21.x.2019

 

MCA Div 2

 

 

Atticus 3

 

3-3

 

Aigburth 2

John Lambert (B)

145

½-½

149

Dave Pearcey (W)

Sanjoy Banerjee (W)

129

1-0

150

Tony McNamara (B)

Mark Wadsworth (B)

125

½-½

144

Tony Pimblett (W)

Jim Wiseman (W)

122

0-1

140

Steven Gerrard (B)

Tom Webb (B)

121

0-1

131

Sean Kane (W)

Steve Burge (W)

121

1-0

80

Paul Capstick (B)

If you squint your eyes these days, it is difficult to tell Atticus 3 and Atticus 4 apart, which is to say that once again we were missing key players, and with l’arme secrete struck down by flu on the morning of the match, had to borrow another player from Jim’s team to achieve a full turnout. 

Mean, mode or median, we were once again up against it, as was always likely this season even if we had all our listed players available.  Yet if there is a spirit I would aspire to for this team, it would be that we relish a fight, and tonight it was so! 

Having failed in the basic etiquette of captaincy last time around, namely missing two of my players games in their entirety, I was determined to make up for it this time by ‘playing a simul’ and keeping a regular eye on proceeding on all boards, and was rewarded with some classy performances. 

First to finish was Mark Wadsworth, whose opponent played the unconventional 6.Nb3 in a Lasker-Pelikan instead of the usual 6.Ndb5 (Sveshnikov), and failed thereafter to reassert control, although at one point appearing to have a spatial advantage.  A good start from our super-sub, who kindly stepped in despite work commitments. 

Next to finish was Jim, who had the white side of a Pirc and had seemed at least on equal terms throughout, heading into a B+4P v N+4P endgame, but a late lapse and a couple of hours good work was sadly undone. 

Yet scores were level again almost immediately, as Steve continued his unbeaten start for our team this season with an efficient display in what I gather was a King’s Gambit, although to give credit to his opponent, it was the one board where a heavy rating advantage lay in our favour, though this was not apparent in the way black expedited his task. 

John responded to Dave Pearcey’s Bird’s Opening by challenging white from the get-go, and although white looked at one stage to have more space, black was compact and a further half-point was secured (albeit at the third time of asking!). 

The most eye-catching game of the night for me, however, came on Board 5, were I was curious how Tom would fare in accepting Sean Kane’s Smith-Morra Gambit.  After years of taking the pawn, I had recently eschewed doing so after a painful defeat at the hands of the same player, and watched as an interested bystander and Tom gave what appeared to be a masterclass in how to neutralise white’s threats.  Yet the SMG is death by a thousand cuts, and just when the worst of the storm seemed to have been weathered, the material balance appears to morph to Sean’s advantage, and a principled effort came to an unfortunate end. 

Which left the sac-fest on Board 2 as the last remaining action.  Tony played an intriguing variant of the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon and smuggled and inveigled his way into a superior position before pushing the envelope just that bit too far.  Once the material imbalance settled, 2R+N proved to be stronger than Her Majesty’s lone hand, and the spoils were shared.

7.x.2019

 

MCA Div 2

 

 

Atticus 3

 

1-5

 

Wallasey A

Ben Ellington (B)

131

½-½

165

David N Clark (W)

Martin Blasczyk (W)

132

0-1

164

Phil Davies (B)

Sanjoy Banerjee (B)

129

0-1

162

Mike J Coffey (W)

Jim Wiseman (W)

122

0-1

161

Greg Hughes (B)

Tom Webb (B)

121

0-1

156

Phil A Brine (W)

Steve Burge (W)

121

½-½

141

Chris Latham (B)

With our top two boards unavailable, we knew we had an uphill struggle to take anything from a full strength Wallasey side, who came down last year from Division 1, and look like early favourites to make an immediate return.  Yet all of our players are more than capable of achieving a result against such high calibre opponents, and as we sat down to play, I was hopeful we would have chances if we were game enough to take them.

First to finish was Jim, sat alongside me, who true to form came out swinging.  But Greg was fleet of foot and was able to land the telling blows.

Ben on top board was next to finish, claiming a highly creditable draw with the black pieces in a Closed Sicilian.  At this point, I should apologise to Tom and Martin, since I did not get to see any of their games, but once they left the fray, the match was sealed in Wallasey’s favour and Steve and I were left playing only for pride.

Steve also secured a draw with his trademark Grand Prix Attack, and it was left to Mike Coffey and myself to round off the night’s business.  Having traded exchanges, we were left in a equal endgame, yet early profligancy in time management led to the decisive misstep to round off a chastening evening.

Liverpool 2
141 3.5 : 2.5 Atticus 3 131
1
Mana, Sameen
161
0.5-0.5
Lambert, John F
145
2
Hawkins, James N
154
1-0
Ellington, Ben
131
3
Clarke, Michael
154
0.5-0.5
Blasczyk, Martin
132
4
Leeming, Dave W
142
0-1
Banerjee, Sanjoy K
129
5
Mellor, Peter
115
1-0
Wentworth, Chris
128
6
Robinson, Sean
117
0.5-0.5
Burge, Steve J
121

As this was our first match of the season, I would like to thank Jim for his excellent leadership of this team over a number of seasons.  I am sure Atticus 4 will have a successful season under tenure.

The cross city rivalry with the excellent Liverpool Chess Club was a good test of where we are right now.  Even without two of their listed player, they were able to field a foreboding line-up, but I have quiet confidence in this team.

John Lambert was first to finish, achieving a fighting draw on top board.  My game was concluded shortly after as misadventure got the better of the usually very solid Dave Leeming.  Martin then added to our tally, doing very well to save a rook and pawn endgame with 3 v 3 on the kingside and a passed a-pawn, but with the rook in front instead of behind.

At that stage, we looked on course for a famous win, but then the tide began to turn.  Chris king succumbed to heavy crossfire, and Steve found himself short of time and unable to convert a promising position.  And finally, Ben came up short against Nick Hawkins in an evenly fought KID.

So we came up a tantalising half a point short, yet I was proud of the team for what was in truth a fighting and credible debut.

Rnk
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Pt
Boards
1 Aigburth 2X3.5 3.53.0 X 5 10.0
2 Liverpool 22.5X 3.5 3.5 X 4 9.5
3 Wallasey A X3.5 5.0 X 4 8.5
4 Southport 1 2.52.5X 3.5 X 2 8.5
5 Prescot 12.5 X 3.5 X 2 6.0
6 Atticus 33.02.51.0 X X 1 6.5
7 Skelmersdale 1 2.52.5 X X 0 5.0

Rnk
GP
W
D
L
Pt
Boards
1 Aigburth 232105 10.0
2 Liverpool 232014 9.5
3 Wallasey A22004 8.5
4 Southport 131022 8.5
5 Prescot 121012 6.0
6 Atticus 330121 6.5
7 Skelmersdale 120020 5.0

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

02nd September 2019
Round 1 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 1 Liverpool 2 152 : 8 bye
2 2 Atticus 3 126 1.0:5.0 7 Wallasey A 158
3 3 Aigburth 2 142 3.5:2.5 6 Prescot 1 135
4 4 Southport 1 138 3.5:2.5 5 Skelmersdale 1 140
23rd September 2019
Round 2 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 bye : 5 Skelmersdale 1 142
2 6 Prescot 1 144 : 4 Southport 1 144
3 7 Wallasey A 158 : 3 Aigburth 2 142
4 1 Liverpool 2 141 3.5:2.5 2 Atticus 3 131
07th October 2019
Round 3 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 2 Atticus 3 133 : 8 bye
2 3 Aigburth 2 140 3.5:2.5 1 Liverpool 2 139
3 4 Southport 1 143 2.5:3.5 7 Wallasey A 152
4 5 Skelmersdale 1 140 2.5:3.5 6 Prescot 1 136
21st October 2019
Round 4 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 bye : 6 Prescot 1 144
2 7 Wallasey A 158 : 5 Skelmersdale 1 142
3 1 Liverpool 2 144 3.5:2.5 4 Southport 1 144
4 2 Atticus 3 128 3.0:3.0 3 Aigburth 2 132
4 Mark Wadsworth played Board 3 for Atticus. Had to put No player for board 3
11th November 2019
Round 5 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 3 Aigburth 2 142 : 8 bye
2 4 Southport 1 144 : 2 Atticus 3 133
3 5 Skelmersdale 1 142 : 1 Liverpool 2 152
4 6 Prescot 1 144 : 7 Wallasey A 158
25th November 2019
Round 6 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 bye : 7 Wallasey A 158
2 1 Liverpool 2 152 : 6 Prescot 1 144
3 2 Atticus 3 133 : 5 Skelmersdale 1 142
4 3 Aigburth 2 142 : 4 Southport 1 144
06th January 2020
Round 7 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 4 Southport 1 144 : 8 bye
2 5 Skelmersdale 1 142 : 3 Aigburth 2 142
3 6 Prescot 1 144 : 2 Atticus 3 133
4 7 Wallasey A 158 : 1 Liverpool 2 152
20th January 2020
Round 1 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 bye : 1 Liverpool 2 152
2 7 Wallasey A 158 : 2 Atticus 3 133
3 6 Prescot 1 144 : 3 Aigburth 2 142
4 5 Skelmersdale 1 142 : 4 Southport 1 144
03rd February 2020
Round 2 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 5 Skelmersdale 1 142 : 8 bye
2 4 Southport 1 144 : 6 Prescot 1 144
3 3 Aigburth 2 142 : 7 Wallasey A 158
4 2 Atticus 3 133 : 1 Liverpool 2 152
17th February 2020
Round 3 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 bye : 2 Atticus 3 133
2 1 Liverpool 2 152 : 3 Aigburth 2 142
3 7 Wallasey A 158 : 4 Southport 1 144
4 6 Prescot 1 144 : 5 Skelmersdale 1 142
02nd March 2020
Round 4 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 6 Prescot 1 144 : 8 bye
2 5 Skelmersdale 1 142 : 7 Wallasey A 158
3 4 Southport 1 144 : 1 Liverpool 2 152
4 3 Aigburth 2 142 : 2 Atticus 3 133
16th March 2020
Round 5 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 bye : 3 Aigburth 2 142
2 2 Atticus 3 133 : 4 Southport 1 144
3 1 Liverpool 2 152 : 5 Skelmersdale 1 142
4 7 Wallasey A 158 : 6 Prescot 1 144
30th March 2020
Round 6 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 7 Wallasey A 158 : 8 bye
2 6 Prescot 1 144 : 1 Liverpool 2 152
3 5 Skelmersdale 1 142 : 2 Atticus 3 133
4 4 Southport 1 144 : 3 Aigburth 2 142
13th April 2020
Round 7 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 bye : 4 Southport 1 144
2 3 Aigburth 2 142 : 5 Skelmersdale 1 142
3 2 Atticus 3 133 : 6 Prescot 1 144
4 1 Liverpool 2 152 : 7 Wallasey A 158

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