Atticus 1
177 5.0 : 2.0 Aigburth 1 165
1
Redmond, John P
214
1-0
Williamson, Roger G
208
2
Kennaugh, Charles W
192
0.5-0.5
Lee, Steven
171
3
James, David J
194
1-0
Faulkner, James
165
4
McCarthy, Jim P
170
1-0
Rowlandson, Daniel
163
5
Martin, Nicholas E
166
0.5-0.5
Eisen, David
155
6
Rothwell, James P
160
0.5-0.5
Kane, Brendan D
146
7
Lambert, John F
145
0.5-0.5
McNamara, AM (Tony)
150

Atticus v Aigburth matches are generally well-fought and last night's match was no exception with an exciting finish and interesting games on most boards. On Board 2, Charlie seemed to have full control against Steve Lee and picked up an exchange. However, after Charlie abstained from a Bishop-for-Knight trade, Steve, with his advanced pawn on h3, incarcerated Charlie's king and found a tactic to get the exchange back (or a perpetual.) This tied Charlie up. There was a tense finish in time-pressure and a draw was agreed. On Board 3, there was a double-edged struggle. James Faulkner won a pawn with a 2-rook and opposite-squared Bishop ending. There was dynamic equilibrium, however, and Dave had a more active King. It was probably still level when Dave started rolling a central pawn and managed to trap James's bishop. Exemplary technique saw Dave pick up the full point. On Board 4 Jim faced Daniel Rowlandson who has steadily improved over the last 2 years into a strong player. However in this game Jim got a marginal advantage and had an extra pawn (albeit doubled) as pieces were swapped to a Rook ending where Jim's active king was able to support a passed pawn. This forced the win - another fine controlled game by Jim. On Board 5  Dave played a gentle version of the London system against Nick and when all bishops were swapped in an almost symmetrical position an early draw was agreed. In a French on Board 6 James got pressure on the a-file and also in the centre leading to the win of an exchange. However James's Queen then became stuck on d6 with Brendan Kane controlling many squares with his pieces. So James sensibly agreed the draw as he ran short of time. Board 7 featured a really exciting game. In a Slav John got superior central pawns versus Tony's passed a-pawn. John won a pawn but Tonys' a-pawn reached a6 when all three results were still possible. With both players having less than 3 minutes John picked up a rook when Tony tried to attack. However Tony continued to defend well while John was in his last minute. A draw was honorably agreed with John having 6 seconds left. A real nail-biter which was a credit to both players. On Board 1 John Redmond pulled off a dire swindle in time-pressure when Roger, having controlled the game and built up a winning position, ran his King up the board and fell into a one-move mate.

Therefore Atticus 1 secured a 5-2 victory which looked quite improbable with 20 minutes to go. Credit to Aigburth for being tough and very sporting opponents. Waterloo in 2 weeks time is likely to be an equally tough match.

Waterloo 1
174 3.0 : 4.0 Atticus 1 177
1
Quillan, Gary
230
0.5-0.5
Redmond, John P
214
2
Dobson, Graham W
180
0.5-0.5
Kennaugh, Charles W
192
3
Horton, Colin D
173
0-1
James, David J
194
4
Ormrod, Joe P
172
0.5-0.5
McCarthy, Jim P
170
5
O'Driscoll, Peter
161
0.5-0.5
Rothwell, James P
160
6
Williamson, Graham AG
154
0.5-0.5
Martin, Nicholas E
166
7
Connor, Michael I
147
0.5-0.5
Lambert, John F
145

 

After Waterloo struggled in the first half of 2018-2019 they are a resurgent force and a tough away-match was expected when Atticus 1 travelled to their venue last night. The event did not disappoint. On Board 1 against Gary, John Redmond got a solid blockading-style position and - apart from one nice shot for White pointed out by 'Compy' - the evaluation was never too far from equal. On Board 2 Charlie seemed to have a dynamic position against Graham who had the 2 Bishops in a g3-system opening. The game seemed evenly balanced until exchanges saw Graham get a passed and menacing d-pawn. But Charlie had control of more squares while restraining the passed pawn and held the game through some tricky tactics. On Board 3 Dave played another controlled d-pawn game where he gained space and damaged Colin's kingside pawns and then won 2 pawns with double-rooks and Bishop v Knight ending. Dave started rolling the queenside pawns and swapped one pair of rooks - exemplary technique saw Dave pick up the full point. On Board 4 Joe played the increasingly fashionable and dangerous d4/Bf4/Nc3 opening (associated with Jobava) but Jim kept equality and fianchettoed solidly leading to an early draw offer that was accepted. It is good to have Joe playing again. On Board 5 James played the Ruy Lopez and Peter played a Carlsen favourite, the Berlin Defence, which is a really hard nut to crack. Though James had easier piece play, Peter was very solid indeed and once James' efforts had been parried repeatedly an honourable draw was agreed. On Board 6 Nick almost did not make the game being trapped on a train without power for 45 minutes! He then got a bus arriving just before a 30 minute default. Nick played a favourite antidote to Graham's London system and had a slight edge when Graham offered the draw. Nick accepted for their fourth draw in the last 2 years ! On board 7 Mick Connor is a great acquisition for Waterloo and this had the makings of a tough battle. However John was slightly passive in the opening allowing Mick space and Mick trapped John's queen to win Queen for Rook. John could have resigned at that point but sought to attack and somehow trapped Mick's king with the remaining pieces winning Queen for rook back ! An enthralling battle continued and I think John may have even had a forced mate possibility after this. John was a pawn down but caused Mick all sorts of problems even as material was exchanged. John eventually secured a draw which was an incredible fight-back.

Therefore Atticus had secured a 4-3 victory  by virtue of 6 draws and Dave's win, which had looked an unlikely result with 30 minutes to go. Credit to Waterloo for being tough and sporting opponents. This season already features multiple teams vying for the top positions and is quite unlike last year when Hoylake and Liverpool were well ahead of the rest.

 

Rg
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
MP
BP
1 Atticus 2X 6.03.5 5.5X 5 15.0
2 Hoylake 1 X 4.03.55.0 X 5 12.5
3 Waterloo 1 X3.0 5.54.0 X 4 12.5
4 Atticus 11.0 4.0X 5.0 X 4 10.0
5 Liverpool 13.53.0 X4.5 X 3 11.0
6 St Helens 1 3.51.5 2.5X X 1 7.5
7 Formby 1 2.03.0 X X 0 5.0
8 Aigburth 11.5 2.0 X X0 3.5

Rg
G
S
R
V
MP
BP
1 Atticus 232105 15.0
2 Hoylake 132105 12.5
3 Waterloo 132014 12.5
4 Atticus 132014 10.0
5 Liverpool 131113 11.0
6 St Helens 130121 7.5
7 Formby 120020 5.0
8 Aigburth 120020 3.5

G = Number of matches played; S = Win; R = Draw; V = Lost

09th September 2019
Round 1 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 1 Atticus 1 173 1.0:6.0 8 Atticus 2 175
2 2 Aigburth 1 170 : 7 Formby 1 146
3 3 Waterloo 1 179 5.5:1.5 6 St Helens 1 166
4 4 Hoylake 1 174 4.0:3.0 5 Liverpool 1 149
30th September 2019
Round 2 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 Atticus 2 179 3.5:3.5 5 Liverpool 1 179
2 6 St Helens 1 164 3.5:3.5 4 Hoylake 1 158
3 7 Formby 1 146 3.0:4.0 3 Waterloo 1 175
4 1 Atticus 1 177 5.0:2.0 2 Aigburth 1 165
14th October 2019
Round 3 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 2 Aigburth 1 165 1.5:5.5 8 Atticus 2 175
2 3 Waterloo 1 174 3.0:4.0 1 Atticus 1 177
3 4 Hoylake 1 174 5.0:2.0 7 Formby 1 146
4 5 Liverpool 1 167 4.5:2.5 6 St Helens 1 164
04th November 2019
Round 4 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 Atticus 2 175 : 6 St Helens 1 147
2 7 Formby 1 146 : 5 Liverpool 1 182
3 1 Atticus 1 177 : 4 Hoylake 1 174
4 2 Aigburth 1 170 : 3 Waterloo 1 174
18th November 2019
Round 5 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 3 Waterloo 1 174 : 8 Atticus 2 175
2 4 Hoylake 1 174 : 2 Aigburth 1 170
3 5 Liverpool 1 182 : 1 Atticus 1 177
4 6 St Helens 1 147 : 7 Formby 1 146
02nd December 2019
Round 6 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 Atticus 2 175 : 7 Formby 1 146
2 1 Atticus 1 177 : 6 St Helens 1 147
3 2 Aigburth 1 170 : 5 Liverpool 1 182
4 3 Waterloo 1 174 : 4 Hoylake 1 174
13th January 2020
Round 7 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 4 Hoylake 1 174 : 8 Atticus 2 175
2 5 Liverpool 1 182 : 3 Waterloo 1 174
3 6 St Helens 1 147 : 2 Aigburth 1 170
4 7 Formby 1 146 : 1 Atticus 1 177
27th January 2020
Round 1 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 Atticus 2 175 : 1 Atticus 1 177
2 7 Formby 1 146 : 2 Aigburth 1 170
3 6 St Helens 1 147 : 3 Waterloo 1 174
4 5 Liverpool 1 182 : 4 Hoylake 1 174
10th February 2020
Round 2 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 5 Liverpool 1 182 : 8 Atticus 2 175
2 4 Hoylake 1 174 : 6 St Helens 1 147
3 3 Waterloo 1 174 : 7 Formby 1 146
4 2 Aigburth 1 170 : 1 Atticus 1 177
24th February 2020
Round 3 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 Atticus 2 175 : 2 Aigburth 1 170
2 1 Atticus 1 177 : 3 Waterloo 1 174
3 7 Formby 1 146 : 4 Hoylake 1 174
4 6 St Helens 1 147 : 5 Liverpool 1 182
09th March 2020
Round 4 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 6 St Helens 1 147 : 8 Atticus 2 175
2 5 Liverpool 1 182 : 7 Formby 1 146
3 4 Hoylake 1 174 : 1 Atticus 1 177
4 3 Waterloo 1 174 : 2 Aigburth 1 170
23rd March 2020
Round 5 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 Atticus 2 175 : 3 Waterloo 1 174
2 2 Aigburth 1 170 : 4 Hoylake 1 174
3 1 Atticus 1 177 : 5 Liverpool 1 182
4 7 Formby 1 146 : 6 St Helens 1 147
06th April 2020
Round 6 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 7 Formby 1 146 : 8 Atticus 2 175
2 6 St Helens 1 147 : 1 Atticus 1 177
3 5 Liverpool 1 182 : 2 Aigburth 1 170
4 4 Hoylake 1 174 : 3 Waterloo 1 174
20th April 2020
Round 7 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 Atticus 2 175 : 4 Hoylake 1 174
2 3 Waterloo 1 174 : 5 Liverpool 1 182
3 2 Aigburth 1 170 : 6 St Helens 1 147
4 1 Atticus 1 177 : 7 Formby 1 146

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