Bishops Match Reports
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