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Week-end 4, 17+18 March

posted Mar 18, 2018, 5:38 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Mar 21, 2018, 3:29 AM ]

This weekend at Bolton coincided with the Return of the Beast from the East with Snow causing some disruption to team plans

Saturday, 17 March

AB1 , average grade 1991 played Castleford Roses, average grade 1646 and duly dispatched them 6-0

AB2, average grade 1776, played Manchester 2, average grade 1979, and managed 3 good draws by Dave Flynn, Neil Graham and Terry Lavelle in a 4.5 - 1.5 defeat. Bob Taylor lost to former Ashfield clubmate Richard Webster, who now plays for Manchester and Calderdale teams.

Sunday, 18 March

AB1, average grade 1957, played Manchester 2, Av. grade 1981 and trounced them! Wins for Mike Naylor, Alex Combie (v. Richard Webster) and John Garnett were backed up by 3 solid draws. Result 4.5 - 1.5

AB2, av. grade 1760, played Castleford Roses, av. grade 1646. AB defaulted a board but draws on the top 2 boards by Somton Ukken and Neil Graham and wins from Bob Taylor, Maurice Hill and Terry Lavelle secured victory. Result 4-2

Neil -" Could I thank everyone for turning up at Bolton this weekend.  Hopefully it will be our last weekend here!  This venue hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for us so I was pleased to come away with six points.  Can I deal with the weather sitiuation. It’s clear now that the conditions for David and Steve who were to travel on Sunday were atrocious – it was comparatively clear at Bolton and on the journey back but easily the worst road conditions we found were around Mansfield!  I had stood our two players down late on Saturday night when I received an e-mail that Bradford were going to default a number of boards on Sunday – their players had taken four hours to get back over the M62.  As AB-2 were drawn against Bradford “C” I expected a win on default and an early exit for home from us.   However it was not to be and I found on Sunday morning about 9.45 that a whole Bradford team (6 players) weren’t turning up and that we had been re-paired against Castleford Roses. The result of all this was that I had to ask Somton to play and unfortunately because of the 80pt rule he had to be on Board 1 (Dave having moved up to AB-1).  Anyway it all turned out to the good. This is a longer missive than usual as I everyone had gone home when I returned from analysing my game. So thanks again – I will circulate about Rounds 9-11 at the start of next month.  Finally let’s spare a thought for Enniscorthy – the Irish team were on the Dublin-Holyhead ferry and because of the awful winds it attempted to dock three times at the Welsh port; a fourth attempt failed and it turned round and went back to Ireland – and we thought we had it bad."
Neil went on to congratulate Alex Combie for his marvellous achievment of 6 wins at Bolton. Well done, Alex, who is also playing a sterling role for the Notts Correspondence Team.


Week-end 3 10-11 Feb

posted Mar 18, 2018, 5:28 AM by Phil Morgan

AB1  had a  triangular match with Manchester 3 and Holmes Chappell, playing opponents from both clubs on each day. At the end of the week-end they emerged with a 3-3 draw against Manchester, with wins by Alex Combie and Richard Truman. They were edged out 3.5 - 2.5 by Holmes Chappell, despite a win for Alex Combie and draws for Anita Somton, Dave Flynn and Richard Truman

AB2 played the very strong Gonzaga team on Saturday, and lost 5.5 - 0.5. There was an excellent draw on top board for Steve Burke against FM Pall Thorarinnson. 

On the Sunday they drew 3-3 with lower- rated 3Cs 3, despite wins for Dave Flynn and Armaan Googia..

Week-end 2 13-14, January

posted Feb 10, 2018, 11:50 AM by Phil Morgan

Saturday , Round 3

Cheddleton 2 v AB1          3.5 - 2.5

Despite wins for Alex Combie and Mike Naylor and a draw for Anita Somtom , our first team were edged out in a closely matched game.

Manchester Manticores 3 v AB2      4-2

Draws for Somtom Ukken, Bob Tayloor, David Flynn and Nigel Wright on his 4 NCL debut

Sunday, Round 4

AB2  v 3 Cs 2             0.5 - 5.5

A good draw on top board for John Garnett was the only consolation against strong opposition.. AB2 will also be deducted a game point for defaulting a board.

AB1  v 3 Cs 3            6- 0

Our first team won, as they should have done against weak opposition


Week-end 1 11/12 November

posted Nov 12, 2017, 1:17 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 3:31 PM ]

Week-end 1
As last season Ashfield-Breadsall is fielding 2 teams in Division 3 North of the 4 NCL. There are 20 teams in the Division.Games are played over 6 boards. The strength of teams can be gauged by the team's Average FIDE rating, a figure which is shown on match scores. In Round 1 AB 1's average rating was 1989. Six teams fielded sides with an average rating above 2000. AB 2's average rating was 1858. 5 teams in the division had a rating below 1800. By this rough yardstick, AB1 will be aiming to be in the top third of the table. AB2 will be aiming to stay above the bottom third.
The first week-end was played at the Holiday Inn, Doncaster. The League has 11 rounds played over 5 week-ends.

Round 1

Shropshire 2   (AR 1777)  v  AB 1   (AR 1989)         Result 2-3
A win but probably an under-par performance. Our top 3 boards conceded draws to lower-graded players. We had the bottom boards, Dave Flynn and Mike Naylor to thank for the win.

Bradford DCA Knights A   AR 2057 v  AB 2  AR 1858  Result 4.5- 1.5
Our second team had a tough first round draw. The result was pretty much in line with the grading disparity. Richard Trueman, Steve Burke and Maurice Hill claimed draws. 

Round 2

AB1  (AR 1983)  v Gonzaga (AR 2173)
Our first team gave the top seeds in the Division a very close contest. At one time the score was 2-2 with the game in the balance. There was a fine win by John Garnett, and very good draws for Glenn Halfpenny and Richard Trueman, all achieved against opponents graded 200+ points higher. Louis and Steve fought well in defeat. Gonzaga knew they were in a real match.  Result 2-4

AB2 (AR 1867) v Manchester Manticores 4 (AR 1796)
There wasn't a lot between the teams on ratings, but AB2 achieved a convincing team win. There were wins for Dave Flynn (again), Maurice Hill and Neil Graham, backed up by draws from Anita Somton, Mike Naylor and Bob Taylor. This win is likely to ensure AB2 will get a tough third round draw. Result 4.5 - 1.5

After 2 Rounds  our 2 teams each have 2 match points, but AB2 with 6 game points stand in 8th. AB1 on 5.5 game points stand in 12th.

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