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Gosforth Regents v Reivers

Posted by fellman01 on January 16, 2018

This match was played at Gosforth on Monday January 15th, with the following line-up:

  1. Dave Stebbings (140) v Peter Crichton (143)
  2. David Baynes (134) v James Ross (u)
  3. Martin Beardsley (131) v Steve Larkin (116)
  4. Kurt Moreby (131) v Derek Blair (112)
  5. Paul Costello (125) v Dave Humphreys (82)

First to finish was Derek, who was comprehensively taken apart by Kurt, whose queen ripped through the rear of Derek’s position.

Next came Dave, who committed three blunders, losing a piece on each occasion.

Steve, after a lengthy and very cagey opening phase, failed to spot a neat move which obliged him to trade queen, rook and pawn for two rooks and a knight, after which Martin closed in for the kill. So 3-0 down and the match already lost.

However, some pride was salvaged by James, who entered the end-game a piece up and finished with a nice pin, making possible a queen checkmate.

Last of all, Peter somehow kept his cool in a protracted and very tight endgame, before converting his slight material advantage into a win.

So the final result, 3-2 in Gosforth’s favour, looks quite respectable. If only the bottom three boards could have managed one draw between them, it would have been an excellent result.

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Alnwick A v Tynedale Reivers

Posted by fellman01 on December 7, 2017

This match was played at Morpeth on Wednesday, December 6th 2017, with the following line-up:

  1. George Ellames (151) v Derek Harris (u)
  2. Ralph Firth (125) v Peter Crichton (143)
  3. Paul Castledine (106) v Ian Mackay (137)
  4. Vincent Cowley (78) v Steve Larkin (116)
  5. Isaac Mills ((70 rapid) v Dave Humphreys (82)

Dave gave us a good start, going knight for pawn up early on, and eventually winning a king and pawns ending, where his extra pawn could not be stopped from queening. 0-1

Next to finish was Peter, whose game turned into a very solid draw. 0.5-1.5

Shortly afterwards, Ian dispatched Paul, whose pawns he had reduced to disarray by the endgame. 0.5-2.5

The most amazing result came on board 4 where Steve, who had struggled throughout, launched a sacrificial attack, offering rook for 2 pawns, to open up the white king. Vincent was so taken aback that he resigned on the spot, though as various spectators pointed out afterwards, the sacrifice was unsound and offered white a certain win! 0.5-3.5

The top board went to the wire. In the final stages, the game was level materially, though George had a very slight edge positionally. However, Derek was able to hold the position comfortably and a draw was agreed. 1-4

So this must-win match duly produced the hoped for result for the Reivers, who now move out of the relegation zone and have 4 teams below them.

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Reivers v Forest Hall Chieftains

Posted by fellman01 on November 24, 2017

This match was played at Corbridge on November 23rd, with the following line-up:

  1. Ian Mackay (137) v Mike Smith (153)
  2. Steve Larkin (116) v Mark Broughton (133)
  3. Bruce Reed (112) v Johnny Wall jr (148)
  4. Derek Blair (112) v Paul Charlton (132)
  5. Christine Moorcroft (92) v John Wall sr (131)

Only Ian, who pulled off a commendable draw on top board, saved us from a whitewash, but at least the other four games were quite closely contested, and we managed to keep our opponents on their toes for two and a half hours or so. Christine’s game, in particular, seemed a close one and, along with Ian’s, was the last to finish. Both Bruce and Derek went a piece down in the middle game and never recovered from that handicap. Steve unwisely sacrificed a knight for two pawns (he had been hoping for three!) to open up black’s king, only to find himself on the end of an irresistible mating attack. So we lost by a half to four and a half to a side which must surely be a contender for promotion to the first division.

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