A tough match was expected last night against the 2018-2019 MCA Champions, Hoylake. The match did not disappoint.
I report in reverse board order.
Board 7: Martin Blasczyk v Bahkti Vasiev
Martin played actively in his Kings Indian set-up. Martin won a pawn but it was isolated and while he always had an edge when pieces were exchanged a draw was agreed.
Board 6: John Lambert v Mike Stoddart.
John played F4, E4 and D4 against Mike's Pirc which left the dark squares weakened. John lost a pawn but attacked on the King-side. However pieces were exchanged limiting the attack and a combination saw John drop a bishop and Hoylake had the win.
Board 5:  Nick Martin v E.H. Taylor.
It is good to see the return of Ed after almost ten years away from League chess.
Ed played the Trompovsky exchange and had some space but Nick had the strong bishop. Nick sacced a pawn for good counterplay and when Ed offerred the draw it was accepted.
Board 4: Jim McCarthy v Mike Smith.
Jim played the English against Mike who also plays the English when White. Though Mike seemed to have good piece play he had a weak D-pawn and lacked space. Jim gradually increased the pressure which led to an ending with Jim 2 pawns up and with the bishop against knight. Jim duly pushed his pawns and Mike resigned. This was another fine and controlled victory by Jim against a dangerous opponent.
Board 3.: Dave James v Mike Stone
Mike played his usual and dangerous C3 line against Dave's Sicilian. Dave gained the 2 bishops with Mike having strong centralised pieces. I thought Dave had a slight edge but Mike played a strong knight move equalising and offered the draw which was agreed.
Board 2: Charlie Kennaugh v Tom Carroll saw Charlie win a pawn and though Tom tried to defend resiliently Charlie played the ending so calmly and precisely that Tom could only wait as Charlie pushed his Queenside pawns. This was a great game to watch and this win levelled the match with two games to go.
Board 1: John Redmond v Dave Tebb.
John and Dave have had some epic tussles over the last few years and this was no exception. This was the last game to finish and Atticus were 3:5-2:5 up guaranteeing at least a draw in the match.
The game had been a Tarrasch type system from a Nimzo opening and John obtained good piece play. However Dave won John's A-pawn and all three results were still possible.
As time elapsed John kept creating  threats against Dave's king and obtained serious counterplay with his strong bishop. John sacced the exchange but won it straight back gaining 2 pawns in the process leading to a Queen and Rook ending and John with 56 seconds left to Dave's 1 minute 17 seconds. When John moved his rook despite being in check Dave gained another 2 minutes as queens came off. It was so tense that Dave repeatedly knocked pieces over when moving but John remained calm and was clearly winning when Dave overlooked a back-rank mate with both having seconds on the clock. A fantastic conclusion demonstrating the benefit of counterplay when an opponent is short on time.
Hence Atticus 1 had a convincing 4:5 - 2:5 victory against strong opponents. Report Nick Martin

Atticus 1
173 4.5 : 2.5 Hoylake 1 170
1
Redmond, John P
214
1-0
Tebb, David J
209
2
Kennaugh, Charles W
192
1-0
Carroll, Thomas
202
3
James, David J
194
0.5-0.5
Stone, Mike
175
4
McCarthy, Jim P
170
1-0
Smith, Mike
174
5
Martin, Nicholas E
166
0.5-0.5
Taylor, Edward H
-
6
Lambert, John F
145
0-1
Stoddart, Mike
130
7
Blasczyk, Martin
132
0.5-0.5
Vasiev, Bahkti
127

 

Atticus 1 travelled last night to Aigburth 1 in what promised to be a hard-fought match with Atticus1 seeking to regain the League top spot (in the tight three-team battle with Atticus 2 and a re-energised Liverpool team) and Aigburth trying to keep clear of another relegation battle as the season approaches the final quarter.
The match was all that and much more with excitement and surprise from the start to the conclusion.
Just as the Team sheets were being exchanged at 7:30 Aigburth suddenly confirmed that Andreas Vogt (who was expected later as a spectator only) was able to play and was inserted as a super-sub strengthening the Aigburth line-up considerably. 
I will report as the results unfolded.
Board 2:- Andreas Vogt v Charlie Kennaugh. Andreas has been brilliant in his time in the MCA and I think has only ever lost once in it. He played his usual Queen's Gambit and Charlie played the Accepted line getting a tenable but slightly weaker pawn structure. Unfortunately Charlie made a mistake and a clever Queen move saw Charlie losing a rook or being back-rank mated and we were quickly 1-0 down.
Board 7:- John Lambert v Brendan Kane saw John playing a London system and he seemed to have full control and a slight edge when Brendan blundered and the score was now one-all.
Board 5:- James Rothwell v Daniel Rowlandson. Daniel played a calm French and while James had well placed pieces, Daniel was super solid and as Queens and pieces came off there was no way James could get an advantage and the draw was agreed.
Board 6:- Sanjoy Banerjee v Dave Eisen. Dave played the English which Sanjoy met with the solid Symmetrical system. Dave's knight was not well placed on F4 and Sanjoy pushed his F pawn creating a dynamic position. Both had play but it seemed equal-ish. I am told Sanjoy won material but the game concluded in a well fought draw...Match still level and balanced.
Board 3:- Dave James v Gerry Cohen. Gerry met Dave's QP with the Bf5 Slav and chased Dave's Queen with an intetesting manouvre. Once Queens were off it looked level but Gerry over-extended and lost a central pawn. When Dave had 2 Bishops and pawns v Gerry's Knight and Bishop and one less pawn I think Dave was winning. Unfortunately the Queen-side pawns became blocked and Dave eventually took Gerry's draw offer...Match still level.
Board 1. John Redmond v Roger Williamson. I am not sure what Q-pawn opening this was but John got double F pawns and Roger seemed to have a lot of play and a lot of pressure. John took the b-pawn and I missed the culmination which I am told was Roger achieving a smothered mate and we were now 3.5-2.5 down with just my game to finish.
Board 4:- Nick Martin v Steve Lee. 
A battle to rival Tyson Fury v Denontay Wilder's with similar conclusion !! 
I played my trusted but now jaded Caro-Kan against Steve who played the Exchange variation. Black is usually very solid in this but has limited counterplay. Steve played quite aggressively and as I re-grouped he played an unexpected Queen move with threats and as I defended Steve sacced a piece giving a strong attack. Though I defended this I ran short of time finding the only defence. I got 2 pieces for a rook and we both made errors, and as the clock drew low I won further material and with both of us having less than a minute I now had a rook, a bishop and pawns against Steve's lone King and pawns but no time for me to deliver mate. We were hammering out moves furiously , oblivious that my flag had fallen and Steve had 10 seconds till his flag would fall too when an Aigburth player next to Steve loudly stated "Clock" at which point Steve claimed the win on time ! This would have been a dismal end particularly as Steve had no chance of saving the game otherwise , and I pointed out that this outside interference was expressly forbidden under the Laws of Chess and particularly by a co-team member and that  it had alerted Steve that my flag had fallen as his was about to do so too and therefore had a direct impact on the claimed win.
By way of compromise Steve indicated he would accept the game as a draw and though I would have won had I just 30 seconds more it seemed a pragmatic outcome between Steve and I.
Sadly it meant Atticus 1 had lost narrowly by 4-3 and were unable to regain top spot in the league and Aigburth's unexpected victory gives them much better prospect of remaining in Division One. 
A fascinating if bruising encounter. Well done to Aigburth    REPORT NICK MARTIN 
 
GRADES BELOW FROM AUGUST 2019

 

12th February 2020 19:30
 
Aigburth 1
171 4.0 : 3.0 Atticus 1 171
1
L
208
1 - 0
L
214
2
 
 
1 - 0
L
192
3
L
180
0.5 - 0.5
L
194
4
L
171
0.5 - 0.5
L
166
5
L
163
0.5 - 0.5
L
160
6
L
155
0.5 - 0.5
 
129
7
 
146
0 - 1
 
145

Atticus 1 kept their good record going with a win over Formby. With a number of the squad-members missing this was a fine performance by the away team. It was also good to see Steve Philp putting in a cameo appearance. With the Atticus teams first and second in the League the derby match on Monday takes on even greater significiance.

Formby 1
143 2.5 : 4.5 Atticus 1 145
1
Haslinger, Gareth J
171
0-1
Kennaugh, Charles W
192
2
Colbourne, David CA
150
0-1
McCarthy, Jim P
170
3
Clarke, James
145
0-1
Lambert, John F
145
4
Fisher, C Phillip
144
0.5-0.5
Blasczyk, Martin
132
5
Haslinger, J Mike
139
1-0
Banerjee, Sanjoy K
129
6
Barooah, Michael
137
1-0
Philp, Steven
125
7
McKee, David
114
0-1
Wadsworth, Mark S
125

Atticus 1
170 5.0 : 2.0 St Helens 1 161
1
Redmond, John P
214
1-0
Mazek, Marek
186
2
Kennaugh, Charles W
192
0-1
Hill, David F
170
3
James, David J
194
0.5-0.5
Dugdale, Tom
158
4
McCarthy, Jim P
170
1-0
Potter, Steven
150
5
Wadsworth, Mark S
125
0.5-0.5
Ellis, Gareth
139
6
Martin, Nicholas E
166
+/-
-
7
Blasczyk, Martin
132
+/-
-

Atticus 1 hosted St Helens 1 (the re-branded Widnes team) last night 02-12-2019. Widnes had won the MCA 1st Division title in consecutive years in recent memory, however St Helens are now close to leaving the MCA which would be a great shame. In their previous 2 matches they had defaulted the bottom 2 boards against Atticus 2, and then defaulted the whole match against Formby. Against Atticus 1 they again only had 5 players meaning defeat was inevitable even before the match commenced.

Board 1: John Redmond v Marek Mazek saw John play an aggressive Nimzo-Indian which led to him having a rook and 2 pieces for a queen but Marek had a serious attack on the H-file. John played a set of forcing moves followed by a sacrifice which led to the win of the queen. It was a superbly played game and a joy to watch.

Board 2. Charlie Kennaugh v Dave Hill Dave played a Najdorf Sicilan and obtained pressure on the c-file. Dave then won the exchange and Dave consolidated to get St Helen's solitary victory.

Board 3. Dave James v Tom Dugdale This was a G3 Sicilian and Tom still seemed to have quite a lot of play when he agreed the draw offer.

Board 4. Jim McCarthy v Steve Potter Steve played his tricky E6, B6 line against Jim's D-pawn opening. Jim played solidly and managed to get a strong clamp on the dark squares and a pawn on D6. Steve was too open and Jim eventually forced a mate on G7. Yet another calmly executed win from Jim.

Board 5. Mark Wadsworth v Gareth Ellis Out of an unusual opening, Gareth had two bishops but Mark had good piece play and restricted the Bishops well. Mark had slightly the better game as pieces came off. But when it was down to a Rook and pawn endgame both players were happy with a draw.

Nick Martin and Martin Blasczyk played each other as the remaining Atticus players did not have an opponent. Therefore Atticus 1 remain in 2nd place half a point behind Atticus 2 who deservedly top the table.

Report Nick Martin

 

Liverpool 1
152 2.0 : 5.0 Atticus 1 164
1
Tian Yi, Wang
190
0.5-0.5
Redmond, John P
214
2
Mana, Sameen
161
0.5-0.5
Kennaugh, Charles W
192
3
Clarke, Michael
154
0-1
McCarthy, Jim P
170
4
Hawkins, James N
154
0.5-0.5
Martin, Nicholas E
166
5
Lloyd, Stephen M
147
0.5-0.5
Lambert, John F
145
6
Leeming, Dave W
142
0-1
Blasczyk, Martin
132
7
Mellor, Peter
115
0-1
Banerjee, Sanjoy K
129

Atticus 1 travelled to The Vines and came away with a victory without losing any games. John Lambert and Nick Martin had useful draws while Charlie - in a game he later described as 'strange' and which I found hard to understand - also split the point. On Board 1 I never managed more than a symbolic advantage and called it quits when we reached a double-rook endgame. Jim had a good result on Board 3 while Martin had a fairly dramatic KID-style victory as Black, dropping a pawn on the Queenside but getting a big initiative in the centre. Sanjoy's game was the last to finish, his opponent who must have 'over-sacrificed' attacking from a position several pawns down. Sanjoy quietly dealt with the threats and found a Queen-exchanging check to seal the deal. So Atticus 1 maintain their good start to the season and remain close to Atticus 2 at the top of the league.

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.

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.

Rnk
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Pt
Boards
1 Atticus 2X6.02.53.55.56.06.05.0X4.0 2.03.0 5.515 49.0
2 Atticus 11.0X4.55.05.04.04.55.03.0X2.5 3.05.0 14 42.5
3 Hoylake 14.52.5X4.04.52.05.03.5 4.5X0.5 5.03.514 39.5
4 Liverpool 13.52.03.0X4.54.04.54.55.0 6.5X 7.07.013 37.5
5 Aigburth 11.52.02.52.5X2.55.03.54.04.0 X5.03.5 10 36.0
6 Waterloo 11.03.05.03.04.5X4.05.5 2.0 2.0X3.03.59 36.5
7 Formby 11.02.52.02.52.03.0X7.0 2.00.03.54.0X 5 29.5
8 St Helens 12.02.03.52.53.51.50.0X1.5 3.50.0 3.5 X4 23.5

Rnk
GP
W
D
L
Pt
Boards
1 Atticus 21171315 49.0
2 Atticus 11170414 42.5
3 Hoylake 11162314 39.5
4 Liverpool 11181213 37.5
5 Aigburth 11142510 36.0
6 Waterloo 1114169 36.5
7 Formby 1112185 29.5
8 St Helens 1110474 23.5

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

09th September 2019 19:30
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 1 171 5.0:2.0 7 Formby 1 145
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 19:30
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
09th October 2019 19:30
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 19:30
Round 4 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 Atticus 2 161 5.0:2.0 6 St Helens 1 161
2 7 Formby 1 145 2.5:4.5 5 Liverpool 1 171
3 1 Atticus 1 173 4.5:2.5 4 Hoylake 1 170
4 2 Aigburth 1 165 2.5:4.5 3 Waterloo 1 180
4 NOTE: Aigburth had to make a late substitute on board 2.
18th November 2019 19:45
Round 5 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 3 Waterloo 1 152 1.0:6.0 8 Atticus 2 167
2 4 Hoylake 1 173 4.5:2.5 2 Aigburth 1 167
3 5 Liverpool 1 152 2.0:5.0 1 Atticus 1 164
4 6 St Helens 1 0 0.0:7.0 7 Formby 1 146
4 St Helens defaulted match per G Ellis e-mail 18/11/19 to MDB and JDW
02nd December 2019 19:30
Round 6 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 Atticus 2 171 6.0:1.0 7 Formby 1 142
2 1 Atticus 1 170 5.0:2.0 6 St Helens 1 161
3 2 Aigburth 1 170 2.5:4.5 5 Liverpool 1 179
4 3 Waterloo 1 180 5.0:2.0 4 Hoylake 1 174
14th January 2020 19:30
Round 7 (First Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 4 Hoylake 1 167 4.5:2.5 8 Atticus 2 168
2 5 Liverpool 1 173 4.0:3.0 3 Waterloo 1 170
2 Bashar Rovezi won bd 7 for liverpool
3 6 St Helens 1 156 3.5:3.5 2 Aigburth 1 161
4 7 Formby 1 143 2.5:4.5 1 Atticus 1 145
27th January 2020 19:30
Round 1 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 Atticus 2 171 4.0:3.0 1 Atticus 1 156
2 7 Formby 1 146 3.5:3.5 2 Aigburth 1 160
3 6 St Helens 1 156 3.5:3.5 3 Waterloo 1 148
4 5 Liverpool 1 174 6.5:0.5 4 Hoylake 1 143
11th February 2020 19:45
Round 2 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 5 Liverpool 1 191 5.0:2.0 8 Atticus 2 182
2 4 Hoylake 1 166 3.5:3.5 6 St Helens 1 169
3 3 Waterloo 1 146 3.0:4.0 7 Formby 1 143
4 2 Aigburth 1 171 4.0:3.0 1 Atticus 1 171
24th February 2020 19:30
Round 3 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 Atticus 2 169 3.0:4.0 2 Aigburth 1 167
2 1 Atticus 1 173 5.0:2.0 3 Waterloo 1 150
3 7 Formby 1 146 2.0:5.0 4 Hoylake 1 157
4 6 St Helens 1 0 0.0:7.0 5 Liverpool 1 181
4 St Helens could not raise team so defaulted unless another date was found which it wasnt ------------------------------------------ Division 1 has been suspended on 12/03/2020 and should be considered cancelled (25/04/2020). Claiming this match on 31 July 2020 11:02 after the Division was suspended and after the Division was cancelled, which under normal circumstances would had been played, is a most shameful attempt.
11th March 2020 19:30
Round 4 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 6 St Helens 1 150 1.5:5.5 8 Atticus 2 165
2 5 Liverpool 1 182 7.0:0.0 7 Formby 1 0
2 Division 1 has been suspended on 12/03/2020 and should be considered cancelled (25/04/2020). Claiming this match on 12 March 2020 13:00 after the Division was suspended, which under normal circumstances would had been played, is a most shameful attempt.
3 4 Hoylake 1 166 4.5:2.5 1 Atticus 1 163
4 3 Waterloo 1 148 2.0:5.0 2 Aigburth 1 156
23rd March 2020 19:30
Round 5 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 Atticus 2 175 : 3 Waterloo 1 184
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
07th April 2020 19:30
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 1 184
20th April 2020 19:30
Round 7 (Second Leg)
Fixture
TNo
Home
Grade
Result
TNo
Guest
Grade
1 8 Atticus 2 175 : 4 Hoylake 1 174
2 3 Waterloo 1 184 : 5 Liverpool 1 182
3 2 Aigburth 1 170 : 6 St Helens 1 147
4 1 Atticus 1 177 : 7 Formby 1 146

Date
Leg
Round
Home
Result
Guest
09 Sep 2019 19:30 1Round 1 (First Leg) Atticus 1 1.0:6.0 Atticus 2
30 Sep 2019 19:30 1Round 2 (First Leg) Atticus 1 5.0:2.0 Aigburth 1
14 Oct 2019 19:45 1Round 3 (First Leg) Waterloo 1 3.0:4.0 Atticus 1
04 Nov 2019 19:30 1Round 4 (First Leg) Atticus 1 4.5:2.5 Hoylake 1
19 Nov 2019 19:45 1Round 5 (First Leg) Liverpool 1 2.0:5.0 Atticus 1
02 Dec 2019 19:30 1Round 6 (First Leg) Atticus 1 5.0:2.0 St Helens 1
21 Jan 2020 19:30 1Round 7 (First Leg) Formby 1 2.5:4.5 Atticus 1
27 Jan 2020 19:30 2Round 1 (Second Leg) Atticus 2 4.0:3.0 Atticus 1
12 Feb 2020 19:30 2Round 2 (Second Leg) Aigburth 1 4.0:3.0 Atticus 1
24 Feb 2020 19:30 2Round 3 (Second Leg) Atticus 1 5.0:2.0 Waterloo 1
10 Mar 2020 19:30 2Round 4 (Second Leg) Hoylake 1 4.5:2.5 Atticus 1
23 Mar 2020 19:30 2Round 5 (Second Leg) Atticus 1 : Liverpool 1
08 Apr 2020 19:30 2Round 6 (Second Leg) St Helens 1 : Atticus 1
20 Apr 2020 19:30 2Round 7 (Second Leg) Atticus 1 : Formby 1

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