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Ashfield 3 v Gambit X

posted Jan 16, 2018, 3:32 PM by Phil Morgan

A3 v Gambit X   10.1.18

There were good draws for Neil on top board and Ray, but we weren't able to contain the runaway Gambit X train and their powerful middle order of  experienced Division 1 players and a strong League newcomer on Board 2. Our third team now face the relegation battle that was always expected this season. Hopefully we can still defy the visiting captain's confident pre-season prediction that A3 will finish last in Division 2.

 Ashfield 3    1  Gambit X   4


        N.Graham        ½    M.Naylor    ½

        S.Bak                  0    F.Biermann 1

        N.Wright           0     S.Hunter      1

        P.Clarke             0     D.Sudar       1

        R.Sayer             ½      G.Gibson    ½

Newark 2 v Ashfield 2

posted Jan 9, 2018, 5:16 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Jan 9, 2018, 5:16 AM ]

Newark 2 v Ashfield 2       8.1.18

An eventful night on and off the board. Our team car found the A617 blocked due to an accident. Neil niftily turned round and found an alternative route. Nigel, travelling from the South was delayed by 2 road accidents on the motorway. The venue, Newark Railway Sports and Social Club, is on the outskirts of town and seems on the edge of civilisation. A relic of Newark's industrial past, it felt like stepping back into a working man's club of 50 years ago.

Newark 2 have underperformed this season but deservedly won on the night.

1 I Burridge - D. Levens  draw
2 D Jazdzewski - N Graham  draw
3 G Ladds -  P Morgan    1-0
4 K Aiton  - A Robinson   1-0
5 G Bosworth - N Wright  draw           Result 3.5 - 1.5

There were good draws by our new top board pairing, and Nigel comfortably held his game. Alan, who has been our most successful player this season, lost out in an exciting game. He and his opponent appeared to have menacing attacks. Keith's got in first. My opponent missed an earlier winning chance before in touching distance of a draw, (0.00 engine evaluation), I chose  first to give him a pawn before inexplicably placing my Queen en prise.

This result dents our promotion chances, and now throws open the race for the runners-up spot in Division 2

Ashfield 2 v Ashfield 3

posted Jan 4, 2018, 1:53 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Jan 4, 2018, 3:26 AM ]

Ash 2 v Ash 3      3.1.18

1   R Taylor 1-0   S Bak  
 2 A Webster  1- 0  N Wright  
 3 P Morgan - T Lewis  draw
4 A Robinson  1 -0  P Clarke
5 R Sayer    - M Jackson  draw

Result 4-1     The final score-line does not reflect the closeness of the game.

A useful side could be assembled from players absent on the night 1 Jerry  2 David  3 Neil  4 John   5 Stan. Our 2 intended top boards withdrew on the day of the game. Thanks to players who stepped in at short notice. Our squad players all performed very well. Malc and Ray fought out a tight draw, as did the 2 captains on Board 3. The remaining 3 boards pretty much went down to the wire.
Steve Bak had a drawn position on the board and a draw available on request. Draws don't really appeal to Steve, and he judged rightly as it happened, that his team might need a full point from him. He played for a win, despite a significant clock deficit and took a hit for the team.Alex held a dominant position against Nigel from the opening, but Nigel, as is his style, was parrying the threats. Alex had to be very patient. His initiative dwindled, although he managed to convert into a winning ending, as Nigel's time ran down. Evidently this was Alex's first win against Nigel. Their rivalry goes back to junior chess. Alan, who is playing very well this season,  broke though Pete's stubborn defence, with all of 3 minutes to spare.

This game made me feel quite proud of our club, the willingness of players to turn out on request, and the ability of 15+ players to play decent Division 2 standard chess. This squad strength will be needed in the next few games for A2 and A3..  

Grantham 1 v Ashfield 1

posted Dec 21, 2017, 11:34 AM by Phil Morgan

Grantham 1 v Ashfield 1    29.11.17

Grantham 1 v Ashfield 1 (29 November 2017)
1 Birtwistle N (199) 0.5 v 0.5 Molyneux J (196)
2 Cumbers P (193) 0.5 v 0.5 Halfpenny G (176)
3 Prior S (192) 0.5 v 0.5 Burke S (167)
4 Williams J (182) 1 v 0 Levens D (155)
5 Cusick P (162) 1 v 0 Graham N (145)
3.5 v1.5

The expected result, which broke a most unexpected run of 7 losses for the Grantham club. I'm pleased to say the Grantham captain took in good spirits my NCA report, " Grantham Train De-Railed."

 I'm sure our captain would have been very happy with how we competed on the night. To hold the formidable home team on the top 3 boards was no mean feat. Grantham's captain will have welcomed  the return to winning form of Boards 4 and 5. Peter Cusick would be entitled to savour his win against Neil after their eventful previous encounter, in the Grantham 2- Ashfield 3 game, when Neil demonstrated the full range of his escapology skills.. 

Ash 2 v Gambit X

posted Dec 14, 2017, 2:28 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Dec 15, 2017, 4:15 PM by Steve Bak ]

Ashfield 2 v Gambit X   13.12.17

Bob Taylor    0   1   Mike Naylor
Alex Webster 1   0  John Huthwaite
Phil Morgan   0   1  Steve Hunter
Neil Graham 0   1   Drag Sudar
Alan Robinson 1 0  Graham Gibson

2-3  We tasted our first defeat of the season at the hands of the Div.2 leaders. We started brightly with a win for Alex., who developed a strong initiative. His opponent traded off pieces, but Alex cleverly set up a Zugzwang in a King and Pawns ending which enable his King to penetrate.. Gambit hit back strongly. Mike Naylor and Steve Hunter built up strong attacks causing too many defensive problems for Bob and myself. Alan and Graham had their usual exciting game, with the usual result. A clock malfunction meant that the increment failed to be added on. A manual solution was applied and thankfully Graham resigned in a losing position to resolve the procedural mess. Shortly before this, Drag  check-mated Neil to clinch the match for Gambit. Neil had pressed on the King-side. Drag blocked his pawn advance, and gradually took control of the board. Neil fiddled while Home burned

   Result                   2 -   3

West Bridgford 4 v Ash 4

posted Dec 12, 2017, 8:37 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 8:44 AM ]

West Bridgford 4 v Ashfield 4  11/12/17

The result of West Bridgford 4 v Ashfield 4, is as follows:

West Bridgford 4                        2  -  3                 Ashfield 4

Jose Serrano                              0  -  1                Alan Robinson
Allan Brown                               0.5 - 0.5             Stan Cranmer
Frank Hill                                   0.5 - 0.5             Peter Clarke
Michael Milford                          0.5 - 0.5             Richard Dyce
Bob Abrahart                             0.5 - 0.5             Ric Dawson  

A fine victory which rewarded the captain's sterling recruitment effort. A few days before Richard was worried about being able to put out a full side. A visit to the club secured Alan's services. He also managed to bring in Stan, who I seem to recall reduced his play in mid-winter a few seasons ago, to turn out on the coldest night of the year so far. It was very much a team victory with Alan's win backed up by 4 solid draws. 
A satisfactory haul of 7 points from 7 games in the first half of the season for A4, although the captain's resourcefulness will continue to be tested in the second half as players lose eligibility to play for his team.

West Notts 1- Ash 1

posted Dec 6, 2017, 2:01 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Dec 15, 2017, 4:17 PM by Steve Bak ]

West Notts 1- Ashfield 1 4.12.17

Z Law            1 – 0     S Burke
J Willow        1 – 0     J Herrington
S Ukken     1/2 – 1/2  P Morgan
A Clare      1/2 – 1/2  N Graham
A Somton      1 – 0     J Shaw

Result  WN  4- 1  Ashfield
Captain's verdict - "I didn’t see much of the other games, but I think we gave them a closer fight than it looks on the scoreboard. I came very close to getting a draw myself, still being equal after 48 moves, but was the first to blink as time ran down!"
We were fielding 3 reserves, and West Notts had too much fire-power for us, despite creditable  draws from our middle order. John was mightily impressed by his opponent, Anita , who is improving rapidly and appeared here fresh from attending a Wesley So master-class at the London Chess Classic. 

Ash 4 v R+B 2

posted Dec 6, 2017, 1:47 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Dec 15, 2017, 4:16 PM by Steve Bak ]

Ashfield 4 v Radcliff 2

The result of the postponed Ashfield 4 v Radcliffe & Bingham 2, played 29/11/2017, is as follows:

Ashfield 4                                     3.5 - 1.5                      Radcliffe & Bingham 2

Andrew Flint                                  1  -  0                         Len Morrell
Peter Clarke                                 0.5 - 0.5                      Barry Redburn
George Heath                               0.5 - 0.5                     Stephen Morley
Ric Dawson                                  0.5 - 0.5                      Charlotte Attwood
Richard Dyce                                 1  -  0                         Default
A welcome return to winning ways for our team, against the bottom team whose cause was not helped by defaulting a board. The high-light was Andy Flint's top board win.

Newark 2 v Ash 3

posted Nov 29, 2017, 1:57 PM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Dec 15, 2017, 4:17 PM by Steve Bak ]

Newark 2 v Ashfield 3  27.11.17 
Newark 2
Ian Burridge  0
David Jazdzewski  0
Graham Ladds  1/2
Keith Aiton  1/2
Colin Tribe  0

Ashfield 3
Bob Taylor  1
Steve Bak  1
John Shaw  1/2
Stan Cranmer  1/2
Trevor Lewis  1


Outgraded on the top 4 boards, this was as good a team result as I can recall from any Ashfield team. Our first or second team would be delighted to match this. Excellent wins for our top board pair, backed up by a very solid middle order and Trevor winning in some style. Our team clearly demonstrated they are not out of place in Division 2. This result moves A3 above Newark 2 and Long Eaton into fifth place in the Division.. Due to postponements, our team will only play 5 games in the first half of the season, and will have 9 games crammed into the second half of the season. Hats off to each team member who contributed to this memorable win.

Ash 2 v Nomads 1

posted Nov 23, 2017, 2:08 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Dec 15, 2017, 4:21 PM by Steve Bak ]

Ashfield 2 v Nomads 1  22.11.17

J Herrington 0  1  D Flynn 
D Levens     0   1  S Bhayat
R Taylor      .5  .5  M Hill
P Morgan     1   0  D Griffiths
A Robinson   1   0 G Neil                  Result 2.5 - 2.5

We were handsomely defeated on the top boards by the visitors in-form top board pair. I struck back and there was an orthodox draw between  4 NCL teammates on Board 3. We needed a win from Alan to salvage a draw. A blocked position with neither King castled looked drawish, but Graham was a move or two short from completing his development. Alan further restricted the scope of his opponent's pieces, and contrived to double his Rooks on a half-open file. He won a pawn and achieved domination of the position with Graham's Bishop effectively reduced to a pawn  on the back rank. 

The match wasn't of the highest quality with Boards 1,2 and 4 decided by simple errors. It is more likely to be remembered for the splendid dress clash on Board 2. Even in late November, Shane's colourful Hawaiian shirt was much better suited to the tropical heat of our club-room than David's Christmas jumper.This had to come off. Shane won the dress battle on top of their game.

Reindeer v Parrot
Photograph to follow, courtesy of Dave Griffiths

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