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Wed 4th March

Alpha 1 Played their penultimate Match at Home in a very busy club room against Shirley & Wythall, a defeat would almost hand the Title to either Shirley or Sutton who have each other to Play

A win would make us favourites and a draw would also keep us in a good place with one still to play Captain Hitman reports

 Hi All,

         Last night saw a huge Championship encounter between the main 2 Challengers, ourselves and Shirley & Wythall.  They were at full strength and we were stronger but without Jon Swindells whom is on Paternity Leave.

The main boards for us were on 1, 5 and 6 where we needed a good score as we out-graded them substantially whilst the other boards were evenly matched. We scored 21/2 out of 3 on these boards whilst only scoring 1/2 out of 3 on boards 2, 3 and 4. Interesting bystanders were Henrik Stepanyan of Sutton Coldfield and Gordon Christie of Shirley....A draw in this match would favour us who would then win the league by beating Bushbury in 2 weeks.

I didn't take a lot in of other games but Adam Szelc 189 drew quickly against S. Briggs 184 with black in a French defence in which they both had 2 rooks, minor piece and 6 pawns.        1/2-1/2

Richard Mycroft 178 then drew with black against J. Dale 153 in a Kings Indian Samisch I believe...   1-1  Pavel Besedin 188 was under constant pressure against D. Mason 192 in a Pirc Austrian Attack in which his opponent played f5 with pawns on g4 and e4 and I believe Pavel lost a piece from what I've been told.......    1-2  Yours truly 180 was always on top against K. Ingram 154 in a Petroff Defence which was a 3 Knights...I often make things up at the board and avoided main theory and by move 8 my opponent was losing. I never relinquished the advantage and the game is below...Nice to play 43.Qxg5!! at the end.....this levelled the score…  2-2  Pelle Larsen 2141 was involved in an English against I. Galloway 193 and his opponent opened the h-file and won the game with an unstoppable attack by the queen on f3 and a rook on the h-file.....  2-3 About 10 people or more were watching the last game of John Pitcher 212 against P. Purcell 196 and John played a Sicilian Maroczy bind position and was an exchange up in the ending but not many pawns left which gave hope to Shirley. John sacrificed the exchange back to get an unstoppable passed pawn.........3-3

So, we need a win to win the league outright against Bushbury....   Let's finish the job off and add another Championship title to our collection.....

Hitman

 

P

W

D

L

Pts

SBA

SC

Sol

SW

SBB

Olt

WsK

SBC

Hal

WQ

Wtn

Bsh

Lch

South Birmingham-A

11

7

2

2

16

18

2

3

2

3

4

 

Sutton Coldfield

 

11

7

1

3

15

17

 

3

4

5

4

2

Solihull

 

 

 

12

7

1

4

15

4

15

4

2

3

4

4

Shirley & Wythall

11

6

1

4

13

3

 

15

2

4

5

3

5

South Birmingham-B

10

6

0

4

12

4

16

2

 

5

2

 

Olton

11

5

2

3

12

3

2

4

14

3

 

4

4

Walsall Kipping

10

5

1

4

11

4

4

 

15

 

2

3

4

5

South Birmingham-C

10

3

4

3

10

½

3

3

2

3

 

14

2

 

4

3

Halesowen

10

4

1

5

9

2

2

 

4

4

13

2

3

 

Warley Quinborne

10

4

1

5

9

1

1

1

3

 

13

 

5

5

Wolverhampton

 

10

4

0

6

8

2

2

4

2

2

4

 

12

4

 

Bushbury

9

1

1

7

3

 

4

2

1

 

2

1

3

1

2

9

 

Lichfield

 

 

 

9

0

1

8

1

½

2

2

½

3

 

1

 

 

7

Across for - Down against

 

19th Feb

BDCL Individual U160

I had a cracking game in a very cold main club room tonight in the league individual.

I made a mess of my move order in opening but worked out ok, getting a decent positional bind with knights on q-side. 

He then sacced piece for two pawns to open lines. I left some pieces on, sacced everything and got to the weird position below where he has just threatened my queen.

I can take the pawn, but there is a lovely finish...

On to the final now for me of the u160...

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Diamond Geezer

 

13 February 2020, Tim Lane wrote:

Seaside

Chess players,

S&W put out a strong side for their visit to MASC last night, with the teams lining up like this (January grades):

 1. Malik, Faraz (173) vs Mason, Donald J (192)

2. Smyth, Martin D (168) vs Galloway, Iain A (193)

3. Dunn, David (163) vs Purcell, Philip (196)

4. Ralph, Sean (162) vs Briggs, Steven (184)

5. Lane, Tim A (152) vs Ingram, Keith R (154)

6. Kasafir, Nathanael (u/g) vs Dale, Jonathan (153)

 Out graded by, on average, around 20 points/board (counting Nat as a 150) it was always going to be a tough night, and so it proved…

 Faraz (out graded by 19 points) got a good half-point in a tactical melee with Don Mason – Don and Keith Ingram were analysing the game for a long time afterwards and, while the visiting player had many attacking options, Faraz had plenty of resources too, so a draw was probably a fair result.

 Martin (25 points) also drew, but I saw nothing of this game.

 On Board 3, David had the biggest grading gap to overcome – 33 points. This was the last game to finish, but David was unable to hang on.

 Sean (22 points) played the Scandinavian against Steve Briggs and an exchange was won/sacrificed in an a3xBb4, Qa5xRa1 sequence. White followed up with Na2 and Sean’s queen was incarcerated but not lost. After that I lost the thread of what was happening, but White eventually won.

 On Board 5 the grading discrepancy was a mere two points, but I still managed to get into trouble against Keith Ingram and eventually lost a pawn and went into a B+2N+5P vs B+2N+6P ending. Keith swapped both pairs of knights off but then found he couldn’t stop my king from blockading the extra pawn, so I escaped with a lucky draw.

 On Board 6 Nat played an excellent game against Jonathan Dale, shuffling around on the back three ranks until white over-extended himself, and then launching a counter-attack. At one point I thought we might be close to a full point on this board, but eventually it fizzled out into a draw.

 So we gave them a good run for their money but eventually lost 4-2.

 The Seasiders have three matches left, all in March, against Bushbury, Warley Quinborne and Walsall Kipping. The first two teams are near the bottom of the division, and a point or two from those matches should suffice to ensure Division One survival.

 Cheers,

Tim.

 

13th Feb

3B in Safe Hands
Captain $ingerman and his band of Peasants went out and did the Business tonight Taking a respectable Mutual Team apart............
Quality Draws form the Druge & Brush and Great wins from Killa and Two Cars  made this a great Last ride for Niacin B3
Two cars even opened with the Teams signature b3.. to win another Classic Miniature. Also Special thanks to T.C. for helping Big time to get
Players to Matches, and Kitty, Nurse and Miles for Standing In. sorry I could not offer more but such is the togetherness of the band.
I would like to thank the Loyalty and comradeship of the team and the willingness to turn out for the Matches........
As one of the Lowest graded teams we did what we needed to do and had some fun along the way..........
Below for what its worth is the Seasons Record for the Team.......... Until the Next time

Captain $ingerman

P

W

D

L

Pts

Rushall

 

 

 

9

9

0

0

18

South Birmingham-A

9

7

1

1

15

Westminster

 

 

8

4

2

2

10

South Birmingham-B

11

4

1

6

9

Redditch

7

3

2

2

8

Solihull

7

4

0

3

8

Warley Quinborne

7

3

1

3

7

Wolverhampton

7

3

0

4

6

Olton

7

2

1

4

5

Lichfield

 

 

 

8

1

2

5

4

Mutual Circle

8

1

1

6

3

Shirley & Wythall

6

0

1

5

1

 

South Birmingham 3B

Jul

Jan

SBA

Olt

Red

Wtn

WQ

Wes

SW

Sol

Rsh

Lch

MC

Glass, Robert

 

 

140

 

2

1

2

1

Now 3A

 

 

Drugan, Mark A

 

140

148

1

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

Walner, Milenko

 

~~

130

3

2

Killarney, Simon A

 

135

127

2

4

3

3

2

1

1

2

3

3

Kadar, Joe

 

 

127

130

3

3

5

6

4

4

3

3

2

Little, Matthew

 

 

121

127

6

6

6

5

5

5

3

4

6

4

Stockhall, Derek A

 

121

120

5

2

3

2

2

5

4

5

Woollaston, Alan T

 

122

118

4

5

4

4

6

6

4

5

4

5

6

Green, Derek

 

 

100

118

6

6

6

Heeney, Paul

 

 

108

108

5

 1st Feb

Thursday saw Alpha 1 play against bottom of the table Lichfield and as is my usual routine when playing at Lichfield, I got the train from Kings Norton and arrived in Lichfield at roughly 4pm for a look around before going to the Cathedral. 

A time for reflection watching the choir practice...

Just then, the Vicar walked up to me and asked if I wanted to join them though I wasn't sure what was happening...I joined them and discovered it was a EVENSONG SERVICE and enjoyed a lot of singing and interesting passages from the Bible....A few strange and disbelieving looks from the congregation and the Clergy as it was a very contentious passage...I will come to the Chess in a bit!

The passage was about 'Woman being made from Man's Rib and taken to Man' so Woman was created for Man...After reading the passage, the Vicar joked that Paul was 'On one' when he'd written this.     Interesting service!

On to Wetherspoons for a bite to eat before arriving at Lichfield Chess Club at 7.05pm....

We welcomed Pelle Larsen to the team as a reserve and he's rated at a very useful 2141 Elo.  Pavel hadn't arrived by the start of the match and I think it was gone 8.50pm when he arrived....the other games were well under way and Marcus's opponent played the Grob with 1.g4 and 2.g5 which is very rarely seen but can be dangerous and difficult to play against...John's on board 1 looked like a Sicilian Kan and a fair bit of manoeuvring and building up the position....Mine was a Sicilian Dragon in which I usually play positionally and castle king-side to avoid reams of theory....Tim's looked like a type of English with a king-side fianchetto..

Pelle Larsen had another interesting game in which his opponent sacrificed a piece to put some pressure on Pelle's King with a Queen check on c6 and a Knight on b5. Pelle walked his King to g8 and gradually unravelled and took advantage of his extra piece. 

John Pitcher gradually increased the activity of his pieces whilst his opponent's were apparently unable to defend...

Pavel Besedin's game was very sharp, a usual type of chess from his opponent and Pavel as white had his Rook on h2 with Black having played his Pawn to h3 and Bishop on g2. Out of the game for a time, the Rook came back to life later and Pavel gaining the point.

As I said earlier, I castled king-side in a Sicilian Dragon and the game was levelish though I gradually gained a nice advantage with gaining the 2 Bishops. I then played a 'totally useless' Bishop to d4 which lost the exchange to a ...Nb3 attacking my Rook on a1 and Bishop on d4. I couldn't move the Rook as he would take the Bishop and my c-Pawn couldn't take back as I'd lose the Queen. My position deteriorated and I lost a Pawn too. Many times I thought of throwing in the towel but plodded on.and was down to about 7 minutes when I started playing quickly...It came down to me having about 5 minutes to his 6 minutes and he offered a draw still an exchange and a Pawn up ....A lucky escape...

Tim Lane was I believe a Pawn down but towards the end he was advancing a Pawn on the king-side and supporting it in it's quest to do a length on this chess swimming pool. 

Marcus Walsh developed sensibly and centralised just by bypassing his opponent's wing attack. I think it eventually became a Rook and 3 Pieces against a Rook and 2 Pieces and Marcus's pieces hovering around the King.

A great win by the team and now we turn our attention to the tougher test of Walsall Kipping next week....

HITMAN

 

30th Jan

Dudley 1

We hosted Warley Q in the Dudley league last night.  we had a good team with a rejuvenated Hitman on 1, Darren (AKA Chopper) on 2, me (AKA Diamond) on 3 & TAL on 4.

Chopper played a gem in an english defence / steinitz french variant exploiting a small error from his opponent to blow open the game and blow him off the board.

I was playing a stodgy game - better but no obvious way through and was offered a draw.  a quick look at Hitman being much better and a draw was an east choice.

TAL had a long but inevitable looking draw v Fahy in an exchange french so 2-1

Hitman at this point was about 3 pawns and an exchange up v smith.  took a while for him to resign but he did and Hitman, back in the 180s in the new list has risen like Rocky from the canvas in Rocky iv.  Smith was heard to say later in a slightly russian accent "he is made of iron".....  come on the Dudley first team! top of league I hope!

Diamond

Dudley 2

Also in the Dudley League Tonight in January order…  Killa 127….  Top cat   127.... $ingerman… 118 ...  & Kitty… 118... Played Halos for the battle of the Lighthouse,
we arrived together Me on the Bike the other three in Top cats Merc...
They Played 4 Div 4 players in January Grade Order T. Stokes  140...,  Paul Evans 136.... Peter Banks 120.... Don Curry 116.....
We also won 1½ - 2½  with T.C. calling  his game a classical miniature   0 - 1 mine was a 72 move Draw buster he said do you want a draw I can’t see you breaking  through  I said we will see....we did 0 - 2
Killa took the draw to win the Match well played that man .........I tossed the card to Don and Kitty and said cheekily, Your game don't matter knowing it was going Pear shaped......and we retired to the Bar
Champions of the Flashing Light Building, Kitty Joined us a little later mumbling under is breath unrepeatable words like All this way for  _ _ _ _ all.......   Purr Purr Pussy.

$ingerman

From TC

Well, I was happy to mate on move 21 against a higher rated opponent... 😂

Activity... I blasted 2 pawns for this position, I know he didn’t play well.. This is where I found the winning move

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29th Jan

Div 4

Dear all,

after almost defaulting the match we've put our families, belief systems, and duties to the Crown aside and decided that an evening of wood-pushing trumps all.

We were all exuberant to have found six players so drinks were flying unreservedly in the pub, and we made it upstairs and into the 'war room' rather late. Halesowen must have expected us to be understaffed; they even say so in their website's 'season review' on January 17th (see news section in upper right corner):

"17/1/20 A good time to review prospects for the season. Some teams are struggling to get enough players. It's a bit early to be too certain, but it's fair to say that Wolverhampton 1, Dudley 2 and 3 and Worcester 2 are doing well, while Birmingham 4 and Wolverhampton 2 are struggling."

Halesowen were missing some players themselves and also had another match this evening, which forced them to use some less "chessically inclined" players on the lower boards. They seemed almost surprised when we showed up in our full ungraded strength :-)

To enjoy all the countless benefits of playing on board one, Dan had to get a rather expensive babysitter and drive the lot of us around Brum. The babysitter being a younger lady with many needs and Dan gracefully reaching finishing stages of midlife crisis, we all hope the arrangement was as pleasant as it was expensive for him :-) He played with black pieces and was opposed by a very lively young lookalike of Art Garfunkel, who was able to win a pawn... but not the game - a draw was agreed after long battle. Dan, a very big thank you for all your services last night, you are due a bottle of proper scotch when you acquire the taste for it. (Dan usually drinks something abominable called "shandy" - so it will take ages before his palate is sufficiently developed to appreciate sherry cask matured spirits.)

On board two Nat was honestly a bit too strong for his opponent; he was being squeezed and all his hopes quashed throughout the game. Our Nat is a menace with cca 2100 online blitz rating. When he is done studying an endgame book he might be a useful chess player, which could not be said for the rest of us :-)

On board three I had black pieces and was firmly decided not to play bizarre gambits anymore as this might be costly next season. After 11 moves of Petrov defense we had the exact same position as Nigel Short and Vishy Anand in their Wijk an Zee game on 28. January 2000 (exactly 20 years ago). https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1005753

I'm really proud of that :-) After move 11 it's better for all of us to study the linked Short - Anand encounter because patzer logic soon took over our game, and there is not much left to be proud about... I managed to get a slightly favorable one rook endgame and slug it out to victory while being half an hour down on clock, and quite exhausted. My second win against Mr. Banks, who is a beacon of hospitality, always invites for a beer after the game, and is a good company all around.

On board four Paul was going for the Botez Gambit with white pieces soon after the opening. It was almost as cute as when the original Botez does it. The gambit is usually used (or to be precise: it happens) in online blitz games, but very rarely in full time games. Unsurprisingly, the opponent was fully prepared for it and it was a loss for Paul. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Paul, get better soon buddy!

If you are one of the few left behind chessplayers who never heard of Botez Gambit...  sapere aude! Loose the shackles of Working Men's Clubs chess libraries, be awoken to the bustling universe of chess millennium and enjoy the guilty pleasure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RetIukw56T0

On board five Edwin played French defence with black pieces and surprisingly made only one semi-blunder in the whole game (opponent could exchange a knight for a trapped rook in 4 moves), which went by unpunished. Edwin ended up with much more active king and his rook bossing the oponents second rank. Knockout came swiftly. South Birmingham Chess Club grandee, The Honourable Tim Lane came to inspect our performance and seemed very satisfied with it. He provided driving services for Edwin 'the fiddler', saving the good Dan another costly hour of his 'babysitter'.

On board six Andrei lost his virginity in division four in a very potent matter - I did not see the match, but was told he had a winning position early on, and never let go.

Our place in Div 4 is now cemented, we might even end on 4th or 3rd spot, but it would take some fantastic mishaps from Sutton Coldfield and Coleshill for us to get promoted. Maybe it's for the best we have a team in division 4, rumor has it some players are weary of constant hammering in Div 3... 😋

Enjoy your chess, your new grades, and watch out for the Botez gambit,

Miles

 

 

17th Jan

The Dudley League

How to promote a table                

 

Two of our Dudley teams Invade Stourbridge
Dudley 2 in Order....The Druge, Killa, Top-Cat, $ingerman
Stourbridge had arranged their Tables in two tight Columns 1 game per table which meant the back of your chair was knocking the one behind
The tables soon got incorporated in to the games as a legal move and over the course of the evening got moved a pace or two to the side to avoid Chair Capture.
Now the Druge Must have Played this Before and somehow he knows how to table en-passant, I know he was originally on the table behind me and later he was still playing the same game
three tables back looking to Promote to the Bar...... As for the Chess Moves Yours Truly as white Played my Shropshire Hotchpotch opening....... My young 90 grade opponent understood it
a lot better than I do and soon had my Inpatient Queen scurrying off for cover leaving the ganged up Rook to get captured, That's all it took for the Crown to eventually get knocked off my head,
I'm still Keeping the Money .... 1- 0 ouch.... Killa on Bd2 agreed a draw 1-0..... Now the Druge Table Master and his opponent Paul Sharratt had not found a way to get the table through the door
and as the Druge had herd a lot of 1-0's around him in favour of the SB Clan.... he Calculated a draw offer gave us the Match........which was accepted......Unfortunately the SB Players with the 1-0 s
around him were not the same SB team....  so Dudley 2 were now 2-1 down mainly thanks to me..... Now I must admit over the last couple of years its rare for Top Cat to finish last. He and his opponent
had 2 Rooks, Queen ....TC had a Knight + 6 P Colin Woodall had Bishop + 4P TC got the rooks doubled against a Bishop in front of rook and Queen with a Pawn also  about to attack the Bishop a flurry of
moves and exchanges ended with a Back Rank Mate...........................................2-2 well saved
We are top but have played more....

2018-9 Div 2 Teams

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

Halesowen

3

1

1

1

3

South Birmingham

3

1

2

0

4

Warley Quinborne

1

1

0

0

2

Wolverhampton

1

1

0

0

2

Oscott

2

0

2

0

2

Stourbridge

4

0

2

2

2

Kidderminster

2

0

1

1

1

 

 

 

6th Jan 20

Shropshire congress, SB Winners Again

The 2020 Shropshire Congress was again staged at the Wreking Housing Centre, Telford; This Year SB Players took top Prize in two Sections

TAL (AKA Tim A Lane), a regular supporter of the congress won the Major U170 Section, While Yours Truly (AKA $ingerman), Won the Intermediate U135 Section.

I have to say the three days travelling always makes me question is it worth it? I got £225 for playing 5 games what do you think?

 

TAL Winning.jpgTAL 2020 $ingerman Winning.jpg$ingerman 2020 DSC_0241.JPGKilla 2017  Marco win Shropshire.jpg Speedy 2015 Jim win at Shropshire.jpgPhysics 2015

 

21st Dec

Christmas report

As Christmas approaches one can look at how the teams are doing and get a clearer picture of what is possible and what is not,

Div 5 stumbled along and find themselves not too far away from the top of the table, I say stumbled because a couple of young prospects which we had high hopes of have so far failed to put in an appearance, and a couple of last season’s regulars are also struggling to get out, Transport to away games is also problematic. A combination of all these things contributed to a cup tie default at Sutton. However no one is running away with this division and there is still chances of something if we can get the bodies to matches.

The Div 4 team have benefited from the return of an ex player Nat who seems to be in a rich vein of form despite many years of inactivity, the top three boards are giving all a run for their money, unfortunately the top of this division has two teams that are running away with it and it looks like a top two place has already passed.   

Having two teams in Div 3 shows quite a gulf between them, the 3A Tigers have only lost to the top team Rushall and are close on their heels in second place, another Victory from the remaining games will virtually give Promotion back to Div 2

B3 Niacin on the other hand have played the most games and struggled to get the points and will need to get a couple more from the last two fixtures if they are to stave off the chasing pack.

The trinity in Div 1 has different agendas, The Seaside is all about surviving and doing the best they can, and 8pts from 9 games could already be enough to have achieved that task, The Killer Bees are law unto themselves and will be looking to sting anyone they can, they already got Alpha 1 and with three Matches left sit comfortably in mid table looking for another target. Alpha 1 have lost two and drew 1 but surprisingly this season find that’s still better than the rest and it’s still all to play for in the league, They have also got to the Final of the Homer trophy where a very strong Sutton 2 await with a 2½ handicap start,       

Dudley teams have yet to lose with all three teams sitting top of their Divisions lets keep it going

$ingerman

 

 

 

11th Sept

It’s a funny old game

Usually at every other club if a team is short of players they borrow reserves from the next team down regardless, however this is not what happens here, there seems to be a unwritten rule you do not if they are the team you are playing,

The result of this internal club fair play has cost us the championship on more than one occasion and it may again as the killer Bees sting Alpha-1 in their clash 4–2.  However not to be out done the Seaside who got thumped 5½-½ by Alpha-1 then went and smoked the Bees 3½-2½. There are no team orders at this club when it comes to infighting,

 

4th Sept

The 2019-20 season starts

SBCC have entered their BDCL entitlement of seven teams, three in division one, Alpha-1, Bees & Seaside (A, B, C) This season we do not have any teams in division two, the last time that happened was 21 years ago 1997-98, when also like this season we had two teams in division three, Tigers & Niacin (3A, B3). We also have a team in division four and one in division Five. Again this season we have entered a team in each of the three Dudley divisions which are grade capped to 175, 145, and 115 (1, 2, 3) having won Five titles in Four seasons we could only get two runners up last season …. Must do better……During August we have picked up some new young players which is helping to bring down the average age of our membership, always a good thing. Let’s hope they stick with it as long as the rest of us have and go on to enjoy a life time of fun and entertainment.

 

 

21st July

Summer League 2019

South Birmingham entered 1 team in each of the four sections of the Birmingham & District Summer League Rapid Play

The summer league is the first event of the new season with Trophies being awarded at the following years AGM,

From the Tables below you can see we have done well again winning two and Runners up in the other two

Special Mention go’s to JP who finished on 100% with 12 wins in the Open section.

Open

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pen

Bns

Pts

560 Max

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pen

Bns

Pts

South Birmingham

16

12

2

2

45½

18½

0

7

33

Wolverhampton

 

12

7

4

1

28½

19½

0

3

22

West Bromwich

 

16

11

2

3

38½

25½

0

6

30

South Birmingham

 

12

7

3

2

29

19

0

4

21

Mutual Circle

 

 

16

8

2

6

35½

28½

0

3

22

Sutton Coldfield

 

12

7

2

3

27½

20½

0

4

20

Wolverhampton

 

16

8

3

5

34½

29½

0

3

22

Redditch

 

 

 

12

4

4

4

24

24

0

2

16

Redditch

 

 

 

16

8

1

7

36

28

0

4

21

Shirley & Wythall

 

12

3

2

7

22½

25½

0

2

10

Sutton Coldfield

 

16

5

4

7

27½

36½

0

0

16

Warley Quinborne

 

12

2

3

7

18

30

0

0

8

Warley Quinborne

 

16

5

1

10

25½

38½

0

3

14

Greenlands

 

 

12

0

6

6

18½

29½

0

0

6

Shirley & Wythall

 

16

3

2

11

24½

39½

0

0

9

Solihull

 

 

 

16

3

1

12

20½

43½

0

0

7

 

480 Max

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pen

Bns

Pts

400 Max

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pen

Bns

Pts

South Birmingham

14

9

4

1

34½

20½

0

6

28

Greenlands

 

 

14

10

3

1

38

17

0

7

30

Oscott

 

 

 

14

6

5

3

28½

27½

0

5

22

South Birmingham

 

14

8

3

3

36

20

0

5

24

Rushall

 

 

 

14

7

2

5

33

23

0

4

20

Rushall

 

 

 

14

8

2

2

34

22

0

3

22

Solihull

 

 

 

14

6

4

4

29

27

0

3

20

Shirley & Wythall

 

14

5

2

7

26

29

0

2

14

Sutton Coldfield

 

14

6

3

5

32

24

0

3

18

Redditch

 

 

 

14

5

2

7

23

32

1

2

14

Shirley & Wythall

 

14

4

2

8

24½

31½

0

1

11

Solihull

 

 

 

14

5

1

8

21

34

0

2

13

Westminster

 

 

14

3

4

7

21½

33½

1

2

10

Westminster

 

 

14

2

4

8

22

34

0

1

9

Wolverhampton

 

14

1

4

9

20

36

0

0

6

Warley Quinborne

 

14

2

5

7

22

34

2

0

7

 

Following the new trend set last Christmas SBCC offered two end of season Curry nights. The Traditionalists.. Pub then Late Curry or the Peasants Revolt, Early Curry 7.30

Not to miss out some attended both and a good time was had by all,

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SOUTH BIRMINGHAM CHESS CLUB

Summer Programme 2019

South Birmingham Chess Club is open throughout the summer

A programme of special events has been arranged for Wednesdays as follows:

17 July          5 minute tournament with 3 seconds increments

24 July          10 –minute tournament (set opening: The Hungarian Gambit )

31 July           Lightning Tournament (10 seconds per move)

7 August        Kreigspiel, four-handed and Fischer Random chess and friendly games

14 August      5 minute tournament with 3 seconds increments

21 August      Simultaneous Display by  John Swindells

28 August      Opening night of 2019/20 Season (time to pay your subs!)

and play a few Friendly Games.  See which team you will be in.

Fixtures and Handbooks will be available.

 

Events will start promptly at 7.30 p.m.

Please try and be at the club by 7.20 p.m. if you wish to compete.

We will accommodate late entries

Some of these events are very popular and late arrivals may be unable to complete their games in the available time.

If you do not wish to compete in the above program, there is no problem.

Just come along and play some friendly games.

VISITORS AND MEMBERS FROM OTHER CLUBS ARE WELCOME TO COME ALONG ON A WEDNESDAY AND JOIN IN OUR EVENTS OR JUST PLAY FRIENDLY GAMESOF CHESS.

THE CLUB IS FULLY LISENCED AND DRINKS ARE CHEAP!

Our first team competitive team match of the season is away against Olton on

Tuesday 27 August 2019. I will be looking for a team of 20 players.

 

16th April

And finally the round up

In Div 1 SB Alpha Ones last Match was away against Walsall Kipping, a loss would give Kipping the BDCL Championship Title, a Win would give Solihull the Title, Professional to the end we won unfortunately for WsK playing the last game against the team that has finished in one of the top two places fourteen of the last eighteen seasons is not ideal; they turned down a chance for revenge in the Runners up Play off Match, Solihull was happy.

In Div 2 Lichfield only Drew their Last Match and finished as runners up 2A Talent Squad won to Win the Div 2 Title and Transform back in to the Seaside, at the other end, Sutton 2 who won a board dispute against Mutual 2, overtook our 2B who got relegated for the second season in a row.

In Div 3 Team Monty’s Survival needed Sutton 3 to lose their last match, and by some quirk of fate they did 3½ - 2½ due to them defaulting a board. Well done that man.

In Div 4 the team performed above expectations and finished fifth, Captain Brush and Invincible held the team together only losing 3 games out of 20 between them.

In Div 5 the team finished joint fourth and new members proved the club is in safe hands with good results from players with little over the board experience

So this seasons collection is

 

Open Section Runners up
560    Section Runners up
480    Section CHAMPIONS
400    Section CHAMPIONS

Terrill Trophy Winners

Div 1 Runners up
Div 2  CHAMPIONS
Indy 140 Max Champions  Tricky
Indy 140 Max Runners up  Killa
Indy 100 Max Champions  Brush
Indy 80 Max Runners up  Persian Mat
Dudley 2 145 Max Runners up

Dudley 3 115 Max Runners up

Lightning Section B winners

Lightning Section C winners

 

10th Apr

Terrill Final

                    First things first.....A BIG WELL DONE TO OUR TEAM and the PEOPLE THAT CAME TO WATCH AND SUPPORT US at Olton Chess Club last night. 

This was a monumental win as we had to beat Westminster 3 in the Final of the Terrill Trophy and score at least 5 out of the 6 games.

The night didn't start well as a few of us (including me) thought the start was 7.30pm but I was at the club early anyway at about 6.45pm but a few of our players were still to arrive at the start of the match. I won the dice by throwing a 5 against a 4 and had a difficult decision in deciding whether to have white on odds or evens. The dice was 7.10pm and I thought I had until 7.30pm but was then told by Singerman it starts at 7.15pm.

I was close to giving us black on odds to give Rob the best chance of winning as his was the smallest grading difference and he'd had a difficult season but I eventually went with conventionality and chose the white pieces on odds.

As it happened, During the match, I had mixed feelings about my decision because Jon arrived at 7.37pm and was about 20 minutes down at the start so Jon having white must have helped time-wise, on the other hand, Rob with the black pieces seemed to be worse for most of the game in a Nimzo-Indian against Phil Maddocks 130.

Adam and James also started a bit later but at least they weren't playing a 190 player....Westminster showed their credentials and although worse in a few games, they proved difficult opponents.

Marcus was playing Chowdhury Junior 116E but obviously much better than that...Marcus had a Ruy Lopez and advanced his g+h pawns and seemed to be improving his position. He had a good Knight on f5 and his Rooks on the h-file and I'd chalked it up as the first win on the board. They then shook hands and was surprised to hear the game was a draw. So, Westminster had 1/2 a point and on board 6, they were getting at least another 1/2 as they'd reached an endgame with a drawn Knight and Pawns against Rob's Bishop and Pawns. This type of ending depends on the pawn structure amongst other factors as to who's better. Rob had the long range advantage but the Knight can use light and dark squares which the Bishop obviously can't do. The match suddenly turned on its head, surely a critical moment, Phil Maddock blundered and suddenly Rob won a pawn race to Queen and pulled a rabbit out of the hat.

James on 2 against Lee Collier 142, surprised his opponent by pushing his h-pawn all the way to h3 and it remained a thorn in Lee's side. I didn't see much more but James converted later.

Adam won in a Kings Indian Defense I think, against G. Maciel 137. Jon's game was a Sicilian in which Jon played Bc4...He seemed to be better and had a better dark-squared Bishop...Later he had a good Knight vs M. Chowdhury's Dark Bishop.

My opponent P. Lawrence 131 played cautiously and solidly in a Pirc Defense. One of my aims was to avoid exchanges unless it was better for me and gradually manoeuvre and improve my position. I had a plus for most the game and he lost on time in a position that was better for me but difficult to play just using increments.

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Hitman

 

3rd Apr

All,

Individual Finals

 The finals of three of the BDCL Individual events took place at Olton last night, with two of our members involved.

 In the max-80 section, Matt Smith had White against Tom Vanes of Coleshill.  An English Opening was met with ...e5 and ...f5 and an even-ish position ensued.  Black exchanged his black-square bishop for a knight, and Matt had long-term aspirations of pressure on the a1-h8 diagonal, while Tom was trying to move all his major pieces to the K-side.  Matt had to weaken his position with h4, but the pawn was poorly defended because the g3 pawn was pinned against the king by a rook on g6, and eventually the pawn fell.  This left Matt with a lot of K-side weaknesses, which Black exploited efficiently to win the game.

 In the max-100 section, Joe Kadar had White against John Lewis of WQ.  Joe opened with d4 and Bf4, Black fianchettoed his KB, Joe marched his h-pawn up the board, Black castled Q-side, and Joe marched his a-pawn and b-pawn up the board too.  Black had chances to play ...e5, which might have left Joe's king feeling short of a home, but chose instead to keep the position closed.  Eventually Joe also got castled on the Q-side, then started improving the position of his pieces before opening up the game in the centre of the board.  Ironically it was Black's king that eventually turned out to be the more insecure of the two, and Joe grabbed a couple of important diagonals to threaten a mate which couldn't be avoided without massive loss of material, so Black resigned.  Well done Joe – another trophy in the South Birmingham cabinet!

 The third game was the max-120 final where Kevin Spillane of Boldmere defended a QGD against Paul Barrett of Coleshill.  Black's position was compact but remained weakness-free, and eventually he won a piece via a cheapo, though he was developing a good edge by then anyway.

 Tonight it's Tricky vs Killer at SBCC in the final of the max-140 event, while the already-promoted 2A side travels to Solihull, where a point or better will give us the Division 2 title.  Faraz, Tom-Tom, John, me, Martin and Darren are leading the charge.  Sean is unwell and has had to sit this one out – best wishes for a speedy recovery.

 Cheers,

Tal.

 

24rd Mar

Crunch Time

This week could determine the fate of three of our teams
On Monday The Tiger Bees are at home to Boldmere for their last Match of the Season
Both Teams are on 8 Points and sit above SC on 4 and relegated WQ at the Bottom 
if a draw Happens its Possible both could be caught and overtaken if SC win their last three Matches which are against WQ Hal & MC
or a Three way play off if they win 2 and draw 1 

P

W

D

L

Pts

Lichfield

10

8

0

2

16

South Birmingham-A

10

6

4

0

16

West Bromwich

 

11

5

3

3

13

Solihull

9

5

2

2

12

Shirley & Wythall

10

4

4

2

12

Mutual Circle

10

4

3

3

11

Stourbridge

10

3

3

4

9

Halesowen

9

3

2

4

8

Boldmere

10

2

4

4

8

South Birmingham-B

10

2

4

4

8

Sutton Coldfield

8

1

2

5

4

Warley Quinborne

 

10

0

1

9

1


On Tuesday Team Monty on 7 Points will be  away to Olton A and are in the same place as the Tigers
if SC on 3 pts win two of their last three Matches which are against Bdm Rsh & Mer Monty could be caught or worse
Wish us Luck against a very tough Olton A Probably featuring Both Reynolds brothers

P

W

D

L

Pts

University Birmingham

11

10

0

1

20

Olton-A

 

 

 

10

6

1

3

13

Lichfield

 

 

 

11

6

0

5

12

Mercia

8

5

1

2

11

Westminster

9

4

2

3

10

Solihull

10

5

0

5

10

Mutual Circle

9

4

1

4

9

Rushall

10

3

3

4

9

Olton-B

10

3

2

5

8

South Birmingham

 

10

3

1

6

7

Boldmere

 

 

10

1

2

7

4

Sutton Coldfield

8

1

1

6

3


On Wednesday in Div 2 Stourbridge Entertain Lichfield ....  Joint table toppers with the Talent Squad
a single Point Guarantees Lichfield Promotion and sets the bench mark for the Talent Squad to Match or Beat for the Title

On Thursday in Div 2 Shirley Wythall Entertain Solihull, IF Solihull do not win The Talent Squad will become The Seaside........  Yay

 

5th Mar

Div 3 The wrong Bees

Most will know either by being there or the lack of bragging that Monday was not quite what Monty hoped for
for the 6th Time this season Team Monty lost by the 3½ to 2½  margin.  On the one hand not bad for one of the lowest graded teams
On the other not that pleasurable when it goes on week after week, I relegated myself to Board 4 this week after a 5 game losing sequence in Div 3
As Black Spent parts of Sunday memorising the Budapest opening to play against d4, My opponent opens with e4, ...............Usually I can dig in with this but come on
......what Idiot plays Bd6 on move 3 Blocking in the Queen and Bishop. The complete mess that followed was always going to happen when playing such rubbish,
However................. it was good to see the return of the Zombie and get a draw, I should of won in the end
 IF  I had moved Qg3 on move 25 threatening his rook and then getting to f3 or d1 it may of all been over two moves later.
https://chessmicrobase.com/g/rlkrlnqq
Invincible done what was asked on Bd 2 and Tricky got what you know you will get from Rob a Draw
Monty have One Match left and Olton A will be tough especially...  with Rob this time on a lower Bd
From below you will see as Predicted in the Uni email Solihull and Olton B have gone above us

so it’s a case can Boldmere or Sutton catch us with their games in hand for a Relegation  play off
We shall see

P

W

D

L

Pts

UoB

Mer

OltA

Lch

Wes

Rsh

MC

Sol

OltB

SB

Bdm

SC

max

University Birmingham

8

7

0

1

14

14

 

4

 

1

 

5

4

20

Mercia

 

 

 

7

5

1

1

11

11

3

 

 

 

 

19

Olton-A

9

5

1

3

11

11

3

5

4

 

 

15

Lichfield

9

5

0

4

10

 

10

2

4

4

 

2

4

4

14

Westminster

8

4

1

3

9

2

4

9

 

 

3

 

15

Rushall

9

3

3

3

9

 

3

3

2

9

3

 

13

Mutual Circle

8

4

0

4

8

5

 

1

 

8

2

5

 

14

Solihull

8

4

0

4

8

 

 

2

2

 

4

8

4

14

Olton-B

9

3

2

4

8

 

 

3

1

8

3

4

12

Monty

 

10

3

1

6

7

 

4

3

2

7

9

Boldmere

8

1

1

6

3

1

 

2

 

3

3

 

9

Sutton Coldfield

7

1

0

6

2

2

 

2

Ø

 

 

2

 

2

10

 

 

28th Feb

Terrill Semi

Hi All,

                Last night saw a very competitive semi-final between our 1st team and our strong 3rd team which is top of Division 2 if they manage to win their game in hand. I put the 2A side as favourites to win this tie as the 1st team were without their top 2 boards and 2A only needed 2 points to win the match on handicap.

It was a strange start to the match as I left my phone at home and then there was a bus missing and whenst (new word) I was on the bus, the traffic was horrendous in places. I arrived about 7.50 and there were still 2 players to arrive. In walked Sean, after priming up for his board 1 clash no doubt. About 7.55, Pavel entered the Auditorium to have a Gladiatorial battle with TAL.

The match started and some of the games appeared to develop very quickly ....I'm thinking of Adam Szelc v Martin Smyth on board 4 in A Modern type of position where Adam had play on the queen-side and Martin had not castled. Adam got his Queen to a8 and his Knight was also causing Martin difficulties to the point that Martin missed something in his calculations and resigned.

Marcus Walsh v Leonardo Matoi on 6 was a Morra Gambit in which Marcus's pieces were active and his Rook controlled the c-file and his Bishop on b3 had a nice diagonal. Leonardo later in the game was a piece down and resigned.

Richard Mycroft v Darren Whitmore on board 3 was interesting as Richard hadn't played much recently due to the birth of his child and Darren had recently returned from a 8 year lay-off. Darren played very well in a Kings Indian position with white playing Bg2. Darren looked better with with more attacking chances and I didn't see how it finished but a good win for Darren.    2-1 to the Good Guys (sorry about the bias)        2 - 3.5 on the handicap 

Pavel Besedin v Tim Lane was a French which Tim knows very well and it went with both players attacking different sides as Tim castled Queen-side. Pavel probed with a4 and I think Tim might have played h6 and g5. Once again, I didn't see the end but Tim resigned.

Board 1 was James Hanley v Sean Ralph and it looked like it was going well for Sean against the strong James who will surely reach 200. Sean never looked worse when I looked and may have been better. They both agreed a draw which meant another 1/2 a point from the last game would see 2A go through.

Board 5 saw Myself v Rob Glass and it was a Classical Pirc. Rob could have played a couple of moves which would have given him a good edge in the opening but in general, I was usually well placed especially in the middle-game. Towards the end when we were getting short of time, there was a few mistakes and Rob had a chance to draw which would have seen the 2A team throught to the final but it was a good game and and both teams would have been worthy contenders in the final.

https://chessmicrobase.com/g/a2cq59bi

Hitman

 

20th Feb

Talent Squad

Promotion hopefuls 2A visited Sutton on Monday, with both sides at full strength (July grades):

 1 Soszynski, Marek J 156 vs Malik, Faraz 164
2 Lawrence, Roy A 148 vs Thomson, David 163
3 Gardiner, David 150 vs Ralph, Sean 162
Czopek, Wojciech u/g vs Emanuel, John L u/g
Mildenhall, John 153 vs Lane, Tim A 161
Dhesi, Iqbal S 145 vs Williams, Simon A 152

 The evening started unexpectedly smoothly, as we eased into a three-nil lead.  Sean has already posted his smooth positional win against David Gardiner.  Simon played a similar game against Iqbal Dhesi, maintaining the initiative all evening and eventually picking up a couple of pawns, and then the exchange, before resolving into an easily-won K+P endgame.  I was slightly worse all evening against John Mildenhall but, trying to play quickly to keep me under time pressure, he stumbled into a nice mate by Q+N.  I'll post this later.

 Elsewhere, Tom-Tom's game looked, as usual, murky, tactical and complex, though I gather from later comments that he was worse all evening.  Anyway, he eventually succumbed to a rare defeat.

 At this point the evening started getting stressful.  Faraz, playing Black against Marek Soszynski, had grabbed a hot pawn on b2 and soon found his Q incarcerated on a1.  I thought he was a goner but, a long time later (after my own game had finished), I found to my delight that Faraz was still with the living and, indeed, was a couple of pawns ahead.  As time trouble loomed (all moves in 90 minutes) he won more material and soon had R+R+B vs R.  Marek was bashing out the moves as quickly as possible, but Faraz was still keeping score.  Rules update:  you don't need to keep score in a quickplay finish when you have fewer than five minutes remaining!  The position would have been a straightforward win with a few more minutes left, but the task of delivering mate and/or getting rid of all of Marek's material (to ensure a draw) proved too much, and eventually (having abandoned the scoresheet) Faraz lost on time.  After the game it was generally agreed that Marek had made an illegal move along the way (a diagonal capture of a pawn with a rook!) but, in the absence of the score, it was impossibly to verify this.

 So that left John.  By the time Faraz's game had finished, John's had also reached a crisis.  His opponent had made an illegal move and the clocks had been stopped, in order to find somebody who knew how to add two minutes to John's clock.  John, incidentally, had 45 seconds left at this point.  In the confusion I thought John's opponent had offered him a draw.  "Take the draw!" I screamed (inwardly).  "We're 3-2 up and you've got 45 second left on your clock!!  Take the draw!!!"  In fact I had got the wrong end of the stick and it turned that it was John that had offered the draw, just prior to his opponent playing the illegal move – the opponent was now trying to accept!  Eventually calm was restored, the draw agreed, and we ended up winning 3½-2½.

 We're second in the table (or top, using my preferred point-dropped calculation) with three matches to go.

 Here's my game, with some very light notes. 

https://chessmicrobase.com/g/wvfjnbqn

Cheers,

Tal.

 

14th Feb

Talent Squad

Chess players,

 Last night’s Division 2 fixture between Boldmere St. Michael’s and South Birmingham “A” was one of the most one-sided matches I’ve played in.

 We were at full strength while, in an early-evening boost to our hopes, we found that BSM were missing their regular Board 1, Tony Hickey.

 The sides lined up as follows (July grades)

 1 Thomas, Keith (150) vs Malik, Faraz (164)

2 Lake, Andrew N (145) vs Thomson, David (163)

3 Farley, Richard (145) vs Ralph, Sean (162)

4 Loach, Peter L (135) vs Emanuel, John L (u/g)

5 Harrington, Michael J (135) vs Lane, Tim A (161)

6 Fryer, Stephen M (121) vs Whitmore, Darren H (u/g)

 I try to fill these accounts with (genuine or manufactured) suspense, but in this case it’s just impossible – we were 5–0 up by 9.25pm.  Darren won in about an hour, depriving his opponent of the right to castle and then picking up a piece on the c-file with a small combination.  John was next, meeting a Leningrad Dutch with an h-file attack (h5, Nxh5; Rxh5, gxh5; Qxh5+) and soon delivering mate, though Black missed a defence which would have kept him in the game.  By this time Faraz was a couple of pawns up against Keith Thomas, Tom-Tom’s opponent had saddled himself with doubled and isolated e-pawns, and I had a highly mobile position against Micky Harrington.  I think Faraz finished next, though I didn’t see the end of the game.  My opponent’s position fell apart in dramatic fashion on the black squares, which was odd because he had a black-square bishop and I didn’t.  This was at about 9:15pm, and I was still exchanging pleasantries with my opponent ten minutes later when Tom-Tom won too.  5–0 to South Birmingham!

 That just left Sean to play for the clean sweep, but his position was very draw-ish.  I had to get Darren back to Sparkhill, so I delegated the remaining administrative duties to Tom-Tom, who was taking advantage of the venue being only 0.7 miles from his home to enjoy a beer at the bar, and made my escape.  Eventually a text came through at about 10:55pm (glad I didn’t stay!) to say that Sean had indeed drawn, giving us victory by 5½–½.

 Division 2 table in “points dropped” order:

 Team

Play

Won

Draw

Lost

Points

Dropped

SB A

7

4

3

0

11

3

Lichfield

9

7

0

2

14

4

S & W

8

4

3

1

11

5

Solihull

8

4

2

2

10

6

MC

9

4

3

2

11

7

Halesowen

7

3

1

3

7

7

WB

9

3

3

3

9

9

Stourbridge

9

3

2

4

8

10

SC

7

1

2

4

4

10

BSM

8

1

3

4

5

11

SB B

10

2

4

4

8

12

WQ

7

0

0

7

0

14

 On Monday we’re away at Sutton Coldfield.  Remaining fixtures after that are S&W, Halesowen and Solihull.

Tal

 

 

12th Feb

The Life of a Captain
Friday I was a player short for Bd 6 in the Relegation crunch Match with Sutton in Div three 
Mr. Brush was Nominated
Saturday the call went out to Team Monty
Hi Team
Monday is a very important Match......
if we are to avoid Relegation we need something from this Match so no Pressure just don't lose.....lol
Because this Match is very Important we have saved our best until now...........so
Joe the Brush Kadar has been selected to be our Super Sub on Bd 6
as a bonus Joe will be presented with the bottom half of his trophy and rewarded with a Pint.
Okay Joe...........
Team line up will be in January Grade Order

  1. Tricky                                        134
  2. Killa                                           133
  3. Singerman                                131
  4. Domino                                    121
  5. 2 Cars                                        120
  6. The Brush                                 113                        

See you Monday
Sunday Lunch time I switched on the Pc and it started...
10.26am  I had had  an email from Joe Brush saying did I get his email ??????????? I had not
12.00 noon I replied no only this one what did it say?
13.00PM No reply so  I gave up and rang him.. he said he cannot Play Monday...Okay I said do you have Paul The Nurse Mobile.... Yes he said I will email you it?!   Cannot see it while I'm on the phone
13.43PM email with Unreadable attachment..... I guess you need Joe's Phone to read the format
14.10PM I replied .. Joe just type the  XXXX   Number
14.28PM I get it and Phone the  Nurse. Mobile..... goes to Network Answer Message.. leaves Message
15.00PM he calls back sounding Shit, Sorry I have what you had at the Rapid Play (Man Flu) do not think I will make Tomorrow
15.12PM Email to Underlay can you play................ thought I better give it a bit for reply went out for a bit
20.30 PM still heard nothing
20.45PM calls Tricky for some Numbers
21.00PM calls Underlay’s Mom's Mobile.....goes to Network Answer Message.. Leaves Message
21.30PM Calls Roys Home Number........Not recognised ???
21.31PM Calls Roy mobile Number.....goes to Network Answer Message.. Leaves Message
21.50PM getting a bit desperate thought on the off chance I would try Rails........goes to Network Answer Message.. Leaves Message
Waiting for replys has now left it late to ring anyone else. Unless your called windows
May have a window of opportunity after 17.30PM When I get home tomorrow  (Vish) was next on the list
Kitty and Invincible have already played their quota  so cannot really use them ...... 
22.30 Phoned Windows ...........says he will Play if he has to try Persian Mat he is playing better...
22.40 Phoned Persian Matt ...Guess........Correct.....goes to Network Answer Message.. Leaves Message
1500PM Monday from work I spoke with Team Co Partner by Email he says Roy will Play..........Hallelujah we have six Players

So at 7.30 the following team Lined up

  1. Tricky                                        134
  2. Killa                                           133
  3. Singerman                                131
  4. Domino                                    121
  5. 2 Cars                                        120
  6. Roy Gough                               109  

Guess What
SC3  Defaulted the Bottom Board

In a Nut shell the match was at 2½ each with just Our Board 1 Playing against Rob Marks
Tricky eked out a pawn advantage looking the better and Won on Time WOW
Although we are not Safe yet its looking a little better


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University Birmingham

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Mercia

 

 

 

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