Heywood Chess Club

Results from the 2022/23 season

Latest over the board games played by Heywood from 01/01/23 to 07/09/23

 

We played our last away match of the summer league on the 7th September and we came away with a very reputable draw 3 - 3 against a strong team at Urmston. For details of this match pleas see below.

 

Date of Match 7th September 2023          Urmston  3 - 3  Heywood 

 

Bd Urmston Home Away Heywood 1
1 Iliopoulos, Andreas 1 0 Turner, George
2 Randall, Grant ½ ½ Jayawarna, Thisumi
3 Davis, Mark 0 1 Jayawarna, Tarini
4 Mather, Ted 1 0 Almond, Dave S
5 Wilson, Tom ½ ½ Mitchell, Ian
6 Hayat, Zehn 0 1 Flaherty, Steven M

 

For the final league table positions please check below and as you can see with one match outstanding Heywood finished mid-table.

 

Division C

Team  Played  Won  Drawn Lost  For Against Points
Eccles 2 6 6 0 0 29 7 12
Ashton 1 6 4 0 2 24 12 8
Bury 1 5 3 0 2 16 14 6
Heywood 1 6 2 1 3 16 20 5
Urmston 5 1 2 2 11 19 4
Denton 6 2 0 4 13 23 4
Chorlton 3 6 0 1 5 11 25 1

 

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We played our last home game of the summer league this week. Our 2nd team was up against Blue Club of Rochdale and we ended up losing by a score of 1 - 3, details of this match below. 

 

 

Date of Match 30th August 22023        Heywood   1 - 3  Blue Club 

Bd Heywood 2 Home Away Blue Club 4
1 Jinks, Anthony 0 1 Coupe, Jon
2 Poon, Matthew 1 0 Altoft, Harry H
3 Bradshaw, Bailey 0 1 Kilmartin, David
4 Sercombe, Jake 0 1 Hussain, Athisham

 

Below the league table after our last game.

 

Division E (NE)

Team Played  Won Drawn Lost  For Against Points
Blue Club 4 5 3 2 0 15 5 8
Ashton 2 5 3 2 0 14½ 8
Heywood 2 5 2 1 2 11½ 5
3Cs 3 5 2 1 2 10 10 5
Bolton 3 4 0 2 2 5 11 2
Blue Club 5 4 0 0 4 0 16 0

 

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Our 1st team were away at Bury last week and we ended up just getting beat by a score of 4 - 2 with wins from Dave and Matthew. Details are below.

 

Date of Match 22nd August 2023       Bury   4 - 2  Heywood 

 

Bd Bury 1 Home Away Heywood 1
1 Yeung, Robin 1 0 Turner, George
2 Hutchinson, Joel 1 0 Jayawarna, Tarini
3 Norris, Michael J 1 0 Jayawarna, Thisumi
4 Leese, Richard 0 1 Almond, Dave S
5 Bakhsh, Mohammad Hayat 1 0 Carey, Con
6 Rushworth, Ray 0 1 Poon, Matthew

 

And below is the latest league table

Division C

Team  Played  Won Drawn  Lost  For  Against Points
Ashton 1 5 4 0 1 23 7 8
Eccles 2 4 4 0 0 19½ 8
Bury 1 3 3 0 0 13 5 6
Heywood 1 5 2 0 3 13 17 4
Urmston 3 1 0 2 5 13 2
Chorlton 3 4 0 0 4 18½ 0
Denton 4 0 0 4 5 19 0

 

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Last week we played at home against Chorlton 3 in Division C of the South East Summer League. We had a strong team and ended up winning by a score of 4 - 2! Great win and below are game details.

 

Date of Match 16th August 23        Heywood '1'  4 - 2  Chorlton '3'

 

Bd Heywood 1 Home Away Chorlton 3
1 Turner, George 1 0 Beswick, Andrew
2 Jayawarna, Tarini 1 0 Hicks, Conor
3 Jayawarna, Thisumi ½ ½ Hughes, Howard
4 Almond, Dave S ½ ½ Prittie, Joel
5 Carey, Con ½ ½ Donegan, Jack
6 Poon, Matthew ½ ½ Ryan, Louis

 

Below are a few pictures of our players in the above match.

 

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Board 1 George v Andrew Beswick

 

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Board 2 Tarini v Conor Hicks

 

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Board 3 Thisumi v Howard Hughes

 

 

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Board 4 Dave v Joel Prittie

 

 

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Board 5 Con v Jack Donegan

 

 

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Board 6 Matthew v Louis Ryan

 

 

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This week our 2nd team were away against Blue club 5 and came away with an impressive 4 - 0 victory, so well done to one and all. Details as below.

 

Date of Match 7th August 23        Blue Club (5)    0 - 4    Heywood (2)

 

Bd Blue Club 5 Home Away Heywood 2
1 Qumar, Shahzaib 0 1 Poon, Matthew
2 Jones, Michael 0 1 Curran, Paul
3 Popova, Svetlana 0 1 Bradshaw, Bailey
4 Robinson, Terry 0 1 McNevin-Duff, Remi

 

Below is the league table as it stands after our latest victory.

 

Division E (NE)

Team  Played  Won  Drawn Lost  For Against Points
Blue Club 4 4 2 2 0 12 4 6
Heywood 2 4 2 1 1 10½ 5
3Cs 3 4 2 1 1 5
Ashton 2 3 1 2 0 8 4 4
Bolton 3 3 0 2 1 5 7 2
Blue Club 5 4 0 0 4 0 16 0

 

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This week we played a very strong team from Ashton all beit without many of our top first team players and we were well beaten by the score of 0.5 - 5.5 with a draw by captain Donna on board 6! Below you will find the game results.

 

Date of Match 26-07-2023        Heywood 1  ½ - 5½  Ashton 1

 

Bd Heywood 1 Home Away Ashton 1
1 Almond, Dave S 0 1 Shaughnessy, Phillip J
2 Mitchell, Ian 0 1 Williamson, Ben
3 Curran, Paul 0 1 Torregrosa, Sacha
4 Carey, Con 0 1 Mohammed, Andeel
5 Bradshaw, Bailey 0 1 Unadkat, Jay
6 Chadwick, Donna ½ ½ Treanor, Philip

 

Below is the latest league table positions after our latest game.

 

Division C

Team Played  Won Drawn Lost  For Against Points
Ashton 1 4 4 0 0 20½ 8
Eccles 2 3 3 0 0 16 2 6
Bury 1 1 1 0 0 ½ 2
Heywood 1 3 1 0 2 7 11 2
Urmston 3 1 0 2 5 13 2
Chorlton 3 3 0 0 3 14½ 0
Denton 3 0 0 3 15½ 0

 

 

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Our young team (plus Steve as driver) were away at 3C's last week and we ended up just losing by a score of 2.5 - 1.5 of note Steve won on board 1 and Remi had a n excellent draw on board 4! Below is the match details.

 

Date of Match 2023-07-19        3Cs 3  2½ - 1½  Heywood 2

Bd 3Cs 3 Home Away Heywood 2
1 Newton, Ben 0 1 Flaherty, Steven M
2 Marshall, James 1 0 Bradshaw, Bailey
3 Johnston, Declan 1 0 Chadwick, Donna
4 Owen, Samuel Luke ½ ½ McNevin-Duff, Remi

 

Below is the SESL Div E league table after our game.

 

Division E (NE)

Team  Played  Won  Drawn Lost  For  Against Points
Blue Club 4 3 2 1 0 10 2 5
3Cs 3 3 2 0 1 4
Ashton 2 2 1 1 0 6 2 3
Heywood 2 3 1 1 1 3
Bolton 3 2 0 1 1 3 5 1
Blue Club 5 3 0 0 3 0 12 0

 

 

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 Our 1st team were away at Denton this week and they came away with all the points winning by 0.5 - 5.5 so well done Heywood! Below are the details:

 

12/07/2023 SEL Summer League Division C
Denton 0.5 Heywood 5.5
Dave Holt(B) 0 George Turner (W) 1
Ivan Urwin (W) 0 Dave Almond (B) 1
Stan Bradley (B) 0 Ian Mitchell (W) 1
Dave Cook (W) 0.5 Steve Flaherty (B) 0.5
Alan Williamson (B) 0 Paul Curran (W) 1
Ritchie Johnson (W) 0 Con Carey (B) 1

 

Below is the SELSL Div C league table so far this summer.

 

Division C

Team  Played  Won Drawn  Lost Games For Games Against Points
Ashton 1 3 3 0 0 15 3 6
Eccles 2 2 2 0 0 11 1 4
Bury 1 1 1 0 0 ½ 2
Heywood 1 2 1 0 1 2
Urmston 3 1 0 2 5 13 2
Chorlton 3 2 0 0 2 0
Denton 3 0 0 3 15½ 0

 

 

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We played our first away match in this summer league, our 2nd team were up against Ashton's 2nd team. The match was very close and ended up in a 2 - 2 draw see below for details.

Date of match was 5th July 2023      Ashton 2   Heywood  2

 

Bd Ashton 2 Home Away Heywood 2
1 McBeath, Joel 1 0 Flaherty, Steven M
2 Torregrosa, Sacha 0 1 Bradshaw, Bailey
3 Mohammed, Andeel 1 0 McNevin-Duff, Remi
4 Bartlett, William 0 1 Sercombe, Jake

 

Below is the latest league table position with Heywood in pole position!

 

Division E (NE)

Team Played  Won  Drawn  Lost  For  Against Points
Heywood 2 2 1 1 0 5 3 3
Blue Club 4 1 1 0 0 4 0 2
3Cs 3 1 1 0 0 4 0 2
Ashton 2 1 0 1 0 2 2 1
Bolton 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 0
Blue Club 5 2 0 0 2 0 8 0

 

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This was our 2nd summer league match and we were at home against a very strong team from Eccles, the final score being 5 - 1 to our visitors, below is the match card. We were heavily outgraded on all boards!

 

Date of Match 21st June 2023        Heywood (1)  1  -  5  Eccles (2)

 

Bd Heywood 1 Home Away Eccles 2
1 Turner, George ½ ½ Cawley, Paul F
2 Almond, Dave S ½ ½ Tzortzakos, Foivos Patrik
3 Mitchell, Ian 0 1 Lonsdale, Jon I
4 Flaherty, Steven M 0 1 Connor, Michael I
5 Curran, Paul 0 1 Stuttard, David
6 Bradshaw, Bailey 0 1 Slater, Bryan

 

Below is the league table after our game played.

Division C

Team Matches Played Matches Won Matches Drawn Matches Lost Games For Games Against Points
Eccles 2 2 2 0 0 11 1 4
Ashton 1 2 2 0 0 10 2 4
Urmston 2 1 0 1 4 8 2
Bury 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chorlton 3 1 0 0 1 2 4 0
Heywood 1 1 0 0 1 1 5 0
Denton 2 0 0 2 2 10 0

 

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This was the 1st game of the summer league and we were at home v Bolton with a good win for us, the final score being 3 - 1. Good wins from Steve, Bailey and Remi secured the points.

 

Date of Match 14th June        Heywood (2) 3 - 1  Bolton (3)

 

Bd Heywood 2 Home Away Bolton 3
1 Mitchell, Ian 0 1 Clissold, Julian C
2 Flaherty, Steven M 1 0 Agyemang, David
3 Bradshaw, Bailey 1 0 Shah, Dheer
4 McNevin-Duff, Remi 1 0 Agyemang, Samuel

 

 Below is the league table after 1 match played.
 

Division E (NE)

Team Matches Played Matches Won Matches Drawn Matches Lost Games For Games Against Points
Blue Club 4 1 1 0 0 4 0 2
Heywood 2 1 1 0 0 3 1 2
Ashton 2   0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3Cs 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bolton 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 0
Blue Club 5 1 0 0 1 0 4 0

 

 

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This was the final game of the season in the ELCA and was the Dennis Otter Final, the match was well fought and Burnley came out on top winning by 3 - 2. So well played Burnley and unlucky Heywood better luck next year!

 

 

The date of the match was 31st May 2023.

 

 

Board Heywood  Grade   Burnley B Grade
1 Turner, George 1918 ½ - ½ Riley, Scott 1947
2 O'Rourke, William 1845 0 - 1 Edwards, Clive 1774
3 Jayawarna, Thisumi 1778 1 - 0(def) Palazzo, Daniele 1628
4 Flaherty, Steven M 1612 0 - 1 Howarth, Jonathan 1559
5 Jinks, Anthony 1566 ½ - ½ Logan, Peter 1535

 

 

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This was our last MCF game of the season and we were away at Chorlton. Our team managed to win with a score of 3.5 - 2.5 so a close fought affair, well done Tony, Con and Bailey for good results against  higher graded players. Below is match card with details of the match.

 

Date of match was 23rd May 2023.

 

Board Chorlton 3 Grade   Heywood 1 Grade
1 Diaz-Guardamino, Borja 1660 0 - 1 Turner, George 1808
2 Alderton, Julian A 1600 ½ - ½ Almond, Dave S 1756
3 Phythian, Graham 1620 0 - 1 Jinks, Anthony 1543
4 Horwell, Peter 1655 ½ - ½ Carey, Con 1562
5 Hicks, Conor 1523 1 - 0 Chadwick, Donna 1295
6 Prittie, Joel 1480 ½ - ½ Bradshaw, Bailey 1200

 

Below is the final league table in MCF Division C. Heywood finished in 6th place so well done to all team members.

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Diff Points
Swinton & Worsley 3 10 8 1 1 38 22 16 17
Ashton 1 10 8 0 2 39½ 20½ 19 16
Eccles 2 10 7 0 3 38 22 16 14
3Cs 3 10 6 1 3 36 24 12 13
Northenden 1 10 6 0 4 34 26 8 12
Heywood 1 10 5 1 4 30 30 0 11
Chorlton 3 10 4 1 5 32½ 27½ 5 9
Bolton 3 10 4 0 6 27 33 -6 8
Stockport 2 10 3 0 7 19½ 40½ -21 6
Marple 1 10 1 0 9 18½ 41½ -23 2
Bury 1 10 1 0 9 17 43 -26 2

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This was the semi final of the Dennis Otter Trophy and we faced a strong team from Crusaders the match was drawn but we won on board count and so must face Burnley in the final in a couple of weeks time. Well done one and all and special congrats Captain Donna!!

 

Board Crusaders Blackburn B Grade   Heywood  Grade
1 Whitfield, John 1794 ½ - ½ Turner, George 1915
2 Whiteside, Ronnie 1729 ½ - ½ Almond, Dave S 1687
3 Ormisher, Tom 1587 0 - 1 Mitchell, Ian 1642
4 Ahmed, Yousaf 1433 ½ - ½ Rohman, Mohammed 1482
5 Grounds, Robert 1291 1 - 0 Chadwick, Donna 1288

 

 

 

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This was our final CLL match this season and was the Vaux Cup Final were we faced a strong team from Leyland, the final score was 2.5 - 1.5 to the home team, so well done Leyland!

 

The date of this match was 09 May 2023.

 

Board Leyland A Grade   Heywood A Grade
1 Fitzgibbon, Sean 1780 ½ - ½ Almond, Dave S 1756
2 Moffatt, William J 1688 ½ - ½ Flaherty, Steven M 1612
3 Hart, Robert 1603 1 - 0 Hurn, Peter 1595
4 Fairclough, Gary P 1450 ½ - ½ Jinks, Anthony 1526

 

This was avery close match although we were outgraded on all boards at current playing strength!

 

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This was our penultimate match this season in the MCF league, we were at home to a very strong side from 3C's and managed to get a very good draw final score 3 - 3. 

 

Date of match was 3rd May 2023.

 

Board Heywood 1 Grade   3Cs 3 Grade
1 O'Rourke, William 1880 0 - 1 Tebelev, Michael 1921
2 Almond, Dave S 1756 ½ - ½ Lewis, Andrew 1903
3 Jayawarna, Thisumi 1682 1 - 0 Espiritu, Marlon 1732
4 Flaherty, Steven M 1608 ½ - ½ Miller, Jonathan 1699
5 Poon, Matthew 1250 1 - 0 Moorcroft, Karl 1684
6 Bradshaw, Bailey 1200 0 - 1 Malik, Hunain 1585

 

Below is the league table of MCF Division C after our latest match.

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Diff Points
Ashton 1 9 7 0 2 34½ 19½ 15 14
Swinton & Worsley 3 7 7 0 0 30½ 11½ 19 14
Eccles 2 9 6 0 3 32 22 10 12
Northenden 1 9 5 0 4 29 25 4 10
Heywood 1 9 4 1 4 26½ 27½ -1 9
3Cs 3 8 4 1 3 26 22 4 9
Chorlton 3 7 4 0 3 26 16 10 8
Bolton 3 9 4 0 5 25½ 28½ -3 8
Stockport 2 8 3 0 5 18½ 29½ -11 6
Marple 1 10 1 0 9 18½ 41½ -23 2
Bury 1 9 1 0 8 15 39 -24 2

 

 

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We had our last league match of the season in the ELCA Division 2 and needed to draw to become Champions. I am delighted to say that we did indeed secure a draw v Great Harwood, the score being 2.5 - 2.5!!

 

Date of this match was 25th April 2023.

 

Board Great Harwood B Grade   Heywood  Grade
1 Hargreaves, Andrew 1796 1 - 0 Hurn, Peter 1593
2 Morris, Robert 1675 ½ - ½ Jinks, Anthony 1539
3 Default 0000 0(def) - 1 Poon, Matthew 1555
4 Lambert, Ed 1179 0 - 1 Carey, Con 1524
5 Sutton, Ronnie 0977 1 - 0 Rohman, Mohammed 1508

 

Below the League Division 2 table after all games played showing us Champions !!

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points
Heywood  8 4 3 1 26 14 11
Burnley B 8 5 0 3 22½ 17½ 10
Crusaders Blackburn B 8 3 3 2 21½ 18½ 9
Clitheroe B 8 4 0 4 17 23 8
Great Harwood B 8 0 2 6 13 27 2

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Dave's team already crowned Champions played Crusaders C in the Vaux Cup semi final and won by a score of 2.5 - 1.5! So now we face Leyland in the final in a couple of weeks!

 

Date of match was 19th April 2023

 

Board Heywood A Grade   Crusaders C Grade
1 Almond, Dave S 1756 ½ - ½ Logan, Peter 1554
2 Flaherty, Steven M 1612 ½ - ½ Grounds, Robert 1173
3 Carey, Con 1567 ½ - ½ Ahmed, Yousaf 1428
4 Curran, Paul 1460 1 - 0 Ahmed, Abbas 0150
5 Default 0150   Default 0150

 

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We were away at Clitheroe in the ELCA Division 2 match and ended up winning by 4 - 1! Well done team members.

 

Date of Match was 18th April 2023.

 

Board Clitheroe B Grade   Heywood  Grade
1 Moxham, John 1456 ½ - ½ Flaherty, Steven M 1639
2 Miller, Kevin 1578 0 - 1 Hurn, Peter 1584
3 Miller, Danny 1590 ½ - ½ Jinks, Anthony 1538
4 Barnsley, Karl 1003 0 - 1 Rohman, Mohammed 1510
5 Taylor, Ben 0000 0 - 1 Chadwick, Donna 1276

 

Below is the League table in Division 2 after our last match with us clear leaders and needing only a draw in our last match to be Champions! 

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points
Heywood  7 4 2 1 23½ 11½ 10
Crusaders Blackburn B 8 3 3 2 21½ 18½ 9
Burnley B 7 4 0 3 19½ 15½ 8
Clitheroe B 8 4 0 4 17 23 8
Great Harwood B 6 0 1 5 21½ 1

 

 

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This week we were away in the MCF league Div C at Eccles and came up against a strong team the final score was 4 - 2 to Eccles.

 

The date of the match was 13th April 2023.

 

Board Eccles 2 Grade   Heywood 1 Grade
1 Stuttard, David 1801 1 - 0 O'Rourke, William 1880
2 Toole, Dave 1843 1 - 0 Jayawarna, Thisumi 1682
3 Oszczyk, Michael 1783 1 - 0 Almond, Dave S 1756
4 Boulden, David 1723 0 - 1 Mitchell, Ian 1606
5 Walia, Shulin 1750 0 - 1 Hurn, Peter 1595
6 Feiz, Leila 1725 1 - 0 Curran, Paul 1466

 

Below is the league table of Division C after our latest match.

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Diff Points
Swinton & Worsley 3 7 7 0 0 30½ 11½ 19 14
Northenden 1 9 5 0 4 29 25 4 10
Ashton 1 7 5 0 2 25½ 16½ 9 10
Eccles 2 7 5 0 2 25 17 8 10
Chorlton 3 7 4 0 3 26 16 10 8
Heywood 1 8 4 0 4 23½ 24½ -1 8
3Cs 3 7 4 0 3 23 19 4 8
Bolton 3 7 3 0 4 17 25 -8 6
Stockport 2 7 2 0 5 15 27 -12 4
Bury 1 7 1 0 6 13½ 28½ -15 2
Marple 1 7 0 0 7 12 30 -18 0

 

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Our match this week saw us up against Burnley B who had peviously beaten us in the return fixture but tonight we proved to be too strong and ended up winning by 3 - 2!

 

Date of match was 29th March 2023

 

Board Heywood  Grade   Burnley B Grade
1 Turner, George 1924 0 - 1 Riley, Scott 1941
2 Flaherty, Steven M 1642 ½ - ½ Palazzo, Daniele 1630
3 Hurn, Peter 1580 ½ - ½ Howarth, Jonathan 1575
4 Curran, Paul 1555 1 - 0 Logan, Peter 1546
5 Rohman, Mohammed 1495 1 - 0 Al-abab, Marwan 0000

 

 Here below we have the league table after our latest win.

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points
Crusaders Blackburn B 7 3 3 1 20 15 9
Burnley B 7 4 0 3 19½ 15½ 8
Heywood  6 3 2 1 19½ 10½ 8
Clitheroe B 6 3 0 3 12½ 17½ 6
Great Harwood B 6 0 1 5 21½ 1

 

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Our latest match in the MCF League Division C was at home to Marple 1 and we ended up winning by 3.5 to 2.5, see below. 

Date of match was 22nd March 2023

 

Board Heywood 1 Grade   Marple 1 Grade
1 Turner, George 1808 1 - 0 Fowler, David J 1690
2 O'Rourke, William 1880 ½ - ½ Cowling, Terry 1642
3 Jayawarna, Thisumi 1682 ½ - ½ Dee, Neil 1448
4 Almond, Dave S 1756 ½ - ½ Dainty, Neil C 1448
5 Flaherty, Steven M 1608 1 - 0 Doust, Antony 1442
6 Poon, Matthew 1250 0 - 1 Barratt, Joe 1300

 

Below is the League table after our latest result.

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Diff Points
Swinton & Worsley 3 6 6 0 0 25 11 14 12
Ashton 1 7 5 0 2 25½ 16½ 9 10
Northenden 1 8 4 0 4 24 24 0 8
3Cs 3 7 4 0 3 23 19 4 8
Heywood 1 7 4 0 3 21½ 20½ 1 8
Eccles 2 5 4 0 1 20½ 11 8
Chorlton 3 6 3 0 3 20½ 15½ 5 6
Bolton 3 6 3 0 3 16 20 -4 6
Stockport 2 6 2 0 4 14½ 21½ -7 4
Bury 1 7 1 0 6 13½ 28½ -15 2
Marple 1 7 0 0 7 12 30 -18 0

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We played our final league match in the CLL Division B away at Crusaders and won by 3.5 to 0.5! Well done everyone who played for the team B division champions!

 

Date of match was 20th March 2023

 

Board Crusaders C Grade   Heywood A Grade
1 Harrington, Peter 1537 0 - 1 Almond, Dave S 1756
2 Tumelty, Shaun 1480 ½ - ½ Flaherty, Steven M 1612
3 Ahmed, Yousaf 1428 0 - 1 Jinks, Anthony 1526
4 Whiteside, Ronnie 1765 0 - 1 Carey, Con 1567

 

Below is the league table of Division B after our final league game. Well done Heywood champions !!

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points
Heywood A 9 6 1 2 24½ 11½ 13
Leyland A 8 3 1 4 15½ 16½ 7
Great Lever A 8 3 1 4 13 19 7
Crusaders C 9 3 1 5 15 21 7

 

 

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We played 1 match recently in the Central Lanc's League at home v Great Lever and ended up winning 4 - 0!!

 

Date of match 08 March 2023

 

Board Heywood A Grade   Great Lever A Grade
1 Turner, George 2056 1 - 0 Crowther, Andrew 1699
2 Flaherty, Steven M 1612 1 - 0 Wilkinson, Anthony DB 1585
3 Rohman, Mohammed 1486 1 - 0 Davies, Brian 1286
4 Chadwick, Donna 1295 1 - 0 Patel, Parshottambhi D 1312

 

 

Below is the league table after our latest victory and as you can see we have been confirmed Champions with only 1 match to play!!

 

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points
Heywood A 8 5 1 2 21 11 11
Leyland A 8 3 1 4 15½ 16½ 7
Crusaders C 8 3 1 4 14½ 17½ 7
Great Lever A 8 3 1 4 13 19 7

 

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Here is the latest match played in the MCF Division C we were away v Ashton and ended up losing by 5 - 1!

 

Board Ashton 1 Grade   Heywood 1 Grade
1 Not Named 0000 1 - 0(def) Default 0000
2 Keech, Paul 1760 1 - 0 Almond, Dave S 1756
3 McBeath, Joel 1648 1 - 0 Mitchell, Ian 1606
4 Supatan, Dawn 1552 1 - 0 Hurn, Peter 1595
5 Not Named 0000 1 - 0(def) Default 0000
6 De Silva, Sithun 1523 0 - 1 Carey, Con 1562

 

Below is the current league table after our latest match.

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Diff Points
Swinton & Worsley 3 6 6 0 0 25 11 14 12
Northenden 1 7 4 0 3 21½ 20½ 1 8
Ashton 1 6 4 0 2 21 15 6 8
Eccles 2 5 4 0 1 20½ 11 8
3Cs 3 6 3 0 3 18½ 17½ 1 6
Heywood 1 6 3 0 3 18 18 0 6
Bolton 3 6 3 0 3 16 20 -4 6
Chorlton 3 5 2 0 3 17 13 4 4
Stockport 2 5 2 0 3 13 17 -4 4
Bury 1 6 1 0 5 12 24 -12 2
Marple 1 6 0 0 6 26½ -17 0

 

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For our latest game in the Central Lanc's League we were away v Leyland A and came home with a very good draw 2 - 2!

 

Date of Match 14 Feb 2023

 

Board Leyland A Grade   Heywood A Grade
1 Moffatt, William J 1688 ½ - ½ Turner, George 2056
2 Ashton, Paul 1553 0 - 1 Flaherty, Steven M 1612
3 New Player 1450 1 - 0 Jinks, Anthony 1526
4 New Player 1450 ½ - ½ Chadwick, Donna 1295

 

Here is the latest League table after the above match and as you can see Heywood are top of the league!!

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points
Heywood A 7 4 1 2 17 11 9
Leyland A 7 3 1 3 14 14 7
Great Lever A 7 3 1 3 13 15 7
Crusaders C 7 2 1 4 12 16 5

 

 

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Our game in the MCF league was at home v Bury 1 and we ended up winners by 5 - 1 ! See below for details.

 

Date of match was 08 February 2023.

 

Board Heywood 1 Grade   Bury 1 Grade
1 Turner, George 1808 1 - 0 Leese, Richard 1650
2 Mitchell, Ian 1606 1 - 0 Bakhsh, Mohammad H 1650
3 Hurn, Peter 1595 1 - 0 Rushworth, Ray 1614
4 Curran, Paul 1466 1 - 0 Peach, Jeremy F 1488
5 Jinks, Anthony 1543 ½ - ½ Press, Steven 1450
6 Carey, Con 1562 ½ - ½ Forrest, Brian J 1420

 

Here is the latest standings in the MCF Division C. Heywood are well placed.

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Diff Points
Eccles 2 5 4 0 1 20½ 11 8
Northenden 1 6 4 0 2 20 16 4 8
Swinton & Worsley 3 4 4 0 0 16½ 9 8
Heywood 1 5 3 0 2 17 13 4 6
Ashton 1 4 3 0 1 15 9 6 6
Chorlton 3 4 2 0 2 14½ 5 4
Stockport 2 5 2 0 3 13 17 -4 4
3Cs 3 4 2 0 2 12 12 0 4
Bury 1 6 1 0 5 12 24 -12 2
Bolton 3 4 1 0 3 15½ -7 2
Marple 1 5 0 0 5 7 23 -16 0

 

 

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Here is our latest game in the East Lanc's League we were at home v the league leaders Crusaders B which ended in a draw 2.5 - 2.5!

 

Date of match 01 Feb 2023

 

Board Heywood  Grade   Crusaders Blackburn B Grade
1 Turner, George 1890 1 - 0 Whiteside, Ronnie 1726
2 Mitchell, Ian 1607 0 - 1 Ndou, Goodchild 1665
3 Hurn, Peter 1562 ½ - ½ Glover, Gordon L 1587
4 Curran, Paul 1550 0 - 1 Grounds, Robert 1223
5 Poon, Matthew 1548 1 - 0 Hillary, Darren 1220

 

The latest league table after our match above.

 

Team Play Won Draw Lost For Against Points
Crusaders Blackburn B 5 2 3 0 15 10 7
Heywood  5 2 2 1 16½ 6
Clitheroe B 5 2 0 3 15½ 4
Burnley B 3 2 0 1 4
Great Harwood B 4 0 1 3 14½ 1

 

 

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We had a cup match in the MCF league against a strong Great Lever team and we were beaten by 4.5 - 1.5.

 

Date of match 26th Jan 2023 

 

Board Great Lever 1 Grade   Heywood 1 Grade
1 Surtees, Mike J 2107 1 - 0 O'Rourke, William 1880
2 Kobryn, Peter J 1960 1 - 0 Almond, Dave S 1756
3 Lonsdale, Jon I 1896 ½ - ½ Flaherty, Steven M 1608
4 Jardine, Chris 1804 1 - 0 Hurn, Peter 1595
5 Connor, Michael I 1760 0 - 1 Curran, Paul 1466
6 Crowther, Andrew 1699 1 - 0 Carey, Con 1562

 

 

 

 

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We played Crusaders C team at home this week and ended up winners by a score of 3 - 1!

 

Date of match was 25th January 2023

 

Board Heywood A Grade   Crusaders C Grade
1 Turner, George 2056 1 - 0 Logan, Peter 1554
2 Jayawarna, Thisumi 1651 1 - 0 Dickinson, Peter 1538
3 Jayawarna, Tarini 1656 1 - 0 Ahmed, Yousaf 1428
4 Chadwick, Donna 1295 0 - 1 Ahmed, Abbas 1450

  

Central Lanc's Division 2 league table after the above result and Heywood are currently top of the league!!

  

Team Played Won Draw Lost For Against Points
Heywood A 6 4 0 2 15 9 8
Great Lever A 6 3 1 2 13 11 7
Leyland A 6 3 0 3 12 12 6
Crusaders C 6 1 1 4 8 16 3

 

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We had a home match against Clitheroe in the East Lanc's League and came out winners by 5 - 0!!

 

Date of Match was 18th January 2023

 

Board Heywood  Grade   Clitheroe B Grade
1 Turner, George 1878 1 - 0 Sutcliffe , Ray 1472
2 Flaherty, Steven M 1620 1 - 0 Mansfield, Eric 1427
3 Mitchell, Ian 1598 1 - 0 Moxham, John 1448
4 Curran, Paul 1534 1 - 0 Miller, Kevin 1618
5 Poon, Matthew 1489 1 - 0 Miller, Danny 1558

 

 

 League table after the above result, as you can see we are a close 2nd!

 

Team Played Won Draw Lost For Against Points
Crusaders Blackburn B 4 2 2 0 12½ 6
Heywood  4 2 1 1 14 6 5
Burnley B 3 2 0 1 4
Clitheroe B 4 1 0 3 14½ 2
Great Harwood B 3 0 1 2 10½ 1

 

 

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Our East Lanc's Team were away at Crusaders of Blackburn and we managed to secure a good draw 2.5 - 2.5! 

 

Date of Match 16th Jan 2023

 

Crusaders Blackburn B Grade   Heywood  Grade
Whiteside, Ronnie 1748 0 - 1 Turner, George 1878
Searson, B 1699 ½ - ½ Almond, Dave S 1703
Harrington, Peter 1537 ½ - ½ Flaherty, Steven M 1620
Tumelty, Shaun 1493 ½ - ½ Jinks, Anthony 1513
Ormisher, Tom 1567 1 - 0 Chadwick, Donna 1274

 

 

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Our first game of the new year was away v Great Lever in the Central Lanc's League and we managed to win by the score 1.5 - 2.5. 

 

Date of match 10th January 2023

 

Board Great Lever A Grade   Heywood A Grade
1 Lonsdale, Jon I 1896 ½ - ½ O'Rourke, William 1880
2 Wilkinson, Anthony DB 1585 ½ - ½ Almond, Dave S 1756
3 Byrne, Tony 1518 ½ - ½ Carey, Con 1567
4 Davies, Brian 1286 0 - 1 Curran, Paul 1460

We had a game in the Central Lanc's League at home to Leyland A and were narrowly beaten by 1.5 - 2.5 see below for details. 

 

Date of match 14th december 2022.

 

Board Heywood A Grade   Leyland A Grade  
1 O'Rourke, William 1880 0 - 1 Fitzgibbon, Sean 1780  
2 Almond, Dave S 1756 1 - 0(def) Fairclough, Gary P 1450  
3 Flaherty, Steven M 1612 ½ - ½ Hughes, Steve G 1495  
4 Poon, Matthew 1450 0 - 1 Clayton, David G 1428  
             

 

 

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 Our MCF team played away v Swinton & Worsley 3 and were soundly beaten by a very youthful side 4 - 2!! See below for details.

 

Date of match was 8th Dec 2022

 

Board Swinton & Worsley 3 Grade   Heywood 1 Grade  
1 Hodgson, Christopher 1736 ½ - ½ Turner, George 1808  
2 Veress, David 1539 0 - 1 O'Rourke, William 1880  
3 Burke, Alexander 1603 1 - 0 Almond, Dave S 1756  
4 Fung, Marcus 1444 1 - 0 Flaherty, Steven M 1608  
5 Ichim, Grieg 1380 1 - 0 Hurn, Peter 1595  
6 Rughani, Mahin 1128 ½ - ½ Carey, Con 1562  

 

Board 1 George Turner  My opponent played near perfect chess for about the first 25 moves (checked with the engine afterwards.) He made some inaccuracies after that but I never had any kind of advantage, so winning was impossible for me.I prefer that to simply blundering.

Board 2 Bill O'Rourke. Won his game. After being a piece down!

Board 3 Dave Almond. Lost his game.

Board 4 Steve Flaherty. Lost his game.

Board 5 Pete Hurn. I played my opening almost in auto pilot and made a huge error at move 6 gifting a piece to my young opponant after that it was all downhill and I finally resigned at move 42 being a whole rook down.

Board 6 Con Carey. Drew his game.

 

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Con Carey's team were at home to Stockport 2 in the MCF league and narrowly won by 3.5 - 2.5 see below for details.

 

Match date  Wed 16th Nov 2022

 

Board Home        Heywood 1        Stockport 2 Away
1 (B) 1880  ½ - ½ 1748
2 (W) 1756 0 - 1 1733
3 (B) 1608 1 - 0 1541
4 (W) 1562 ½ - ½ 1518
5 (B) 1543 ½ - ½ 1390 
6 (W) 1466  1 - 0 1324
Average 1636   3½ - 2½ Average 1543

 

Board 1 Bill O'Rourke  I Played Jeff Mason on board one last night in a very interesting game in which advantage ebbed and flowed either way. Got a slight advantage late in the opening, but broke open the position without seeing a sting in the tail 5 moves down the line which put Jeff better. However really pleased that I dug in and, with good endgame technique, managed to a force a draw with only 2 minutes left to secure a narrow win for the team.
Need to check the clocks- his said he still had loads of time left long after everybody else finished. Wonder if time increment set incorrectly, forgot to check at end.

Board 2 Dave Almond  Lost his game.

 

Board 3 Steve Flaherty  I played John Kelly of Stockport 2 on Wednesday evening with me playing the Black pieces. After his e4 opening I decided to play the Sicilian Defence fianchettoing my Kings Bishop onto g7. He played the opening better than me and what is that variation called when White plays f4 ? I have seen it before- no doubt Dave Almond will know. I replied with e6 which immediately weakened my d pawn and gave my opponent every encouragement to go after it. You would have thought that White was quite sensible in doubling up his rooks on the d file but in fact it cramped up his rooks which meant that when his rook was attacked by my knight it could either retreat and then both rooks get forked by the knight or it would have to go to d4 which of course was part of my bishop's long diagonal. The next move allowed me to move the knight to attack his queen and bishop whilst discovering the attack on the rook by my g2 bishop. This allowed me to become the exchange up and clearly unsettled my opponent who soon lost a pawn. Ten moves later it was all over as my opponent missed another fork with the knight. 1-0 to Steve. I dont always use my knights that well. particularly satisfying is to get a win when if I had drawn the team would have drawn the match and if I had lost the team would have lost the match.

Board 4 Con Carey  Drew his game.

Board 5 Tony Jinks  Drew his game

Board 6 Paul Curran  Won his match.

 

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Dave Almonds team were away at Crusaders and managed to win by 4 - 0! See below for details and our players thoughts.

 

Date of match  Mon 7th Nov 2022

Board Home Crusaders C   Heywood A Away
1 (B) 0935 0 - 1 1756
2 (W) 0880 0 - 1 1567
3 (B) 1450 0 - 1 1595
4 (W) 1450 0 - 1 1460
Total 4715   0 - 4 Total 6378

 

Board 1 Dave Almond Playing white, and my usual b3, managed to win a pawn in a sneaky tactic. But I was subjected to a terrific king side pawn storm. Seeing all his threats, mate or the loss of a Rook to save my neck. Attacked on the opposite wing, ignored his threats keeping one move ahead, managed to checkmate him Ist

Board 2 Con Carey The game was very disappointing. Gordon Glover set the match up to win a point! The player that I played was very weak (0880) and the player Dave played (0935) his 2 other players (1450). So not much to say. Checkmate in 20 moves!

Board 3 Pete Hurn I was white and I played KP going into an Italian type set up, my opponent played some weird moves and soon I was a rook up. Coasting through the game instead of swapping off the pieces,  I ignored a sneaky attack on my King and rooks and almost lost the game, thankfully he grabbed my rook for his knight so then I decided to concentrate on the game and he managed to get his rook stuck and then resigned.

Board 4 Paul Curran My young opponent played as white and directly into the London system; which I hate playing against.  Attempting to  get out of the London I ended up trading both black and white squared bishops off the board but this just led to a drawish looking position with diminishing attacking opportunities. Possibly knocked off concentration by a clock reset after time control I was gifted a blunder by my opponent allowing a Queen and King Knight fork after which I managed to find a mate.

  

 

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We played away at Northenden in the MCF league and were beaten by 4 - 2. Details below.

 

Date of match was 24 Oct 2022

 

Board Home      Northenden 1         Heywood 1 Away
1 (B) 1926 ½ - ½ 1880
2 (W) 1809 ½ - ½ 1682
3 (B) 1647 ½ - ½ 1608
4 (W) 1629 1 - 0 1606
5 (B) 1619 1 - 0 1562
6 (W) 1556 ½ - ½ 1543
Average 1698   4 - 2 Average 1647

 

 Board 1 Bill O'Rourke  Played Reg Clucas on board one, usually an Altrincham player but awaiting that club finding a venue and restarting. Reg is a strong player who gives nothing away. Managed to have him on the back foot for most of the game, but game was very complex. Felt I needed to push for win as we were already 2 down, but slightly over-extended and he found 2 game savers that eventually boiled down to him being a pawn ahead in a still complicated position. Like to think I played well enough that It was Reg asking for the draw in the end, which was agreed.

Board 2 Thisumi Jayawarna Drew her game.

Board 3 Steve Flaherty My game was drawn after my opponent was able to get a perpetual check after being a rook down. Most people would have resigned but he showed that sometimes even in the worst situations it’s best to not resign and make your opponent go all the way to a checkmate!

Board 4 Ian Mitchell Lost his game.

Board 5 Con Carey Lost his game.

Board 6 Tony Jinks I was black. It was a four knights game. Fairly interesting play but nothing too exciting. After about 30 moves I was offered a draw. As I had no idea who - if anyone - had the better position, and I was feeling lazy I accepted.

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We had a home match against Great Lever A and managed to beat them by a score of 2.5 - 1.5 with 3 of our players juniors!!

 

Date of match  Wed 19th Oct 2022

 

Board Home Heywood A   Great Lever A Away
1 (B) 1656 0 - 1 1960
2 (W) 1651 ½ - ½ 1699
3 (B) 1460 1 - 0 1312
4 (W) 1450 1 - 0 1286
Total 6217   2½ - 1½ Total 6257

 

Board 1 Tarini Jayawarna Lost her game.

Board 2 Thisumi Jayawarna  Drew her game.

Board 3 Paul Curran Old man Paul's game went like this:
Unfortunately for my opponent, after a relatively sound first few moves, he blundered a piece for a pawn and several moves later blundered a full piece leaving me free to tidy up and accept his resignation.

Board 4 Matthew Poon Won his game.

 

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We played Burnley away in the East Lanc's League Div 2, it was a close match but we ended up losing by 3.5 - 1.5, see below for details.

 

Date of match 13 Oct 2022

 

Board Home Burnley B   Heywood Away
1 (W) 1698 1 - 0 1606
2 (B) 1578 ½ - ½ 1565
3 (W) 0000 1 - 0 1569
4 (B) 0000 0 - 1 1523
5 (W) 1554 1 - 0 0983
Total 4830   3½ - 1½ Total 7246

 

Board 1 Ian Mitchell  I was under the cosh from around move 10. Even though I was 2 pawns up, my kingside was under ferocious pressure for most of the game. No complaints my opponent fully deserved the win.

Board 2 Con Carey   My game. I had white and l play the London System, but not very well. Lose a pawn? Then had to just equal the position. I offer the draw and we both agree the position was level and who ever when for the win, would perhaps lose and that was that game over!🙂

Board 3 Peter Hurn  My game was a close affair he played a Queens gambit and I was undecided whether to play the Budapest or the Dutch and ended up with neither. I lost a central pawn and couldn’t recover my opponents was ungraded and not ECF registered and also didn’t record any moves, but was a good player. I resigned as he was about to Queen his passed pawn ♟ 😩

Board 4 Tony Jinks   My opponent failed to castle and I made use of pins on the d and e files to open the centre. Then I played a combination that won a pawn and exposed his king. ( My phone has since pointed out that this was completely unsound and should have lost, but who cares?) Shortly afterwards I got the opportunity to play a nice deflection sacrifice that left him unable to prevent checkmate.

Board 5 Xavery Smyk  My game was very interesting. We played a queen pawn game which Ive never played before . I lost a pawn which I managed to get back but I lost another and couldn't equalize. I resigned once he forked my bishop and rook. I could've played Better but he was a strong player!

 

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This was our first league match in the MCF winter season Div C and we managed to beat Bolton 3 by a score of 4.5 - 1.5, see below for results and players comments.

 

Date of match 05 Oct 2022

 

Board Home Heywood 1   Bolton 3 Away
1 (B) 1880 1 - 0 1724
2 (W) 1756 ½ - ½ 1712 
3 (B) 1608 ½ - ½ 1659
4 (W) 1562 1 - 0 1687
5 (B) 1543 ½ - ½ 1551
6 (W) 1466  1 - 0 1576
Average 1636   4½ - 1½ Average 1652

 

Board 1 Bill O'Rourke  I Had many tussles with Julian over the years. Played an irregular queens pawn game against Julian which provided a small nagging advantage right into middle end game. Eventually gained a pawn in rooks and knight each late middle game, but at the cost of losing momentum. Had to tough things out for 10 moves but then slowly regained positional advantage. Sadly Julian now blundered yielding the full point for us earlier then expected.

Board 2 Dave Almond  My game, another difficult game with a Serbian, the guy played my pet opening, with a subtle Nf3 1st, I new the best system against it, ended up with a Rook and pawn ending, both had potential past pawns on opposite sides of board, whoever went first on pawn break loses, so draw agreed.

Board 3 Steve Flaherty  Quite a dour match for me as Black against Ian Lamb who is something of my nemesis. Draw agreed after just 17 moves sounds like a cop out but in fact we had spent the best part of two and a quarter hours to get to that point. The opening turned out to be the Reti opening (Nf3) and specifically the Kings Indian attack (Barcza System). All this only became apparent after the match and I looked up the opening. But the good news was my instinctive moves proved to be the most popular moves in the various chess data bases so the brain is still working ! Ian put his queen on h4 which seemed a bit odd as his attack was pretty obvious. I forced the queen exchange and any threats he had on my isolated pawn on d5 were quickly negated. Draw agreed and the rest of the team did the necessaries and with no losses we had a good night.

Board 4 Con Carey Game went well, the guy tried to play a Modern Pirc and stop my London System, but it all went wrong and he lost a knight. It was all downhill from then and he was outplayed in the endgame!

Board 5 Tony Jinks  My opponent arrived 10 minutes late, which was significant. He opened with an Italian game. I gave him the option of transposing to the Two Knights defence - but unfortunately he did, and 25 moves of tactical mayhem followed. Eventually we exchanged queens into something that was on the borderline between queenless middlegame and endgame. By this point we each had only about 3 minutes left on our clocks. (Now, if he'd turned up on time...) He offered me a draw. I accepted, and he was then soundly berated by his team captain since that secured us the match. (Though Paul's win would have made it academic anyway).

Board 6 Paul Curran  I opened e4 and my opponent went into a Caro Kann which I know a little of as Black but haven’t really learned any play for white.  However I managed to hold my own in the opening in an advance variation until around move 15 whereupon I allowed my opponent to squeeze me a little on the Kingside unnecessarily. At move 18 I was offered, and declined, a queen trade before making a straightforward blunder allowing my opponent to exchange his dark squared bishop for a rook.  By this point though I had quite a significant lead on the clock and my two Knights were advanced enough to harass the Queen side castled black King.  Time pressure and the tricky Knights ultimately led to a blunder by my opponent allowing me to fork the King and Rook and gain a win by resignation.

 

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This was our first match in the CLL Winter league and we took on Leyland A away. We ended up just losing by a score of 2.5 - 1.5.

Date of match 04th Oct 2022

 

Board Home Leyland A   Heywood A Away
1 (B) 1688 ½ - ½ 1756
2 (W) 1495 1 - 0 1595
3 (B) 1428 1 - 0 1567
4 (W) 1108 0 - 1 1526
Total 5719   2½ - 1½ Total 6444

 

Board 1 Dave Almond I played the Norfolk gambit, Billy Moffat, didn't go for the traps, very complex game , lots of traps which both of us saw through, I had a very powerful knight on f6, which couldn't be dislodged, however neither of us could make any progress, so a draw was agreed.

Board 2 Peter Hurn   I played a very tight game starting with the Petrov defence but he would not take my free pawn (so no Stafford this week) and so it ended up a very close game but after I lost a central pawn I found it very hard to form any sort of threats, he traded off and managed to win the end game with a pawn advantage and opposite coloured Bishops.

Board 3 Con Carey Lost his game.

Board 4 Tony Jinks My opponent didn't have much experience of serious play. He started the game by leaving a knight en prise and ended it by leaving his queen en prise. However, in between he played quite well and, despite being a piece up, I had to work hard to make any progress.

 

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This was our first match of the new season and a cup match v Bury in the MCF league. We ended up winning by 4.5 - 1.5 see below for details.

 

Date of Match 28th Sept 2022

 

Board Home Heywood 1   Bury 1 Away
1 (B) 1808 1 - 0 1650
2 (W) 1880 1 - 0 1614
3 (B) 1756 0 - 1 1650
4 (W) 1608 1 - 0 1488
5 (B) 1595 1 - 0 1450
6 (W) 1466 ½ - ½ 1420
Average 1686   4½ - 1½ Average 1546

 

Below are our players thoughts on their games.

Board 1 George Turner A wild benko gambit game with lots of complications. Game got very wild after he tried a knight sacrifice. Eventually he blundered a rook away in an even queen + rook Vs queen + rook endgame, when I had a minute left on the clock. I Made a few mistakes, still room for improvement on my part!

 Board 1 George

 

 Board 2 Bill O'Rourke My opponent Ray tried to force me down his favourite Sicilian line but I played an irregular counter which gave me steady advantage for most of the game. Relexed (tired?) too early at end of middlegame to change a winning game to having to win it again. Ray Rushworth is a steady player and found very good counterplay. BUT then perhaps tried to move too quickly in my time deficit and allowed me to force home a win in a rook and pawns endgame.

 

Board 2 Bill

 

Board 3 Dave Almond  My game, I found it hard to concentrate, didn't know he was playing out of board order. He as white opened with the Reti, all Major pieces were exchanged, leaving me with an obviously lost end game. I couldn't avoid a loss of a pawn, then blundered another, then curtains.

Board 3 Dave

 

Board 4 Steve Flaherty  White for me meant my English opening again this time against I guy I have known nearly 50 years, Jeremy Peach. He defended really well for three quarters of the game but I felt he was a bit too passive and failed to develop his Kings Bishop and Rook onto the best squares - a bit like my Chorlton opponent the other week. Imaginative use of my knight (it did the equivalent of the Aintree Grand National course) meant I could finally break open his centre. In the end I left him a choice of being mated I one on either H8 or G7. In the end he followed Laskers dictum that his strongest move was to resign!👍😁

Board 4 Steve

 

Board 5 Peter Hurn  I played the Stafford gambit against his 1 e4 and Steve didn't seem to know anything about it so I managed to trap him in just 12 moves, sorry no picture of my game as it ended in just 10 minutes!

 

 

Board 6 Paul Curran  I recently took a liking to the Italian game, I entered with 3.Bc4. My opponent then led me down the pianissimost of quiet games with most pieces being exchanged off other than a Knight each. I managed to reach an endgame position with 2 pawns vs 1 pawn alongside the knights but missed the only move to secure a win and ended with a draw by insufficient material (and calculation).

Paul board 6

 

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