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Atticus 2 draw with Widnes 23/4/18

An exciting end to the season as Widnes put out a useful team and well deserved their draw. Good wins for Brian Ewart,Andrea Brecevich and myself. A rare defeat for David Odunaiya but I think he still retains his title of MCA Player of the Season and The Miracle Man.

Another sucessful campaign with just the one defeat again at the hands of Atticus 1. All the excellent Player Stats can be found on the MCA CLM Website.Thanks to all the players who have contributed. Also thanks to the Cross Keys for providing such an excellent venue and service. One final mention of thanks to Dave Whitby for all his time and hard work over many years as Division 1 controller.

 

200 A Stancak 0.5 0.5 M Mazek 188
196 S Kee 0.5 0.5 M Ellis 188
179 T Bimpson 0 1 T Dugdale 173
181 D Odunaiya 0 1 D McCarthy 169
186 G Christodoulou 0 1 S Potter 152
162 B Ewart 1 0 P Coughlin 164
153 A Brecevich 1 0 G Ellis 146
127 S Burge 1 0 L Walls 121
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Atticus 2 beat Waterloo 9/4/18

Another convincing win for Atticus 2 over Waterloo. Final score 6.5-1.5.  Waterloo were missing a few key players and it was disappointing IM Gary Quillan was not available( sorry Andrej your 3 weeks preparation at Camp AlphaZero will have to be put to use on another occasion) Some good wins again for Steve Kee,Tom Bimpson,David Odunaiya,Brian Ewart and Andrea Brecevich. Useful draws for Andrej Stancak and Mike Williams and a 7th score draw out of 8 games for the Captain (which hopefully should be enough to confirm a big cheque from Littlewoods Pools in the near future.)

187 C Horton 0.5 0.5 A Stancak 200
152 G Williamson 0 1 S Kee 196
155 P O'Driscoll 0 1 T Bimpson 179
141 P Stephenson 0 1 D Odunaiya 181
136 G Solomon 0 1 B Ewart 162
133 B Jenkins 0 1 A Brecevich 153
132 S Bradshaw 0.5 0.5 M Williams 135
118 S Jenkins 0.5 0.5 S Burge 127
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Atticus 2 Claim the MCA Title 2018

196 S Kee 1 0 R Williamson 214
179 T Bimpson 0.5 0.5 B Kane 173
181 D Odunaiya 1 0 G Cohen 171
162 B Ewart 0 1 J Faulkner 161
153 A Brecevich 0.5 0.5 S Lee 161
135 M Williams 0 1 D Eisen 153
131 J Wiseman 0.5 0.5 A Mcnamara 144
127 S Burge 0.5 0.5 S Kane 110
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A 4-4 draw tonight gave Atticus 2 their 3rd Championship in 5 years. It was looking unlikely tonight as Aigburth looked to be well in control. Both sides had a few players missing and the match looked well balanced on paper. Some early draws for Jim Wiseman and myself seemed a reasonable return but Tom looked to be under some pressure with his King left in the centre. Andrea Brecevich was causing some problems for Steve Lee but was a pawn down and open on the back rank.Mike Williams sacced a piece for a few pawns and some possible pressure. Brian seemed to be on the back foot against James Faulkner. Fortunately Steve Kee looked to have a better postion against Roger Williamson( our Club Summer Tournament Winner) and David Odunaiya had the edge against Gerry Cohen. However as the night progressed Tom and Andrea managed to get a draw but Brian and Mike lost out leaving the score 4-2 in Aigburths favour. Suddenly Gerry equalised against David and looked as though he had would have winning chances but somehow the "the Miracle Man" worked his magic and Gerry made an unlikely blunder. So it was up to Steve Kee who needed a victory to secure the title against Roger who he had never beaten. Roger was in a losing position but created many problems for Steve with the clock running out. With less than a minute left Steve managed to a win a piece following a knight check and give us a great 4-4 draw.  Well done to all the players who have contributed to another great season.

Formby v Atticus 2: Reprise!

 

 

 

Formby

 

 

 

Atticus 2

 

1

b

ED Williams

174

0

1

A Stancak

200

2

w

G Haslinger

174

1

0

S Kee

196

3

b

D Colbourne

158

1

0

T Bimpson

179

4

w

JM Haslinger

144

0

1

D Odunaiya

172

5

b

CP Fisher

144

0

1

G Christodoulou

186

6

w

M Barooah

137

½

½

B Ewart

162

 

 

 

 

2½

3½

 

 

No, you aren't suffering from double vision! Last nights match was a 'double-header', the first six boards also counting as the semi-final of the John Ripley Cup. Yours truly got the team off to a flying start when, having arrived at what I thought was a promising position, my opponent found the elegant 33...Bf6!! See? You have no idea of the position yet it still seems mightily impressive doesn't it? Well it was news to me too, as it forced an almost immediate resignation. This gave me the time to assess the situation on the other boards....plenty of it. Tom seemed to be haemorraging pawns without enough compensation, Brian seemed to be grimacing under constant pressure, Andrej's position was equal, David's game looked a dead draw, and Giorgos was a pawn up. It looked like it was time to write that 'we decided to focus only on the league' as our cup obituary.

 

Surely enough, Tom's resignation shortly followed mine, and Brian was relieved to emerge with a draw. However, Andrej had skilfully created a clear advantage which led to the win, and Giorgos had played his endgame well, using a succession of zugswangs to steer home his extra pawn. This meant that the result of David's game was critical. The likely drawn outcome would see Formby through on board count. Not for the first time, our 'Miracle-Man' did it again – finding a mating net as his unfortunate opponent's clock was running down.

 

So, hat's off to Formby, who were most sporting opponents, but Atticus 2 manage to sneak into the JR Final.

Tense Win for Atticus 2 13/3/18

A tense affair tonight as Formby took the lead 3-1, the other games all looked close but again turned in our favour in the last few moments.Final Score 5-3. The team remain on top of the league and pleased to get this tricky fixture out of the way. Next up is Aigburth but with a few of our regulars missing they will provide a very stiff test.

174  ED Williams 0 1 A Stancak 200
174 G Haslinger 1 0 S Kee 196
158 D Colbourne 1 0 T Bimpson 179
144 JM Haslinger 0 1 D Odunaiya 177
144 CP Fisher 0 1 G Christodoulou 186
137 M Barooah 0.5 0.5 B Ewart 162
121 D McKee 0 1 M Williams 135
116 D McNab 0.5 0.5 S Burge 127
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