Atticus 4NCL

Ferry `cross the Maroczy and the 4NCL: The Final Rounds

Saturday 3rd May 2014: Round 9

 

 

Ferry 'Cross the Maroczy 1

 

2

4

Surbiton

 

1

w

Williamson, Roger G

2146

½

½

Briscoe, Chris

2207

2

b

Kee, Steve

2044

0

1

Shepherd, Paul D

2194 c

3

w

Bimpson, Tom

2044

½

½

Henderson, Ian R

2059

4

b

Campbell, Ian

1999

½

½

Crombleholme, Alan K

2101

5

w

Hawkins, James NH

1930

0

1

Kalavannan, Koby

1881

6

b

Boumphrey, Luke S

1988

½

½

Fenwick, Hugh F

1870

 

We arrived at Daventry hopeful that we might sit down to play each day with the idea of fighting it out just to catch a sniff of the rarified air of the top tables. After all, we were a mere 2 pts off 3rd place with 4 teams to go up. Our opponents naturally had the same idea (they indeed did make the top table in the final round although sadly they drew Guildford 3, who, usually fielding 3 IMs, are the Karma Lords of this division).

As our match unfolded a tense struggle developed. Roger could make no headway against his opponent's Dutch. I provocatively castled queenside facing a closed Sicilian. Tom and Luke might or might not have had an edge. Ian was scurrying around in the warmth of his first three ranks. Nick was about to enter a tactical jungle. Then four of these games hit an impasse. The decisive ones, however, saw Nick drop a piece, and mine, in which I somehow reached an ending from a lost position, but then missed any drawing chances. Ah well, it seemed so abrupt, but no Champions League for us after all.

 

Sunday 4th May 2014: Round 10

 

 

 

West is Best 1

 

Ferry 'Cross the Maroczy 1

 

1

w

Littlejohns, David P

2033

0

1

Williamson, Roger G

2146

2

b

Edgell, Ben P

2105

½

½

Kee, Steve

2044

3

w

Richardt, Mike

1974

½

½

Bimpson, Tom

2044

4

b

Taylor, William J

2004

½

½

Campbell, Ian

1999

5

w

Spencer, Douglas

1949 o

1

0

Hawkins, James NH

1930

6

b

Dydak, Mateusz

1923

1

0

Boumphrey, Luke S

1988

 

Now that the illusion that is ambition had been extinguished, we could relax a little now and enjoy the chess. Roger quickly seized an advantage against his opponents Ruy Lopez. As he bossed the open queenside, I had Tom as one of my home bankers on the fixed odds. Ian shuffled around beautifully before agreeing a quick draw by repetition. Nick imaginatively opened his kingside with g5..uh-uh. Even though the queens went off Luke was developing a powerful assault. My game as white was a smooth transition, you know the ones I tend to go for? Where white finally manages to equalise and the result is a draw. (where`s that damned opening book?). Well, Roger cashed in quick for a victory, but Nick`s position fell. Luke`s position also fell, but I do think that Luke loves tactics so much that rather than cash in (in this case to regain his pawn) he dearly doesn`t want the excitement to stop, but this is dangerous for one`s chess health! Tom`s promised land didn`t materialise. Another loss for the Ferry! Dear me, our only remaining goal was to ensure that we didn`t end up in one of those little side rooms they put some teams in (heaven`s, some teams were even put in the basement - aka  the lower suite, with live streaming from Hinckley and free coffee - not so bad after all)

 

Monday 5th May 2014: Round 11

 

 

 

Ferry 'Cross the Maroczy 1

 

3

3

Oxford 2

 

1

w

Williamson, Roger G

2146

1

0

Healey, Michael W

2132

2

b

Kee, Steve

2044

½

½

Dickinson, Tim R

2124

3

w

Bimpson, Tom

2044

1

0

Colburn, Paul J

1942

4

b

Campbell, Ian

1999

½

½

Ludbrook, Matthew

1998

5

w

Hawkins, James NH

1930

0

1

Brackmann, Hendrik

1858 c

6

b

Boumphrey, Luke S

1988

0

1

Terry, Sean

1925

 

Well, here we are.. our final match. I could almost feel it - the fatigue of five weekends-worth of phoning up obscure B&Bs, hanging on for players who didn`t know whether they could make it, and trying desperately to find that rarest and most valuable of animals, a chess player who can actually drive a car – weighing on me. Honestly, when my opponent offered me a draw after 8 moves (top moves, mind) I thought my lottery numbers had come in. I gratefully cashed in and smugly watched the drama yet to unfold. Roger`s game was a smooth transition from opening – to pawn gain – to won endgame. Like one of Mozarts little minuets. Tom`s was more Stockhausen – well, he did blame me for suggesting that nebulous positions were actually not too bad after all. You might consider your opponents blindspot when in a winning position the result of psychological nebulous pressure Tom (re: `Winning Ugly` by Tony Pulis). Ian seemed quite annoyed that having initiated his quasi-courtship ritual of shuffling around on his first three ranks, his opponent actually wanted to play for a win. This impertinence was soon extinguished however, and Ian finished with a `perfect` record of played 9, drawn 9 (Steve Burge, you still can`t touch this). Meanwhile, Luke was being squashed by a Maroczy, which developed into trying to restrain two queenside pawns from advancing – but it was not to be. I`ve saved the best – or the most painful, till last. Nick was majorly cheesed-off with his play and decided just to go for the damn thing today. He did so in fine style, sac after sac creating a massive schism between his opponents king and the rest of society. At this point, Nick had a queen and two bishops left (against an army of pieces, but all still on the bank rank and pushed away from their king) – but the Angel of Opportunity calls sometimes just once – and the chance was there to win the 4NCL brilliancy prize. Sadly, it wasn`t taken, but at least the artist was in evidence...

 

The 4NCL is a gruelling yet wonderful event; the 3rd division of which may need restructuring as it is so large; and it may be best to reconsider the choice of Daventry (so many teams, so few rooms, so few B&Bs). It has also been a great honour and a pleasure to be captain these last two seasons, and the experience has been invaluable both to myself and to many players. I would like to say a very sincere thank you to everyone who has taken part in this adventure, and especially the players we could always count on, those who made sure they were available, sometimes despite adverse results simply because they were loyal. Next season I plan to spend some of those free weekends I have playing some tournaments – it should be fun, and I hope I`ll see you there.

4NCL Rounds 7&8

Round 7: Saturday 22nd March

 

 

Ferry 'Cross the Maroczy 1

 

Iceni 1

 

1

w

Williamson, Roger G

2140

1

0

Peters, John A

2050 c

2

b

Kee, Steve

2032

0

1

Daugman, John G

2034 c

3

w

Hawkins, James NH

1946

0

1

Ruthen, Stephen W

2052

4

b

Boumphrey, Luke S

1982

0

1

Feavyour, John A

2045

5

w

Siddall, W Joe

1970 c

½

½

Reynolds, D Ian W

2014

6

b

Stephens, Ian Paul

1867

0

1

Downham, Alan F

1992

Read more: 4NCL Rounds 7&8

4NCL: Rounds 5+6

 

Saturday 8th February

 

 

Bradford DCA Knights C

 

Ferry 'Cross the Maroczy 1

 

1

w

Edwards-Wright, Miles D

1906 e

½

½

Williamson, Roger G

2144

2

b

Dean, Robert A

1858 e

½

½

Kee, Steve

2040

3

w

Grobler, David J

1834 e

0

1

Bimpson, Tom

2030

4

b

Bramson, Mike

1815

½

½

Campbell, Ian

2005

5

w

Mahoney, Nicholas

1754 e

0

1

Hawkins, James NH

1946

6

b

default

 

0

1

Boumphrey, Luke S

1982

Read more: 4NCL: Rounds 5+6

The Ferry`s adventures continue

Saturday 11th January 2014, 4NCL Division 3N

 

 

Manchester Manticores 1

 

3

3

Ferry 'Cross the Maroczy 1

 

1

w

Reeve, Andy K

2218 c

½

½

Williamson, Roger G

2140

2

b

Burgin, Ryan

2061

½

½

Kee, Steve

2218 c

3

w

Hamer, Martyn

2098 e

½

½

Stancak, Andrej

2178 e

4

b

Flores, Marciel T

2101

0

1

Odunaiya, A David

2122 c

5

w

Brown, Brendan J

2050 c

½

½

Campbell, Ian

2005

6

b

Tyton, Adam

2026 c

1

0

Bimpson, Tom

1954 c

 

We eagerly anticipated our return to 4NCL action with some more dangerous-looking clashes in store. It seemed to everyone involved that the average grades in this Northern section had risen a fair bit from last year, making almost every opponent a challenge...

Read more: The Ferry`s adventures continue

New venture kicks off at 4NCL

Saturday November 17th 2013

 

Ferry 'Cross the Maroczy 1

 

Spirit of Atticus A

 

w

Williamson, Roger G

2143

½

½

Carleton, John J

2252

b

Kee, Steve

2218 c

0

1

Ivell, Nicholas W

2288

w

Lilley, Graham

2105

0

1

Jowett, Peter E

2159

b

Odunaiya, A David

2122 c

0

1

Smith, Andrew P

2134

w

Hawkins, James NH

1946

½

½

Ackley, Peter JE

2138 e

b

Bimpson, Tom

1954 c

½

½

Latham, David

2130 e

The first outing for our new Atticus-Aigburth alliance was a tricky one. Spirit were relegated from Div 2 only on `goal difference` and we faced a tough task, maybe 4NCL had agreed the TV rights for this one.

Roger`s game against John Carleton was a case of two people well versed in the Caro-Kann advance variation negating any excessive imbalances. They often draw I believe and this was pretty much nailed on.
My game against Nicholas Ivell was the usual attempt to escape from Alcatraz facing a closed Sicilian system. Having finally achieved the possibility of a tactical skirmish I went one further and handed myself in to the jail warden by giving my queen away..ah well.
Graham faced the Benoni but not capturing the offered b5 pawn led to a passive situation and things gradually became worse leading to an fairly early loss. David faced the advance Caro-Kann and although the game was pretty much even for a while he couldn`t quite muster up enough counterplay and a passed e pawn decided it. Nick Hawkins faced the Pirc and in a quiet system things were indeed quiet, agreeing a draw. Similarly, Tom Bimpson`s game was a Pirc and finished a draw, but after developing a dangerous attack, Tom missed a critical line which may well have given him the point.
So, an unflattering scoreline for us, but we may not play many stronger teams this year.

 

 

Manchester Manticores 1

 

6

0

Ferry 'Cross the Maroczy 2

 

w

Hamer, Martyn

2098 e

1

0

Boumphrey, Luke S

1989

b

Timson, Paul F

2066 e

1

0

Wadsworth, Mark S

1810 c

w

Tyton, Adam

2026 c

1

0

Stephens, Ian Paul

1875

b

Whitehead, Mark A

1970 e

1

0

Philp, Steven

1674 c

w

Lonsdale, Jon I

1930 c

1

0

Lawton, Thomas

1506 c

b

Norris, Michael J

1850 e

1

0

May, Natasha

1010 c

Our 2nd team faced a team who heavily outgraded them on almost every board, but the value of 4NCL here is to gain valuable experience and know-how at this level.

Luke King`s Indian led him to a clear edge against Martyn Hamer, but somehow the tactics went astray and he found himself a rook down. Mark faced the Mexican defence, and the position was even for a while, but queenside vs kingside breakthrough racing has a certain disadvantage, and his opponent crashed through to Mark`s king.
Ian faced the Rossolimo attack, but doubled pawns on the c file proved restricting and white amassed pawns to win.

Steve`s game position against the Kan Sicilian seemed to turn on a Nb5 tactic which perhaps wasn`t as promising as it first appeared, and positionally there was not enough compensation for the piece, leading eventually to the loss of another. Tom faced the Alapin and possibly focused overly on his Q-side pawns, allowing white crucial tempi, and a sac wasn`t enough to turn things around. Natasha, our wildcard, faced the Slav defence but an adventurous knight sortie led to the loss of a pawn. She fought valiantly but the extra pawn told in the end.

A harsh scoreline, but we all recovered our spirits over drinks and a lovely meal, played some mean blitz at the bar, and aimed to give a better account of ourselves the next day..

Read more: New venture kicks off at 4NCL

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