Malcolm Clarke’s Southampton Chess League weekly reports
15th December 2018: Chandler’s Ford B vs Winchester C; Winchester D vs Fareham B
happy Christmas to all readers. Members of Chandlers Ford chess club will
be going out for a Christmas curry on Thursday 20th December.
Ford B team ended 2018 with a 3.5-0.5 win against Winchester C which ended
Winchester’s unbeaten record and ended Winchester’s unbeaten record and was a
welcome return to for them having lost their last two games. Chandlers
Ford though were able to field a strong team for this match and after former
Eastleigh Rail and Winchester team mates Peter Przybycin (Chandlers Ford) and
Graham Payne (Winchester) had drawn their game victories by Dick Meredith nnd
the in form Simon Kay clinched the match.
one remaining game was between Sam Murphy (Chandlers Ford) and David Green
(Winchester) and Murphy’s one pawn advantage eventually won him the game,
although at one stage if Green was able to find the very best move he had a
chance of forcing a draw by perpetual check.
D drew 2-2 with Fareham B, with Winchester’s points coming from a win from
Brian Jack on top board and draws for Michael Bianco and Andrew Habbitts.
Associated with the same match Alan Weaver played a match counting for grading
30th November 2018 – Chandlers Ford chess teams played three matches this week and were beaten in all three.
B team lost 3-1 to University with Simon Kay being their only winner. The
following day they lost to Fareham A in the Robertson Cup in a match which was
reduced to four boards and again it was Kay who was the only one not to lose
his game as he achieved a creditable draw against a much higher rated
player. The Fareham team’s top boards were Keith Gregory and Roger Marsh
were playing against a club they used to play for.
Chandlers Ford D surrendered their unbeaten record when they lost 4-0 to a
Ringwood team whose players were much higher graded then their own, although
the Ringwood players acknowledged that the match was closer than the scoreline
Bob Cleave and Robin Atkins winning their games on the top two boards
Winchester B were beaten 3-2 by Salisbury B.
24th November 2018: Chandler’s Ford ‘A’ win, ‘C’ lose, ‘D’ draws
Ford A non-playing captain Malcolm Clarke originally selected the same
team as had played the previous week for their trip to Andover, although on the
day of the match Dick Meredith was replaced by B team captain Nobby George.
quick win for Graham Stuart, a quick draw for Sam Murphy and the fact that Phil
Overton’s game always looked likely to be drawn meant that the match hinged on
the games on boards 1 and 5. It was unclear as to how much compensation
Dave Holmes had for the pawn he sacrificed, while Nobby George’s game saw
fortunes fluctuate throughout. However David got on top in his game and
eventually won, and when Nobby’s game was eventually drawn leaving Chandlers
Ford 3.5-1.5 winners.
Ford C travelled to Salisbury without Manoj Chandar, Rob Sims, Maha Chandar and
Keven Lamb who had formed the team for their first match of the season, but
Steve Saunders obtained an excellent win in a 3-1 defeat in which Salisbury’s
team included two players who three weeks earlier had won their games while
playing against the Chandlers Ford A team.
Ford D drew 2-2 with Fareham B with Maha Chandar and Ian Parker being their
14th November 2018 – Chandler’s Ford D progress to Division 5 Cup semi-final
The Chandlers Ford A team were beaten 4.5-0.5 by a Ringwood B team who lead Southampton League Division 3. Graham Stuart on board 3 obtained the only half point for Chandlers Ford A who have now lost their last two league matches having won all of the previous five. On Wednesday the Chandlers Ford A team travel to play Andover in another league game.
Chandlers Ford D team progressed to the semi finals of the Division 5 cup with
a 2.5-1. win against Winchester D. They were assisted by board 4 being won
by default as well as Nobby George winning on board 1 and they play Fareham B
in the next stage.
The Winchester A team were comfortably beaten
4-1 by Hamble B, but the Winchester C team finished all square at 2-2 with
University C with Brian Jack being their sole winner in a match containing two