Notts League

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_Season's Top Results

posted Apr 24, 2016, 5:53 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Aug 2, 2016, 1:33 PM by Steve Bak ]

Best Victories

Steve Bak  122 beat Alan Griffiths 159  and Brian Hayward 155

Steve Burke 162 beat Jim Burnett 196

Nigel Wright 115 beat Steve Foster 148

Phil Morgan 139 beat Adyita Munshi 165

Bob Taylor 149 beat Chris Cantrill  173 and Andy Hebert 164

Best Draws

Alan Robinson 139 drew with Nigel Birtwhistle 186, Derek Jarvis 172 and Nick Payne 171

Stan Cranmer  133 drew with Nick Payne 176, and twice with Brian Hayward 153

David Woodhouse 131 drew twice with John Harrison 173

Steve Bak  124 drew with Dave Williams 158

Phil Morgan 144 drew with Nick Payne 175

Apologies if I have missed any of your  results which match or beat the above.

Ashfield 4 v Central 3

posted Apr 16, 2016, 10:50 AM by Phil Morgan

13.4.16 Ash 4 v Central 3

A decisive win in the last game of the season, clinching a third place League finish. A very swift win for Richard, added to by Ric's win after some controversy, with draws for Pete and George who was happy to offer a draw despite seemingly having the better of the position. His opponent was happy to receive the draw offer.

Ashfield 3  - 1  Central

Newark 3 v Ashfield 4

posted Apr 16, 2016, 10:44 AM by Phil Morgan

4.4.16 Newark 3 v Ash 4

A fine away win for our lads. Nigel Wright scored a good draw on top board.The decisive win was scored by Pete Clarke , with draws for George and Ric. Ashfield didn't miss their captain!

Newark 1.5 -  2.5 Ashfield.

_Season Review Ash 1

posted Apr 11, 2016, 3:23 PM by Steve Bak   [ updated Apr 11, 2016, 3:41 PM ]

Captain's Report

We have finished in fourth place, an outcome I think we would have settled for at the start of the season. So I think we can give ourselves a pat on the back!
As you can see from the results below, everyone scored at least 50% except John S. Though as we know, he was on the infamous board 4, facing Willow (186), Barnes (205), Williams (183) and Cantrill (173) amongst his opponents. And Neil’s results certainly justified his promotion from the 3rd team!
I haven’t got all the individual grades for the season (my own has been 12 games at 182) but I guess almost everyone will have outperformed their grade too.
W D L Played Points %age
Steve 3 6 3 12 6 50
Derek 5 3 4 12 6.5 54
Andrew 2 6 1 9 5 56
John S 0 1 5 6 0.5 8
Neil 6 3 3 12 7.5 63
Phil 2 0 2 4 2 50
Bob 1 0 1 2 1 50
Steve Bak 0 1 0 1 0.5 50
Richard 0 0 1 1 0 0
Thanks to the players who filled in when John was unable to play in the second half of the season.
 Steve Burke

_Season Review Ash 2

posted Apr 9, 2016, 11:58 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Aug 3, 2016, 11:23 AM by Steve Bak ]

Captain's Report

Our last season in Division 1 was 2011-12, when we scored 3 points from 14 games and finished bottom.  This time expectations were low. Our target was to improve on our last effort. On playing grades, our side was easily the weakest  in the division. Geoff, our intended top board, was graded 169, with our other regulars - Jerry, 151, Bob 147, Alan and myself both 139. In the event Geoff was only able to play 1 game for us and we needed reinforcements

Stan stepped down from the second team after the 2010-11 season. This year he came to our rescue and turned out for us in 8 games. He showed he is still able to compete and hold his own in the first division. He was very solid, and scored 50% . We competed well throughout an unusual season. University 1 folded after 1 game, which just left one relegation spot. Besides us, 2 other much stronger teams, West Notts 1 and Grantham 2 also struggled for points.

 We were able to strengthen our team for the key games with our relegation rivals. Glenn played in 3 of these games, and we shared the points against them. Crucially we also scored two draws against our first team, in which both sides fielded depleted teams and relied on reserves.

I'd like to thank the 12 players who turned out for our team, including Ray and Neil who each volunteered for a Grantham away fixture. Our regular troops were very reliable with Jerry, Bob and Alan each playing 11 games. I can claim the distinction of being the only player  to play 13 League games for the same side in Division 1 this season. We didn't default a single board in 2015-16 . Ultimately this tipped the balance between ourselves,West Notts and Grantham. Team effort kept us up. I'm reminded of my old school motto, "Possum Si Volo."     Phil Morgan                 

West Notts 1 v Ash 2

posted Apr 5, 2016, 11:58 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Apr 11, 2016, 3:15 PM by Steve Bak ]

West Notts 1 v Ashfield 2    4.4.16 

On our last match of the season , we got a good hiding from West Notts, who showed how strong they can be. Bob lost a pawn to Tony Clare whose pieces then seized control of the board. Alan suffered very heavy material losses to Adi Munshi, and Jerry was defenceless against David Levens' succession of threats. Draws however from Glenn against Jonah Willow and myself against Taylor Pearson gave us cause for celebration. A 4-1 defeat was all we needed to be safe from relegation. I was basking in the satisfaction that my calm, cool, collected play helped us reach our target. I've come down to earth tonight . A quick check with Fritz shows my last 2 moves were blunders which offered Taylor a winning coup, which thankfully he missed.

Result  West Notts 4-1 Ashfield   Against the odds we have stayed up and the club should again have two teams in Division 1 next year, as will Gambit and, possibly, Grantham

Ash 1 v Mansfield 1

posted Mar 24, 2016, 4:09 PM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Apr 11, 2016, 3:24 PM by Steve Bak ]

 23.3.16 Ashfield 1 v Mansfield 1

In our final game of the season we went down narrowly to a full-strength Mansfield team This clinched third spot for the visitors and  meant we will finish in fourth. It was a close contest. Bob scored a fine win against Chris Cantrill. Steve Burke drew with Jon Tait on the top board, maintaining his 50% record on Board 1 this season. Neil did very well to hold up Ken Morrison's winning endgame, and showed sportsmanship in strongly suggesting to Ken that it would be in his interests to accept a draw with 4 seconds left on his clock. Jim Burnett may have outprepared Derek in his win, but Derek still scored above 50% over the season on Board 2. I made one mistake too many against George Wagenbach, my decisive losing move coming in the last before the time control.

Result  Ashfield 2- Mansfield 3 

Gambit 4 v Ash 3

posted Mar 23, 2016, 11:35 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Apr 11, 2016, 3:25 PM by Steve Bak ]

22.3.16 Gambit 4 v Ashfield 3

Report by Drag Sudar

Gambit 4, handed a life line by Uni 2 players deciding they would rather play in a simul v IM Malcolm Pein than play their league match at LE, needed to beat Ash 3. It began well with Maggie Gretton’s customary draw, v Nigel Wright, followed quickly by Mick Harper’s win over Trevor Lewis, but Peter Gorecka-Marshall was unable to convert an advantage against the shrewd old campaigner Stan Cranmer and a draw was agreed.

The next event divided opinion in the club. Sportsmanship v winning to gain promotion? You decide:

Andrew Thompson had 8 minutes left but was R+2 v R+3 (all pawns on the same side of the board) v Dave Woodhouse, who had just 8 seconds left. Andrew offered a draw which Dave accepted. Had Andrew not offered a draw, he may well have won on time as Dave was unaware of the ‘2 minute rule’ (appendix G6 in the laws of chess), so didn’t think to claim the draw. Andrew’s sportsmanship and sense of fair play has to be applauded, but should he have played for the win and secured safety for his team? No doubt this will be the main feature on tomorrow’s Radio 4 programme, ‘The Moral Maze’.

That left board 1. Brian Hayward, needed a draw but Steve Bak (whose grade is far lower than his real ability) patiently eked out a win to draw the match and Uni 2 were saved from relegation.     Result  Gambit 2.5 -Ashfield 2.5

Ash 2 v Gambit 1

posted Mar 17, 2016, 8:18 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Mar 20, 2016, 11:38 AM by Steve Bak ]

16.3.16 Ashfield 2 v Gambit 1

Despite missing 2 key players, Gambit maintained their title charge. John Swaine and Steve Hunter made short shrift of myself and Bob. Our other 3 lads made it to endgames. Alan and Stan played well to hold their games, but Mike Barnes was too strong for Jerry on top board.

Result 1-4  Gambit  will win the title if they can avoid defeat in their final home fixture against the defending champions,Grantham. We are handily poised, but not yet assured, of staying in Division 1.

Nomads 3 v Ash 4

posted Mar 17, 2016, 8:09 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Mar 20, 2016, 11:41 AM by Steve Bak ]

14.3.16 Nomads 3 v Ashfield 4

Nomads vaulted above our team into third place with this narrow win. Ric Dawson won and Richard drew , but Nomads prevailed on the top 2 boards.   Result 2.5- 1.5

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