The latest OTB matches played by Heywood

 

This was a home match on 3rd of August v Marple 2 and we managed to win 3.5 to 1.5! This win puts us 2nd in Div C.

 

BdHeywoodHomeAwayMarple 2
1 Jayawarna, Tarini 1 0 Dainty, Neil C
2 Jayawarna, Thisumi ½ ½ MacNeill, Philip
3 Carey, Con 1 0 Maxim, Paul
4 Flaherty, Steven M 1 0 Barratt, Joe
5 Jinks, Anthony 0 1 Reid, Rob

 

Below is a chance for our players to comment on their particular game.

 

Board 1 Tarini Jayawarna Won her game. 

Board 2 Thisumi Jayawarna  Drew her game.

Board 3 Con Carey Won his game.

Board 4 Steve Flaherty Won his game.

Board 5 Tony Jinks Well I won a pawn but my opponent had positional compensation. Then I accidentally gave it back for no compensation. Then I lost.

 

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We played our 2nd Summer league match at home to Chorlton, who only had 4 players and we ended up winning by 3 - 2.

 

 HeywoodHomeAwayChorlton 3
1 Flaherty, Steven  ½ ½ Horwell, Peter
2 Carey, Con 1 0 Phythian, Graham
3 Hurn, Peter ½ ½ Beswick, Andrew
4 Jinks, Anthony 0 1 Nalletamby, Samuel
5 Curran, Paul 1 0 default

 

 

Board 1 Steve Flaherty Oh! My opponent played the Grob opening i.e. g4 . I decided not to take the offer of this G4 pawn and opted for developing my pieces and crucially negating his fianchettoed bishop on g2. However both of us missed an error on my part which would have given him a pawn. Later I had two choices for a move both of which seem good . Move bishop to d3 or knight to c3 . One gave up a pawn but would mean his king could not castle to safety. I chose the safer option which equalised . After both castling we completed our opening moves . I offered a draw on move 26 which was accepted by my better graded opponent . In analyses afterwards neither of us could work out who had the advantage . The draw proved crucial as we won 3-2. 

Board 2 Con Carey Won his game.

Board 3 Peter Hurn  My game against one of my old rivals was going to be tight. So I played the Petroff defence and instead of going into the Stafford I played 3. ....d6 a much quieter line. But I ended up a pawn down with my King exposed and no longer able to castle, he should have just swapped off bits but he didn't and I ended up level with 5 pawns each. I made an illegal move and he claimed the 2 minutes extra he was allowed. I played on to 51 moves and finally a draw was agreed, with 1 pawn each left on the board. His grade was more than mine so I was well pleased.😇

Board 4 Tony Jinks I found myself two pawns up but under the cosh in a queenless middle game. I managed to swap stuff off and reached an endgame still two pawns up. Unfortunately I was running out of time and lost one pawn, then two pawns, then my king.

Board 5 Paul Curran. Won by default, his opponent was scared off.

 

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This was our first cup match in the East Lanc's summer league , we ended up losing to a strong Eccles  side by 5 - 1.

 

     EcclesHomeAway    Heywood
         
1   Sakic, Simeon    1   0 Jayawarna, Tarini
2   Tzortzakos, Foivos Patrik    1   0 Jayawarna, Thisumi
3   Stuttard, David    ½   ½ Jinks, Anthony
4   Nagy, Viktor N    ½   ½ Curran, Paul
5   Walia, Shulin    1   0 Chadwick, Donna
6   Busznyak, Arpad    1   0 Pickersgill, John

 

 

Board 1 Tarini Jayawarna Lost her game but was outgraded by 282 points !

Board 2 Thisumi Jayawarna Lost her game and was outgraded by 293 points !

Board 3 Tony Jinks My opponent played a line in the Petroff Defence with which I was not familiar. (Or, to put it another way, my opponent played the Petroff Defence). Soon I was a pawn up but with all of my pieces in the wrong place and dependent on each other in complicated ways. Under these circumstances it was inevitable that sooner or later I would overlook a tactic that led to my opponent winning a significant amount of material, but fortunately so did he. After this flirtation with disaster I managed to reach a roughly equal ending, at which point my opponent suddenly gave me a knight. However, he contrived to engineer two passed pawns in return so we decided to call it a day (or night). Draw agreed.

Board 4 Paul Curran With three pieces each off the board by move 13 I was expecting a dry game. My opponent, playing white, pushed pawns on the queen's side until I managed an e4 break which left white with an isolated pawn. Using this I went a pawn up with a passed pawn but with my king cut off. Unable to exploit any further I simplified down to a drawn position before I managed to make a blunder.

Board 5 Donna Chadwick I opened confidently using my SMG and he put his bishop on g4 pinning my knight to my queen. I moved it to d3 and he played Nd4 but then I sacced my knight into his on d4, he took my rook and after that he just traded down all the time till eventually he was up a full rook. Miscalculation on my part which led to my downfall. He won comfortably after that

Board 6 John Pickersgill Played Black and started with a Kings Indian defence but I got distracted and ended up being reactive. Poor tactics and no strategy resulted in being caught in a king/queen fork after a clever bishop/knight attack - back to the drawing board for me.

 

 

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This was our first match in the East Lanc's summer league Div C, we ended up losing to a strong Denton side by 3.5 - 1.5.

 

     Denton Home Away  Heywood
1   Ryan, John    ½   ½   Flaherty, Steven M
2   Holt, David N    1   0   Jinks, Anthony
3   Bradley, John    0   1   Curran, Paul
4   Drury, Matthew    1   0   Chadwick, Donna
5   Johnson, Ritchie    1   0   Smyk, Xavery

 

Board 1 Steve Flaherty I played my now regular English Opening fianchettoing the bishop on to g2. I probably had a slight edge in the first half of the game as he seemed unfamiliar with the English Opening, with me exchanging my knight for one of his bishops. However he then played a couple of moves which told me he had a good tactical awareness. Could I have gained a pawn in the middle game ? Maybe but I could see his queen attacking my king if my queen went pawn grabbing. I had a few tricks up my sleeve such as a back rank mate but he saw that too. With the match looking already lost I offered him a draw which was duly accepted. Only after the match did I ask him his grade. He was still on the old money and said he was about 150 which translates to 1886 in the new system compared to my humble 1608 ! 

Board 2 Tony Jinks I wanted to get home early so I adopted a mate or bust strategy, which failed completely as my game was the last to finish. It did mean that by move 9 I had three pawns in front of my castled king, two belonging to me and the one on g7 belonging to my opponent. I ended up in time trouble, a pawn down in a R+P ending, missed a tactical resource and resigned when I might still have been able to draw.

Board 3 Paul Curran My game: I felt my opponent played a little passively in the opening which meant his pieces were unable to develop leading to a fairly straightforward mate threat.

Board 4 Donna Chadwick My game started well. My opponent opened with d4 so immediately I went into KID. As we progressed through the opening it was clear I was up in terms of position and was a pawn up for a lot of the game. Then we did a few exchanges and his 2 rooks became too strong for me and, while I was doing well defending, I took my eye off his second rook to mount my own offensive but then he brought his rook down to back rank me

Board 5 Xavery Smyk Lost his game.

 

 

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We played Bolton away on the 23rd May in the MCF Div 4 league and the final score was 1.5 - 3.5 to us! 

 

Colour Board Bolton 3 Grade 23rd May Heywood 1 Grade
W 1 Swallow, Geoff 1580 ½ - ½ Jayawarna, Thisumi 1718
B 2 Mathieson, David 1569 ½ - ½ Mitchell, Ian 1580
W 3 Swift, Mike 1342 ½ - ½ Carey, Con 1567
B 4 Cresswell, Gary 1358 0 - 1 Jinks, Anthony 1553
W 5 Eccleston , Dale  1100 0 - 1 Curran, Paul 1500

 

Board 1 Thisumi Jayawarna : Drew her game.
Board 2 Ian Mitchell : My oponment arrived approx 10 mins late, which eventually may have cost him victory. The game was pretty even throughout, then he went a pawn up. Due to lack of time couldn't make the advantage work so he settled for a draw !!
Board 3 Con Carey: Drew his game.
Board 4 Tony Jinks: Compared to everyone else my win was straightforward. My opponent played a dodgy opening, didn’t notice when I carelessly gave him the opportunity to mess up my kingside pawns, and then blundered a pawn and a knight in quick succession.
Board 5 Paul Curran: Hampered by two of his pieces being trapped on the king-side my opponent faced a significant loss of material and felt compelled to resign after move 28.

 

 

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Our home match v Marple (both teams unbeaten) in the MCF Summer Div 4 and we managed to win 4 - 1!

 

Colour Board Heywood 1 Grade 11th May Marple 1 Grade
W 1 Almond, Dave S 1730 ½ - ½ Cowling, Terry 1639
B 2 Jayawarna, Thisumi 1718 1 - 0 Doust, Antony 1458
W 3 Flaherty, Steven M 1588 1 - 0 Dainty, Neil C 1445
B 4 Carey, Con 1567 ½ - ½ Dee, Neil 1432
W 5 Jinks, Anthony 1553 1 - 0 MacNeill, Philip 1328

 

Board 1. Dave Almond: I got a winning position, opponent had a very bad pawn structure.I was a pawn up.With a very strong knight in the centre. (Been awake since 2 in the morning), I put my rook on d5 after thinking for about 10 min. Saw the mistake as soon as I dropped the Rook , My opponent forked both my Rooks with his Knight. Managed to win another Pawn. So my opponent offered the draw.

Board 2. Thisumi Jayawarna: Won her game.

Board 3. Steve Flaherty :  My game was against fellow captain Neil Dainty. I kept almost breaking through by having the best move on the Queen's side. However Neil did well to defend a complicated position. I then saw I could switch my attack to the Kingside putting my queen on g6 and then piling in with a knight (and if needed a bishop) to fork his king and rook. A full rook up was good enough to then press home the attack and with pieces being swapped off the end soon came.

Board 4. Con Carey: Drew his game.

Board 5. Tony Jinks: The game had not progressed very far before my opponent offered a draw on the grounds that part of the M60 was going to be closed later and this would complicate his journey home. Since we'd had a complicated journey home from Clitheroe the previous evening due to the M66 being shut this didn't seem a very compelling argument, so I declined this offer (and several further ones). The opening was a QGD exchange variation and I embarked on the dreaded Minority Attack, which sort of worked. A bit. When the smoke cleared I had a passed d pawn and he had two passed pawns, but as they were both on the b file this wasn't as scary as it sounds. Eventually I managed to capture both of them, at which point he resigned.

 

 

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This was Heywood v Clitheroe A in the East Lanc's Friendly league, Clitheroe too strong they won 4 - 1.

 

Colour Board Clitheroe A Grade 10th May  Heywood  Grade
W 1 Jarmany, John 2188 1 - 0 Flaherty, Steven M 1586
B 2 Talbot, David A 1786 ½ - ½ Carey, Con 1562
W 3 Martin, Thomas  0000 ½ - ½ Jinks, Anthony 1533
B 4 Mansfield, Eric 0000 1 - 0 Curran, Paul 1432
W 5 Moxham, John 0000 1 - 0 Pickersgill, John 1243

 

Board 1. Steve Flaherty: Yes. For the fourth time in five matches Steve found himself up against a 2150+ player! However a good game ensued with the lively rate of one hour for all moves making for an exciting game . Play and counter play abounded with Steve running out of time and probably just about to lose on a tight endgame . And the Clitheroe team always provide good butties - very hospitable if our Lancashire cousins!

Board 2. Con Carey: Drew his game.

Board 3. Tony Jinks :  My opponent played the Scotch Gambit, an opening which it rapidly became clear neither of us understood. I spent most of the game ahead in material but fending off a dangerous attack. I did manage to exchange off into an endgame the exchange up, but by then I was so short of time that I was happy to accept a draw.

Board 4. Paul Curran: I was up a pawn out of a dubious opening I overcautiously prevented my opponent's Knight from entering the position and promptly blundered a piece resigning shortly thereafter.

Board 5. John Pickersgill: Playing Black I started agressively and quickly got a pawn up but spent too much effort on trying to capture his rook with my queen that I let him check me with a queen/knight combination. From then on I was on the back foot with check after check and my King eventually ran out of options. My opponent only had 1 minute left on the clock but it was enough.

 

 

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 Here we had a friendly match v Burnley in the East Lanc's Summer league, Heywood won by 4 - 3!

 

Colour Board Heywood  Grade 20th April Burnley  Grade
B 1 Jayawarna, Thisumi 1667 ½ - ½ Stollery, Mark R 0000
W 2 Flaherty, Steven M 1605 ½ - ½ Logan, Peter 0000
B 3 Carey, Con 1575 1 - 0 Dickinson, Peter 0000
W 4 Jinks, Anthony 1539 0 - 1 Taylor, Neil 0000
B 5 Curran, Paul 0000 1 - 0 Otgonbayar, Davaa 1421
W 6 Chadwick, Donna 1313 0 - 1 Ahmed, Yousaf 0000
W 7 Pickersgill, John 1239 1 - 0 Ahmed, Abbas 0000

 

Board 1. Thisumi Jayawarna: Drew her game.

Board 2. Steve Flaherty: Kept an eye on people's games and offered the match clinching draw at the appropriate moment. Team player !

Board 3. Con Carey :  Won his game.

Board 4. Tony Jinks: I just kept leaving pawns en prise again

Board 5. Paul Curran: Having a slightly better position out of the opening I missed a couple of pretty tactics for an early mate but managed to keep the pressure such that my opponent resigned.

Board 6. Donna Chadwick: I played my pet opening and was definitely winning with it cuz despite being down a pawn out of the opening I'd clawed back to being 2 pawns up. Then I made a mistake and allowed his rook to take off my 2 queenside pawns and then he used his rook to march one of his to promotion and then it was game over.

Board 7. John Pickersgill: My opponent playing white opened up with d4 and then went on to try and dominate the centre with his knights. I replied with a traditional King's Indian whilst also trying to block up the centre. I took the gamble of an early exchange of the Queens which required him to take back with his King thereby stopping his Castleing options. I pushed my Queen side pawns and whilst he tried to block this push he exposed his Queen side Rook to my cross board Bishop and I took the opportunity. After that we exchanged a few pieces and I then started to use my Rook advantage to pick off his pawns whilst continuing to advance my pawns on my Queen side. He eventually resigned after 23 moves as he would not have been able to stop my pawn advance.

 

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This was a summer league match MCF Div 4, Heywood beat Swinton & Worsley by 3 - 2.

 

Colour Board Heywood 1 Grade 13th April Swinton & Worsley 2 Grade
B 1 Almond, Dave S 1730 1 - 0 Chalupa, Ondrej 1700
W 2  Jayawarna, Thisumi 1718 0 - 1 Okorafor, Daniel 1600
B 3 Flaherty, Steven M 1588 0 - 1 Burke, Alexander 1265
W 4 Mitchell, Ian 1580 1 - 0 Manimaran, Akash 0889
B 5 Curran, Paul 1500 1 - 0 Ichim, Grieg 0932

 

Below are Heywood players comments on their games.

Board 1 Dave Almond
Very complex game , I thought I had the advantage after being under the cosh .My opponent also thought he had the advantage , but was short of time, I was going to offer a draw , then Steve gave me the match score. Suddenly i saw a mate in 2 , and went for it .My opponent was graded 2113 ! So well chuffed.
Board 2 Thisumi Jayawarna
Lost her game, no details.
Board 3 Steve Flaherty
My opponent took full advantage of a poor decision by myself . Should have settled for an exchange down for two pawns. Thankfully the Almond came good at the end plus good work from Ian and Paul.
Board 4 Ian Mitchell
I went a pawn up quite early. My opponent missed a win later on thankfully he missed it. It was a quite comfortable win in the end
Board 5 Paul Curran
Following an even struggle in the advanced Caro Kann my opponent fell prey to a double attack tactic involving a mate threat and lost the exchange whilst exposing his King. After disappointingly missing a mate in #25 (according to Stockfish), I managed to chase the white king into hiding behind his queen and finished with a dovetail mate on the 4th rank.

 

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   This was a friendly match with Heywood away to Crusaders of Blackburn and we ended up winning with a 3 - 2 score line!

 

Colour Board Crusaders  A Grade   7th April  Heywood  Grade
B 1 Ndou, Goodchild 0000 0 - 1 Almond, Dave S 1737
W 2 Barton, Zachary 0000 1 - 0 Flaherty, Steven M 1605
B 3 Tumelty, Shaun 0000 1 - 0 Jinks, Anthony 1535
W 4 Morgan, Paul 0000 0 - 1 Carey, Con 1575
B 5 Jones, William T 0000 0 - 1 Chadwick, Donna 1298

 

Board 1 Dave Almond,
Over a period of time I managed to win a couple of pawns. Then left a knight en prise deliberately as bait. Guy took it and a few moves later I got another 👑 Queen and hence the victory.

Board 2 Steve Flaherty.
lost to a highly rated opponent.

Board 3 Tony Jinks
I started off by dropping various pawns and then advanced to sacrificing a rook for a checkmate that didn’t actually exist. Then I resigned.

Board 4 Con Carey
Won his game.

Board 5 Donna Chadwick
I played very poorly for most of the game but my opponent lost on time and, as any player will tell you, the clock is just as much a part of the game as the game itself. At one point the analysis had it where it was mate in 9 but thanks to my opponent getting into deep time trouble I was able to claw it back.

Above game reports from our players.

 

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This was a summer league match in the MCF Div 4 we were at home to Denton 1 and managed to win 4.5 - 0.5!

A scoreline of 4.5-0.5 would suggest an easy victory over Denton 1 in the Manchester League but this was not the case.

Dave Almond was the first to finish finding a long involved combination to bamboozle his opponent.

Donna on Board 5 continued her fine form gaining a slight edge of a pawn and then outplayed her opponent in the ending.

Captain Steve was involved in a mighty tussle with his equally elderly opponent and missed out on seeing Con convert his pawn advantage into a win.

Bill gained a good draw against his higher graded opponent which gave us the victory.

Steve managed to head off all the crafty moves by his opponent and then Steve played his best move of the night planting his queen right in the middle of the board. There was a mate on but by then time had run out on his opponent. Final score 4.5-0.5 and we currently lead Div 4 with 3 matches to play. Scorecard below.

Steve Flaherty

 

Colour Board Heywood 1 Grade 30 Mar 2022 Denton 1 Grade
W 1 Almond, Dave S 1730 1 - 0 Urwin, Ivan 1509
B 2 Flaherty, Steven M 1588 1 - 0 Bradley, Stan J 1494
W 3 Carey, Con 1567 1 - 0 Shaw, Peter 1456
B 4 Walton, W (Bill) 1484 ½ - ½ Lesnik, Eric 1556
W 5 Chadwick, Donna 1298 1 - 0 Drury , Matthew 1200