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posted Sep 16, 2019, 3:19 PM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Sep 16, 2019, 3:31 PM ]

Mirroring the country's  political future,  uncertainty hangs over our web-site. The loss of Steve Bak has reduced our functionality. I don't know, despite seeking advice, how to create new folders for the 2019-20 season. Any offers of help would be appreciated. In the interim, I will plonk everything here.

9.9.18. A2 opened the season at West Bridgford. We drew this fixture in March, but went down 4-1 with a slightly stronger team. For details , look on the ECF website, League Management System Section. This will show results before they appear on the NCA site. As A2 earned promotion last season, this result suggests West Bridgford should be up with the pace-setters in D2.

Club Rapidplay Report

posted Sep 8, 2019, 11:28 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Sep 8, 2019, 2:21 PM ]


6 veterans took the field in a 5 round all-play all event

Congratulations to Steve Burke winner on 4.5/5. Bob Taylor was runner- up on 4/5

Other competitors were Neil, Phil, Trevor and Ray . 

Finishing places were in line with age and grade. Steve was the only non-pensioner.

Ray, after completing the last game to finish, echoed the recent comments of Gary Kasparov, " I can fight

all opponents, but not age."

The Sunday lunch did not disappoint. A diiicult choice between Jam Roly Poly and Spotted Dick.

Season Ahead 2019-20

posted Aug 4, 2019, 11:37 AM by Phil Morgan

Club activities will resume on Sunday, 8 September with a 5-round Swiss Rapidplay commencing at 11.00.

Apart from an opportunity to shake off chess rustiness, this gives a chance to sample a traditional Coronation Club Sunday lunch.

A few players have been active over the summer. David and Bob competed in the British Championship at Torquay, and Glenn, Steve and myself have played some local Rapid events, with mixed results.

The new League  season resumes on Monday, 9th September. We will have 4 teams playing at all levels of the Notts League. New players are welcome. This is a good time for anybody interested in playing League chess in Notts to make contact with us. See Contacts Section. 

Gambit Challenge

posted Jul 20, 2019, 5:38 AM by Phil Morgan

A posse of 6 travelled to Gambit on Tuesday 16, July, for a Challenge Rapidplay evening. The play was over 4 rounds. and Gambit loaned us 3 players. We started well, with good round 1 wins for David and Neil, before Gambit's strength powered them to a 25.5 -13.5 win.

Trevor was our top scorer on 2/4. I lost my 2 games as White from good positions and somehow conjured a win and a draw from 2 dire Black positions.

It was an enjoyable evening. Thanks to Drag for running the event, and to Neil for driving, giving the rest of us a chance to sample some Castle Rock ales. See Gambit Club website for fuller details. Phil

Club AGM

posted Jun 23, 2019, 1:18 AM by Phil Morgan

Our Club's 54 Annual General Meeting was held on 19, June 2019.
  • A two minute silence was held in memory of Steve Bak.
  • Bob Taylor was declared as the Club Player Of The Year. He has played 19 League games this year, turning out for all 4 of our teams. He scored 58% with 7 Wins, 8 Draws and just 4 Losses
  • Other honours this season were Glenn Halfpenny, Club Rapidplay Winner and Steve Burke, Clifford Potter Memorial Club Champion.
  • There will be a modest increase in subs. next season.
  • Trevor Lewis was elected as Club Chair.
  • Club nights will continue in June and July. Visitors are welcome.
  • Our pre-season Club Rapidplay will be held on Sunday, 8 September. This will be a 5 Round Swiss event , starting at 11.00.
  • The Club will again enter 4 teams in the Notts League next season. New players are welcome.

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.)

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