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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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Friars v Monarchs

Posted by dwhump3yahoocouk on November 8, 2017

The match was played at the Stone Inn in Hayton on 7th November.  The Friars started out with a 4 point handicap deficit of 20-24. So they had to win 3 out of the 4 games to win the match. It was an overwhelming win for the Friars, 34-26 on handicap which translates to 3.5 to 0.5.
The line-up for the Monarchs was:-
1) Pete Crichton.
2) Derek Blair.
3) Dave Humphreys.
4) Damian Rudge.

Pete (w)(143) was up against Alan Hiatt (b) (126). The opening chosen was the Old Indian Defense.This opening is distinguished from the King’s Indian Defense by Black developing his king’s bishop on e7 rather than the fianchetto at g7. Although considered sound, the bishop on e7 tends to be less active than on the long diagonal (Ref:- Wikipedia).
The game quickly turned down a tactical labyrinth. Pete and Alan wrestled for possession of Ariadne’s thread! Sadly for Pete, Alan got there first and was able to navigate his way through the maze with greater precision, forcing Pete’s resignation.

Derek (b)(112) faced Mike Byrne (w) (123). From what little I saw of the game, it turned into a drawish looking rook + bishop + pawn endgame. Then, with both players desperately short of time, there was a flurry of exchanges that simplified the game down to a king + pawns v king + pawns. White had a pawn on h6, blocked by a black pawn on h7. There were 3 vs 3 pawns on the king-side, but Derek’s were more advanced. With Derek’s king on d4, blocked by Mike’s on f5, the dying seconds of the game became a race to see who could get the first queen. Mike won by 2 moves, at which point Derek had connected, passed pawns on b7 and a6. After a few, desperate check’s to gain time, the game was agreed drawn as the flags fell! Our thanks go to Derek for preventing a total whitewash!

Dave(w) (82) took on Drew Millar (b) (102). Dave faced, for the first time, what amounted to a reversed Scandinavian Defense when his 1.d4 was met with 1…e5. If black gambits a pawn, it is generally good practice to accept it. The trick is not to try to hold on to it! After 2. dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf6 Qe7 4.Bf4?…Dave walked right into 4…Qb4+, which leads to the forced loss of material as early as move 9! In order to make the score sheet slightly less embarrassing, he hung on for as long as he could, blundering 2 further pawns along the way, and resigned on move 24.

Damian (b)(51) battled it out with Mike Hodgkinson (w)(85). Damian’s game looked fairly even in the king+rook+bishop+pawns endgame. However, with a forced sequence of exchanges, Mike was able to invade Damian’s position on the king-side to wipe out his pawns, giving him a pair of connected passed pawns on the f and g files. Damian, ever the stalwart battler, refused to give in as first one, then the other of Mike’s pawns both achieved royal status. Desperately hoping for a stalemate, as the flags on the clocks began their inevitable rise along the hour hand, alas, it was not to be, and Damian was mated in short order.

Lets hope that the Monarchs can rise to the occasion on their next meeting with the Friars.

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Monarchs v Austins

Posted by dwhump3yahoocouk on November 4, 2017

The Monarchs were struggling to find a 4-man team this time around. So, it was agreed to field two, 3-man teams. The Monarchs line up, for the match played on the 2nd Nov, was as follows:-

Board 1 – Pete Crichton (143) v George Glover (143)
Board 2 -Derek Blair (112) v Bill Burgess (114)
Board 3 – Dave Humphreys (82) v John Lydon (107)

After three, hard fought games, the Monarchs emerged victorious, winning 23-17 on handicap.
Pete, after reaching a drawn bishop+knight+pawn against bishop+knight+pawn endgame, sadly lost a pawn and, after the bishops came off, was unable to hold the resulting position. A lesson for the rest of us to study our engames!

Derek went in for an unorthadox queen-pawn opening. Both sides castled queenside. Bill gave up two minor pieces for rook and pawn, creating an interesting imbalance of material in the position. But, after a very tactical game, Derek overcame his opponent in fine style.

Dave, who was giving away two handicap points, assayed the Kings Indian defense for the first time in serious play. Playing for a kingside attack, all was going well until a mixture of tunnel vision and hallucination resulted in him blundering his queen away on move 26. He was able to get knight and rook for the queen, and, as his remaining pieces were far more active, managed to snare his opponent in a mating net, forcing his resignation on move 37.

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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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Friars v Monarchs

Posted by Tim W on March 29, 2017


Played at The Stone Inn, Hayton Tue 28 Mar 2017
Friars H/c res res H/c Monarchs
Alan Hiatt 4 0 4 3 Peter Crichton
Mike Byrne 4 4 0 4 Derek Blair
Drew Millar 6 4 0 5 Bruce Reed
Mike Hodgkinson 8 4 0 8 Dave Humphreys
22 12 4 20
34 24


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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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Monarchs v Austins

Posted by Tim W on February 21, 2017


Played at Corbridge Parish Hall Thu 16 Feb 2017
Monarchs H/c res Res H/c Austins
Gary Murphy 1 4 0 5(4) Bill Hardwick
Derek Blair 4 0 4 5 Bill Burgess
Bruce Reed 5 2 2 6 John Lydon
Dave Humphreys 8 4 0 9 Alan Little
18 10 6 24
28 30


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Monarchs v Haydon Bridge

Posted by northman on January 14, 2017

Monarchs lost a closely fought match on Thursday. The results were:

Peter Crichton v Ian Mackay 1/2

Derek Blair v Tom Bradford 0/1

Malcolm Reid v Christine Moorcroft 1/2

Dave Humphreys v Damian Rudge 1/0

Even over the board, Haydon Bridge won 30/28 after application of the handicaps

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Angels v Monarchs

Posted by Tim W on January 13, 2016

Played at Corbridge Tue 12 Jan 2016
Angels H/c res Res H/c Monarchs
Tim Wrigley (W) 2 2 2 3 Peter Crichton (B)
Jeremy Handley (B) 3 0 4 4 Derek Blair (W)
Alex Ashworth (W) 5 4 0 5 Bruce Reed (B)
Steve Larkin (B) 5 2 2 8 Dave Foster (Jnr) (W)
15 8 8 20
23 28

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Monarchs v Angels

Posted by Tim W on December 16, 2015

An entertaining match, but not one graced with much good chess.

The match started with a 8 point (27-19) handicap lead to the Monarchs.

First to finish were Steve & Dave. Steve won a piece but in doing so didn’t notice Dave’s back rank mate.

4-0 to the Monarchs, and the best the Angels could do was draw the match.

Second were Alex & Bruce, Alex was winning, rook  + 2 pawns to 5 pawns, but had to settle for a draw when left with an unqueenable rook’s pawn.

6-2 to the Monarchs, and the match was over.

Tim blundered a knight for a pawn against Derek and was grateful to get some activity for his queen as compensation. This left Derek with an awkward game to win, Q, B & N against Q & N, and Derek’s bishop in particular was awkwardly placed. He too eventually blundered losing his queen to a pawn fork, rapidly followed by a knight and a bishop. In Alex’s cryptic words Derek managed to lose 3 pieces in 2 moves.

Scores level 6-6

Last was Peter & Stephen, probably the best game of the night. Peter was behind on material, but in a good position, with two aggressive rooks and advanced central pawns, when Stephen ran out of time.

10-6 to the Angels , but because of the handicap The Monarchs win the match.

Played at Corbridge Tue 15 Dec 2015
Monarchs H/c res Res H/c Angels
Derek Blair 4 0 4 2 Tim Wrigley
Bruce Reed 5 2 2 5 Alex Ashworth
Dave Foster (Jnr) 8 4 0 5 Steve Larkin
Stephen Rowley 10 0 4 7 Peter Booker
27 6 10 19
33 29

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