Bishops v Glastonbury

We went to Glastonbury with our secret weapon. Chris Greenaway. Normally I play on top board and am outgraded and lose. Our usual top board, Jerry, only plays home matches, so Chris had kindly volunteered to play for us.

So we arrive and three of them are graded 108 and one 107, so a fairly good team for Div 3. Chris is about 126, I’m 100 and Mike Ward and Vic are in the 70s.

We’ll lose 3-1 I thought.

Chris won easily, I lost easily having messed up the opening, recovering and then blundering. Vic seemed to be level pegging with Roger F and when I looked again he was 3 pawns down in the endgame. Mike meanwhile had a Queen for a Rook advantage against Barry but couldn’t seem to break through and was fairly short on time and it was the last game to finish. We were all watching of course. Thankfully our telepathy worked and despite nearly being mated by Rook and Knight with his King in a confined space he pulled a win out of the bag just in time.

A 2-2 draw and an excellent result. Last year we lost 3-1.

Steve Miles v David Graham

2019/2020 – Division 3 Fixtures / Results

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BISHOPS TEAM FIXTURES:

(Captain – David Graham)

DATE DAY HOME AWAY RESULT
10-Sep-19 Tues Taunton Bishops v Weston Knights 1.5 – 2.5  (Report)
23-Sep-19 Mon Glastonbury v Taunton Bishops 2 – 2   (Report)
08-Oct-19 Tues Taunton Bishops v Wells 1 – 3  (Report)
22-Oct-19 Tues Taunton Knights v Taunton Bishops 2.5 – 1.5  (Report)
07-Nov-19 Thurs Weston Bishops v Taunton Bishops 3 – 1  (Report)
03-Dec-19 Tues Taunton Bishops v Wellington 2.5 – 1.5
        -     - Bye v Taunton Bishops  -
09-Jan-20 Thurs Weston Knights v Taunton Bishops 2 – 2  (Report)
04-Feb-20 Tues Taunton Bishops v Glastonbury 2 – 2
19-Feb-20 Wed Wells v Taunton Bishops 2 – 2
03-Mar-20 Tues Taunton Bishops v Taunton Knights 2 – 2
17-Mar-20 Tues Taunton Bishops v Weston Bishops
01-Apr-20 Wed Wellington v Taunton Bishops
        -     - Taunton Bishops v Bye

KNIGHTS TEAM FIXTURES:

(Captain – Stan Wojcik)

DATE DAY HOME AWAY RESULT
       -     - Bye v Taunton Knights  -
24-Sep-19 Tues Taunton Knights v Weston Knights 4 – 0
07-Oct-19 Mon Glastonbury v Taunton Knights 3 – 1
22-Oct-19 Tues Taunton Knights v Taunton Bishops 2.5 – 1.5  (Report)
05-Nov-19 Tues Taunton Knights v Wells 4 – 0
05-Dec-19 Thurs Weston Bishops v Taunton Knights 1.5 – 2.5
17-Dec-19 Tues Taunton Knights v Wellington 3 – 1  (Report) 
         -    - Taunton Knights v Bye -
06-Feb-20 Thurs Weston Knights v Taunton Knights 2.5 – 1.5
18-Feb-20 Tues Taunton Knights v Glastonbury
03-Mar-20 Tues Taunton Bishops v Taunton Knights 2 – 2
18-Mar-20 Wed Wells v Taunton Knights
31-Mar-20 Tues Taunton Knights v Weston Bishops
15-Apr-20 Wed Wellington v Taunton Knights

Phil Johnson 141 v Arnold Acibar 117 est.

Chris Greenaway 117 v Malcom Dinham 112

K.Kyriacou v Arnold.

Bishops at Glastonbury

Well, we made it on time. I put Chris on Board 1 as I felt he was the strongest player. I was on Board 2 playing Black despite occasionally throughout the day imagining that I was playing white and thinking up cunning plans. Mike Ward went on 3 and Vic on 4.

Mike and Vic were well outgraded by 30 points each so I was not expecting them do do well even though Mike had beaten Roger Fenton several times before. True enough they both seemed to be apiece down mid-way through their games and subsequently lost.

Chris seemed to have a very strong position with his opponent taking a long time over his moves. I think Chris then eased up a bit or lost concentration and after one mistake lost the game. Oh dear, 3-0 down and only David to finish. The combined power of two knights and the queen put a big enough spanner in white’s works to enable David to win, though he didn’t play the end-game very well and his opponent had chances.

Anyway, a 3-1 loss was not a bad result. We’ve done better and we’ve done worse.

David Graham v Martin Willis