around 5pm Andy pointed out to me Tom had one more bishop than Roger. That extra bishop proved critical, unsurprisingly, and a forced queen exchange allowed Tom to hoover up some pawns and end the game.

Not long afterwards, we were guaranteed at least a point when Andy and Keith reached a locked position; all rook and pawn endings are drawn. You can add this one to the list. Three boards to go – Carl and Clive engaged in a battle of the passed pawns; Carl’s further up the board and his heavy pieces better placed and enough to queen first and seal the match.

At this point I still thought I might be able to hold on in a 2MP + 3p endgame; I’ll check on Fritz in a short while but my suspicion is I took the wrong pawn and left one knight sidelined as Michael found a way to exert just enough pressure to win a critical pawn and force one of his over the line. 5-2 and just John left to finish – the usual flurry of tactics had won him the exchange and some neat defending left him rook vs bishop in the ending; giving back the exchange was enough to win as Andy’s king was offside and would not be able to stop John’s h-pawn from queening.

So a great result and an unusually large win over Rose Forgrove A; matches with them are usually very tight affairs and with 6pts on the board now I feel well placed to suggest we’ll get a chance to take them on in the Woodhouse again next year!

Report by Andrew Hards

Sheffield B 6 – 2 Rose Forgrove A
Jim Burnett ½ – ½ Trevor Braithwaite
Peter Ackley 1 – 0 Mark White
Andrew Hards 0 – 1 Michael Round
Tom Wills 1 – 0 Roger Jennings
Carl Walker 1 – 0 Clive Davies
John Fletcher 1 – 0 Andy Bagley
Andy Mort ½ – ½ Keith Riach
Steve Gibbs 1 – 0 DEFAULT

Latest IM Brown Reports

Home Team   Away Team
Hull DCA BP
vs
PDewsbury
Harrogate B2.5
vs
5.5York RI B
Bradford B5
vs
3Sheffield D
Wakefield A3.5
vs
4.5Bradford Central
Calderdale B
vs
Sheffield C
Pontefract3.5
vs
4.5Rose Forgrove B

Latest Silver Rook Reports

Home Team   Away Team
Harrogate C2.5
vs
5.5Doncaster
Alwoodley B
vs
Wakefield B
York RI D4.5
vs
3.5West Leeds


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14 Responses to “2016/17 Yorkshire League Round 7”

  1. Martin Carpenter

    Feb 04. 2017

    Fascinating now, at both ends :) We’re 1.5 game points ahead of Sheffield but have LeedsCCCC, Alwoodley, Calderdale (Away) and Bradford to play.

    Sheffield have York C, Hull(A), Harrogate and Rose Forgrove (A).

    Think Sheffield have to be modest favourites from here – if nothing else York are more likely to lose a match – but very tight.

    The relegation fight looks very tough to call now. Huddersfield could easily slip back into it if they field teams of that kind of strength for the rest of the season.

    I do think David is being slightly pessimistic above – 6 match points should be at least 95% safe :)

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    • Andy Bak

      Feb 05. 2017

      I’d agree with you now that Sheffield are slight favourites given the run-ins of both teams and the slender lead that York now have.

      Moreover I don’t think it’s going to be a simple case of seeing how many game points each team can accrue, there’s a few matches in those 8 where the victory for the favourite is far from certain.

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  2. Eric Gardiner

    Feb 04. 2017

    HDCA A 5.5 – Alwoodley by the way (I tried to enter the result above).

    What odds are the bookies giving for the possible league winners :) ?

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    • Eric Gardiner

      Feb 04. 2017

      Alwoodley 2.5 I should have typed.

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      • Andy Bak

        Feb 05. 2017

        Do you know the Hull B result?

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        • Eric Gardiner

          Feb 05. 2017

          I was told that Dewsbury had transport problems so David Mills is hoping to reschedule the match (rather than claiming a win on default).

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  3. Andrew Hards

    Feb 04. 2017

    The last time 6pts wasn’t enough was the 2009-10 season, when York C were relegated with 7pts. Two of the three seasons prior to that a team was relegated with 6 – but only on game points after another team also finished with 6pts. I’ve gone back as far as I can on Chessnuts (to the 2005-6 season) and no team has been relegated with 8pts.

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    • Martin Carpenter

      Feb 05. 2017

      8 definitely deeply implausible form here.

      Maybe I was a bit optimistic about 6 – I suppose it is possible. York C/H’field have 5 and Harrogate 3,

      Harrogate have Alwoodley left to play so its definitely possible that they’ll all reach 7. Actually quite easy to conceive of a huge pile up for ‘not last’ on 7.

      More likely that someone will fall back though.

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    • Andy Bak

      Feb 05. 2017

      It’s great to see your reports once again! That was an impressive win for you guys.

      Even though Alwoodley have all of their final four games at home, they seem doomed particularly as they still have Bradford A and York A to play.

      The next game for you vs Harrogate could well seal Harrogate’s fate if they don’t win. If they do win – it’s all to play for and 6 points might well not be enough to survive.

      Huddersfield vs York C in a couple of fixtures time could also be a critical fixture if Harrogate can fight their way back up.

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      • Martin Carpenter

        Feb 05. 2017

        Harrogate have Alwoodley in the last round , so they’re likely to reach 5 whatever.

        They are a full 7(!) game points behind York C so you’d think they need more than but… York C have play Sheffield A, Huddersfield, Bradford A and Calderdale left. A hugely tough fixture list if Huddersfield revert to turning up!

        Harrogate have Sheffield B, Rose Forgrove, Sheffield and Alwoodley. They’ll get at least some back. 7 is perhaps enough to be secure but one big loss and…..

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  4. Andrew

    Feb 05. 2017

    Yeah – the next match could be crucial; although I’d quite fancy facing any of the Woodhouse teams missing 6 regulars (as long as we weren’t as well)!

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  5. Arron Barker

    Feb 05. 2017

    no game is a dead cert would exspect sheff a to beat york but bradford calderdale hudds wont be walkovers could be a point in them games harrogate have both sheff teams to play who are very strong i think it will come down to the rose forgrove match what ever happens to york c its been a great season considering we was one of the favs to go down just shows you what a bit of team spirit can do

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    • Andy Bak

      Feb 05. 2017

      York C have been putting out some very good teams this year – they deserve to stay up!

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      • Martin Carpenter

        Feb 07. 2017

        Nah, you get what you deserve :)

        York C over the season are now joint with Forgrove & Harrogate on +-165. Jarmany playing has pushed their last two teams up to ~170 strength, but there are so many teams routinely hitting that this season.

        Hitting ‘very good’ would take something like a combined highlights package from our B & C teams.

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