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Atticus1 Win the Team Lightning Tournament 2015
- Created on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 04:50
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 05:01
- Written by snp
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A great evening at Prescot Chess Club saw the Atticus 1 team winning the Team Lightning Competition.The team was comprised of David Lawson,John Redmond,Dave James and Brian Ewart.
Atticus 2 also finished in the runner up position.
Atticus had 3 teams in the event with other Atticus players also helping out to support some of the other teams involved.
Thanks to Steve Kee for organising the Atticus Teams and also
Dave Welch,John Davis, Kevin Sartain for making the evening such a success.
Wallasey win Wirral KO Final 14/5/15
- Created on Saturday, 16 May 2015 01:24
- Last Updated on Saturday, 16 May 2015 01:24
- Written by dh
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A more exciting report on this match from David Hulme!
Friday 15th May 2015
WALLASEY RETAIN KNOCK-OUT TROPHY !
Wallasey beat Atticus last night in a very close match that could easily have gone either way.
Wallasey started the match as favourites with a grading advantage of approx 30 points per board and early indications showed they should retain the trophy as clear gains appeared on five of the seven boards and the other two with no apparent advantages to Atticus (at least that was the writer's assessment). Approx 90 minutes into battle the first casualties appeared as Wallasey's Greg Hughes and Phil Brine won swiftly and soon followed Stu Smiley's win to make it 3-0 to Wallasey with Atticus handicap keeping them in contention. The match seem to swing around the two hour mark as Atticus' Steven Phelp unveiled a devastating knight fork of two rooks when trailing by a couple of pawns. Steven quickly put Wallasey's club champion Jeff Povall to the sword with a smooth conversion of Rook and 3 pawns vs a Knight and 4 pawns into an easily won ending. This put Atticus in the lead with their handicap. On board 3, Steve Burge's early pawn gambit had created plenty of activity against Steve Lee's accurate defence. Peace was agreed as Steve B's several Q-threats were defended one at a time by Steve L.
As we passed the 35 move time control, only Bd 1 and 4 remained. Mike Coffey asked his captain if a win was needed in a position that was looking drawn against Jim Wiseman. The reply from Leon was "preferably" which raised a few chuckles from the gathering spectators. Over on bd 1, Brian Ewart had gained a pawn advantage vs Phil Davies and seemed to be gaining the upper hand with R,B and 5 vs R,N and 4 but the clocks were running down. Back on bd 4 Jim pushed a pawn to try and break through, but following a straight forward exchange of pawn and minor pieces found his King unable to defend a backward pawn which would be rounded up and leave a passed pawn to walk the walk. Jim graciously resigned in the knowledge a draw had been there for the taking ... and left the score at 4.5 vs 1.5 (excl handicap) to Wallasey, so now a draw would be enough for Wallasey. As the last 5 or 6 minutes approached Phil Davies had advanced his minority pawns to create a pass pawn opportunity. Brian looked to prevent this advance in the hope his own centrally advanced pawns would hold sway. As the position got more complicated Brian ran out of time picking up Phil's passed pawn and giving up his own central pawns. And so the Cup was retained by Wallasey in a case of what might have been .... for Atticus.
Congratulations to Wallasey and commiserations to Atticus
Atticus lose out in an exciting Final 14/5/15
- Created on Friday, 15 May 2015 00:36
- Last Updated on Friday, 15 May 2015 01:38
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Atticus lost out tonight to Wallasey in the Final of the Wirral League KO Cup.(being a 2nd Division team we got a useful handicap of +2.5!)
All the players gave good performances and in the later stages, it looked as though we might go on to win.
Brian Ewart always looked to be ahead and turned down offers of a draw before the time control eventually gave victory to his opponent Phil Davies.On board 4 Jim Wiseman also looked to have a solid end game draw before being overtaken by Mike Coffey.Some great earlier results from Steve Burge and Steve Philp had put the team in with a chance.
Thanks to all the players who helped out in the previous rounds to get the team in the Final including Mattia Antonetti who unfortunately will shortly be leaving the Club following his extended vacation.
|177||P Davies||1||0||B Ewart||148|
|173||G Hughes||1||0||J Lambert||147|
|166||S Lee||0.5||0.5||S Burge||133|
|162||M Coffey||1||0||J Wiseman||125|
|162||S Smiley||1||0||T Webb||124|
|156||J Povall||0||1||S Philp||125|
|149||P Brine||1||0||D Hurley||124|
Atticus triumph in John Ripley Cup
- Created on Tuesday, 12 May 2015 15:15
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 06:56
- Written by John Redmond
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Atticus 5-3½ Skelmersdale, John Ripley Cup Final, Monday May 11 2015
Atticus defeated Skelmersdale last night in the John Ripley Cup. Skelmersdale, as a Division 3 side, had a 2½ advantage before the match began, so Atticus had to win by at least 4½-1½ on the night. In the event we won by 5-1. It was far from easy as a couple of the Atticus players had lost positions and several games went down to the last minute or two. Only Andrej, the form player for Atticus this season, made his game look easy. In one of the oddest games, Steve Kee's opponent achieved a won position but, after blundering away a piece, offered Steve a draw when he still had a won position. The rest of us made equally heavy weather of our games. Congratulations to Skelmersdale on a battling performance, especially bearing in mind the huge rating disparities.
|202||D Lawson||1||0||P Stanley||171|
|204||J Redmond||1||0||D Stanfield||137|
|188||D James||1||0||R Pittman||142|
|187||A Stancak||1||0||J Reid||98|
|186||S Kee||½||½||S O'Brien||110|
|177||D Odunaiya||½||½||P Pittman||110|
New Date for Atticus AGM
- Created on Monday, 11 May 2015 08:15
- Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 08:16
- Written by John Redmond
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The Atticus AGM has now been brought forward to Tuesday, May 19th. It will be held at the Everyman Theatre at 7.30.
Because of the Spring Bank Holiday, The Everyman is closed on the evening of the originally scheduled date. Other dates have proved difficult e.g. because of the scheduling of the MCA Team Lightning Event.
John Redmond (Atticus CC Chairman)