4 NCL Season so far.....

timlawson
timlawson
Jan 15, 2013, 8:14 AM |
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On the back of a spirited performance in last years’ 4NCL (division 3 South) where we finished mid table, the Banbury Bulldogs have returned.

To quickly re-cap, rounds 1 and 2 were held over the weekend of 3rd and 4th November 2012. We certainly did not start the season as we finished the last one and in round 1 we suffered a heavy defeat to Brown Jack. This was not helped by us having to default on the bottom board.

Round 2 saw us paired against Rhyfelwyr Essyllwg  and although this was a closer match we were still beaten, despite our rating average being superior.

If you are interested, here are the scorecards from both of those matches:


Brown Jack

2169

 

Banbury Bulldogs

1810

321

w

Mordue, A Tyson

f

2256

1 - 0

Jackson, Gary C

 

1896

322

b

Richmond, Peter A

 

2237

1 - 0

Evans, Chris John

 

1867

323

w

Truran, Michael C

 

2183

1 - 0

Martin, Nick J

 

1802 c

324

b

Headlong, Timothy

c

2163

1 - 0

Lawson, Timothy D

 

1802 c

325

w

Rabbitt, Michael

 

2084

1 - 0

Poderico, Francesco

 

1684

326

b

Richmond, Jane

wf

2095

1 - d

default

 

None e

 

      -½

 

 

6 - -½

 

 


Banbury Bulldogs

1902

 

Rhyfelwyr Essyllwg 2

1790

411

w

Vikanis, Georgs

*

2056

0 - 1

Staniforth, Matthew

 

1999

412

b

Portman, Carl

 

1994 c

1 - 0

Bullen, Alex

 

1821

413

w

Jackson, Gary C

 

1896

0 - 1

Kostanjsek, Luke

 

1884

414

b

Evans, Chris John

 

1867

0 - 1

Wills, Alex

 

1740

415

w

Martin, Nick J

 

1802 c

1 - 0

Steele, Rhys

 

1626 e

416

b

Lawson, Timothy D

 

1802 c

½ - ½

Varma, Varun

 

1674 e

 

         

 

 

2½ - 3½

 

The next set of matches was held over the weekend of 12th and 13th January 2013 and our opponents were Halesowen and Anglian Avengers 3.

Things did not improve for us on the Saturday and we were soundly beaten by Halesowen despite at one stage the board positions looking good for us in four of the games (my own included). This was not how I had envisaged my second season with the Bulldogs going and I was very disappointed with my own game.

Determined to make amends on the Sunday, I was also given the dubious honour of being captain for the day in the absence of Nick Martin. As it turned out, our opponents fielded a far from top strength side and we heavily out-gunned our opponents on the bottom two boards. If all went well, we might be able to finally kick start our season.

Things looked promising at the start as both myself and Jason Madden playing on boards 5 and 6 respectively, managed to get into good positions. Ben Graff, playing on board 4, seemed to be keeping his Grand Prix attack together and Chris Evans on board 3 quickly had a good attack going.

Neil Staples on board 2 and Gary Jackson on board 1 were both holding their own against their opponents and in particular, Gary’s game looked very interesting as there seemed to be good attacking chances for both players in a Yugoslav Attack type of position. Neil’s game looked like a typical English opening with a closed centre and if I were a betting man, I’d have put money on Neil finishing last (and I’d have won).

Always in control of my own game, I was a piece and a pawn up after my opponent bungled the opening. I was pleased to get a win on the board and both Jason and Chris finished soon afterwards, winning their games too. That put us 3-0 up and Gary Jackson secured the match with a draw on top board although how the game ever finished as a draw is beyond me, given the position when I last looked at the game.

Ben Graff then converted a clear advantage, giving his Queen back for two pieces (having won his opponents’ Queen for two pieces earlier in the game) but leaving himself with a winning endgame. His opponent cheekily offered him a draw and it was good to see Ben calmly turn the draw offer down and proceed, over the next 6 or so moves, to demonstrate to his opponent that he was, in fact, winning easily. So, 4.5 – 0.5 ahead and the match already in the bag, all I had to do as captain was wait around for Neil to finish his match. The position was pretty much drawn and would surely not last much longer so I waited.... and waited.... and waited.....

Basically, Neil had a position where he was a pawn ahead but his Bishop was stuck behind his pawns. Pawns on both sides were all locked up together save from one set of rooks pawns but any advance here would have been futile for either side as there was no way to make a breakthrough. With both Kings stuck in their own half of the board, the game had effectively reached a drawn position a long time ago. Of course, Neil’s opponent offered a draw and Neil played on for a few moves before another draw offer was made.

After Neil responded to this latest offering with something along the lines of “It looks like it’s headed that way” (ten out of ten for stating the blooming obvious, Neil!), someone (it might have been me) said something along the lines of “For crying out loud, Neil, you’re going to bore us all to death”.

At this point, Neil, very manfully, took the draw. I have to say that I admire Neil’s tenacity very much. In truth, the waiting period wasn’t too long really and I can understand how Neil felt, especially as he was material ahead. There is probably a good endgame study in that game.

So, my first outing as captain of the Bulldogs and we won our match 5 - 1. I am more than happy to hand the reigns back to our resident captain, Nick Martin, for future rounds. I’m happy enough as Daventry captain for now!

Here are the scorecards from rounds 3 and 4:


Banbury Bulldogs

1841

 

Halesowen

1855

451

w

Jackson, Gary C

 

1896

0 - 1

Hurney, Kevin

 

2040

452

b

Price, Andrew

 

1878

½ - ½

Hope, Gary

 

1921

453

w

Evans, Chris John

 

1867

0 - 1

Doran, Michael J

*

1856

454

b

Martin, Nick J

 

1802 c

0 - 1

Paul, Nathanael

 

1825

455

w

Lawson, Timothy D

 

1802 c

0 - 1

Peck, Windsor WA

 

1808

456

b

Bowman, Kevin

 

1802 c

0 - 1

Llewelyn, John D

 

1682 c

 

         

 

 

½ - 5½

 

 


Anglian Avengers 3

1661

 

Banbury Bulldogs

1832

481

w

Fogg, Martin

 

1942

½ - ½

Jackson, Gary C

 

1896

482

b

Bucknell, Malcolm G

 

1939

½ - ½

Staples, Neil

 

1970 c

483

w

Peck, Silas

 

1770 e

0 - 1

Evans, Chris John

 

1867

484

b

Woodcock, Keith D

 

1658

0 - 1

Graff, Ben

 

1794 c

485

w

Peck, Steve

*

1370 e

0 - 1

Lawson, Timothy D

 

1802 c

486

b

Peck, Isaac

*

1290 e

0 - 1

Madden, Jason D

 

1666 c

 

         

 

 

1 - 5

 

I’d just like to thank Nick for organising everything and of course a big thanks to the team for digging in there and getting our first win on the board.

The 4NCL website, including all of the league tables etc, can be found at: http://www.4ncl.co.uk/

Finally, you can enjoy some of the games (both of mine from this weekend and some of the games from our round 4 match as reported on above)....