Clay Cross Chess Club


8th November 2014

Tuesday 4th November: Hippy, Keith and the Two Brians boarded the Argosy and left the tranquil shores of Derbyshire just after dawn. At first the sea was calm and the breeze favourable, but around midnight in mid-ocean a terrible storm, characteristic of South Yorkshire, burst upon us. We intrepid four trimmed sail and braved all that this god-forsaken and savage land could hurl at us. Shipwrecked, we swam ashore to be confronted by the angry natives renowned for cannibalism and torture. Drawing our cutlasses we hacked and lunged.
(Actually it wasn't very windy but everything else is true, honest!). This was the result:

 Board
No.
 Barnsley D

Clay Cross B
1
Russell Roe
(White pieces)
0
1
 Mike Colclough
2 Anthony Steel
0
1
Brian Lever 
3
Damien Ryan
½
½
Keith Myhill 
4 Max Littlewood  0  1 Brian Redhead 

And the Board 2 game is below


Wednesday 5th November:
We entertained our guests from Burton right royally: they were treated to a fine display of anti-social parking as they attempted to squeeze their cars past the football/Guy Fawkes mob along Mill Lane, and then a wonderful firework display as the chess match began.
 Board
No.
 Clay Cross A
  2  
  2  
Burton B
1
Antony Natt (159)
1
0
John Hoddy (161)
2 Gunnar Mallon (154)
0
1
Graham Lamb (146)
3
Carl Gartside (146)
1
0
Paul Moore (135)
4 Geoff Brown (146) 0 1 David Hoddy (135)

Carl developed enormous pressure on a Knight pinned to a back-row Rook on the QN file. The poor white horse had at least 6 black pieces at its throat, and when it attempted to flee White's house fell down. (1-0).
Antony, whose game was a treat to watch and is below, played another superb game to continue his wonderful season. (2-0).
So Clay Cross A had their first point of the season, and it looked like easily being two.
Gunnar's game still had most of the pieces balanced fairly equally on the board, maybe he had a positional edge. He considered offering a draw to secure the team win, but felt so confident that he decided to play for a win... and left his Queen en prise! (2-1).
Geoff also looked fairly good, but his extra pawn was one of three all in a row on his KN file. He'd castled Q-side, but David hadn't castled at all, so there was lots of hope for Geoff getting his remaining Rook and possibly his Queen down the open files and at the Black King. Suddenly, a bit of defensive mismanagement and Geoff's Queen is trying to stave off a Q and R attack on QN2 AND a threatened Q-K pin by Black's bishop from the other side. Result: White's rook had to be sacrificed for the marauding Bishop, a desperate but too-slow attempt to get at the King with remaining Queen and Bishop, and 2-2.
The team has 1 point from 6 and begins to need a win or two.

5th Nov 2014: John Hoddy 0 v 1 Antony Natt

4th Nov 2014: Brian Lever 1 v 0 Anthony Steel

8th Nov 2014: Antony Natt 1 v 0 Andy Walker






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