Archive for October, 2010

East Cheshire C vs Macclesfield B, Wednesday 27 November 2010

Posted on: October 28th, 2010 by Ian Vaughan
A win for the C Team – 3 1/2 to 1 1/2.
The scores were:-
Board………ECC……………………….Macc B
1………….Alan Stokes……0……1..Richard Murphy
2…………Paul Bamford…..1……0..Alan Sime
3…………Mike Cunnane..1/2..1/2..Brian Woodhall
4…………Ian Vaughan……1……0.. Angie Howe
5…………Roy Burrows…..1……0..Peter Rawlins
Roy surprised both his opponent and himself by achieving a smothered mate. Ian’s game involved a pawn battle in the centre which led to a decisive advantage. Both Roy and Ian finished early enough to play several friendly games against their opponents.
Mike as black played a QGA which went well, but after the middle game his opponent had plenty of counterplay and Mike’s offer of a draw was accepted.
Paul’s game begun with 1e4 e6. Paul played a King’s Indian and it seems won a two pawn advantage early in the game.
Alan was on the black side of a Ruy Lopez which started 3…a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 d6 8.d4 exd 9.cxd Bb6. Alan says he should have played 8. …. Bb6 to stop his opponent recapturing with the c pawn on d4. He says he got into trouble after not noticing his opponent had left a knight en prise. Again, Alan arguably made best use of the time on the clock, gathering many spectators for the last half-hour.
We will look forward to the return match.

ECA Marches On

Posted on: October 14th, 2010 by Phil Ramsey

Another match, another victory for ECA!

I was expecting a tough match against Altrincham but it turns out that their captain only remembered about the match the night before and so had to cobble a team together at the last minute.
Their weakness showed as we stomped over them 6.0!
Here is how we stacked up:
1. John R (169) 1 – 0 D. Merryfield (142)
2. Phil R (155) 1 – 0 D. Hughes (130)
3. Dave N (154) 1 – 0 K Linke (124)
4. Keven H (142) 1 – 0 C McNulty (121)
5. Tudor (137) 1 – 0 C McCoy (93)
6. Paul B (132) 1 – 0 S Ward (86)
John as Black had to grind down a stodgy Colle System but eventually managed to loosen up his opponent’s King and win a pawn.
I was on the White side of a solid Ruy Lopez and won first a pawn and then a piece as my opponent misplayed his position.
Dave’s opponent will not win any awards for subtlety as he attempted a version of Scholar’s mate against the Sicilian. Fortunately Dave saw the threat and refuted his opponent’s ridiculous opening!
Keven’s success with 1. e4 continued as he quickly won material with his closed system against the Sicilian Defence. I’m glad that the London system has been abandoned for now!
Tudor’s game started (if I am not mistaken) 1.e4 d5 2. Qe2 ?!! I’m not sure what his opponent had been smoking but Tudor had no problem getting a full point out of this one.
Paul played the ultra-aggresive Danish Gambit and seemed to be more material up every time I looked at his game. Nice work but not every game in Division II will be as easy.
Well played and next up is Urmston in the cup at home on Wed 27th Oct.

The C Team vs Urmston, 5th October 2010

Posted on: October 11th, 2010 by Ian Vaughan

The C Team won 3-2. Moreover, everyone enjoyed the match. The scores were:
Urmston (Home) East Cheshire C (Away)
J Royle 0 1 Alan Stokes
T Plunkett 0 1 Geoff Clarke
J Bradley 1 0 Bill Tait
C Maudsley 1/2 1/2 Andy Walker
G Randall 1/2 1/2 Roy Burrows
Total 2 3

Roy (acting Captain) set up an unanswerable threat and accepted the draw offered by his much higher-graded opponent.
Andy also drew his game against strong opposition. He was on the back foot for the first 15 moves, but then managed to bring in a knight that both reinforced his defence and threatened the opponent’s queen. This turned the game around and it went to the wire, but with insufficient material for a mate in the time remaining.
With the match at 2-2, the result hinged on Alan’s game, a slow cerebral battle which Alan won on time, before the time control was reached.

October East Cheshire Rapidplay

Posted on: October 7th, 2010 by Phil Ramsey

On Wednesday 6th October East Cheshire held their first early season club rapidplay.

Fourteen members turned out and after 6 rounds Phil Ramsey was the winner with 6/6. Paul Bamford won the 135 and under grading prize with 3.5.
John only lost his game to me after accidentally dropping his Queen where I could take it! Otherwise things might have been very different.
Here are all the scores:
1st – P Ramsey – 6
2nd – J Reed – 4.5
3rd – T Rickards – 4
4th = – D Newell – 3.5
P Bamford
6th = – D Broadbent – 3
M Cunnane
K Holton
A Stokes
D Taylor
11th – I Vaughan – 2
12th – G Clarke – 1.5
13th = - R Burrows – 1
B Tait

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