Pavlos played a nice blindfold game (below) with Alice and Kartike, two Phones’ juniors, with (some rather uncertain) input also from me (Luke) early Jan 2019. Pavlos was not actually blindfolded of course, but was facing the opposite direction from his opponents, who were not at all blindfolded, but had the double-edged benefit of conferring over moves. (It was hard to do this without Pavlos hearing!)
Pavlos has kindly recalled the game from memory, in another feat of skill, and even printed it out. Some moves are cut off in the image, but I will try and get these completed and update the post. Late on, white missed a nice pawn sac with f4! to deflect the black bishop, and gain entry to the 7th rank with tempo, and some counterplay.
The plucky Phones team, faced Dundee Chess Club in our first Richardson match this season on Jan. 12th for a home fixture. We were unlucky to have a default early on owing to some unforeseen circumstances but we managed to fight back and with the scores level, but Phones needing to win, due to tiebreak terms, Captain John McIntyre showed his endgame skills under pressure to give us the match! Thank you to Dundee for being very sporting opposition and travelling all the way from the beautiful east coast for the match.
Next stop, the semi-finals. :)
Well done to Kartik and Alina who both did well at the weekend at a Scottish junior tournament. And extra congrats to Kartik for his fine performance the previous weekend, winning trophy (below) with a perfect score of 7/7! This qualifies him for the Northern juniors gigafinals in Manchester in July. Brilliant!
Round 1 has just been played – view details here
Thanks to John for organising and the decent turn-out :)
At our Club we maintain a small library of chess books, that members can access for free. We are very grateful to Terry Lillie of the Bridge Club who kindly donated some books this week, as he is moving house.
They are all interesting, but one stood out as I did not know the author. On researching him I discovered he was the first British titled Grandmaster, and no it was not Tony Miles! Comins Mansfield was a celebrated chess composer from Devon, but actually lived in Glasgow too, during the 1940s. (Playing board 3!). Fascinating biography here .
We just played the semi-final of the Richardson on Feb. 17th, Saturday, at our club, although technically it was a home tie for Poly, our opponents. The result and most games were very close, and we take our hats off to Poly who were sporting and better opponents on the day.
Pavlos fought on doggedly on board one trying to hold the draw but had to opt for a (probably) losing endgame to fight off a dangerous attack, and could not prevent a pawn queening in the same-coloured bishop ending. Daniel who has been a great asset to the team, was unlucky to not find a win in a better endgame – but in analysis it was not clear there was one there despite optical promise. I didn’t see Guy’s game against the young Scandinavian, who seems a promising talent. Stephen who had been unwell had played very solidly and felt he could have held the draw in better circumstances and so was a bit unlucky. Nicolas dropped a pawn but did very well to recover the position and had a bishop vs knight in the ending which he played skilfully to make the draw against a fine player. John had a slightly better opening but after a set of exchanges there was nothing really to separate the players and a draw agreed. Myself I equalised from the Pirc opening, and then a pawn sacrifice along with the opponents minor pieces being offside led to a dangerous attack on the kingside which won material. The major pieces came off and White had to resign. Jim had to face down two connected central pawns but held them back well and achieved a draw without much difficulty.
A fine Cup run we could only have dreamed of at the start of the season, means we are directly through to next year’s Richardson to try again.
Thank you to Daniel for playing for us and being an enthusiastic team member. Many thanks to John whose preparation has been a big part of our success and kept us well fed with delicious buffet lunches each round :)
And well done to everyone, this year was the furthest the team has ever managed in this competition!
The official results page is here: https://www.chessscotland.com/grading-results/event2018/Richardson_Cup.html but the image below has the scores.
Phones had the luck of the draw with a second home tie for the quarter-finals of the Richardson Cup, vs. Edinburgh’s Wandering Dragons team. The club achieved a fine win, with comparable gradings on paper, and we are now into the semi-finals.
Once again, a big thanks to John Mcintyre, who sorted out the venue arrangements, arranged a fab buffet lunch for both teams and after attending a busy meeting in the morning, he went on to get the first points on the board, with a comfortable draw on board 7! Draws were also achieved in games by Bob Dickson and Daniel Abrahams (on loan from his more regular club, Montrose, to our good fortune) and Stephen Misanjo. Pavlos had a great game with black, against Alan Tate, in a battling Dutch defence, and was unlucky not to get at least the half point. A fine win by Guy Lyons and also a resurgent Nikos Skettos meant that Luke just had to avoid defeat to a lower-graded opponent, which he managed to do.
Our sincere commiserations to Wandering Dragons, who were gracious opponents and had had to brave the wintry weather to get here – think we were very lucky to get a home fixture on this tie! Best of luck to them for the rest of the season.
Well done team, another great joint effort, next stop: semi-finals against Glasgow Polytechnic, Feb 17th/18th!
||John W McIntyre