Atticus 1

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Victory over Formby

Atticus 1  5-3  Formby, MCA League Division One, Monday December 4 2017

202 J Redmond  ½  ½ ED Williams 182
169 L Boumphrey  ½  ½ G Haslinger 173
156 J Rothwell  1  0 D Colbourne 158
150 J Lambert  ½  ½ M Haslinger 148
135 M Wadsworth  ½  ½ CP Fisher 145
134 D Rooney  1  0 M Barooah 138
134 C Wentworth  0  1 MD Barrett 112
118 M Blasczyk  +  -  -  
     5  3    

Atticus 1 were missing several top boards for this clash, presenting Formby with a chance to collect some points. In the end, the home side squeezed through, helped by the default on Board 8.  James and Derek led the way with critical victories. John's game was a tough struggle and the last one to finish. Luke managed a draw with White against a 'problem opponent' he has never beaten. Mark played a wild game, a piece down in the middlegame but having some compensation with his opponent's King unstable in the centre. I got into a tricky ending, level in the end but I missed some strong continuations on the way. Chris got into difficulties against Mike and couldn't escape. A decent win for the home side, particularly in the light of the players we were missing.

Atticus 1 get whacked

Wallasey 4½-3½  Atticus 1, MCA League Division One, Thursday November 23rd 2017

164  C Hughes  0  1 J Redmond 202
159  G Hughes  0  1 D Foord 202
155  P Brine  0  1 D James 194
153  C Latham  1  0 N Martin 186
150  J Povall  1  0 J Lambert 150
142  EA Taylor  1  0 D Rooney 134
129  M Spriggs  1  0 C Wentworth 134
127  L.Wolszczak...........  ½  ½ S Philp 130
     4½  3½    

Atticus 1 put in a disappointing performance away to Wallasey. The home side were out-rated on most boards, often by a heavy degree - so fair play to them. Wins on the top three boards and a solid draw from Steve seemed to promise us a good result. But then things went awry. John got a bad King position and was unable to ward off mate threats. Late in his game, Nick had blundered but then retrieved the situation by getting into a theoretically drawn Rook ending two pawns down. Unfortunately the clock was his ultimate undoing. Derek lost early, having difficulty with his light squares and with his opponent's central prospects. With the scores level, the match came down to the last  game between Chris and Mark. The former had sacced an exchange for dangerous piece-play and the possibility of a mating net. With lots of pieces still left, Black's King wandered uneasily down the board to g4 and then was chased back to a still-precarious position on g8. At that point Chris had a deadly knight check which would probably have won the match but, with the clock ticking, missed the opportunity and ran out of time.

 

 

Atticus 1 split points with Widnes

Atticus 1  4-4  Widnes, MCA League Division One, Monday November 6 2017

202 J Redmond 1  0 M Mazek 188
202 D Foord 1  0 M Ellis 184
194 D James 0  1 T Dugdale 173
156 J Rothwell 0  1 D McCarthy 166
150 J Lambert ½  ½ P Coughlin 157
134 D Rooney ½  ½ M Connor 147
134 C Wentworth 1  0 I Magee 130
130 S Philp 0  1 L Walls 127
    4  4    

A very close affair. At 3.5-3.5 everything came down to the game between Derek and Mike. It looked as if our man was under the cosh in a Q+B ending, where Black had more space and the possibility of a passed pawn. But Derek dug in, didn't allow himself to fall behind on the clock and found some 'only' moves. Mike had less than three minutes with the complications starting to build so he offered a draw which was accepted. So, 4-4 - a great save by Derek. Earlier, Chris had continued his superb form, polishing his opponent off with a Queen sac no less. Exploiting some nice discovery-themes on the light squares, Dominic had one of his frictionless wins with White. In my game, White played the London System, but conceded some space and the two bishops at an early stage. When Black broke in the centre, the attack quickly broke through to White's king. John had a tough draw in the middle order. Both Dave and Steve seemed to have lost from winning, or near-winning, positions and James was likewise unable to hold. Another tough match for us - in the end, we were happy to take away a point.

Atticus 1 downed

Aigburth 4½-3½ Atticus 1, MCA League Division One, Wednesday October 18 2017

209 R Williamson 1  0 J Redmond 202
176 B Kane 1  0 D Foord 202
173 G Cohen ½ ½ D James 194
161 S Lee 0  1 N Martin 186
161 J Faulkner ½ ½ J Rothwell 156
161 P Bernhard ½ ½ J Lambert 150
149 R Frith 1  0 D Rooney 134
148 D Eisen 0  1 C Wentworth 134
       

Playing away at Aigburth, we underperformed on the higher boards. Chris continues to have a great season for us and notched up another win. Nick also got the better of Steve Lee with Black. James and John both picked up handy draws. Derek seemed to get the worse of a Dutch-style middlegame where his opponent expanded on the K-side and picked up the two Bishops. Dominic ran into a sudden tactical blow on the K-side against Brendan. I played a less-than-ideal plan in a QGD battle, castling on the wrong side, and then contracting a lifeless position. The match ultimately hinged on Dave James's battle on Board 3 where he was a couple of pawns up. A win would have drawn the match but, even as he went a Rook up, Dave's seconds ticked ominously down - at the end he only had two left and his opponent sportingly agreed a draw rather than run Dave off the clock. Not our best performance by any means but congrats to Aigburth.

Atticus 1 open their account

Atticus 1  5-3  Hoylake, MCA League Division One, Monday October 2 2017

202 J Redmond  ½  ½ D Tebb 203
202 D Foord  1  0 T Carroll 190
194 D James  ½  ½ M Stone 184
169 L Boumphrey  ½  ½ T Jones 157
156 J Rothwell  1  0 M Stoddart 153
150 J Lambert  0   1 B Vasiev 147
135 M Wadsworth  1  0 R Tatar 112
130 S Philp  ½  ½ M Carroll 113
     5  3    

Atticus 1 managed to defeat a slightly weakened Hoylake selection. Mark Wadsworth scored an important win on 7, using the power of the 2 Bishops. James Rothwell scored his first win for Atticus 1 after a complicated-looking opening where he allowed White a big centre and sniped from the wings. Dominic played against an unconventional Benoni where Black exchanged off his dark-squared Bishop for a Knight and then went into a tricky ending - in the end, Dom seemed to get the better of the tactics. Dave James found a good line to play against the Alapin Sicilian, getting an equal position with lots of play - the players only agreed a draw after the match-result was decided. Steve Philp might have had winning chances in his game, but agreed a prudent draw in the end. Luke looked horribly lost at various points in his game, but somehow he survived a resignable Rook-ending - if nothing else it was a great rearguard action. I fought out a tricky Advance French with Dave Tebb - Black equalised fairly early but then went into a questionable series of tactics which came out as a heavy-piece ending neither side could hope to win. John Lambert got into a tough struggle which he couldn't quite hold. So, a good win for the home side.

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