2018 - 19 Season‎ > ‎


Steve Burke, Club Champion, 2019

posted May 16, 2019, 3:51 PM by Phil Morgan

Congratulations to Steve Burke who gained consolation for Mansfield Town's  play-off defeat by winning our Club Championship this week. See Club Championship Page..

Club Championship

posted Apr 10, 2019, 6:26 AM by Phil Morgan

Potter Memorial Club Championship. First round tonight, Weds 10th April .Draw will be made at 7.30p.m.All club members will be entered.

Glenn is the bookies' favourite. Odds available on request.

Latecomers and absentees will be given a half point bye. Only one 0.5 point bye for whatever cause will be allowed during the course of the tournament.Hoping for a good attendance.Thanks a lot. Second night will be Weds 24th April, when second team players on duty at University tonight will join the field.

                                          Regards Ray

20th March, 2019

posted Mar 21, 2019, 4:55 PM by Phil Morgan

3 of our clubs were in Notts League action on the same night. This stretched our resources and we suffered 3 team defeats. See match reports.

  A1 v Gambit 1      0.5 -4.5
  Long Eaton v A3  2 -  3
 A4  v Nomads 3    2 - 3

Despite the losses, the close results in 2 of these games illustrated again the depth in our club's playing strength. 

On the same night I assisted Clay Cross A to a 4-0 defeat against Belper that confirmed the team's relegation.

We've had better nights.

Steve Bak

posted Feb 28, 2019, 12:17 PM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Mar 3, 2019, 12:45 PM ]

Steve Bak

The Club has been informed today of the recent sudden death of club member, Steve Bak. Steve died on the 6th, February as a result of a massive cardiac event. His death was very quick and very painless.

Trevor Lewis wrote that the news of Steve's death is a huge shock and sadness. Steve has been a club member for 5 years and was a third team regular. Steve's last game was on the 16th January, when he told Trevor of his decision to give up League chess. Trevor was sorry to hear this as Steve was a fine , attacking chess player who was achieving some excellent results. It seems incredible that he should have died just 3 weeks later.

 Trevor has passed on to the family his and our club's condolences for their sad loss.

Steve set up our current Club website. It was entirely his creation, a product of his brains and I.T. expertise. The puzzles on the home page and anything other than text were put on by Steve. The site provides a fitting, living memento of this aspect of Steve's contribution to our Club. 

Steve's last 2 League games are published here in full

S. Bak v B Hayward 2.1.2019
1 e4  e6   2 d4 d5  3 Nd2  Nd7  4 e5  c5  5 c3  Ne7   6 f4  Nf5   7 Ngf3  Nb6  8 g4  Ne3  9 Qe2  Nc2+
10 Kd1  Nxa1  11 b3  cxd4   12 Nad4  a6  13 Bb2  Nxb3  14  axb3  Bd7  15  f5  Be7  16 N2f3  Rc8
17 h4  Na8  18 g5  Nc7  19 f6  gxf6  20 gxf6  Bc5  21 Qg2  Bb5  22 Qg7  Rf8  23 Ng5  Bxf1  24 Rxf1 Qd7
25 Nxh7  a5  26 Rg1  Nb5  27 h5  Nxd4  28 cxd4  Bb4  29 Nxf8  Bxf8  30 h6  Qb5  31 Qg3  Bxh6
32 Ba3  Bf8  33 Bxf8  Qc6  34 Bc5  Kd8  35 Qg8+  Kc7  36 Qxf7+  Kb8  37 Rg7  Qa6  38 Qxb7  Qxb7
39 Rxb7  Kxb7   40 f7 1-0 

Brian - "The game illustrates his (Steve's) aggressive style of play. Its a game I think that I ought to have won if I had seen 32 Kd7. My king would have been safe whilst his king was terribly exposed. But at that stage I was very short of time, and have no explanation, other than the pressure he had put me under, as to why I instead blundered my bishop, and he quickly broke through." 

White Steve Bak  vs Black Alex Webster   Notes by Alex

Ecf 139.                    Ecf 160

Date 16.01.19

Before the game started we had a conversation about draws in chess being of less interest to both of us.

1.e4 e6

2.d4 d5

3. Nd2 c5

4. C3 cxd4 black decided to give white an isolated pawn. However as you will see, steve shows great understanding of how to play with an isolated pawn. Steve plays a text book example of active attacking chess using the open board and central squares for his pieces to attack black.

5. Cxd4 dxe4

6. Nxe4 Bb4 gaining a tempo 

7.nc3 nf6

8.qa4 nc6

9.a3 removing the pin. Be7 

10.nf3 0-0

11. Bd3 nd5

12. Qc2! Nf6 black is forced back.

13. Be3 Bd7

14. Ng5 white begins the attack on blacks king. No fear and a will to win! 14...h6

15. H4! Rc8 Taking the knight loses. 

16. Nh7 Removing blacks best kingside defender. 17...Nxh7

17.Bxh7 kh8

18. Bd3 b5 throwing a posion pawn down the queenside trying to distract whites fierce kingside attack.

19. Qd2! Sidesteps and keeps the attack rolling 19...Bf6

20. Bxb5 white is a clear pawn up. 20...ne7.

21.Bxd7 Qxd7

22. Ne4 another attack on blacks now fragile kingside. 22...Ng8

23. Nxf6 Nxf6. Black decided to offer a draw, not wanting to play on, in the very hard endgame ahead and all in whites favour.

Steve being a gentleman accepted to share the point in which i was very lucky with, as Steve completely outplayed me.

Stockfish gives about half a pawn up for white, but to me this endgame looks almost lost for black.

With this game Steve bowed out from League chess on a very good note.

 In 2018-19 he played 7 League games for Ashfield, with 3 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw. He played in the Isle Of Man International Tournament in October scoring 4/7. In previous years he played in the London Chess Classic.

He had a full life outside of chess and loved trips to Scotland and spending time with his grandchildren. He will be much missed. 

Bob's Travels

posted Feb 10, 2019, 3:54 AM by Phil Morgan

Chess is a game for players of all ages. Like most clubs, many of us are "oldies" and currently we have no junior players. At least 7 of us are of pension age. Bob Taylor retired from employment in June and has taken the opportunity since then to travel and play more chess. He played in the British Championship in Hull last year and will play in this year's event at Torquay. He has several entries planned including Blackpool in March and the English Seniors Championship.

Aided by Google time-line, Bob has worked out his itinerary as: 

"19 places visited. 

14 cities. 

I traveled 5,384 miles. That's 21% around the world. It works out at 195 hours walking, 229miles.

Transport 664hours, 5,154miles.

Furthest trip was Dundee. Longest trip was Llandudno. 


230,166 milestone go to the moon"  ( Not quite sure I understand Google's calculations - Ed.)

Bob and most of our club's top players will be in action at our club on Weds 13 Feb. when A1 host League leaders, Grantham 1 and A3 play Newark 2 in what may be a tight relegation battle.)

Clifford Potter Club Championship

posted Nov 25, 2018, 1:38 AM by Phil Morgan

I'm pleased to announce that the 2018-19 Club Championship will still be held. Ray Sayer will take over the running of this. Further details will be announced in due course. The tournament is now likely to be staged at the end of the League season.

Hull Congress

posted Nov 7, 2018, 5:44 AM by Phil Morgan

Bob Taylor's current good form continued in the Hull Congress Major U 165 section.

Ranked 21st of 22 entrants , he finished in joint 3rd place on 3.5/5. He had 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat to the tournament winner. In the last round, he defeated top seed , Denis Georgiu, ECF 164.

The Open Section of the Congress was won by Mansfield's Jim Burnett and Dietmar Kolbus on 4/5

Club Championship

posted Nov 3, 2018, 4:16 PM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Nov 3, 2018, 4:18 PM ]

With the agreement of our  Committee, the decision has been taken  to discontinue this season'e Club Championship, and Clifford Potter Memorial Tournament.

.The entry reduced from 12 to 9 and the clinching factor was that none of the 4 four first round games were completed by the November 2nd deadline date.

We  hope this event can be revived in some form, and  are open to any ideas or offers to do this..

Tournament Win

posted Oct 25, 2018, 6:06 AM by Phil Morgan

Bob Shares Dundee Cake

Congratulations to Bob Taylor who was 1 of 4 co-winners at the recent Dundee Chess congress in the Major (u - 1800) Section.

He was ranked 9th in a field of 47 players, He finished on 4/5 with three wins and 2 draws.

The City of Discovery seemed to bring out Bob's skills over the board much better than the sea breeze of Llandudno., and will have boosted his FIDE  rating.

Club Rapidplay

posted Sep 17, 2018, 5:42 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Sep 17, 2018, 2:17 PM ]

The  Club Rapidplay was played on Sunday, 16th September. This was won for the umpteenth time by Glenn on 5/5. In a field of ten. Guest Shane Bhayat was runner-up on 3.5 and the usual suspects shared third place on 3 points- Neil. Bob and myself.
It was an enjoyable event. We adjourned after 2 rounds for a traditional Sunday lunch  There were gravy boats aplenty and the pudding menu was an absolute triumph with Jam Roly-Poly, Treacle Sponge and Spotted Dick all on offer. Shane sampled  Kirkby's local delicacy of Arctic Roll and custard.
*During lunch, pairings for Round 1 of this season's club championship were drawn by lot.(See Club Championship).   

1-10 of 10