Bishops v Wells

Wells had postponed our original scheduled meeting as they had a few players off sick. They emailed me details of their likely team but when they turned up on Tuesday last the composition of their team was different. Conspiracy theorists suspected an attempt to make us field a weaker team but I had already decided on the team anyway. I innocently believed their excuse.

A full house at the club with a new junior meant that we started a little late as I had to call for silence.

Off we went. I think Mike Ward finished first, falling to a Knight smothered mate in the corner. Surely he’s old  and ugly enough not to fall prey to that sort of checkmate, I hear you say. Sadly no. 0-1.

Phil finished next and lost reasonably quickly. His believable excuse was that he had been having exhaust problems on his car and was thinking more about the return journey to Minehead than the really important matter at hand. 0-2.

David was next to finish playing White. His queen got chased round a bit, his King got out of position and didn’t castle. Queens were exchanged, and rooks, and pawns. With 4 pawns and a rook each left, a draw was agreed. Well done David for not losing on time this week. 1/2 – 2 1/2.

Jerry, playing black and I think he said an advanced French, seemed to be a bit cramped but with Rooks bearing down on the King side with White’s King well advanced. After the King retreated to safety neither player seemed to be able to or want to risk making a breakthrough and potentially weakening their position so a draw was agreed. 1-3.

A fair result but a bit disappointing. I think we could have done better. Maybe next time.


Knights v Bishops

The first of the matches between the two Taunton teams took place on Tuesday 22nd Oct. As usual the Knights outgraded the Bishops but the Bishops were quietly confident, a bit like Wales against South Africa in the Rugby world cup. And so it was.

The only win from the Bishops was Jerry against Chris. Phil seemed to be alright against Arnold but more pawns won the day. Vic McAndrew played a blinder against Martyn (grades 78 v 119) but unfortunately Martyn wriggled his way out of defeat with a (sneaky) perpetual check.

David was in a strong position against Stan but didn’t pick the right moves to force a win. And then lost on time (again).

So the Knights won 2.5 to 1.5. Well done and may your luck run out for our next match.


David v Stan

[Event “Taunton Knights v Bishops”]
[Site “Taunton”]
[Date “2019.10.22”]
[Round “NA”]
[White “David Graham”]
[Black “Stan Wojcik”]
[Result “0-1″]
1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Bf5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 c6 5.Bg2 g6 6.O-O Bg7 7.Bf4 Nbd7 8.Nh4 Be6 9.
Re1 h6 10.Nf3 g5 11.Bc1 Qc7 12.e4 dxe4 13.Nxe4 Nxe4 14.Rxe4 Nf6 15.Re1 O-O-O
16.c3 Nd7 17.b3 g4 18.Nd2 h5 19.Ne4 Nf6 20.Ng5 Qd7 21.Ba3 Bf8 22.b4 Rg8 23.
Nxe6 fxe6 {now b5 is strong} 24.Re5 Bh6 {b5 is now essential} 25.Qb3 Rg5 26.
Rxe6 Bf8 27.Bc1 Rf5 28.a4 Nd5 29.Bxd5 Rxd5 30.Re4 Bg7 31.b5 e5 32.bxc6 Qxc6
33.Rb1 Bf6 34.Bd2 Kb8 35.Qb4 Ka8 36.Be3 Rb5 37.axb5 Qxe4 38.Ra1 exd4 {Bf4 should be played}
39.cxd4 b6 40.Qa3 Qe7 41.d5 Qxa3 42.Rxa3 {White now loses on time! Too many chances wasted}

Major Tournament DG v PR

I don’t think White ever got going
[Event “Taunton Major”]
[Site “Taunton”]
[Date “2019.10.15”]
[Round “na”]
[White “Phil Reed”]
[Black “David Graham”]
[Result “0-1″]
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.Bf4 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bc4 d6 6.Qd3 Re8 7.O-O-O a6 8.d5 e5 9.
Bg5 Nbd7 10.Ne4 Nc5 11.Nxc5 Bxc5 12.Qb3 e4 13.Qc3 Re5 14.Bh4 b5 15.Be2 Bb7 16.
Qb3 g5 17.Bg3 Rxd5 18.f3 Rxd1+ 19.Kxd1 Bd5 20.Qc3 b4 21.Qd2 Bxa2 22.b3 a5 23.
Bb5 d5 24.Ba4 Qe7 25.Ne2 Rd8 26.Nc1 d4 27.Ke2 dxe3 28.Qe1 Rd2+ 29.Kf1 Rxc2 30.
Ne2 Qd8 31.Be5 Rd2 32.g4 Rd1 33.fxe4 Rxe1+ 34.Kxe1 Qd2+ 35.Kf1 Qd1+ 36.Kg2
Qxe2+ 37.Kg3 Qxg4# 0-1