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Welcome to the new Yorkshire League 2013-14 season, below you will find match reports and results at they are submitted today and tomorrow.
All first round games begin today (Saturday 28th September) at 2:30pm.
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Latest Woodhouse Reports
|Rose Forgrove A||4.5||3.5||Harrogate A|
|Alwoodley A||1.5||6.5||Sheffield A|
|York RI A||5||3||Huddersfield|
|Calderdale A||2||6||Bradford A|
|Bradford Central||2.5||5.5||York RI B|
|Sheffield D||4||4||Hull DCA A|
Sheffield D 4 vs Hull DCA 4
A new season brings with it hopes and expectations…but in my case, principally fear. When I drafted the teams for the first round of matches, I found myself on board one for the F team. When I started contacting players it soon became apparent that I had been playing Fantasy Chess as drop out after drop out, with excuses ranging from ‘I’m left Sheffield for University’ to ‘I’m still home in Botswana’ to ‘I’m abroad playing in the European Junior Championship’ leaving me desperate for players to the extent that I ended up a full 16 boards higher, on top board for the D team, whilst I only secured my 24th player at 10.15pm on Friday night.
Hull turned up with a strong team, as suspected, and in light of the pasting they gave us at theirs last season and the fact that this team was stronger on paper, my hopes were not high. In fact, we were outgraded by an average of 22 points – and whilst we’ve been underdogs before, we were really up against it this time.
The early results were not unexpected, but not altogether promising. Ashwin was the first to fall – getting to an equal endgame with the Hull captain. However, he then opted for a flawed tactic, giving David a chance to pick up a piece and the first point for his team. Sam wasn’t too far behind – another junior and doing reasonably well until a blunder cost him a bishop – Saman took full advantage to chalk up a second point for the team and I was already concerned we might face an 8-0 defeat at this point, with none of the other games looking overly promising; when Ian’s game on board two turned from ‘equal’ to ‘piece down’ in the blink of an eye with a neat tactic from Eric, that was 3-0.
Enter…the captain. Having watched John defeat Oskar last season at their place, I wasn’t confident of getting much from our game but an apparently innocuous knight move in the early middle game seemed to be losing a piece. Sure enough, I won a knight for two pawns and shortly afterwards retrieved one of those pawns. A second was also recovered and I was suddenly a whole piece up. A few exchanges allowed me to simplify and win another pawn… and John resigned. We had our first point. (You can see this game in the game viewer below)
The next game to finish wasn’t for a while – Khaled and John seemed to be pretty level and at arm’s length before the centre of the board cleared and space opened up. John launched a kingside attack which seemed threatening without being decisive, only to follow it up with a blunder that lost a bishop outright. 2-3 and we were at least putting up some resistance in the scoreline.
Rahul had been under pressure pretty much the entire game – and eventually dropped the exchange holding David at arm’s length. Nevertheless, his bishops were weaving a strong defensive pattern and he seemed to make something of a fortress – enough to receive and accept the offer of a draw. Two matches remaining, Hull up in both but our players hanging on by their fingernails…
Tom’s game was fascinating for several reasons, not least the material imbalance. For the loss of his entire kingside pawn shield, he had a piece. And later he had to give up his queen for a rook and dropped another piece shortly afterwards, leaving material as 2R+2N vs Q+R, with Shaun having more pawns. Exchanges followed, and forks, and the endgame was Q vs R+N with Shaun having 3 pawns to Tom’s one. Time trouble kicked in… and then Tom saw a possibility of a draw. Rook and knight were sacrificed for queen and pawn and a king move designed to maximise the chance of a draw. In the final position, Shaun had a pawn on h4 and g4 and his king on f4 – Tom’s king on f6 allowed him to play g5+ forcing a draw (after xg5, Kg6 Kmoves Kxg5 being the line). Shaun told me afterwards that he was so disappointed at not winning earlier that he just froze at that point… and instead of taking the pawn his flag fell and Tom was able to claim a win.
Which left us tied… and Arjun a piece down against Dave Stephenson with both players running pawns for home. Two queens appeared on the board and Arjun got his checks in first – Dave made an illegal move and realised (Arjun didn’t realise he could claim two minutes) and then Arjun dropped another piece in the blitz ending. A queen vs Queen, knight and bishop with both players having ANOTHER pawn left… the queens came off, Dave queened again but with bare seconds remaining, and in light of what had just happened on board four, he took no chances, taking the final pawn and ending the game with just a bishop – insufficient mating material and a draw for the final game to finish and for the match overall. An outstanding team performance considering we could have fielded a whole other team for this one – this bodes well for our morale for the season and we can go into our next match, against our illustrious A team peers, with renewed confidence.
Credit where credit is due – Shaun in particular must have been gutted after losing a game he was sure he had won but was very sporting about it – as were the whole Hull team. We look forward to facing them again in the Woodhouse next season… if we can stay up.
Report by Andrew Hards
|Sheffield D||4 – 4||Hull DCA|
|Andrew Hards||1 – 0||John Cooper|
|Ian Barwick||0 – 1||Eric Gardiner|
|Khaled Muflehi||1 – 0||John Atkinson|
|Tom Wills||1 – 0||Shaun Culkin|
|Arjun Babu||½ – ½||David Stephenson|
|Sam Cobbold||0 – 1||Saman Khoshnaw|
|Rahul Kumar||½ – ½||David Stothard|
|Ashwin Krishna||0 – 1||David Mills|
Calderdale A 2 vs Bradford A 6
Without the handicap of having to try and ensure survival of two Woodhouse Cup teams, Bradford arrived at last year’s Best of the Rest home patch with renewed vigour. However Bradford were missing many of their heavy hitters but were much more solid on the lower boards compared to the last couple of years.
Ian Hunter got the ball rolling with a fine technical win. He smartly won one pawn which turned into two and his opponent’s position then quickly collapsed. Adam Lang doubled Bradford’s lead in rather more “route one” style. h2-h4-h5, attack down the open h-file and deliver checkmate with a queen and bishop battery. Bradford’s steamroller kept going courtesy of Andrew Bak. Taking advantage of my opponent’s passive play, I applied the pressure and forced my opponent into terrible time trouble when I prised open his king and huge material loss was unavoidable. (You can see this game in the game viewer below) Dave Barlow continued the heavy scoring when he converted his extra piece which he had secured shortly after the opening. Spirits were very high in the Bradford camp as they knew that defeat was now impossible.
In reality, Ihor Lewyk always looked likely to score Bradford’s fifth win – he did so in great attacking style against the recent Bradford Congress winner. Bob Newton scored a consolation victory in a game where he was always on top and he kept building upon his advantages. Julian Chapman marked his return to Woodhouse Cup chess with the better end of a draw against Mark Whitehead, while Mike Ashdown and Dave Patrick also shared the spoils in the final game to finish.
Bradford are delighted to have scored such a comprehensive win against such strong opposition. Calderdale A will be hoping to bounce back against Alwoodley A in a fortnight’s time.
Report by Andy Bak
Well played to Bradford A who were convincing winners against Calderdale A. I did not see much as I was playing but I am confident we will bounce back as last season we lost the first game and finished third.
Report by David Patrick
|Calderdale A||2 – 6||Bradford A|
|Martyn Hamer||0 – 1||Adam Lang|
|Phil Watson||0 – 1||Ihor Lewyk|
|Darwin Ursal||0 – 1||Dave Barlow|
|Robert Newton||1 – 0||Chris Wright|
|Pete Mulleady||0 – 1||Andrew Bak|
|Mark Whitehead||½ – ½||Julian Chapman|
|John Morgan||0 – 1||Ian Hunter|
|Dave Patrick||½ – ½||Mike Ashdown|
Bradford Central 2½ vs York RI B 5½
Well, another season, another tough initial tie against Bradford Central but having wrested most of last years squad from the clutches of our A team I was confident of at least an honourable result. The mandatory pre-season panic was provided when I lost a player a few days before the match, but fortunately the Gunnar Solsjaer of York B, Alex Taylor, was around and happy to play. He quickly set to work, gaining a big advantage as black in a Sicilian Dragon. Richard Cowan put us on the scoreboard early, winning material, swiftly followed by John Milnes evening the score.
The rest of the match was developing into a bit of a nailbiter, with Adam Ismail improving upon his request to offer a draw (refused) by allowing a perpetual check. I was facing a repeat of last year’s game against Peter Redmond, and had avoided major trouble out of the opening, but I was somewhat distracted by the neighbouring board, where Patrick appeared to be getting mated in an exchange French by Mark Crowther. Fortunately this turned out to be just another perpetual check, and back in my game something had gone wrong, my play was going nowhere and Peter was generating some kingside threats, but I was able to batten down the hatches for another half point.
As so often last season, our top boards came good, with Pierre Weller gaining the exchange with a trick and converting the ending with his usual competence, and Alex Combie eventually navigating a fiercely complicated catalan to win on board 1. Alex Taylor completed a fine game in the ending, giving York B a good start to the season.
Report by James Carpenter
|Bradford Central||2½ – 5½||York RI B|
|Peter Rooney||0 – 1||Alexander Combie|
|James Dannenberg||0 – 1||Pierre Weller|
|Mark Crowther||½ – ½||Patrick Gower|
|Peter Redmond||½ – ½||James Carpenter|
|Richard Bowman||0 – 1||Richard Cowan|
|John Milnes||1 – 0||Jon Griffith|
|Nick Edwards||½ – ½||Adam Ismail|
|Paul Day||0 – 1||Alex Taylor|
York RI A 5 vs Huddersfield 3
First match of the season and very nice to see Huddersfield back in the Woodhouse. Judging by this very solid team they look well equipped to stay for a while too.
While the match result never quite felt in danger, it was definitely a genuine match, even with Jean-Luc sneaking in a guest appearance shortly before leaving for University.
The most notable aspect was perhaps the perfect anti Russian performance from York’s top 6 boards. That was helped by very nice tactical win on 1 and an almost absurdly thematic Nimzo on 5.
Report by Martin Carpenter
|York RI A||5 – 3||Huddersfield|
|M Paul Townsend||1 – 0||Roger Keely|
|Chris Ross||½ – ½||Mitchell Burke|
|Jean-Luc Weller||1 – 0||Leo Keely|
|David Adams||½ – ½||Tony Pogson|
|Detlef Plump||1 – 0||David Gray|
|Martin Carpenter||½ – ½||Greg Eagleton|
|Jim Nicholson||½ – ½||David Firth|
|Paul Barber||0 – 1||David Tooley|
Rose Forgrove A 4½ vs Harrogate A 3½
Start of another season, last year first match I was board 4, this year I was playing top board. This was going to be a tough match against one of the promoted teams. When the teams were presented there was very little in any the grades of each board.
Clive was the first to finish where a draw was agreed. The match then started going our way, first Trevor won a piece and the game and shortly afterwards Mike won the battle of the Rounds and Stan agreed a draw on bottom board. This left us 3-1 up with 2 games in our favour and the other 2 for Harrogate.
Eddie’s game was the next to finish as he held off his opponent’s attack to make it 4-1. Harrogate won the next 2 games as Andy and then me both lost what had been lost positions for some time. Roger won the match by agreeing a draw in what was probably a won rook and pawn ending.
A good start to the new season.
Report by Mark White
|Rose Forgrove A||4½ – 3½||Harrogate A|
|M White||0 – 1||M Rogerson|
|T Braithwaite||1 – 0||D McKerracher|
|M Round||1 – 0||J Round|
|R Jennings||½ – ½||M Daley|
|A Bagley||0 – 1||P Pritchard|
|C Davies||½ – ½||J Swallow|
|E Hurwitz||1 – 0||G Wilson|
|S Aleksandrowicz||½ – ½||J Marsh|
Latest IM Brown Reports
|Rose Forgrove B||1||7||Harrogate B|
|Leeds CCCC||6.5||1.5||Sheffield E|
|Calderdale B||5.5||2.5||Bradford B|
|Wakefield A||7||1||York RI D|
|Sheffield B||5||3||York RI C|
|Doncaster||5.5||2.5||Hull DCA B|
Wakefield A 7 vs York RI D 1
A good solid start to the season for Wakefield A. We were never in any serious trouble in any of the games and although York put up good resistance in some difficult positions, our grading advantage told in the end. Hopefully we can keep this up!
Report by Peter Shaw
|Wakefield A||7 – 1||York RI D|
|Peter Shaw||½ – ½||Tony Slinger|
|Mike Denison||1 – 0||Owen Robson|
|Dave Toulson||1 – 0||Norman Andrews|
|Mark Waterhouse||1 – 0||Sri Sriharan|
|Craig Thompson||½ – ½||Steve Jennings|
|Chris Tinker||1 – 0||Paul Masiak|
|Simon Skinner||1 – 0||Mick Beevers|
|Alan Holloway||1 – 0||Rodney Micthinson|
Calderdale B 5½ vs Bradford B 2½
On Saturday, I finally made my long awaited debut for Calderdale after being asked to play and Mick Connor very kindly gave me a lift to the venue. We arrived in time and this was my first game in a staggering 25 days! It also turned out I was against George Bak, which is rather amusing because me and his son Andrew have some jokes about that I might be getting a line called the ‘Bak Gambit’ if I got him because it was more than likely given that Andrew is usually 1 for the B team and I could easily have been 1, but in the end I was on 6 in the end! Not good, but the fact I lost to the stand in captain Peter Hughes badly once didn’t help! But George was 160 on his last grade so not like I got an easier game! And of course his sons are very good. Overall I would say Calderdale B were slight favourites which is surprising given that there was 2 divisions between the sides last year but then again they didn’t have me then!
So off started the chess! Bradford drew first blood when Mick grabbed a hot pawn in the opening which allowed his opponent to regain it and even get a rook on the 7th! He then overlooked a skewer and then a fork and was forced to resign a rook down. I had better not say the words in this report that he used to describe it! He has also beaten his opponent Daniel Hubbort convincingly the last time they met so a bit of revenge here. However Robert Broadbent then took out Bradford’s board 1 who at 170 was the highest rated player in the entire match to level the scores.
Then a lot of draws started coming in, our board 8 was the exchange up and had the right idea in the ending which is to sac the rook back for the bishop and a pawn, but he only had a rooks pawn left and his king was trapped in the corner! So a bit of a heartbreaker there. Peter Hughes drew as well, he said he played the Caro-Kann for the first time ever and ended up with a very nice ending, with a strong bishop vs 3 pawns, 1 of which was doubled, and rooks on the board. However it seemed difficult to convert so a share of the spoils was agreed. I did not really see much of the board 2 game but that also featured a draw so the score is 2.5-2.5 each now with 3 left.
So whose game will it be? Well it was close for long parts but Calderdale started to take control, the board 7 game on the other side of me seemed to be going quite well for Bradford and he had castled on the opposite wing and was going for it and then when was marching his king aggressively in the ending but he must have blundered somewhere because next time I looked he was 3 pawns down and resignation soon followed. Also Neil Suttie won a nice attacking game with the Evans gambit to ensure we couldn’t lose.
Yours truly was facing a time scramble with Bak senior, I had generally been pushing the entire game after playing a dangerous gambit vs the rock solid Caro Kann. However he defended very well and I made some sub standard moves, and a few miscalculations as both players were getting short of time. (You can see this game below in the game viewer) George blundered in the time trouble handing me a debut win for Calderdale B and also meaning we won 5.5-2.5 which is very good giving the gulf between the teams last year. Well done to the team!
Report by Tim Hilton
Bradford B headed to Calderdale on the first of their three consecutive away games to start the season aiming to achieve promotion back to the big time! Facing the promoted Calderdale B might have on paper put Bradford as large favourites. However a couple of very late drop-outs meant that Bradford did well to get a representative team out and the gradings on paper promised a close match.
Daniel Hubbort won last year’s Totty Trophy for the best performance in the Bradford DCA Evening League and he showed some of this excellent form by beating the experienced Mick Connor. They quickly reached an endgame and Daniel took advantage of Mick’s pieces being a tangle and scored what was to be Bradford’s only win. Calderdale equalised the scores as Robert Broadbent defended Mike Bramson’s attack successfully and reached a won endgame. Two draws on boards 2 and 3 quickly followed. Gawain Ako launched a fierce attack but his opponent defended well and traded all the way into a rook and pawn endgame. Meanwhile Peter Hughes had an extra piece, but felt that this was not enough to fight against Geoff Smith’s three extra pawns and offered a draw which was accepted. 2-2 at half time!
Board 8 was also drawn, but this was a big save for Bradford. Martin Syrett had entered the endgame with an extra exchange, however John Holliday kept battling and exchanging all the pawns until it was 2 vs 2 on the kingside. Martin sacrificed the exchange back but could only obtain a drawn king and pawn ending with an extra rook pawn. Sadly for Bradford, John’s defensive stand was in vain. John Saxton was wisely pushing for a win in a rook and knight endgame, but tried too much and Malcolm Corbett simplified into a winning rook and pawn endgame which he duly converted. By this time Neil Suttie had already also won for Calderdale. He had exposed Karim Khan’s king very early in the game and this told in the heavy piece endgame as his queen and rooks were creating too many threats for Karim to resist. With the match won for Calderdale, Tim Hilton scored a win in the time scramble against the returning George Bak – although as he admitted himself, he probably ought to have wrapped things up earlier!
A fantastic start for Calderdale B, Bradford B will need to pull their finger out if they want to achieve promotion back to the Woodhouse!
|Calderdale B||5½ – 2½||Bradford B|
|Robert Broadbent||1 – 0||Mike Bramson|
|Andy Leatherbarrow||½ – ½||Gawain Ako|
|Peter Hughes||½ – ½||Geoff Smith|
|Neil Suttie||1 – 0||Karim Khan|
|Mick Connor||0 – 1||Daniel Hubbort|
|Tim Hilton||1 – 0||George Bak|
|Malcolm Corbett||1 – 0||John Saxton|
|Martin Syrett||½ – ½||John Holliday|
Leeds CCCC 6½ vs Sheffield E 1½
A very, very tough ask for Sheffield E, basically playing a first division side in their first outing of the season. To take 1.5 off their top two boards despite giving up 95 grading points was a great performance – and the rest of the team can give themselves a real pat on the back for making a game of it.
Report by Andrew Hards
See Gunnar Mallon’s victory over the 40-point higher rated Richard Archer in our game viewer below.
|Leeds CCCC||6½ – 1½||Sheffield E|
|John Hall||½ – ½||Chris Willey|
|Richard Archer||0 – 1||Gunnar Mallon|
|Mark Birkin||1 – 0||Nat Holroyd-Doveton|
|Simon Deighton||1 – 0||Barry Williams|
|H Press||1 – 0||Shane Frith|
|Randy Donahue||1 – 0||John Woollard|
|Khalid Mohammed||1 – 0||Mick Snowdon|
|Nicolo Lo Piparo||1 – 0||Jo Woollard|
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|Bradford C||6.5||1.5||Harrogate C|
|West Leeds||Wakefield B|
Sheffield F 4 vs Dewsbury 4
The D team were outgraded…the F team outgraded and isolated as their match took place in the other room (which as usual made my job of keeping an eye on them doubly tricky…)
It started in unfortunate style – the Dewsbury board 8 was a no-show and Sam picked up a default and a quick trip home for his troubles. Our other junior Sam then decided that 4 hour chess was not for him – a little under an hour into the match he had picked up a rook and after seeing off some pressure from his opponent that was that. (You can see this game below in the game viewer) Dewsbury struck back when Adhitya lost material to a pin in the middle game and Alan saw him off; not long after Marek’s loose position became too loose… the centre was lost and there were too many threats for him to stay on the board. When Francesca lost a rook in some late middlegame exchanges, that turned a reasonable, if slightly awkward, position into one that had slipped away entirely… and we were behind in the match.
Things looked reasonable on the top three boards, however, with Emil and Steve a pawn up and Mark materially level. All three were playing exceptionally well, given they were outgraded by over 20pts on average, and I thought we might turn things around. Emil certainly concurred… a pawn and positional advantage became an exchange and then more and Michael resigned rather than face another queen. Steve then ground out a win – a two minor pieces endgame looked tricky, even with the extra pawn, but Shane’s clock was running down and inaccuracies allowed Steve’s king to invade and support his passed pawn – resignation followed but the clock would have had the final say if not… which just left Mark, holding his own for so long against Chris but landed with a minor piece ending where his was the knight. Chris’ bishop proved too active, supporting a passed pawn and allowing his king to pick up Mark’s queenside pawns and force a win. Another draw! But against a team that were in the second division last season and who are contenders for promotion this time around. Everyone played their part, despite some huge grade differences, and this bodes well for an entertaining season in the Silver Rook.
Report by Andrew Hards
|Sheffield F||4 – 4||Dewsbury|
|Steve Withington||1 – 0||Shane Inglis|
|Emil Tihov||1 – 0||Michael Fox|
|Mark Kirkham||0 – 1||Chris Lund|
|Marek Kracji||0 – 1||R Winterburn|
|Sam Benzaira||1 – 0||T Haskins|
|Adhitya Krishna||0 – 1||Alan Metcalf|
|Francesca Biggio||0 – 1||John Eagers|
|Sam Raynor-Freeman||1 – 0||DEFAULT|
Bradford C 6½ vs Harrogate C 1½
It all started so well … by Thursday I had 8 eager players meaning I could take the non-playing captain role and I was actually looking forward to sorting out the cupboard and cleaning the cups and saucers etc after the summer break.
However, when I arrived at the Latvian Club on Saturday, I found our A and B team captains looking slightly perturbed … they were about to depart for Halifax (away to Calderdale A and B respectively) but between them they were 2 players short. Yes you can guess what happened … 2 of the C team players were requisitioned, I had to actually play and I was 1 player short!
It was a very hectic day in and around the Latvian Club … Bradford City were at home, meaning parking chaos, there was an arbiter’s course taking place in the Chess Room, meaning we had to play in one of the upstairs rooms and there was a visiting Latvian Folk Dance Troupe preparing for an evening concert and some sort of kid’s party/event going on in the ballroom.
Andy Bland and I were setting things up when we realised we had been given digital clocks … we almost needed to interrupt the arbiters course for them to show us how to set the clocks, but Andy’s IT skills came to the fore and we got them set for 42 moves in 1 hour and three-quarters with an extra 15 minutes.
On to the chess … we soon pulled back the 1 point deficit, when Andy won on board 5 against Harrogate’s new junior. We then went ahead with last year’s top scorer Dave on board 7 winning. About now the kids party was finishing, and one of the Latvian ladies knocked on the door and returned a giant plastic Sunflower to the room, much to everyone’s amusement. Glancing around at this stage, we were big amounts of material up on boards 2 and 6. Robert and Werner soon converted these, so still not 4pm and we were 4 – 1 up.
On the other boards, Vasyl on board 4 was a pawn up going into the endgame and Nigel on board 3 seemed to have all the threats in a slightly blocked position. Vasyl won another pawn and then I’m not sure if he sacrificed or lost his knight but he had 4 pawns for the piece and soon won. Nigel’s threats soon became too much for Margaret and all of a sudden he had won.
So, 6 – 1 to us, with just my game left. Andrew sportingly offered a draw which I accepted as although still level materially, he had a King side space advantage against my Pirc Defence, which could have led to a decent attack for him.
Final score 6.5 – 1.5 to us, perhaps the Sunflower is a lucky omen for us? As none of the games got to move 42, I’m still not entirely sure the clocks were set correctly.
Report by Simon Watson
|Bradford C||6½ – 1½||Harrogate C|
|Simon Watson||½ – ½||Andrew Zigmond|
|Robert Pells||1 – 0||Ranyl Hughes|
|Nigel Redmond||1 – 0||Margaret Rowley|
|Vasyl Yakovchuk||1 – 0||Scott Reichert|
|Andy Bland||1 – 0||Martin Slomczykowski|
|Werner Rieser||1 – 0||Chris Milton|
|Dave Young||1 – 0||Adam Turnbull|
|Default||0 – 1||Holly Reichert|