Bishops Match Reports
My report is very late, sorry about that!
My opponent was Ben Sadler, who I had previously played (and beaten) in the rapidplay tournament last year.
Once again, he was white, and once again he played d4. I set up a triangle system and we went into the Noteboom variation. I slightly misplayed the opening and went into a losing middlegame where he had a lot of pressure, but I just about managed to pull through into a winning endgame somehow. For reasons I can't explain, perhaps the piano playing in the background or just straight madness, I missed no less than four easy one-move wins and drew in very embarrasing, excruciating fashion. Not my best moment.
I believe the pgn chess.com provides doesn't cooperate with some of your software so I have linked the game below instead of attaching. The amount of double question marks I had to write on my moves in the endgame is going to haunt me for a long time.
On 21 March 2018 at 16:36, gerry clayton <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Following my e-mail earlier today, as acting Captain I can report the following:-
Board 1: - Sebastian (White) vs Richard Porter (Black)
My game was a giocco pianissimo which stayed quiet, despite my best efforts in the middlegame, for the entire game. There was a reasonable amount of manoeuvring in which I gained some small advantages in space on the queenside and my pieces on nicer squares, which eventually on move 30 became a real pawn of material advantage.
At that point we had queen, knight, rook each and 4 pawns to 3, and I fancied my chances. However I couldn’t make concrete progress without allowing some trades, and by move 40 we ended up in a position with 3 pawns to 2 and a knight each, but with my knight and king on d4 and e4, and his knight and king on e7 and f7. A pawn up with control of the centre, I felt a win was almost in my grasp. (Computer tells me that I did not have enough of an advantage to win)
However, he managed to trade down to pawn and knight against knight, which is a draw if he trades his knight for the pawn, and, despite my best efforts over the next 30 moves, with only 2 minutes each left on each clock we call it a draw.
Analysing with a computer after the game indicates that I had one opportunity to win on move 45, by sacrificing a pawn and calculating 5 moves ahead (a position I calculated to and thought was a draw) … and then realising that the position is a win (takes another 15 moves to get to a book king-and-pawn vs king position). Having played for 2h50 of our 3h10 total, I don’t blame myself for not seeing this line, and applaud my opponent for holding the draw against my most familiar opening.
One gripe I have is that the playing area was excessively noisy, with TV noises and someone even playing a piano. Also the lack of refreshments was disappointing. If I had known there weren’t going to be drinks available, I would have brought a bottle of something…
I am not sure we can do anything about this, but I feel it is worth mentioning that this was the worst venue of all the clubs the Bishops have played against.
Board 2: Nathan (Black) vs Ben Sadler (White) - Report to follow
Board 3: Gerry (White) vs Samson Magesh (Black)
My opponent was ungraded and said afterwards that this was his first League game. However, no reason for me to be complacent. I've come unstuck with "new" players many a time!
The game follows.
1. e4 e5
2. Nc3 Nf6
3. f4 d6
4. h3 Be6 ?
5. Nf3 Nc6
6. Bb5 exf4
7. d4 Bd7
8. Bxf4 a6
9. Bc4 (Waste of move. Should have played Bd3) 9......Na5
10. Bd3 Be6 ??
11. d5 Bd7
12. b4 Nh5
13. Bg5 Be7
14. Bxe7 Qxe7
15. Ne2 (Fritz recommends bxa5 here but I was very concerned about Ng3) 15....c6
16. bxa5 cxd5
17. exd5 O-O
18. O-O Qf6
19. Qd2 Bf5
20. Bxf5 Qxf5
21. Ng5 (OK I should've played g4, but is it that simple?) 21......Qg6
22. Rf2 Nf6
23. Nc3 h6
24. Nf3 b5 ??
25. axb6 Rac8
26. b7 Rc4
27. Rb1 Nd7
28. Nd4 a5
29. Nc6 Rh4 ???
30. Ne7+ Kh7
31. Nxg6 Kxg6
32. Qd3+ f5
33. Qg3+ Kh5
34. Qxd6 Nb8
Board 4: Ed King (Black) vs Martin Griffin (White)
1. e4 Nf6
2. e5 Nd5
3. d4 d6
4. c4 Nb6
5. Nf3 Bf5
6. Nc3 e6
7. Bg5 Be7
8. Be3 ….
This move surprised me.
White has merely lost a tempo as he could have simply played 7. Be3.
8. …. Nc6
9. a3 O-O
10. Be2 de
11. Nxe5 NxN
12. dxN c6
13. c5 ? ….
This simply loses a pawn which was to me only justifiable if white follows through with a quick king side pawn rush.
With pawns on both e5 and c5 under attack from the knight on d7, there are similarities (and differences) with the Chase Variation and 2. Nc3 d5 3. e5 Nd7; lines that I have played.
13. …. Nd7
Striking at both e5 and c5 pawns.
14. Bd4 ….
I had expected either 14. Qb3 in which case Qc7 or 14. f4 with a view to white following up with g4.
14. …. Bxc5
15. b4 BxB
16. QxB Qc7
17. f4 ….
I was expecting Qd6 for which I had prepared Rac8
17. …. Rfd8
18. O-O Qb6
19. Rad1 QxQ
I was getting worried that a g4 would leave my white bishop without a good escape square.
20. RxQ Nb6
21. Rfd1 Nd5
22. NxN exN
We had each used about 45 minutes.
At that time, we appeared ahead in all three other games; so I decided to offer a draw before the piano mono-tune started, which Martin very promptly accepted.
I half felt that I (a defended and passed pawn up which is in theory very strong) wimped out.
However white can commence a majority king-side pawn rush with g4; and I would have much less space than I like to play a decent defence so I could be embarrassed in practice.
The Bishops have returned victorious from Wymondham with a 3.5 – 0.5 win over the Owls.
William Bradley 0.5 – 0.5 Sebastian Parker
Tony Cane 0- 1 Vijay Vammi
Colin Goodchild 0 – 1 Crumpton Clarke
Aidan Banfield 0 – 1 Nathan Abbott
Sebastian's report on his game
He played a Sicilian, which became extremely sharp. I managed to cramp his kingside and prevent him from castling, and I gave him a couple of opportunities to blunder into getting checkmated, but he saw it all and I didn’t find the winning plan in the middle game. He also played extremely fast for a 95 minute game, and had a big time advantage very quickly, and in the end it was quite even but he had 30 minutes to my 10 so I was happy to take the draw.
And from Charlie
The Wind'em lot are lovely people. Good pub as well.
Sebastian, I've got to ask is young Wm Bradley still playing the French and did you exchange? (Boo!)
Colin Goodchild is one of Norfolk's Chessists along with Mike Poulton of that club.
But, the game's the thing. it is going to be interesting in the roll up to the end of the season. The N&N D and King's Lynn against the Bishy Barnabees I feel It is important that we play the Nathans, Vimmis and Sebstains as much as we can to gain promotion,
Charlie The Insomniac.
ps No copyright, as far as I'm aware, on "Tally Ho!"
pps Is there a soccer game this Sunday of local interest?
25/01/2018 Bishops v Crabs league 3
The Bishops triumphed 3.5 – 0.5 against an inexperienced Crabs’ team tonight.
Charlie was the first to finish, quite quickly, v John Pearl. When I looked over his game about 10 minutes previously, I could not see an obvious advantage so assume that either a piece of brilliancy or calamity decided the game.
Next to finish was Vijay who beat young Jack Evans. My opponent, Ollie Mccoan, then resigned against me being 2 bishops and two pawns down. He had dropped a piece early on and he struggled to find any counterplay thereafter.
Last to finish was Sebastian who was half an hour ahead at one point. I was quite alarmed to see his king marching up the board in an exposed position but he assured me afterwards that he had calculated it as safe. However, a troublesome white knight led Sebastian to offer a draw with just over 7 minutes on the clock for both players ad it was accepted.
The Bishops return to the top of the league!!
Bishops v Crabs
Sebastian Parker drew with Alex Evans
Vijay Vammi beat Jack Evans
Crumpton Clarke beat Ollie Mccoan
Charlie Neil beat John Pearl
Result 3.5 v 0.5
Sebastian writes.....I was ahead out of the opening, with more space on the queenside and the bishop pair (computer agrees, evaluates my positional advantage as worth a pawn), but he came up with a nice tactical sequence with a zwischen-check killing my small advantage, and I felt I had to walk the king to f4 to avoid losing a pawn…
My king wasn’t exactly safe, but all he had to attack with was a knight and some pawns so he wasn’t going to be able to checkmate me. Computer evaluates the position as dead even, however he did make good use of my king by checking it a bunch to improve his position, while all I could do was move my king, so I couldn’t manoeuvre at all and he ended up being able to trade his knight for my bishop and solidify the draw.
Congratulations and good job to the rest of the bishops, “top of the league” might be a bit ambitious – King’s Lynn just fielded a brutally strong team against our poor knights!
latest match took them on the extended journey to King’s Lynn and we are all very grateful to Sebastian who undertook the driving duties.
I am very pleased to report that we returned with an excellent 3 – 1 win. This was a second v third place match so very well done to everybody. I ( Ken ) sat this one out but Crumpton has provided a short report on the action which I reproduce below.
Sebastian demolished Rupert Guinness in no time at all to get the ball rolling. My game ( Crumpton ) was quite tight and I could not manage to take his isolated central pawn and a draw was agreed. Next to finish were Edward and Bruce. Ed was a pawn up but with all four bishops still on the board, it was not clear and another draw was agreed.
Last to finish were debutant, Nathan v Joe. Nathan showed good endgame technique, getting his king to the centre and then supporting a passed pawn which his opponent, Joe, could not refute and he resigned.
- Rupert Guiness 0 - 1 Sebastian
- Greg Sargent 0.5 - 0.5 Crumpton
- Bruce Carter 0.5 - 0.5 Edward
- Joe Moran 0 - 1 Nathan
This result puts us in second place to Norfolk & Norwich "D” on game count, both having won three and drawn one of four matches.
V WYMONDHAM - 09/11/17
The Bishops returned to action the other evening with a visit from our friends at Wymondham. After drawing our first match against Alan's Knights, we managed to come out of this one with a narrow win. We got off to a bad start with Crumpton going down to Bodo. I didn't see anything of this game but Bodo actually told me that Crumpton had gifted him a piece ( Haven't we all done this at some time !? ). The other games all went on for most of the evening. I was next to finish against an opponent who had been given an estimated grade of 2. Totally unrealistic as I would have thought that someone with such a grade would hardly have known how the pieces move and he was certainly much better than that. However, I managed to come up with a combination that won a piece. He did play on for some more moves in a hopeless position but then gave up the ghost.
Sebastian was next to finish and I reproduce here his comments. " A summary of my game would be to say that I made a small misstep in the opening which put me on the defensive. He played a very threatening Qh6 but no checkmate was available and he had to settle for merely winning a pawn. We then traded down to pawns and a rook each which seemed like he would be able to convert his extra pawn into a win. However, i managed to win back the pawn with my more active rook. With material even and no clear way for either player to push for any kind of winning advantage, we settled on a draw."
So all attention was now focused on Edward's game with a win needed to take the match. He eventually proved too strong for Colin Goodchild
(Edward has made his game available for anyone to study). So we posted our first win, hopefully the first of many this season.
1. Sebastian 1/2 v Hamish Lyall 1/2
2. Crumpton 0 v Bodo Rissmann 1
3. Edward 1 v Colin Goodchild 0
4. Ken 1 v Ian Clarke 0