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Angels v Monarchs 04 Jan 2018

Posted by dwhump3yahoocouk on January 5, 2018

The Angels v Monarchs South Tyne league game was played at the Tynedale Chess club on the 4Jan18. The Monarchs were the clear underdogs, but came through as worthy winners 15-19 on handicap.

The line-up saw Tim Wrigley(b) (h/c 2) taking on Pete Crichton(w) (h/c 3) on board 1. These two have played each other many hundreds of times in the past and know each other’s styles intimately. Pete opened with 1.d4 and Tim replied with a Schmid Benoni. Play goes 1.d4 e6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 exd5 4. cxd5 d6. White gains space in the center and black tries to push his queenside majority. However, Tim admitted that he made an error with the move order and elected instead for a kingside attack. The early middlegame saw Pete managing to force the exchange of black’s central pawns, and capturing black’s c5 pawn with a fork on Q and R, winning the exchange. However, the effort left Pete’s pieces somewhat uncoordinated, allowing Tim to make a double attack on knight, with a pawn and rook with his queen, allowing him to quickly regain the lost material. This was pretty much the pattern for the game. It was tit-for-tat until the resulting queen+rook+pawn endgame was sportingly agreed drawn.

This is the position after Tim (black) played e4

PC v TW after 31 ...e4

On board 2, Derek Harris(w)(h/c 3) faced off against one of the doyens of the Monarchs team, Derek Blair(b) (h/c 5). We saw DH open with another 1.d4 and DB responded with the flexible 1…Nf6. Play can go down a variety of channels from here; Queens gambit; Nimzo indian; Benoni; or Kings Indian Defense to name but a few. Black chose a Kings’s Indian setup with white opting to fianchetto his king bishop. By move 9, both queens had been exchanged on b6, a rarely seen line in master play, giving DB a half-open a-file at the expense of a slight weakening of his queenside pawns. With his central pawns giving him more space however, DH was able to force open the long white diagonal and eventually invade the black position through the center, with rook, bishop and knight coordinating nicely to attack the weakened, black pawns, which eventually forced black’s resignation.

On board 3, club chairman Steve Larkin(b)(h/c 4) took on his old sparring partner Bruce Reed(w) (h/c 5). Play started with 1.c4 the so called English opening. According to Wikipedia, the English is the fourth most popular opening in master play. In hypermodern style, white stakes a claim in the center from the queens wing. The opening is often used to transpose into a number of other lines. Steve opted for the sharp response 1…e5, going into a reversed Sicilian setup. Both players castled kingside. The c-file was opened, and Steve built up some strong pressure with his queen and both rooks along that highway. However, in his efforts to gain space on the kingside, Steve had left his king somewhat exposed. Although he went on to  generate some lethal looking pressure along the a7-g1 diagonal, Bruce, maintaining his Buddah-like serenity, dodged and ducked the blows, took advantage of a slight lapse in concentration by black, and was able to penetrate the black position with his queen, supported by his well posted bishop on b3. Trapped in the middle of the board, with vital escape squares cut off by his own pieces, black’s king became ensnared in a fine mating net, forcing his resignation.

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Two Matches in Corbridge

Posted by Tim W on April 7, 2017

Two matches played in Corbridge last night, both were drawn 2-2, but lost on handicap.

Played at Corbridge Thu 6 Apr 2017
Angels h/c res res h/c Austins
Tim Wrigley 2 2 2 2 George Glover
Alex Ashworth 3 2 2 5 Bill Burgess
Steve Larkin 4 4 0 5 Bill Hardwick
Peter Booker 6 0 4 6 John Lydon
15 8 8 18
23 26

 

Played at Corbridge Thu 6 Apr 2017
Monarchs h/c res res h/c Friars
Gary Murphy 1 4 0 4 Alan Hiatt
Derek Blair 4 0 4 4 Camus Millar
Malcolm Reid 5 0 4 6 Drew Millar
Bruce Reed 5 4 0 8 Mike Hodgkinson
15 8 8 22
23 30

 

 

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Austins v Angels

Posted by Tim W on March 22, 2017

Played at The Stone Inn, Hayton – Tue 21 Mar 2017
Angels H/c Res Res H/c Austins
George Glover 2 2 2 2 Tim Wrigley
Bill Hardwick 5 0 4 3 Derek Harris
Bill Burgess 5 4 0 4 Alex Ashworth
John Lydon 6 4 0 4 Steve Larkin
18 10 6 12
28 18

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Angels v Monarchs

Posted by Tim W on March 10, 2017

 

Corbridge Parish Hall – Thu 9 Mar 2017
Angels H/c Res Res H/c Monarchs
Tim Wrigley 2 4 0 3 Peter Crichton
Alex Ashworth 3 4 0 4 Derek Blair
Steve Larkin 4 2 2 5 Bruce Reed
Peter Booker 6 0 4 8 Dave Humphreys
15 10 6 20
25 26

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Angels V HB

Posted by Tim W on February 10, 2017

Good to see Alex playing again, though sadly for us, he will not be around for long. We wish him well wherever he is. Needing the 3-1 to win, the Angels played well in parts, just not in my game. Ian outplayed me for most of the game, but a desperate rearguard action, with my king stuck in the middle of the board prevented any material damage. Just as the game levelled out into a Q, R & B + pawns ending, Ian made a mistake and lost a bishop to a Q fork.

Played at Corbridge Thu 10 Feb 2017
Angels H/c res Res H/c Haydon Bridge
Tim Wrigley 2 4 0 3 Ian Mackay
Alex Ashworth 3 4 0 4 Tom Bradford
Steve Larkin 4 4 0 6 Christine Moorcroft
Peter Booker 6 4 0 9 Damian Rudge
15 16 0 22
31 22

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Friars v Angels

Posted by Tim W on February 4, 2017

 

Played at Stone Inn, Hayton Tue 31 Jan 2017
Friars H/c res res H/c Angels
Alan Hiatt 4 4 0 1 David Wrigley
Mike Byrne 4 0 4 2 Tim Wrigley
Drew Millar 6 4 0 4 Steve Larkin
Mke Hodgkinson 8 0 4 6 Phil Taylor
22 8 8 13
30 21

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HB v Angels

Posted by Tim W on December 2, 2016

 

Played at Haydon Bridge Thu 1 Dec 2016
Haydon Bridge H/c res Res H/c Angels
Ian Mackay 3 0 4 1 David Wrigley
Tom Bradford 4 0 4 2 Tim Wrigley
Christine Moorcroft 6 0 4 4 Steve Larkin
Damian Rudge 9 0 4 6 Peter Booker
22 0 16 13
22 29

Match felt closer than the scoreline suggests, with the last match to finish Damian & Peter, a desperate Qs & 4/5 pawns each. David had a spectacular finish against Ian, my game was less dramatic, a difficult grind after going the exchange up, and I’m not sure about Steve & Christine.

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Austins v Angels

Posted by Tim W on March 23, 2016

 

Played at Belted Will – Tues 22 Mar 2016
Austins H/c Res res H/c Angels
Alan Hiatt 3 0 4 2 Tim Wrigley
Bill Hardwick 5 0 4 5 Steve Larkin
Mick Hodgkinson 9 0 4 7 Peter Booker
17 0 12 14
17 26

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HB v Angels

Posted by Tim W on March 4, 2016

 

Played at Haydon Bridge Thu 3 Mar 2016
Haydon Bridge H/c res Res H/c Angels
Ian Mackay 3 0 4 1 David Wrigley
Dave Foster Snr 4 0 4 2 Tim Wrigley
Tom Bradford 4 0 4 5 Steve Larkin
Damian Rudge 8 0 4 7 Peter Booker
19 0 16 15
19 31

 

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Angels v Friars

Posted by Tim W on February 17, 2016

Played at The Angel, Corbridge Tue 15 Feb 2016
Angels H/c res res H/c Friars
David Wrigley 1 0 4 4 Phil Walters
Tim Wrigley 2 4 0 5 John Lydon
Alex Ashworth 5 4 0 6 Drew Millar
Steve Larkin 5 4 0 8 Alan Little
13 12 4 23
25 27

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