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22nd Nov

Terrill R2

Last night a combined 2A/2B side took on the might of Solihull’s Division 1 side.  In last season’s Solihull vs South Birmingham league fixture, Solihull had fielded a side with an average grade of exactly 200 (Jackson/224, Daskalov/223, Surtees/197, Head/196, Thorpe/185, Hurtado/176 – 1201 points to be exact).  Would they field their big guns for the Cup match?

 Luckily they didn’t, and we lined up like this:

 

1. Hurtado, Philip (180) vs Tom-Tom (163)

2. Sadler, Anthony (170) vs Sean (162)

3. Summerfield, Julian H (159) vs TAL (161)

4. Carpenter, Raymond (152) vs TOGITC (153)

5. Brodie, Iain (150) vs Darren

6. Roper, Paul (144) vs Leonardo Matei

 

As this was a Trophy match, we had a 2½-point handicap in our favour, meaning that any result better than a 4½–1½ defeat would see us go through to the next round.

 On Board 6, Leonardo was playing his first game for the club.  I only managed one brief glance at this game, where Leonardo had built up an impressive-looking attack and most of Black’s pieces were on strange squares.  Ten minutes later it was all over and Leonardo had recorded his first win – welcome to South Birmingham.

 Boards 4 and 5 also started promisingly for us.  Darren played a Benko Gambit which initially looked fairly even, but some time later he had won Q for R+B+P.  I wondered if White could construct a fortress, but Darren had an outside passed pawn and looked to be favourite.  On Board 4, Martin startled Ray Carpenter (and everybody else present) by playing a recognisable opening – the Petrosian System against the King’s Indian.  Martin opened the h-file and he too won his opponent’s queen in return for some small change.

 On Board 3, I was black against an English Opening.  The position stayed largely symmetrical (c4 and e4 vs c5 and e5) and I got a good knight on d4.  My opponent surveyed Boards 4 and 5, decided that the match was not going Solihull’s way, and offered me a draw, which I took.

 Board 1 had started off as a Trompovski and then veered into Semi-Slav territory.  Tom-Tom looked to be comfortably holding the position, but I made the mistake of going to the bar for ten minutes and, when I returned, he had been out-manoeuvred and had to resign.  Match level, but the handicap meant that just one more draw would suffice.

 Back to Board 5 where Darren’s opponent was putting up a good fight, advancing his limited forces into Darren’s position to try to construct a mating net.  Darren kept out of trouble and pushed his passed h-pawn.  White’s rook had to move to an undefended square to stop it, and after a couple of checks the rook dropped off, giving Darren the game.

 Martin’s opponent also wriggled hard and actually managed to restore something close to material equality, but at the cost of entering a dead-lost endgame – 3½–1½ to South Birmingham.  So we didn’t need the handicap.

 That just left Sean vs Tony Sadler, which was a Hippo where, if I remember correctly, seven of Black’s first eight moves were pawn moves (g6, d6, a6, b6, e6, h6 and g5 – he spoiled the effect by playing … Nf6 too).  Sean got into a spot of bother and lost the exchange, but then drummed up an attack and ended up with N+N+3P vs R+P.  The two knights and two of the pawns were in a mutually-defending configuration in the middle of the board and, in that form, they marched into Black’s position.  Black’s rook was a spectator and White soon queened a pawn to end up with Q+N vs R.  Black was playing for stalemate and Sean had only about 30 second left, but he stayed cool and eventually delivered mate.

 So, 4½–1½ to South Birmingham (7–1½ with the handicap) and, as Martin said in the car on the way home, we’d have won the match even if the handicap had been in their favour, not ours!

 Cheers,

TAL.

 

14th Nov
Two Dudley games have taken place this week with Mixed fortunes
1st on Monday ....$ingerman, Tricky, Domino & Killa .in the Dud le Monte Team.
What looked a reasonable Line up for us (it was the Highest Grade Total we have put out in Dudley Div 2 so far) ................  came unstuck against the Strong Kidderminster Ringers
Me on B1 got the opponent I expected and had him cramped and gasping for moves... However I could not see how to wrap it up....
believing I could crack the fortress I battle away, when in hindsight I should of offered the Draw.... he eventually broke out and got me %$£"*
 It was the second defeat in a row where I had lots of play as white in the English Opening, and I really enjoyed the games except for the final outcome,
Terry on Bd2 and Killa on Bd4 came up against two Ringers...... you should know what that means by now... for those who don't
It is players who appear to have no grade or traceability suggesting that they have little experience when in fact they have a hidden past,  James O'Dell has returned from many years in Spain
and played precise fast chess in which our experienced Tricky hung on for dear life......... Remi Harris on Bd4 also showed skill and no hesitation when beating Killa ..... My opponent let it slip he had won their club tournament

Derek the Domino did what was asked on Bd3 against Mike Kitchen... we have now P4 W2 D1 L1 and the door has opened for the chasing pack, with Kidderminster now looking like the ones to beat.

2018-19 Div 2 Teams

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

South Birmingham

4

2

1

1

5

Kidderminster

2

2

0

0

4

Warley Quinborne

1

0

1

0

1

Boldmere St Michael's

1

0

1

0

1

Halesowen

1

0

1

0

1

Mercia

3

0

1

2

1

Stourbridge

1

0

1

0

1

Mutual Circle

1

0

0

1

0

Bushbury

 

 

 

 

 

Next DD2  Away to Boldmere 28/11
Next Monty Home to Mutual 3/12

South Birmingham - Kidderminster

Division 2

Board

Home team

Score

Away team

1
2
3
4

Alan Woollaston
Terry Walker
Derek Stockhall
Simon Killarney

0 - 1
½ - ½
1 - 0
0 - 1

David Waud
James O’Dell
Mike Kitchen
R Harris

 


Tuesday was a different Story,  Nurse, Brush, The Persian and Windows got themselves to Sedgley middle earth land of Mercia.
 The Nurse Brushed the Broken Window under the Persian Mat  1-3  and the Double Champions of Dud Div 3 March on towards the Treble with 100%  after 3 BRILLIANT

2018-19 Teams

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Points

South Birmingham

3

3

0

0

6

Halesowen A

2

1

1

0

3

Mercia

3

1

0

2

2

Warley Quinborne

1

1

0

0

2

Walsall Kipping

2

1

0

1

2

Halesowen B

3

1

0

2

2

Stourbridge

3

0

1

2

1

Mutual Circle

1

0

0

1

0

Next DD3 Home to the Halo's A 5/12

Mercia - South Birmingham

Division 3

Board

Home team

Score

Away team

 

1
2
3
4

Stuart Deeley
Chris Heathcock
Alan Cox
Tony Lowke

0 - 1
0 - 1
1 - 0
0 - 1

Paul Heeney
Joe Kadar
Tony Szatanik
Matt Smith

 

 

 

10th Nov

Div 1

Hi All,

    Last night saw us play the newcomers of Division 1 at their place which turned out to be a nicely sized room upstairs in the Alvechurch Sports and Social Club. John had never played against Redditch and it's been many years since I played against their team in a competitive match. John and I arrived early and we chatted with a couple of players who were talking about how they were big underdogs in this match...I quickly reminded them of their thrashing of Shirley and said we were taking them very seriously.

The 7.15 start didn't materialise and by 7.30, I noticed a missed call from Pavel who had yet to arrive. Whilst returning the call, Pavel thankfully arrived up the stairs.

We out graded their team heavily but one or two of their players might be under their actual standard...Especially the board 6 that played Tim. 

The match started and we certainly seemed focused and didn't underestimate Redditch, we gradually got on top in most games and it was only Tim's, when I looked which wasn't easy as they were playing in the corner, which appeared to be difficult to assess.

Interestingly, we won 3 with black but only 1 with white....I recognised the opening in Richard Mycroft's game on 5 v S. Russell Ug, it was the Austrian Attack in the Pirc. Richard played ...Nh6 which I am always worried about playing as it can be out of play for a long time. Both players attacked on opposite wings but whites king was on d1 at one point whilst Richard had won a piece and his opponent played a rook to e1 attacking a bishop with another black bishop behind it. Richard played the crafty ....Re8 and if white takes the bishop on e5, if I remember correctly, Richard's other bishop would take a pawn on g4 with check and uncovering an attack on the rook on e5 by his rook on e8.....NICE!      1-0

 John Pitcher won on board 1 v D. Lambourne 181 in a English Fianchetto where his opponent lost a couple of tempo in misplaying the opening. Jon Swindells, on board 2, always had the ideas and options in a Pirc where Jon delayed d4 and had pawns later on d4, e5 and f5. The black kingside became weak which proved decisive.               3-0

Pavel's game was a type of French, I believe. He built up a nice position with light square weaknesses for his opponent and it looked a matter of time for Pavel to put the game to bed. His opponent hung on determinedly and the next I heard, they'd agreed a draw.                  3 1/2  -  1/2

I will add a link for my game on board 3 but it was a Modern Defence and there was a bit of history behind my change to the Modern. I've played Nigel Towers 164 a few times and he once had coaching by IM Robert Bellin and learnt some ideas against the Pirc with the Austrian. I therefore delayed ...Nf6 and took the game in a different direction with an early ...c5.  I never really relinquished my control of the game but made a couple of inaccuracies when my opponent had seconds left. He could have drawn with best play but would have struggled with not much time left I would think....4 1/2 - 1 1/2

Tim Lane on board 6 played Harry Evans 134 in another type of English Fianchetto. Time had a bind with pawns on c4 and e4 but consequently, his opponent had control of the d4 square and the game eventually ended a draw.        5 - 1 

A great win which puts us top of Division 1

Hitman

 


5th Nov

Div 3 Fireworks
In another Monday night Clash the Undefeated Rushall took on Undefeated Monty, at the Bowman Pub,
It gives the appearance of the type of place you would be attending if you was after some other substance
rather than Drink...... I arrived 10 mins late with the clock showing 5 mins elapsed for me.... Not one to be hurried I went the Bar......
The rest of Monty were already deep in Battle.......... with no Tricky this week the teams lined up as follows
                         Rushall                  Monty

  1. Devan Patel    158            $ingernan the Zombie  135
  2. Alex Pready    154             Domino                          136
  3. Steve Wilcox   152             Invincible                        ???
  4. Peter Leary      138            2 Cars                              126
  5. John Grant      131             Killa                                 126
  6. Davis Jarvis     102             Kitty                                 102    

So a slurp of beer and of we went 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. cxd5 Qa5+ 5. Bd2 Qxd5 6. Nc3 Qd8 7. e3 e6 8. Bd3 Bd6 9. O-O O-O 10. e4 Bc7 11. e5 Nd5 12. Bxh7+ Kxh7 13. Ng5+ ......

He now has mate in two if I duck back behind the Pawns........

we have been playing less than 10 minutes Time for the Zombie if I am to survive this ..... Kg6 this Kings ain't hiding from nobody and Leads the Troops in to Battle

14. Qg4 f5 15. Qg3 f4 16. Qg4 Qxg5  Take that 15 minutes now gone I'm two pieces up and the locals have Fire crackers going off all around...... play contiues

17. Qxg5+ Kxg5 18. Nxd5 cxd5 19. g3 Kh5 20. Bxf4 g5 21. Be3 Nc6 22. Kg2 Bd7 23. a3 Bb6 24. Rfd1 Be8 25. Rac1 Bg6 26. Rc3 Na5 27. b3 Rac8 28. Rdc1 Rxc3 29. Rxc3 Nc6 ............

around 30 minutes and his white Flag is Raised .........Zombie Bites Again........ He must hate me..... I luckily done him two years ago, The Captain has shown the way ............. 0 - 1 SB

Feeling Smug I had a walk round. They haven't read the Script... 2 cars had his Big girl missing and was not looking happy..... Domino had a bishop missing ......... Invincible and Kitty looked to be Drawish......

Killa looked better.... A rook to Bottom supported by Queen Check.... king moves off bottom and Killa picks up the far rook  .... This was enough to swing it and restore Our Lead....

2 cars had already run out of gas without the Big Girl 1-1  Killa  makes it 1-2  to SB ...Domino to be fair tried to make a fist of being a piece down but Alex levelled the scores  2- 2 now at this point I thought Invincible has a draw but

what will Kitty do?? It looks even but he has only 14 mins to DJ's 28 he offers the draw.....yes I thought good man.......NO ...DJ declines..... and to add on the pressure..Steve forever Rushall Wilcox has pulled the Plug and a rare moment

is taking place…… Our Invincible is no more and has lost... 3 - 2 .......ouch. What can I do...... What can I do......... Kitty needs some Inspiration

got it...........

On Fire works Night ....You need A big Bang theory of Course
Soft kitty, Warm kitty, Little ball of fur.
Happy kitty, Sleepy kitty, Purr Purr Purr
Well Played that Cat grace under pressure sacked his advance pawn to drag his opponents king to the wrong side while Kitty gets his king over to the pawns first 3 - 3 followed.....
Great overall Score guys massively out gunned but we did not fall........ Played 3 Won 2 Drawn 1....
$ingerman

 

 

5th Nov

Mighty Shirley against lowly Bees ends in 5-1 drubbing.... with a twist...

Div 1

Against the 2012-13 champions and perennial challengers this was always going to be a tough task for Cory's Crusaders, despite the amazing win v Sutton C.  lightning couldn't strike twice as they say...

We started well with all six of us turning up and being full strength.

they were missing Mason and Briggs but still formidable with experienced reserves.

all started well with Adam having a draw almost out of the opening on board one.

0.5 - 0.5

other games were unclear - but in the battle of the Dave on 6, our own Dave (Dunn) grabbed an early pawn...  could he be the next to finish??

I played Dale on 5 - I play him at least once a year with the last 8 times or so being black.  finally had white and ironically got him in a huge bind on dark squares with a bishop on e5, pawn on d6. a technical win followed...  1.5 - 0.5 (some of you may be spotting the twist now....)

AMJ was next to finish - what started as a positional maroczy bind style game exploded into a flurry of tactics, then like a bonfire night firework crashed out in a big bang - AMJ's rocket exploded in Purcell's position... 2.5 - 0.5.

In the battle of the 'experienced' members of each team on bd 4 - ingram v walsh, everyone expected a nice solid positional fight.  instead we got hagler v hearns....

about 18 moves of blow for blow tactics that alpha zero couldn't work through.  no one bothered with material, just the knockout blow - this wasn't going to the scorecards on this explosive 5th of november.

Ingram tried a big swinging left with his knight attacking the rook, but a devilish right cross with a check by the queen and it was all over, Ingram out for the count.  3.5 - 1.5, win secured.

Captain Cory had hardly started his position it seemed and they took a drew 4-1

Dave Dunn finally converted his pawn with a good technical end game about 30 minutes after the rest had finished...  5-1.

YES!!!! 5-1!! to us!!!! Against Shirley!!!!

Diamond

 

2nd Nov

Div 1

Hi All, A fairly straight forward win for the 1st team on Wednesday against a much under-strength Bushbury team.  They were missing IM Laurence Cooper who was ill. L. Grinsell and R. Parry of their regular players also couldn't play.

I was struggling with my health on the night and recently in general so I didn't see the games as much as I usually do so it's not a in depth report but despite Bushbury being vastly weaker than ourselves ..They amazingly finished with a plus on the top 2 boards. Their top 2 players were graded 172 and 163 against our 214 and 211.

Their bottom 4 boards were graded 160, 120, 109 and 94...one of the weakest set of 'bottom 4 players' in Division 1.

Hitman HURN-ey 

 

 

23rd Oct

Monty Div 3

Tonight On this Magic Monday I was on Bd2 Black again and played C41: Philidor's defence and just like the last Match I was first to finish
However where I had Blundered a piece last Thursday, my Opponent did tonight, and showing no fight to the Death ....Resigned.........
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Be7 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Bg5 Bd7 7. Bc4 h6 8. Bh4 Nc6 9. Nf3 a6 10. O-O b5 11. Bd3 Nb4 12. Re1 Nxd3 13. cxd3 O-O
14. h3 Nh7 15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. e5 Bc6 17. d4 Ng5 18. d5 Bd7 19. exd6 Qxd6 20. Nxg5 hxg5 21. Qf3 Qg6 22. Qg3 Rac8 23. Ne4 f6 24. Nc5 Rfd8 25. Nxa6 f5 26. Qd3 Qxa6
1-0 to Monty
before I had finished  Domino on Bd1 was offered a draw , he surprised me and played on, looking at it he did look to have the edge on the king side with three Vs two pawns.... queens and a rook a piece were off
Tricky on Bd3 must of done some behind the scenes dealings which must of gone something like I will not take if you don't a draw was agreed with 16 Pawns forming a grid lock Barrier that no one was prepared to Crack...
1½-½ to Monty
Invincible, on Bd4 as Black won a piece early on however John Fryer dug in and the game rumbled on for some time,

2 cars on Bd6 was playing David Short and for some unknown reason seemed to be making hard work of what looked like good position, I would say two thirds of the board was in his control, However,
Time was well down and not helped by trips outside for a Puff when it was his go,
Killa on Bd5 was playing Fred Biles who clearly knew what he was doing despite having a 103 grade, this game was last to finish.... After I got back from a trip down to the bar I noticed Bd1 had finished with the players absent,
the card had been filled in and the refusal to take the draw offer had backfired on Domino and the match was now all square..
1½ - 1½
Invincible soon restored the lead and is proving to be everyone's favorite reserve

2½ - 1½ to Monty
so just Killa and 2 cars left, Killa looked to be in trouble with a gaggle of Pawns making a run for it,
2 cars  Black was down to 1½ minutes Vs 15 however he had a cheeky attempt of mate, first sac the rook take back with king then if his opponent does not move his king mate with the bishop
Cheeky Mushroom waited until the clock was below 30 seconds as if he hadn't seen it... Game set and Match well done that man
 3½ - 1½ to Monty
Fred Biles popped and blew his end game... Killa managed to stop the pawn gaggle and graciously offered a draw which was accepted
4 -2 Monty
Well done Team a good night for the Black Bits all three won.

1 (W)

136B (136)

N

Stockhall, Derek A

0 - 1

N

Willett, Peter

138C (138)

2 (B)

135A (135)

S

Woollaston, Alan T

1 - 0

N

Fone, David W

130A (130)

3 (W)

131B (131)

N

Walker, Terry W

½ - ½

B

Homewood, Brian

126A (126)

4 (B)

050L (0)

N

Thompson, Mat

1 - 0

N

Fryer, John E

125B (125)

5 (W)

126A (126)

N

Killarney, Simon A

½ - ½

N

Biles, Fred

103A (103)

6 (B)

126D (126)

N

Little, Matthew

1 - 0

N

Short, David

102C (102)

Total

704

4 - 2

Total

724


$

 

22nd Oct

Bees Sting

 Div 1

As Sutton Coldfield, the mighty league champions watched Man City thrash Burnley at the weekend, they must have been rubbing their hands with glee, relishing a similar result against the Burnley of the Bham div 1, Cory's B team...

We were at full 'strength' so just in case Sutton brought along a 260 graded player!!!  maybe the strongest rated player ever in the league??

Adam was due to play him, but was nowhere to be seen.  To be charitable, we'll say he lost on time in an even position against a 2580 fide rated player... 0-1 and a bad start...

other games were starting evenly - the white games - we and Anne-Marie were grafting, but the three playing black had none of this and were all out gunning for blood...

Dave 'Destroyer' Dunn then had a moment that would change the course of the match, maybe world history...  In a blocked position, he performed the deepest positional exchange sacrifice ever seen in chess.  He gave up a rook to get the bishop pair and a good looking knight, realising that about 20 moves later his opponent would run out of play and give the exchange back and leave him with a pawn up.  Dave muttersed sth about a blunder and a swindle, but I assume this is just modesty...  1-1 Marcus 'Professor of Positions' Walsh decided to push Keith Escott off the board giving up his whole queenside to get some lines open - his heavy pieces and a dark squared bishop strafing in did the rest and Keith's fortifications broke down.  2-1.. A-MJ meanwhile was carefully nurturing a Walker Bishop - which for the uninitiated is a totally blocked in bishop that just sits and waits and comes out after the time control to win the match...  trade mark of TW...

Cory has disregarding his q-side and going for a hack v Stepanyan...  not looking good...My game was boggy and positional - but he let me get a foot in generously giving me a light square bind on c4 and d5 whilst he had a dreadful bishop on g7...Cory succumbed to defeat to a 215 rated player, so no shame there - 2-2... My opponent started to run short of time and started to make errors after 3 hours of play - a couple of tactics to win pawns and he picked up his queen realizing moving it to take my offered knight meant hisr rook went...  mate in 2 followed.  3-2!!!!!  miracle is on!! A-MJ was in a titanic struggle against former club legend, Ali 'G' .  She was now a piece up - and you guessed it, that trapped Walker Bishop was coming to life...  sitting on c2 for 2 1/2 hours waiting for its chance to shine. Neither player had much time left when Ali took a (boiling) hot pawn and wham bam, q goes to g6 supported by the legendary Walker Bishop - winning the game and the match for us!!! 4-2 against the might league champs!!!  all four bottom boards won - they were missing 2 of their 200s and a Welsh junior champ, but we were massively outgraded still, so this is a mini-miracle and will help the plan to stay up! Can Captain Courageous Cory cajole his Caissa Crusaders for the challenge of Shirley and Wythall in two weeks time???

we shall see, but for now we sign off as Burnley 4 - 2 Man City...

Diamond

 

9th Oct

 2A

It was a great evening at the club last night, with three teams in action.  I won't steal anybody else's glory by commenting on SB vs Halesowen in Division 5 of the BDCL or SB vs Mercia in the Dudley League, but here's a quick summary of SB "A" vs table-topping Lichfield (four out of four so far) in Division 2 of the BDCL.

 Lichfield captain Mike Mahar had phoned me before the match to say that they were travelling with only five players, so I was able to stand down our Board 6, Simon.  With one point already in the bag, the teams lined up like this:

 

 1 Malik, Faraz 164 vs Smith, John 154
2 Thomson, David 163 vs Giles, Alan 153
3 Ralph, Sean 162 vs Hulme, David 146
4 Emanuel, John L 168 (2012) vs Maher, Mike P 140
5 Lane, Tim A 161 vs Slobodyuk, Yuriy 130
6 Williams, Simon A vs Default

 

 Sean, white on Bd 3, played his home-grown Closed-Sicilian-with-b3 system, but was unable to develop any initiative, and the game soon petered out to a draw.

 My game on Bd 5 was a Catalan where I was able to meet my opponent's ...d5xc4 with b3xc4, giving me a central preponderance.  Eventually I played d5 under favourable circumstances, and was about to go into a very promising ending when Black blundered.

 Faraz, white in a Nimzowitsch Defence (1. e4 Nc6 2. Nc3 d6), quickly got a good attack going and won a pawn.  For a long time this looked like another full point, but John Smith steered the position into a R+B+4P vs R+N+5P ending where the bishop was better than the knight.  Eventually, running low on time, Faraz took the draw, leaving us 3-1 ahead.

 On Board 4 John spent most of the evening on the back foot, but eventually wriggled out into a just-about-holdable R+Ps ending, which he just about held, thereby securing the match.  From the post mortem comments it sounded like both players thought Mike had let John off the hook.

 Last to finish was Tom-Tom, who had the luxury of being a piece up for most of the evening, though the position was so congested that it was hard to turn the material advantage into a win.  The game went on until the very end of the evening, but the extra piece eventually told, and we had won the match by 4.5 to 1.5.

 Lichfield remain top of the table (P5, W4, eight points) but we're second (P4, W3, D1, seven points).  We have just one more match this year, then a further six after Christmas.

 Cheers, TAL

 

4th Oct

Monty’s Terrill Torture

Hi everyone it’s very difficult to dress up a heavy defeat, so here go's ........... we got the Artillery over to Minworth to find…….
Odd Ball had loaded the tank with Paint,  Moriarty had to many negative thoughts, Big Joe dropped his gun & Crapgame was all to Popular,
Basically we were out gunned although all boards looked very even at one point around 7.29........
I was last to finish and played 45 moves so I will settle for that... a sort of Queen's Gambit Declined Slav,
Well done to the Invincible one on Bd6 for preventing the White wash ........so we regroup and fight again...

Te1-8

Sutton Coldfield-1

 

4

South Birmingham-3

210

Stepanyan, Henrik

 

1

0

Woollaston, Alan T

 

135

169

Ali, Golam S

 

 

1

0

Walker, Terry W

 

131

172

Escott, Keith L

 

 

1

0

Stockhall, Derek A

 

136

175

Guha, Chirag

 

 

1

0

Little, Matthew

 

126

170

Owen, Neil J

 

 

1

0

Killarney, Simon A

 

126

126

Oliver, Peter JR

 

½

½

Thompson, Matt

 

~

$

 

27th Sept

Div 3

Good Evening Ladies & Gentlemen,

Actually, I tell a lie. It is morning now. Here are the scores on the doors for 'Monty Rolls Over Boldmere.' 

Or SB Div 3 side begins their BDCL campaign away to Boldmere & St. Michael for those who remain uninitiated.

I arrive at the appointed time - 6:45 at 2 Car's place. 2 Cars is still in his smoking jacket, most relaxed as always, and tucking into some dinner. No sign of Domino. What's going on? It's all cool, chill man - Domino is late but on his way. He is in Digbeth about to catch the No 2. Besides, 2 Cars was a former Boldmere player, he knows exactly where the football club is and is super confident we can get there on time - Domino just has to get to us in the next 20.

So we busy ourselves watching Plasteed body-popping, locking, electric boogaloo extraordinaire. And song of the week from 'Freddie Flair Pants' from Glasgow - I'm sure that is completely wrong and 2 Cars will have to correct me. 

Anyroad up, Domino eventually gets off the bus and we watch him start walking in the opposite direction away from us. Doh! We call him back. In the car I query Domino on why he is late - trying to get back from Dudley at 6:00 pm to meet us at 6:45. And what's so interesting in Dudley anyway, what's keeping you? At this point Domino mumbles something so indistinct and so noncommittal that it is obvious he has a romantic interest on the go in Dudley and he has been with her all day and didn't want to come back! All confirmed in my book by the fact that he wouldn't tell us her name either.

It was a strange evening. Many subtle and magical forces seemed to be at work. Captain Singerman will have to complete my report with the actual line up of forces in terms of who played who - but for now you'll just have to bear with me.

First to finish was me on board 4. I can tell you that I played Steve Fryer and he likes the Caro-Cann with Black. I like to face the Caro-Cann with White and I like the panov-botvinnik attack. Mr Fryer apparently likes to play 5...Bc8-f5 which I have never seen before. I responded with 6.Qd1-b3 and I like that move. And there is nothing wrong with it. However, Mr Fryer responds with 6...Ktb8-c6 - which isn't really a problem. But I convince myself that actually I might be in some trouble here - so I see a ghost and fail to calculate correctly and it goes rapidly down hill from here. In fact it was an agonizing, super slow-motion car crash over the next 11 moves until we arrive at the final position and I am checkmated.

So first up out of the board there was nothing for me to do but watch the other games unfold. I didn't see any of the openings. So first of all I pick up Kitty on board 6. Kitty had an extra pawn on the queenside, R & B. His opponent R & Kt. A while later the rooks had been exchanged. A while later the remaining minor pieces. Kitty won in classical style. The next time I saw the game his queenside majority had advanced a little, as had his King and he had the opposition. The extra pawn was gonna' get through to promotion. SB win.

Domino was on 2. I can't remember much of this one. Things seemed to be reducing down to a drawish pawn ending. And draw it was. 

When I picked up the game of 2 Cars he was just about to win a pawn on the queenside. Everything else was about equal with both players - 2 Cars was playing Kevin Spillaine - having double knights remaining. Things looked promising but after an exchange of one pair of knights black's play seemed to stall. Pushing the extra pawn through on the queenside wasn't going to be easy and then Spillaine started huffing and puffing - he was very short of time - and to his credit created play on the opposite wing to produce his own passed h pawn. At the end both players had to tie up their knights in defensive roles. The only thing that swung it was that 2 Cars had a more advanced king. SB win.

Tricky Terry on 3 played a great game. When I joined it Terry had a solid position. Doubled Rooks on the c file and a 'Tricky' knight floating around always threatening to jump into the heart of the enemy camp. Sure enough, at my next glance Terry had caught Q & R in a knight fork and won the exchange. Next, Terry's doubled Rooks were transformed into pigs on the 7th and things looked grim for his opponent. It still was a tense affair though. Both players were a little short on time and there was still some work to do. Terry's opponent tried to get his Queen and then Rook into counter-play area but Tricky and the pigs didn't allow. After some forced exchanges Tricky activated his king and it was gonna be a winning endgame. SB win.

$ingerman on 1. Playing Mike Biddle. Right from where I first saw it this looked a loss for Singerman. Biddle had 2 extra pawns on the queenside. He had also buried a pawn-supported Bishop on d6 in the heart of Singerman's position preventing castling. With the 2 cars game going a bit south on board 5 and Singerman seemingly going further south things didn't look good for the team as a whole. But as usual - Singerman sees the bright side of every situation and played it like he had never intended castling and proceeded to push the kingside pawns and open the files there. Mr Biddle was very short of time and was visibly wobbling under the pressure. He still had a winning position but Singerman's counter-play was beginning to pick up momentum just at the wrong time for him. And then suddenly out of nowhere a massive knight fork on the Rooks appears for Singerman. It was one of those things that you see immediately just with a casual glance at a board in passing - but somehow the players - deep into the game and deep into the position can miss - it was such an occasion. Biddle didn't see it coming and Singerman didn't spot it and capitalize. No matter, it was probably the last scare of the night that Mr Biddle wanted to experience and a moment or 2 later - even though his queenside pawns were sure to cause big trouble - he offered Singerman the draw. So after looking like a loss for much of the evening SB finished 4 - Boldmere 2. Yay!

We retired to the bar to celebrate. Wonderful result team. Thank you and that's it. This report is already long enough!

 

Signing off - K

 

 

27th Sept

Div 2

 The 2A side was involved in another unbearably tense finish last night, at home to West Bromwich.

 The sides lined up like this:

 

 1. Malik, Faraz (164) vs Walker, Nicholas A (188)

2. Thomson, David (163) vs Quraishi, Shahab WA (174)

3. Ralph, Sean (162) vs Crump, John E (160)

4. Emanuel, John L (168/2012) vs Davies, Dave M (159)

5. Lane, Tim A (161) vs Pincher, Jonathan P (137)

6. Williams, Simon A (152) vs Wesson, Geoffrey C (123)

 

First to finish was Simon who, playing Black, ran into a little home cooking (1. e4 e5; 2. d4 exd4; 3. Bc4?!) and never quite seemed to equalize, despite most of the pieces being exchanged.  Eventually a pawn fell off, but worse was to follow.  Simon was playing his first game at the new “all moves in 80 minutes with a ten-second increment” time limit, a fact overlooked by his inept captain, who had neglected to mention the rule change.  You can guess the rest – well past the 30-move mark, and expecting a second allowance of time to be added, Simon let his clock run down to zero and lost on time.  First blood to West Bromwich.  Faraz had a tough task on top board, playing White against Nick Walker.  Faraz fianchettoed his KB and castled early, and Walker chose to leave his king in the centre and open the h-file.  He also got some pressure on the c5-to-g1 diagonal.  I didn’t see the end of this, but it didn’t go our way.  Two-nil to the bad guys.Tom-Tom was also under pressure on Board 2, and at one point looked close to defeat, but his opponent mistakenly went into an opposite-colour bishop ending that, despite a two-pawn advantage, couldn’t be won.  2½-each. John played a Winawer with 6. ... Qc7 on Board 4.  Both sides castled on the K-side, and White built up some steady pressure.  John had to play … c5-c4 to keep White’s bishop off d3, and … f6-f5 to avoid an f5 break, leaving his own white-square bishop as a mere spectator.  White opened his g-file and trebled his major pieces, and defeat looked imminent.  The spectator bishop grabbed a pawn on a4 and another on c2, and then White’s attack broke through, his queen arriving on g6 with a nasty check.  Hang on though… overlooked by White, g6 was defended by the spectator bishop on c2.  Good-bye queen, and we’re back in the match at 2½–1½! On Board 5 I had useful positional pressure for most of the evening and, despite some inaccuracies towards the end of the night (Fritz tells me I overlooked a mate in seven – I hate it when that happens!), eventually managed a full point too.  Match level. So we all clustered round Ralph vs Crump on Board 3.  I hadn’t seen much of this game (Closed Sicilian I suspect) but by this time it had resolved to K+R+N+P vs K+R.  Trouble was, the enemy K+R were deep in Sean’s position and Sean had less than a minute left on his clock.  If he dropped the last pawn a draw was inevitable.  At one point I thought Sean had forgotten about the clock, as he let it run down to having just four seconds left, but I needn’t have worried – a flurry of checks built up enough time to allow me to start breathing again and drove Black’s king offside, at which point John Crump decided he had seen enough, and we had won the match!

Next week a combined 2A/2B sides plays WQ2 in the Terrill Trophy, and then league action resumes on Monday 8 October, when we’re at home to early-season table-toppers Lichfield (P3, W3).

 Cheers,

TAL.

 

 

20th Sept 18

WQ2 Vs 2A (aka Talent Squad)

Evening all,

 Thursday night saw South Birmingham's 2A side hosted by Warley Quinborne in what turned out to be a very tense and close match.

 The teams lined up as follows:

 

 1 Fahy, John F (154) vs Malik, Faraz (164)
2 Turner, Jon (150) vs Thomson, David (163)
3 Jeffs, David (140) vs Ralph, Sean (162)
4 Moxley, Stephen (136) vs Emanuel, John L (u/g)
5 Maybury, Philip C (129) vs Lane, Tim A (161)
6 Pakenham, John H (100) vs Lo, Matthew (125)

 

 First to finish, playing white in a Philidor Defence, was Matthew Lo.  Matthew withstood a useful-looking attack, won a pawn, and simplified to a won king-and-pawn ending.  I was looking forward to writing the first "1" on the scorecard when Matthew sadly played a terrible blunder and plucked defeat from the jaws of victory.

 Tom-Tom was also white, against Jon Turner's Scandinavian Defence.  I didn't see too much of this but got a summary from David on the way home.  Faced with the loss of a pawn he decided to give up the exchange instead, and got a powerful bishop on the long black-squared diagonal in compensation.  Eventually the pressure got too much for the defender and white won a rook and the game.

 Sean was black in a Dutch/Nimzo hybrid.  Most of the pawns remained on the board for most of the evening and, although Sean did his best to drum up some play, the position remained stodgy and level.  Eventually peace was declared, leaving the match level at 1½-1½.

 The other three games all went down to the wire.

 Faraz was black in a Stonewall.  I only saw snippets of this, but Faraz seemed to be under some pressure early on, before starting to turn things round and developing a promising initiative.  I decided we had no worse than a draw there.

 On board 4, John played 2. d3 against the French.  White normally fianchettoes his KB in these systems, but John got quick development and his bishop, unusually, ended up on d3.  After a dozen or so moves, John was tempted into a Bxh7+, Kxh7, Ng5+, Kg8 sacrifice.  His queen went to c2 to threaten mate on h7.  The problem was, Black could get a knight to f6 to defend the mate.  John tried to get a rook to e3 and then f3 to threaten the knight, but it all looked a bit slow.  This one looked like a draw at best.

 Playing black on board 5, my own game started 1. Nf3 d6; 2. g3 e5.  I managed to build up some pressure in the middle-game and eventually won a pawn, but I made a mistaken swap of a pair of minor pieces and ended up with 2R and a bad bishop against 2R and a good knight.  I was desperately trying to find a winning plan, but eventually my extra pawn dropped off and, behind on the clock, I decided to bale out with a draw. Two-all!

 By now Faraz had won a couple of pawns and both sides were bashing out the moves in a R+P ending with a minute or so left on each clock (we were playing with 10-second increments).  Faraz avoided a couple of traps and eventually promoted a pawn.  3-2 to SB!

 On board 4 John was on the ropes, a piece down, with black pawns advancing to e4 and f4.  A mistimed ...f3 allowed him to grab a pawn back, but the position got wildly tactical, with pins, counter-pins, and threats of discovered check, and just seconds left on each clock.  Suddenly I saw that John was losing his queen for (I thought) a rook.  Game over?  Match drawn?  Not yet!  Either I mis-read the position, or black misplayed it (take your pick), and suddenly the dust cleared and John had 2R vs Q and was fractionally ahead on time.  Black had an extra pawn or two on the Q-side and could have tried to use them to force a win, but at ten seconds per move it would have been a tough ask, so he offered a truce, and we had won the match 3½-2½!

 TAL

 

18th Sept 18

Dudley Double up at Mutual

Tonight the SB Dudley Div 2 and Div 3 took on Mutual Circle in a Tag team Dudley affair,
Captains Singerman & Windows done a bit of team sorting out in the car park to maximize the effect.
SBD2 Lined up Bd1 Invincible (AKA Mat Thompson), Bd2 Singerman, Bd3 2 Car Mats, Bd4 Killa,
SBD3 Lined up Bd1 Kitty, Bd2 Windows, Bd3 Brush, Bd 4 Persian Mat (lives on the Pershore Rd (AKA Mat Smith))
This was my Game in which I was White, my draw offer after playing 28.h6 was accepted, it seemed unclear at the time to how the dust would settle.
1. c4 e6 2. e4 Bc5 3. d4 Bb4+ 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 b6 7. Nf3 Nge7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. h4 Ba6 10. Be3 Na5 11. Nd2 d5 12. exd5 exd5 13. Qh5 Ng6 14. f4 Re8

15. Kf2 Nxc4 16. Nxc4 Bxc4 17. Bc2 Qf6 18. Rae1 h6 19. Qg4 c5 20. h5 cxd4 21. cxd4 Ne7 22. Qf3 Nf5 23. Bxf5 Qxf5 24. g4 Qc2+ 25. Kg3 Re4 26. g5 hxg5 27. fxg5 Rae8 28. h6

After 8 Boards of Chess the scores read in our Overwhelming Favour       MC 1½   -   6½ SB
With three Mats amongst our players you could say we hit them with the Carpet shop.
SBD2 145max
Matt Trig  (145)             0     Invincible Mat  (Ug)   1
Mike Hollier   (135)      ½    Singerman      (135)  ½
Richard Leaper  (133)  ½    2 Car Mats    (126)     ½
Chris Pitt     (121)         ½     Killa       (126)           ½

SBD3 115max
Peter Hughes      (99)      0    Kitty     (102)           1
Shammas  Tabraiz (85)   0    Windows   (100)     1
Emile Paffard-Wray(74)  0    Brush        (99)        1
Jan Trembecki   (40)       0     Persian Mat  (75)   1

Afterwards Five of us got on the Magic Carpet and rolled on to Adils Balti House …. EXCELLENT......

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$ingerman

 

15th September 18

Club Room Upgrade (CRU)

Hello Chess Players,

Yesterday (Friday), I arrived at the club at 9.00 a.m. to move all the stuff out of the analysis room ready for the arrival of the carpet fitter.

Windows arrived shortly afterwards to assist with anything that needed doing.

The carpet fitter arrived at 10.00 a.m. to fit the carpet and completed the task at 12.30 p.m.

After vacuuming the carpet, Windows and I then returned the tables and chairs to the room.

The bookcases and all the books have now been reinstalled.

Pictures have now been hung on all the walls. Finally finished at 5.00 p.m.

Work now completed and the room is ready for you to enjoy. I hope you like it?

Thanks go out to all those volunteers who did the work and the members who contributed financially.

Your combined effort made this possible.

Cheers,

Tricky

 

3rd Sept 18

1st BDCL Match 1A Vs 1B

   Hello All,

                  Sorry this is a bit later than usual but on Monday the A team had a very tough match against our own B team. As I was playing, I didn't get to see much of other games but I will give a quick report of games.  I was in the Elizabeth of York pub having a coffee and I always check for e-mails in case of late messages from players that need to be acted upon.

About 6.45-6.50pm, Neil sent a message saying he was unwell....I went to club only 5 minutes away and Terry started ringing players and Singerman, who was just about to have his dinner (What a star!), got to club for 7.30pm and was rewarded with a game against Richard Mycroft. I think it was 3 Knights and when I looked near the end, Richard was a rook up in the endgame and the first to finish. This might have been planned by Singerman to get back for his dinner, His match-fixing case comes up on Monday!!!    ha-ha......

Jon Swindells won on the black side of a Ruy Lopez  against Ann-Marie James and John Pitcher had an exciting type of French Defence with Cory Hazlehurst but as Cory plays the Caro-Kann, he probably played...c6 and ...c5 to get to this type of position. Jon's King was in the centre on d or e2 but Cory at some point sacrificed a rook or two. Jon won the game!

I was on the black-side of a Kings-Indian Yugoslav against Dave Dunn....The game was tight for the first 20 odd moves but a few mistakes on my part and good play by Dave won him the game. He finished with a nice combination!

Robert Glass lost against Matt Thompson in a Nimzo-Indian in which Matts Queen and Bishop were stronger than Rob's Queen and Knight...Rob sacrificed his knight but gained nothing from it.

3-2 up and James Hanley v M. Walsh was very nicely poised....I think James was a pawn up in a Queen and minor piece endgame where he had to be careful of dark square weaknesses around his king. He played a few checks and reached a position where Marcus's king would have had to move to the same rank as the queen which would have been lost next move   4-2                        Well done team!!

Hitman.

 

29th August 18

And so it begins …….Again

Pre season Friendly Match

The 32nd annual "Friendly" match between Olton and South Birmingham took place on Wednesday 29 August 2018 at our club room.

This year the match took place over 18 boards (originally 19, but my opponent defaulted). Result therefore not counted in line up.

With our top ten graded players not available to play in the match, it was difficult to field a strong team. It was thought based on Olton's team last year

 that this could be our year for defeat.

At the last minute, players from the "old guard" in the form of David Dunn and Martin Smyth came to the rescue to strengthen our team.

Olton were without their usual top board (Phil Holt) which also helped us.

Members from six of our seven teams played in the match and represented our club.

I expected to get most of our points from the bottom boards, where we have a lot of under graded talent.

They did not disappoint. More surprisingly, look at the top 4 boards.

The first player to finish was new member Kavin who won his game fairly quickly and opened the score in our favour.

Results continued to go our way throughout the evening giving us our 19th successive victory!

 

 1. Neil Clarke           168         1-  0    Alan Lloyd              194

 2. David Dunn           166         1 - 0   Mark Cundy          171

 3. Sean Ralph           162         1 - 0    Richard Smith        160

 4. Tim Lane              161         1 - 0     R. Liszewski           154

 5. Martin Smyth       153         ½ - ½  Rch. Reynolds        150

 6. Rob Glass             153         0 - 1     Rob. reynolds         150

 7. Imogen Dicen       141        ½ - ½   Rob. Wallman         147

 8. Derek Stockhall   136         ½ - ½  John Freeman         146

 9. Alan Woollaston  135         ½ - ½   Richard Evans   143

10. Simon Kilarney   126           1 - 0    Thomas Evans Jr  129

11. Mat Little           126            1 - 0    John Asbury          126

12. Mat Thompson   u/g           ½ - ½   Frank Jimenez      121 

13. Roy Gough         117           ½ - ½   Jim Gillespie          116

14. Paul Heeney       107           0 - 1      David Reeves        111

15. Derek Green       101           1 - 0     Tom Evans Sr        93

16. Joe Kadar            99             1 - 0    John Clulee            68

17. Kavin Selvaraj    u/g            1 - 0    I.Mahmoud             53

18. Elis Dicen             92             1 - 0    M.Mahmoud          u/g

   

                                Total          13 - 5

Tricky

 

29th June 18

The end of another Season ………Another Curry night

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The Diwan Balti Restaurant have now built us our own section and again TOP MARKS for service and Food.

This Picture was taken by The Brush, Kitty nodding off as usual…

 

21st June 18

Second Trophy of 2018-19 season

SBCC 480max summer league Champions,

A total of eight players helped the team to achieve this with Paul Heeney AKA Nurse scoring 5/6

It has to be said a large amount of gratitude is owed to Solihull for getting their sums wrong when adding up grades.

Well done

President

480

 

 

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

SP

MP

IM

South Birmingham

 

10

4

5

1

25

15

16

0

0

0

Rushall

 

 

 

10

5

2

3

25

15

15

0

0

0

Warley Quinborne

 

10

5

3

2

23

17

15

0

0

0

Greenlands

 

 

10

2

3

5

17

23

9

0

0

0

Westminster

 

 

10

3

3

4

17½

22½

10

0

0

0

Solihull

 

 

 

10

2

2

6

12½

27½

5

2

0

0

 

21st June 18

First Trophy of 2018-19 season

SBCC win a 5½ - 2½ aggregate victory over Warley Quinborne to become 400max summer league Champions,

A total of ten players helped the team to achieve this but the most outstanding performances were achieved by new members

 Mat Thompson who scored 6/6 and Kavin Selvaraj who scored 5/6. Well done to both of them.

Terry

480

Team

 

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

SP

MP

IM

South Birmingham

 

10

8

1

1

29

11

21

0

0

0

Redditch

 

 

 

10

7

2

1

29

11

20

0

0

0

Sutton Coldfield

 

 

8

4

1

3

16

16

9

2

4

0

Warley Quinborne

 

8

2

2

4

15½

16½

7

0

0

0

Shirley & Wythall

 

8

2

0

6

12

18

5

0

0

0

Westminster

 

 

8

0

0

8

½

29½

-2

2

2

0

 

20th June 18

Summer Programme of events 2018

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

4 July                     5 minute tournament

11 July                    Lightning Tournament (10 seconds per move) 

18 July                   10 minute tournament

25 July                    Kreigspiel and Four-handed chess

1 August                10 –minute tournament (set opening: Caro Kann)

8 August                5-minute tournament

15 August              Lightning tournament (10 seconds per move)

22 August              Simultaneous Display by John Pitcher

29 August              Annual “Friendly” match against Olton Chess Club

 

 On Monday 3 September the opening night of 2018/19 season starts with the first match when our 1A team will be playing against our 1B team.

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.

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

 

16th June 18

Club Room Upgrade (CRU)

The story so far -
Last week we left you with Miracle Man, bloody but unbowed and wearing his underpants outside his other garments like a proper superhero, hanging by
his fingernails over a dark pit full of ravenous Miracle Man eaters.
Now Read On...

During the week - Killer came and did required painting touch-ups.
Terry came and hung new curtains. Main room emptied of furniture on Wed evening.

Windows & kitty came in 10:00am on Friday to oversee carpet laying and finish window slats and other little jobs.
Carpet men laid new carpet. Finished at midday. Expected about an hours work after carpet men finished.
Turned into an epic with door problems, problems with new chairs etc - finished at nearly 6:00pm !

Note - Barman Bob will be seeing about the gas pipe. We not to touch it. Kitty will arrange 'weather' deflectors outside windows to protect against
driving rain and fit PADSS (ran out of time).
The 'bottom line' is : The club room main decorating project is essentially
completed and the room ready for use again.

regards kitty
That's All Folks ! Asta La Vista Baby, Sayonara etc. etc.

 

10th June 18

Club Room Upgrade (CRU)

Dear Alice et al

just to be clear...they are not 'window flaps' !!!

- they are our new 'High Tech Air Conditioning System' (H-TACS) with

Bi-Lateral Individual Climate Control (BLICC)

OK ??

 

 fyi -

Alice had purchased and bought along exactly the same 'H_TACS securing kit' as I had, that morning in another place, almost bought then rejected on

price grounds at B&Q. He paid (PoundstretcherLand Shop) less than half wot I would have been charged. And, because he's a good egg, he doesn't want any

money for it. Nor for the five million screws he put in the squeaky boards. Then everyone left. The painting done. (Although Simon will pop in to do a

few touch-ups during the week. He  told me he was good at that sort of thing). The room looks so much better now after the cleaning & painting

which was by far the bulk of the work and much thanks are due to the painting team, including Nursey who battled with his near terminal vertigo

problem at the top of the ladders on Saturday!, so abley led by our own expert Joe.  Members have helped with their free labour and expertise, ideas

aplenty (solicited and unsolicited!) and several with free donations of tools/materials to get this job done for as little cost to the club as possible.

 A true team effort.

 

Tim & kitty decided that the addition of a Personnel Anti-Defenestration Safety System (PADSS) would now be sensible. This will consist of a strip of

wood going across halfway up the each window since they were now so clean after little Matt's deep cleaning exploits that you can now, unexpectedly,

actually see through them almost as if they weren't there. Those green tinges we could previously discern through the windows have resolved

themselves into trees ! While many shops and businesses put stickers on their doors/windows to help prevent people walking into them, we had relied

on 30+ years of grime and grot. Until Matt happened ! Left alone I began the job of fitting the H-TACS securing kit but, just in

time, realised that the locations of some of the securing mechanisms depend upon the sealing strips. And we don't have them yet. But we will soon.

So, instead, I tidied up the analysis room a bit then left. The bottom line is that I will complete the H-TACS (& BLICC) and PADSS

installations later. (prob. Friday after the carpet men finish). The main difference between this 'bottom line' and one of Alice's 'bottom

lines' is that this one is near the end !

best regards

kitty

 

 

24th May 18

Clubs AGM took place tonight, with around 20 members in attendance.

A Small rise in Membership fees was agreed to cover rising costs of ECF membership plus Clock and Web fees.

Full membership which include ECF fees will now be £45 with half Membership being £35

Best Junior Award was won for the second year by Imogen Dicen

Potters Trophy for dedication to the cause was awarded to Joe Kadar

Nickers Trophy for the most Draws in a season was won by Rob Glass who amassed an incredible 25

Yours truly was elected as the annual Club President. No Russians Involved.

The End of Season Curry Night will be Friday June 29th

 

1st May 18

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One-A beat Solihull in a play off for the BDCL Runners up Trophy, Since 2000 this is the sixth runners up win to add to the 8 Championship Titles. Making 14 top two finish’s in the last 18 years

 

29th April 18

Summer League

SBCC have Entered all four Sections of the BDCL Summer Rapid play League, Two teams in the open section and a team in 560max, 480max and 400max sections

 

26th April 18

Club Room Upgrade (CRU)

Chess players,

 Many thanks to those of you who have offered to help out with the decorating party.  This will take place on the earlier of the two weekends originally proposed, namely 9 & 10 June.

 Kitty the Property Developer and Joe the Brush have been working a little magic to broaden the scope of the project.  As a result of their planning and arm-twisting, we have a number of pieces of good news:

 The All Services Club is going to donate towards the cost of the work.  Thanks are due to Joe the Manager (normally to be found at the far end of the bar).

 

23 April 18

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SB Dudley 1 became champions after putting Sutton Coldfield to the sword with a great ½ -3½ Away victory

With one game still to play SB have only lost one board from 20 played

SB Dudley 1 Have emulated SB Dudley 2 & SB Dudley 3 Teams by winning the division at the first attempt

SBCC can now boast to winning FIVE division titles in four Seasons

2018…..Div 1 & Div 3

2017.....Div 3 (Div 2 lost out on Board count)

2016.....Div 2

2015…..Div 2

 

22nd April 18

Ârchive Section

The Ârchive Section now contains BDCL Match records which were mixed in with club history,

Dudley, Cannock & Summer League, Plus…. The Annual “Friendly” Match records with Olton Chess

 

 

17th April 18

Minnie Mouse

Elis Dicen (6) AKA Minnie Mouse younger sister of Imogen (912) won her Second Game in five days.

Elis After a great Debut win for MNFour Thursday against a WQ….108 on Board six. Added another win Monday, this time for MNFive by beating her board 5 opponent who was a former Ky....131

Great thanks to the Dicen Family for giving time and allowing The Girls to be part of our club………… The futures Bright, the futures Dicen Powered.

 

11th April 18

Dudley 3 Champions 1st.png

SB Dudley 3 became champions for the second year running after a 4 -0 win against Mercia

SB have only lost four boards from 24 played

Excellent Performance from Scott Leadbetter AKA Geog, finished 100% 6 from 6 with Paul Heeney, AKA Nurse gaining 4½ from 5……….

 

 

13th March 18

BDCL 2018 10 second buzzer Lightning Tournament

South Birmingham Entered a Team in each of the three sections of six rounds Lightning Tournament

Section A Team Jon Swindells. Cory Hazelhurst. Adam Szelc. Sean Ralph. Tim Lane. Finished 2nd winning 14½ out of 24 Boards

Section B Team Rob Glass. Terry Walker. Derek Stockhall. Simon Killarney. Finished 1st winning 12½ out of 24 Boards

Section C Team Derek Green. Imogen Dicen. Matt Little. Paul Heeney. Elis Dicen. Finished 1st winning 15½ out of 24 Boards

Elis Dicen age 6 won Three out of Three games played.

 

Section A

Teams

SC-A

SB-A

Olt-A

Sol-A

MC-A

Wes-A

Totals

Finished

Suton Coldfield A     Section A Winners

1

SC-A

 

3

3

4

4

16½

1st

2

SB-A

1

 

3

4

3

14½

2nd

3

Olt-A

1

1

 

3

2

3

10

3

4

Sol-A

0

1

 

3

8

4

5

MC-A

0

1

2

 

1

6

6

Wes-A

0

½

1

1

3

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section B

Teams

SB-B

BSM

Red/SW

Grn

WsK

Sol-B

Totals

Finished

South Birmingham B                            Section B Winners

1

SB-B

 

3

2

2

2

12½

1st

2

BSM

1

 

2

3

4

12½

2nd

3

Red/SW

½

2

 

1

2

4

5

4

Grn

2

1

3

 

2

3

11

4

5

WsK

2

2

2

 

4

11½

3

6

Sol-B

2

0

0

1

0

 

3

6

 

 

 

 

Section C

Teams

Olt-B

SB-C

SC-B

Col

MC-B

Wes-B

Totals

Finished

South Birmingham C  Section C Winners

1

Olt-B

 

1

3

1

3

3

2

SB-C

3

 

1

4

4

15½

1st

3

SC-B

3

 

2

4

15

2nd

4

Col

1

½

2

 

2

7

5

5

MC-B

3

0

½

 

2

8

4

6

Wes-B

1

0

0

2

2

 

5

6

 

15th Oct 17

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Name

Dicen Imogen   (912)

Starting rank

2

Rating

109

Rating national

109

Rating international

0

Performance rating

647

Points

6,5

Rank

1

Federation

ENG

Club/City

South Birmingham

Rd.

Bo.

SNo

Name

Rtg

Club/City

Pts.

Res.

1

2

18

Simpson Richard

85

Shirley & Wythall

4,0

w 1

2

1

11

Heeney Paul

98

South Birmingham

3,5

s 1

3

1

13

Watkins Harvey

92

Warley Quinborne

3,5

w 1

4

1

5

Loach Peter L

105

Boldmere St. Michael's

5,0

s 1

5

1

16

Calderbank Stuart

87

Stratford-On-Avon

5,0

w 1

6

1

3

Stanton T Giles

106

Redditch

4,5

s ½

7

1

34

Manukyan Tigran

0

None

4,0

w 1

 

 

2nd Sept 17

Azaadi Rapid play

Hi Chess players,

On Saturday we had the honour to host the Azaadi Rapid play tournament as part of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Pakistan.

We have to thank Azmat for coming up with the idea and the Pakistan Consulate for sponsoring it and their overall support.

Alan did a lot of work on the website for it and kept the list of entries up to date. Tim made sure that the financial side of it was taken care of.

Dave Thomas did an excellent job controlling the tournament. In the end we had 61 players competing in four sections.

It was opened by the Lord Mayor. Although Martin had asked me to have a word with the Lord Mayor to see if I could get his bins emptied, unfortunately I did not have the opportunity.

The Pakistan Consulate supplied complementary food that was ongoing all day. There were big boxes of Samosa, and Bargees and lots of snacks, free tea, coffee and pop.

It was a bit like going out for a meal and playing a few games of chess at the same time! It was a friendly affair and I think most people enjoyed themselves.

DT tried some of the food and kept going back for more. He told me that he thought it was addictive.

DT and I had several players come up to us at the end and thank us. DT said this was unusual. DT, who is one of the top arbiters in the country gave it 9/10.

I have since had 3 emails thanking us and saying what a Friendly atmosphere there was and will we let them know when the next one is!

 

29th Aug 17

The 31st. annual "Friendly" match between Olton and South Birmingham

took place on Tuesday 29th August 2017 at Olton's place over 19 boards.

Members from all of our eight teams played in the match. Our youngest member Elis Dicen aged 6 years made her first appearance

 for the club and put up a strong fight against her much experienced opponent. I predict that we have a strong player in the making.

Olton made more of an effort this year with 10 out of their top 13 players playing in the match. and even Alan Lloyd turned up at 7.10 p.m.

Olton out graded us on 16 0f the 19 boards, so I thought that it was going to be a close match.

The wins started to come in for us and we ended with a 11½ - 7½ Pictures are on Galleries Tab.

This is the 18th successive victory!

 SOUTH BIRMINGHAM                     OLTON

1.       Pavel Besedin       193    0  -   1    Phil Holt       201

2.       Kevin Hurney        191    1  -   0    Alan Lloyd    180

3.       Marcus Walsh       178    ½  - ½   Richard Smith  172

4.       Martin Smyth        160    ½  -  ½   Mark Cundy      172

5.       Sean Ralph           154    1   -  0    Robert Reynolds  159

6.       Robert Glass        154    ½  -  ½   Gary Hope      165

7.       Tim Lane              153    ½  -  ½   Rob Wallman   163

8.       Terry Walker         151    1  -  0    Trevor Holt     146

9.       Derek Stockhall    139    ½  -  ½   Frank Jimenez   145

10.    Jim Barrett           135     1 -  0     Richard Reynolds  144

11.    Mian Azmat          135    1  -  0    Richard Liszewski  146

12.    Simon Killarney    131    ½  - ½    Jon asbury      135                      

13.    Derek Green        118     ½  - ½   Ken Allen    133

14.    Alan Woollaston   118    1  -  0    Paul Hodgskin   133

15.    Imogen Dicen      114     1  -  0    Jim Gillespie    124

16.    Paul Heeney          90     0  - 1    Warren Archibald  118

17.    Boson Das             89    0 -  1     David Reeves     114

18.    Joe Kadar             76     1  -  0    Tom Evans      85

19.    Elis Dicen             u/g    0 -  1    John Clulee     72 

                                     11½     7½

22nd Aug 17

The Hitman Champion of Kings

https://www.englishchess.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/worcs_chess_winners2017.jpg

Worcestershire Chess Association Closed Congress was held 19th & 20th August at The King’s School Worcester. The 2017 Individual champion is Kevin Hurney (Greenlands and South Birmingham) who scored 4½ points from five games.

Other champions are: Senior champion (Over 60) Lee Davis (Malvern 3½ points);  Minor (Under 130) champion is Rob Bricknell (Redditch, 3 points); Veteran champion (Over 70) Phil Smith (Worcester, 2½ points); Junior champion (Under 16) Manvith Sandhu (Halesowen, 2½ points); best score by an ungraded player Ravi Sandhu (Halesowen, 1½ points).  

The chess bookstall raised nearly £150 for St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester. Worcestershire CA wish to thank The King’s School Worcester for use of their facilities and Andrew Farthing for the bookstall and controlling the tournament.

10th Aug 17

SBCC Dudley League Campaign Evolves

The South Birmingham Dudley Representative attended this year AGM and Made Fixtures for a team in all three Divisions.

After three seasons of participation SBCC have never finished out side the top two places

Winning Div 2 2014-15 & 2015-16 & Winning Div 3 2016-17.

This coming Season There are 6 matches in Div 1 & div 3, and 9 matches in Div 2.

 

1st July 17

SBCC Summer Programme 2017

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

5 July          5 minute tournament

12 July        10 minute tournament

19 July        Lightning Tournament (10 seconds per move)

26 July        Kreigspiel and Four-handed chess

2 August     10 –minute tournament (set opening: Ruy Lopez (Breyer Defence)

9 August      Lightning tournament (10 seconds per move)

16 August    5-minute tournament

23 August    Simultaneous Display by Jonathan Swindells (Grade 214)

29 August    Annual "Friendly" Match at Olton Chess Club

30 August    5-minute tournament

2 September Saturday we host the Azaadi Rapid Play Championship, Details on our web site.

6 September Opening night of 2017/18 Season (time to pay your subs!)

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.

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

 

24th June 17

Dates for Diary

The Annual Pre season match with Olton has been arranged for Tuesday 29th August at Tyseley Workingman's Club 7.15 Start…..

Following the 2017-18 BDCL Fixtures Meeting at Olton last Tuesday… all the Eight SBCC Teams in the BDCL, now have their fixtures showing on their respective pages.

 

9th June 17

Our End of Season beer and curry night 2017 will be on Friday 30th June.                                                                            

The details are:

19.00 meet at the club for a drink

19.45 meet at The Prince of Wales

22.00 meet at The Diwan Balti Restaurant on the Alcester Road. B13 8AR

https://diwanbalti-moseley.co.uk/menu

The restaurant is 5 minutes walk from The Prince of Wales (opposite Trafalgar Road).

It is unlicensed so you can bring your own drinks.

There is an outdoor in Woodbridge Road

 

29th May 17

South Birmingham Chess Club Announce details of a Seven round Rapidplay Tournament to take Place at Moseley All Service Club Saturday 2nd September 2017

This is in Association with the Pakistan consulate celebrating 70 years of Independence. http://southbirminghamchessclub.com/SBCC-Rapidplay.htm

This will be FIDE & ECF Graded event of Four Sections, Open, Major (Max 170), Intermediate (Max 140), Minor (Max 110) Prize money:

FIDE Open: 1st £250, 2nd £150, 3rd: £75; Grading £25 Other sections: 1st £150, 2nd £80, 3rd: £50; Grading £25 …… Entry Fee: Open £16   Others £13

 

28th Apr 17

The clubs AGM is set for 24th May,

We have also entered five teams in the four sections of the 2017 Summer League

Open, 560, 480 & 400

 

27th Apr 17

Dudley 2 Runners up

South Birmingham Dudley Division two Side beat WQ 4- 0 in the final game to finish joint top & Undefeated

However if there is a tie …..The game between the sides is used and if that was drawn Total Board wins is used to separate the teams.

Halesowen get the title by winning 1 more Board over the season, so after SB winning it the last two seasons I will have to hand it back.

The team can still be proud as we have still only lost the very first match three seasons ago 6th Oct 2014….. Well done

Teams

SB For

Ag

Hal For

Ag

Mer

3

1

3

1

SB/Hal

2

2

2

2

Wtn

3

1

4

0

kId

2

2

½

MC

3

1

Sto

Bdm

2

2

3

1

WQ

4

0

3

1

21½

10½

22½

2nd.png

Dudley Division-2

P

W

D

L

Pts

Halesowen 

8

6

1

1

13

SB Dudley Boyz 

8

5

3

0

13

Warley Quinborne 

8

3

3

2

9

Mutual Circle  

8

3

2

3

8

Stourbridge 

8

2

3

3

7

Wolverhampton 

8

3

1

4

7

Boldmere  

8

2

3

3

7

Kidderminster 

8

1

3

4

5

Mercia 

8

1

1

6

3

 

18th Apr 17

Indy Four Champion

Well Done to NtG (Nick the Greek) AKA Nick Papathanasopoulos winning the BDCL Individual Four Trophy

 

13th Apr 17

Dudley 3 Champions

South Birmingham Dudley Division three Side have become Champions at the First attempt

Well done to all those involved

1st.png

Dudley Division-3

P

W

D

L

Pts

SB-Dudley-3-Boyz

6

3

3

0

9

Halesowen-A 

6

3

1

2

7

Warley Quinborne 

6

3

0

3

6

Mercia 

6

2

2

2

6

Bushbury 

6

3

0

3

6

Walsall Kipping 

6

1

3

2

5

Halesowen-B 

6

1

1

4

3

 

4th Apr 17

Trophy Finals

In recent years South Birmingham have been prominent in the Trophy finals and this year was no different with two more teams representing South Birmingham at Olton in the Trophy Finals

 

Terrill Trophy Champions

1A made the final of the Terrill Trophy for the Eighth time in the last 10 years.

 The opponents this year were Reigning League Champions Sutton Coldfield, who last got their hands on the Terrill Silver 2001/2 Season, when Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine) was World chess champion,

A lot of bragging rights were at stake with both clubs having won the Magnificent Rose Bowl 8 times before, as they have both been BDCL League Champions 8 times.

Hitman, AKA Kevin Hurney sums up the match…..Great night for 1A as we retained the Terrill Trophy in a 4-2 win against our perennial rivals Sutton Coldfield 1. There were wins for Pavel, Kevin and Dave.

 Colours were decided by the roll of a dice, a first for me, and the night didn’t start well when I rolled a 1. Golam Ali rolled a 2 so they had white on odds.

 Boards 1 and 2 finished first before I became the first winner on board 4 in a very sharp London System. My opponent’s aggressive play 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.Nc3 0-0 5.Qd2 d5 6.h4 made for an interesting game but it fizzled out which left him with a lost position.

 Pavel won but had to endure some dangerous moments and he wasn’t happy with the game afterwards. Richard was 3 pawns down in a type of Wing Gambit and couldn’t turn the game around.

 3 - 2 up and even if we lost on board 6, the cup was ours on board count. However we didn’t need such tie breaks as Dave worked the magic with his advanced pawns.9 times Terrill Winners…..

I. Ortega             216        ½ - ½      215         J. Swindells

H. Stepanyan     199         ½ - ½      204         A. Mihalik

G. Ali                 169          0 - 1       199         P. Besedin

K. Escott            170         1 - 0       192         R. Mycroft

N. Owen            177          0 - 1       186`        K. Hurney

M. Sozynski       150          0 - 1       173         D. Dunn

Hitman

 

Homer Trophy

1C team played Redditch 3 in the Homer Trophy who had a 3½ start; this would mean we could concede no more than 1 board for victory. A very tough ask against a team who only lost 3 boards all season.

Tal, AKA Tim A Lane Sums up the match…. The first game to finish, unusually, was Martin's on Board 3.  White in a Benko Gambit, Martin played h4, Rh3, a4 and Ra3.  This is a configuration I don't think I've ever seen before, even from Martin.  A few moves later Martin called in at my board to say he had a terrible position but had been offered a draw: should we take it?  (Rules note: you can ask your captain whether or not to accept a draw, but you shouldn't offer an evaluation of your position while doing so.)  Anyway, I decided that a position evaluated by Martin as terrible must indeed be truly terrible, so I said "take the draw" which he did. Speedy, Black on Board 2 in what I think became an Exchange Variation Caro-Kann by transposition, quickly won an exchange and three pawns (didn't see how it happened) and won soon after. David was Black on Board 4 in a 1. d4 g6: 2. c4 Bg7: 3. Nf3 d6: 4. g3 Nc6: 5. Bg2 e5: set-up.  His opponent played utterly without ambition and David was unable to generate any of his characteristic complexity.  Eventually all the pieces came off and another draw was agreed. I was Black on Board 6 in the same opening, except that my opponent omitted c4.  I shuffled around for 25 moves and then made my first attacking move of the evening, threatening a two-move cheapo, which my opponent missed.  Resignation soon followed. At this point we were 3-1 up, but we needed to win both remaining games.  Unfortunately Sean, White in an Exchange Variation Caro-Kann with, of course, an early g4, had a hopelessly lost position on Board 5, with R+B+P vs R+B+3P, with passed a- and h-pawns. Cory, pursuing a minority attack in his favoured Exchange Variation Queen's Gambit, seemed to have winning chances on Board 1. At this a little drama occurred. Sean's opponent unaccountably gave up his bishop (I think he miscounted the moves in a push of his a-pawn). Did Sean have winning chances now? I scurried over to Cory's board. But the gods of chess were playing fair, and balanced the Redditch blunder with a South Birmingham one, which cost Cory a piece and the game. 3-2 and the match was over. Sean's game eventually came down to the last couple of minutes each, with neither side able to make progress, and a draw was agreed. The handicap was too great for the 1C team to overcome in the Homer  final against Redditch 3 and, although we won 3½-2½ over the board, we lost 3½-6 with the handicap.

C Hazlehurst     179         0 - 1         177      D Lambourne

M Ho                173         1 - 0         175       J Vaughan

M Smyth           167        ½ - ½        157       G Boswell

D Thomson       171         ½ - ½       157       G Cox

S Ralph            163         ½ - ½       156       N Towers

T A Lane           155         1 - 0         125       R Bricknell

Tal

 

7th Mar 17

Lightning Tournament

South Birmingham Chess Club entered four teams of four into this year's 10 second Lightning tournament, SB-A finished a very creditable Second to Winners Halesowen who had Grand Master Keith Arkell and his brother Nick in their Line up, Jan Sneberg made sure SB-A won the team with the best outfit Award. Imogen Dicen Scored a fantastic 5 out of 6 and showed composure beyond her age, not being at all phased by the watching players waiting for her to finish before the next round could begin. 

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        SB-A … Jan, Cory, Pavel, Jon              SB-B … Martin………………Dave………………………….Tim……………………..Rob…………………..     SB-C … Terry, Derek S, Jim, Derek G           SB-D… Azmat, Paul, Imogen, Joe 

                  

6th Mar 17

Indy

Well Done Brush, (AKA Joe Kadar) who beat John Pakenham to make the Individual 6 Final for the second year running.

 

26th Feb 17

Congratulations

South Birmingham Chess Club Player Killa (AKA Simon Killarney) scored 4½ from 5 to become Joint winner of the 2017 U120 Warwickshire congress,

11 year old Imogen got in the prize money with Joint Second with an Impressive 4 from 5.   All stand easy the Future has been secured……

South Birmingham Chess Club 2017 Junior Award me think……..

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Simon Killarney & Imogen Dicen

 

19TH Feb 17

South Birmingham's 11 year old Imogen Dicen shows the older juniors how it's done. "Brilliant display"

 2017 Birmingham Junior Open Under 18

Last update 19.02.2017 17:37:53 Final Ranking after 6 Rounds

Rk.

SNo

Name

Rtg

Club/City

Pts.

1

2

Dicen Imogen

94

Ke Handsworth

5,0

5

Morris William

89

Ke Stratford

5,0

3

1

Twaseen Shazaib

97

Kes

4,5

3

Westwood Cameron

91

Stourbridge College

4,5

5

4

Lo Matthew

89

Kes

4,0

8

Sanchez Eduardo

66

Kes

4,0

19

Shah Saksham

0

Ke Camp Hill

4,0

8

10

Aggarwal Hemal

49

Ke Camp Hill

3,5

9

6

Chaganti Vaibhav

79

Kes

3,0

7

Jose Rohit M

68

Kes

3,0

9

Anstice Benjamin

59

Guilsborough

3,0

16

Varachia Adam

0

Kes

3,0

18

Vas Kieran

0

Qm Walsall

3,0

14

17

Pandit Arjun

0

Ke Camp Hill

2,5

15

11

Patel Tanita

25

Kehs

2,0

12

Tamimy Ibrahim

0

Wolverhampton Grammar

2,0

14

Aslam Zain

0

Kes

2,0

18

13

Dhillon Gian

0

Kes

1,0

15

Jasinska Iga

0

Finham Park

1,0

 

5th Feb 17

20/20 Chess Championships

On Saturday January 28th, Neil, Marco, Jim B and I took part in the 20/20 chess championships at University of Birmingham. Officially we were not South Birmingham but Worcestershire A and B. Instead a hybrid team existed in the A team made up two players from Redditch, a Manchester University student who had travelled down as a so called Barbarian player (replacing the ill Kevin Hurney) and myself.

With me on Board 1 for this so called A team (Technically the B team was stronger than the A team by a country mile) due to Kev's illness. This meant I was in for a hiding. I wont bore you all with the exact details of how I managed to play well and score 2/5 and nearly claim the scalp of two 200 players. But I will say it was a really enjoyable event, well organised and good fun. Even for those of us who threw numerous positions away. Furthermore Marco playing Board 3 for the B team scored 4/5 and won a bronze medal. Also the team qualified for the National Finals some time around May (?). Mind you I wouldn't hold onto the thought of proverbially packing your bags for Wembley, as I imagine Worcestershire will be looking for likes of Keith Arkell as the strength of some of the finalists will have 200 plus players on two or even 3 boards. Either way this is a good team format and I can see it catching on, as I think 30 mins is too long and Blitz should be left to the Internet.

So a belated congratulations to Team Diamond, Prof, Speedy and Physics, (AKA Neil Clarke, Marcus Walsh, Marco Ho and Jim Barrett).   

Bean

 

31st Jan 17

Indy

Well Done Sharp As, (AKA Rob Glass) wins BDCL  Individual 1 Semi Final against six times winner John Edge, SBCC have a finalist for the third Year running…………

 

9th Jan 17

Congratulations

After 180 miles in three days South Birmingham Chess Club Player Killa (AKA Simon Killarney) scored 4½ from 5 to become Joint winner of the 2017 U125 Shropshire congress, and a nice Cheque to go with it.
Killa follows in Speedy's, (AKA Marco Ho) footsteps who won it 2015 and Physics, (AKA Jim Barrett) who was 2015 Joint runner up.
NtG (Nick the Greek) AKA Nick Papathanasopoulos did well in the Major Section U160 ... Scoring an impressive 3½ from 5 but not having a official ECF grade (125 Conversion) preventing him getting the Grading Prize.

DSC_0241.JPGKilla 2017  Marco win Shropshire.jpg Speedy 2015 Jim win at Shropshire.jpgPhysics 2015

 

12th Dec 16

Agreed Christmas Curry was very enjoyable, very good food, excellent company – what more can one ask?

Diamond (AKA Neil Clarke) definitely won the best Christmas Jumper competition shown to advantage in the 2016 photo!

Kitty

 

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11th Dec 16

Curry Night at The Diwan Balti Restaurant turned out to be one of the Best I have been to. Up on the Dewat and definitely up on Grameen Khana, My food was excellent even the side order of Chips. ………….. Let's hope it stays open

$ingerman

 

30th Nov 16

Our Christmas beer and curry night 2016 will be on Friday 9 December.                                                                              

The details are:

19.00 meet at the club for a drink

19.45 meet at The Prince of Wales

22.00 meet at The Diwan Balti Restaurant on the Alcester Road. B13 8AR

https://diwanbalti-moseley.co.uk/menu

The restaurant is 5 minutes walk from The Prince of Wales (opposite Trafalgar Road).

It is unlicensed so you can bring your own drinks.

There is an outdoor in Woodbridge Road. Kitty has offered to store drinks in his big trunk.

The restaurant has been recommended by Physics 1 and some David Cameron geezer.

 

25th Nov 16

If anyone is thinking what Christmas Present to buy the 1d Team, I suggest a Compass. January sees them leaving Moseley for the first time this season….. Shock horror, It may be difficult according to one email I received,

Free tickets to Carlsen v Karjakin match in New York. FIDE asked me to go but unfortunately I told them I couldn't make it as I have a match against Solihull on Wednesday ………….... I mean New York and Hudson Street, with the tinkle of festive lights around Macy's or the activity of Times Square and a visit to The Marshall Club, the infamous club of the late great Bobby Fischer. This can not compare to the creaking floorboards and poorly ventilated rooms, where on a Wednesday evening you get the left over scraps from the Darts Team buffet (if you are lucky) and then to pass the streets of old Moseley and watch the locals drinking the finest inorganic cheap cider known to man in the tranquillity of a public bench in the centre. Sorry FIDE, Moseley wins every time.

Bean

 

30th Sep 16

New Members 2016-17

1.                   Sneberg, John

2.                   Szelc, Adam

3.                   Papathanasopoulos, Nikolaos

4.                   Pratapa, Vamsi K

5.                   Farooq, Azmat Mian

6.                   Baulch-Jones, Ian

7.                   Dicen, Imogen

8.                   Leighton, James

9.                   Green, Derek

10.                Cotterill, Sam

11.                Perez Guerra, Alberto

12.                Dodgson, Joe

 

30th Jun 16

Summer League 2016

We have won the first Trophy of 2016-17... Summer league Open section winning all 12 matches

 

31st May 16

Season 2015-16

Last Season we made history by being the only club since the league was formed in 1897 to get 4 teams into division 1. An amazing feat!

Richard Mycroft won the Division 1 Individual championship and became the first South Birmingham player to do so.

Three more teams earned promotion.

The total number of trophies won was an amazing 15.

1.                   Terrill Trophy winners

2.                   2nd in Division 1

3.                   Division 1 individual champion - Richard Mycroft

4.                   2nd in Division 2 and promotion to division 1

5.                   Division 2 Individual champion runner up - Tim Lane

6.                   2nd in Division 3 and promotion to division 2

7.                   Division 3 - Winners of the Homer Trophy

8.                   Division 3 Individual champion - Marco Ho

9.                   2nd in Division 5 and promotion to division 4

10.                Division 5 Individual champion - Alan Woollaston

11.                Division 6 Individual champion runner up - Joe Kadar

12.                Winners of section 2 of the league lightning championship

13.                Summer League 2015 Open Championship winners

14.                Summer League 2015 winners of 560 section

15.                Division 2 Champions of the Dudley League for the second season running,

Tricky

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