Division 5 Cup Final, plus Division 3 match.

There were two matches at Chandler’s Ford on Tuesday evening, 12th March: the D team in the Division 5 Cup Final against Ringwood C, and the A Team in the Division 3 fixture against University B. Malcolm Clarke reports.

The Division 5 Cup Final 2019: Ringwood C on the left of the boards, Chandler's Ford D on the right
The Division 5 Cup Final 2019: Ringwood C on the left of the boards, Chandler’s Ford D on the right

For the division 5 cup final against Ringwood C, Chandlers Ford D were comfortably outgraded on every board with even the Ringwood bottom board being higher graded than the Chandlers Ford top board.  It was therefore no surprise that Chandlers Ford suffered a 3-1 defeat in which James Lesniak and Steve Dunleavy the two players playing with the white pieces obtained draws. 

Lesniak played very solidly against an experienced player, while technical issues in the latter stages of Dunleavy’s game were resolved by both players agreeing that a drawn game was the fairest outcome.  Rob Strachan on board 3 also had a good position going into the end game, but once his opponent won his rook and forced an exchange of queens the game was effectively over.

In contrast the Chandlers Ford A team suffered their fourth 3-2 defeat in five matches when they lost to University B despite being at full strength with all of their players being available and  they outgraded the opposition on the two boards in which University fielded a graded player.  Phil Overton returning to the team was the sole Chandlers Ford winner with David Holmes and Graham Stuart drawing their games.

However unusually for him David Culliford found himself in a position where his queen was attacked by a knight and he could not move it safely to any square without allowing the knight to fork and win his rook and the handicap of losing a rook proved too much.  On board 5 University’s Mo Leily playing against Dick Meredith was for the second time in matches between the teams this season able to turn the match decisively his team’s way by seemingly snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

D Team draw against Salisbury D; A team lose to Ringwood A

Malcolm Clarke reports on the two matches played on Thursday 28th February 2019, plus Winchester B vs Salisbury B in his weekly League update.

Chandlers Ford D achieved a creditable draw against Salisbury D which was the second time the two teams had drawn this season although in neither match were any of the individual games were drawn.  Chandlers Ford were outgraded on the top three boards, and their board 4 was ungraded, although his playing performances to date have suggested that his grade at the end of the season is likely to be higher than the current grade of his Salisbury opponent.  However it was wins by the top two boards Simon Kay and Nobby George that enabled Chandlers Ford to draw the match with Nobby beating a former team mate of his.

Chandlers Ford A lost 3-2 to division 3 leaders Ringwood A, although they welcomed David Holmes back into the fold.  Although Ringwood were not at full strength they outgraded Chandlers Ford on every board apart from board 1. Graham Stuart obtained a good win on board 2 and Holmes and Sam Murphy drew their games.  However David Culliford suffered his first defeat under Malcolm Clarke’s captaincy and the irony of the situation was that his opponent Richard Ursell had played under Clarke’s captaincy at Eastleigh Rail 20 years ago.  With Dick Meredith also losing it was Chandlers Ford’s third 3-2 defeat in four matches.

Winchester B lost 3.5-1.5 to Salisbury B with a win for Michael White on board 4 and a draw for Graham Payne on board 5 contributing to the 1.5 points.

Next week the A and D team are both in action next week with the A team at home to University B and the D team playing the division 5 cup final against Ringwood C.

Two defeats for Chandler’s Ford B against strong opponents

Malcolm Clarke’s weekly look at the League, including the Robertson Plate.

Chandlers Ford B team were involved in two matches this week and lost them both.  In the Robertson Plate they lost 4.5-0.5 to Hamble A, but with Hamble’s two teams in divisions 1 and 2 and their own players mostly playing in divisions 4 and 5 they were always likely to be up against it and on all boards they were outgraded by 50 or more points and on the top three boards this discrepancy averaged 78 points.  Don Creasey on board 4 obtained the only half point against an opponent 50 points higher.

In the match against University C who had already beaten them once this season Peter Przybycin and Dick Meredith obtained draws against players who had represented the University A team earlier in the week, but in the remaining games Sam Murphy was a rook down and Simon Kay was two pawns down and both games were eventually lost leaving University 3-1 winners,

For the second successive week draws featured prominently in a match involving Winchester A with four of the games being drawn in a 3-2 victory over Andover A with Jose Alfonso Jimenez Capilla their sole winner beating the experienced Stuart Knox in a match that was almost also drawn.

On Thursday Chandlers Ford A and D teams travel to Ringwood and Salisbury respectively, while on Tuesday the C team are at home to Winchester C.

All boards drawn at Chandler’s Ford v Winchester. Also: Black as white, White as black

Malcolm Clarke reports on the completely drawn Chandler’s Ford ‘A’ vs Winchester ‘A’ Robertson Plate match on 19th February, plus the unusual pairing in the Winchester ‘A’ vs Fareham ‘A’ match…

Chandlers Ford A and Winchester A drew their Robertson Plate match played over four boards 2-2 and with all four games drawn will have to replay at Winchester.  If any of the four games had produced a definite result then board count and failing that bottom board elimination would have come into the equation.  However with all four boards being drawn then this method would have not separated the teams.

With both teams finding it difficult to find a fifth player although Chandlers Ford certainly if pushed would have been able to it was agreed to restrict the number of boards to four.

Graham Stuart and Rob Sims both playing with the black pieces against Alan Dyos and Robin Atkins respectively were the first Chandlers Ford players to agree draws, while Winchester’s Bob Cleave was a pawn up against Chandlers Ford’s Dick Meredith, but Meredith had sufficient compensation for the pawn which left the game between Chandlers Ford’s Rob Bird and Winchester’s Mike White which although it went the full distance was even throughout.

Winchester A lost 3-2 to Fareham A despite Graham Payne obtaining an excellent win against a higher graded player.  A feature of this match was Fareham’s Ted Black beating Winchester’s Mike White although Black played with the white pieces and White with the black pieces.

Winchester B lost 3.5-1.5 to University B in Division 3 with Robin Atkins, Mike White and Graham Payne obtaining draws.

Chandlers Ford B were due to play their cup match at Hamble on Wednesday 20th February and are at home to University C on the following Tuesday.

Chandler’s Ford ‘A’ beats Andover ‘B’

Malcolm Clarke reports on the Chandler’s Ford ‘A’ v Andover ‘B’ Division 3 match Tuesday 12th February 2019.

Chandlers Ford A team obtained only their second win in six league matches with both of these victories being achieved against Andover.

Both of Chandlers Ford’s top two boards David Holmes and Phil Overton were unavailable, so Peter Przybycin was bought in for his first A team match of the season and it was Przybycin playing on board 3 who gave his team an early lead after his opponent blundered a piece.  Graham Stuart on board 1 then agreed a draw, while Sam Murphy’s opponent was making his league debut and gave a reasonable account of himself until having thought he had forked Murphy’s queen and rook with his knight overlooked the fact that Murphy could move the queen with check and then pick up the knight.

David Culliford on board 2 agreed a draw, although he admitted that if he had his opponent’s position he would have carried on playing to try and force a win.  That left Dick Meredith’s game outstanding and he skewered his opponent’s queen and rook to win the exchange and give himself a decisive advantage and to complete the 4-1 win.

Next week both the Chandlers Ford A and B team are in cup action with the A team at home to Winchester on the Tuesday and the B team away to Hamble on the Wednesday.

Chandler’s Ford C draw with Southampton D – again

Malcolm Clarke reports on the Southampton D vs Chandler’s Ford C match on 5th February 2019.

For the second time this season Chandlers Ford C drew with draw specialists Southampton D who have now drawn five of their seven league games, but whereas the previous draw was a bit fortuitous on this occasion they deserved a spare of the spoils.  They went into a two lead with Rob Bird relegated to board 3 and Don Creasey playing on bottom board winning.

However they lost on the top two boards on which they were clearly outgraded and the match was drawn.  Rob Strachan also played a game counting for grading purposes only and he won with his game being the most interesting.  Having pinned the opposition’s queen with his rook the opponent tried a series of checks, but after several king moves he was able to get it to safety and once the threat of a draw by perpetual check had been eroded it was inevitable he would win.  Unfortunately Rob Sims was unable to complete a hat-trick of wins for players forenamed Rob as he lost on top board.  

On Tuesday Chandlers Ford A are at home to Andover B.

Chandler’s Ford D beaten by Winchester D.

Malcolm Clarke reports on the Chandler’s Ford D vs Winchester D match 29th January and other news

Having beaten Winchester D twice this season, once in the league and once in the cup Chandlers Ford D were beaten 3-1 against the same opponents.  However the one consolation for them was Ian Parker playing a game counting for grading purposes only winning his game.

They went 2-0 down with Peter Stewart beating Nobby George and Brian White beating D Team captain Steve Dunleavy.  Only eight days earlier George had comfortably beaten Stewart in another Southampton League match.

This left the games between James Lesniak (Chandlers Ford) v David Green (Winchester) and Rob Strachan (Chandlers Ford) v Alan Weaver (Winchester).  In both matches fortunes fluctuated, but in both cases rooks were exchanged leaving the Winchester player with rook pawn and king against king.  Both matches were drawn, although Green managed to his king in front of the pawn and had clear winning chances when he agreed a draw.

Winchester B were beaten 4-1 in division 3 by top of the table Ringwood B with Robin Atkins on board 3 and Steve Kitley on board 5 both of whom drew their games being the contributors to their score. On Tuesday Chandlers Ford C are away to Southampton D.

News summary -January 2019 ECF Grades published

January 2019 ECF Grades published

The English Chess Federation publishes its Grading List twice a year, in January and July, and the January 2019 grades are now out. See the ECF Grading Database. Has your Grade gone up – or down? Team captains should use theses latest Grades when deciding board order for matches.

Chandler’s Ford Central Club subs due

The social club we are based at has a membership subscription year January to December. See the Chandler’s Ford Central Club website for membership information.

Chandlers Ford Central Club
Our venue is the Chandler’s Ford Central Club, membership subscriptions January to December

Top two Ladder players change places

Peter Przybycin took the top rung of Chandler’s Ford Chess Club Ladder this week, from Rob Bird. The Ladder currently has 22 players.

Malcolm Clarke’s SCL reports

Malcolm Clarke writes a weekly chess update on the Southampton Chess League matches and news. His reports are published in the print edition of the Hampshire Chronicle as well as this website.

League Reports November – December 2018


Malcolm Clarke’s Southampton Chess League weekly reports

15th December 2018: Chandler’s Ford B vs Winchester C; Winchester D vs Fareham B

A happy Christmas to all readers.  Members of Chandlers Ford chess club will be going out for a Christmas curry on Thursday 20th December.

Chandlers 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.

The 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.

Winchester 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 purposes only.

30th November 2018 – Chandlers Ford chess teams played three matches this week and were beaten in all three.

The 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.

The 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 indicated.

Despite 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

Chandlers 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.

A 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.

Chandlers 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.

Chandlers Ford D drew 2-2 with Fareham B with Maha Chandar and Ian Parker being their winners.

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.

The 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 draws.

League news 16 Jan 2019

Malcolm Clarke’s League report

The Chandlers Ford A team lost 3-2 to Salisbury B with Dick Meredith being their sole winner and Graham Stuart and Dave Culliford drawing their games, but they were missing their regular board 1 David Holmes.  However there was better news for the D team who reached the final of the Division 5 Cup with a 3-1 win over Fareham B with Nobby George, James Lesniak and Rob Strachan being their winners. 

Manoj Chandar and Sam Murphy have agreed to be joint winners of the Chandler’s Ford club’s summer tournament, while next Monday the B team are away to Winchester C.

 Winchester A beat Southampton C 4-1 with wins from Lukasz Piecha, Alan Dyos and Pankaj Tomar playing on the bottom three boards all winning their games, with draws on the top two boards.