Somerset Chess Congress ‘Missed Fork’

Somerset New Year Congress.

Somerset New Year Congress ‘Smothered Mate’.

Bishops v Weston Knights

Happy New Year to one and all and especially to our gallant and brave team who ventured out last Thursday. David Graham lost a closely fought match with Malcolm Dinham having also lost to him in the previous match. Congratulations to Vic for once again beating Steve Miles, rated 30 points above him, Mike Ward drew and Chris Greenaway accepted his opponent’s offer of a draw to level the match at 2-2.

Afterwards he said he could have won, but we all say that don’t we? In this case though I think he could have. Anyway, I was pleased with a draw after our last outing to Weston ended in a 3-1 defeat against the Weston Bishops team  and a 1.5 to 2.5 defeat when the Weston Knights visited Taunton in September.

DG.

West of England & South Wales County Team Championships (u9,u12 & u14)

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This weekend we had the West of England & South Wales County Team Championships (u9,u12 & u14) of which Josh and Nathanael had been invited to be a part of the Somerset County Team.

They both had successful matches, with Josh having 3 wins and 1 draw and his u9’s team winning overall.  The u14’s didn’t have such a good time after Gloucester decided to submit a team and subsequently took Somerset’s top four u14 players with them.  This was a big hit for them.  The u14’s team unfortunately came last even though some long hard fought games were made on higher boards than they would usually play.  Nathanael however had a successful day coming out with 2 wins and 1 loss.

Well done boys!

Taunton Juniors Pre-club Sessions

Update September 2021 **** We will advise you once our junior sessions are up and running again *****

From January we will be starting some pre-club sessions for the junior members of the club where Chris Greenaway will be helping them to improve their game.  There will be 2 groups, beginners and advanced, and we will let you know via the WhatsApp group which group your child has been allocated to.

Please see below to see the timetable for when sessions will be held.

JUNIOR PRE-CLUB SESSIONS AT 18:45 – 19:30

January 07/01/2020 NO LESSON
14/01/2020 Beginner class lessons
21/01/2020 Advanced class lessons
28/01/2020 Beginner and Advanced class
February 04/02/2020 Advanced class lessons
11/02/2020 NO LESSON
18/02/2020 Beginner class lessons
25/02/2020 Beginner and Advanced class
March 03/03/2020 NO LESSON
10/03/2020 Beginner class lessons
17/03/2020 Advanced class lessons
24/03/2020 Beginner and Advanced class
31/03/2020 NO LESSON
April 07/04/2020 Beginner class lessons
14/04/2020 NO LESSON
21/04/2020 Advanced class lessons
28/04/2020 Beginner and Advanced class
May 05/05/2020 Beginner class lessons
12/05/2020 NO LESSON
19/05/2020 Advanced class lessons
26/05/2020 Beginner and Advanced class

Knights v Wellington – 17th Dec 19

The Knights welcomed Wellington to St Michaels Church on the 17th December. Wellington brought a strong side as expected, but no Chris Barratt on board one unlike the previous week when they faced and lost to the Bishops who triumphed 2.5-1.5. They drafted in A.Walker a 140 player to play Arnold 126 grade (a bit un-expected to say the least). To the match Knights Arnold, Chris, Martyn, Stan. The first game to finish was Stan v Robert Harris board 4 a draw agreed in the middle game which seemed premature, but there were no Pawn breaks to be had no easy way to break through with out weakening ones position. This in turn put added pressure on the other boards
0.5-0.5
Chris board two was next to finish playing a much improved Alan Stonebridge had a battle on his hands. Alan with two passed Pawns versus Chris passed pawn in the end game a clear advantage for White un-expectedly offered a Draw, which Chris gladly accepted as he felt his position was lost, his reputation obviously goes before him. 1-1
Martyn next to finish Board 3 v John Jeremiah who played his unusual opening e4 b4 against Martyn’s Sicilian which triumphed in a previous encounter. White had the better of the opening Blacks defence held.
Momentum changed move 22 White missed a tactic Black sacrificing a Rook for the pair of Bishops, Whites attack nullified. 2-1.
Arnold board 1 v A.Walker played superbly White having no answers to Blacks attacking play. Move 14 Ng4 trapping Whites Black squared Bishop was missed by his opponent and was the turning point of the game. A piece and Pawn up there was only going to be one winner. With precise play Black won comfortably. 3-1.
Game on web site press Shift F keys to flip board to view game from Arnolds perspective.

A. Walker 140 v A. Acibar 126.

John Jeremiah 109 v Martyn Maber 109

Nicky Bacon 154 v Martyn Maber 109. Somerset v Devon.