KNOTTY ASH FINAL 29TH APRIL 2019 (1/19 gradings)
1 w 122 Grady J .5--.5 b Kennedy C 128
2 126 Jordan P 1--0 Jenner P 120
3 126 Barrett M D 1--0 Rothwell J 117
4 118 Worthington A 0--1 Kaye C 118
5 121 Owens R 1--0 Topham A 102
613 3.5--1.5 585
Formby triumphed in a match that was closer than the final score might suggest. After MDB.had won within the hour with a very strong attack by both rooks and queen the other games went past the 2 hour mark. Southport then levelled the score when Alan in an advantageous position gave away his queen. Rob O was a pawn down when offered a draw but turned it down and in turn won. an advantage and the game. Meanwhile John was having to defend stoutly against a supported pawn on the sixth rank but managed to reduce the threat slightly by gaining queen for rook and bishop and to the surprise of some managed to get a draw. This left Paul J in an epic struggle with Southport captain Peter Jenner. Paul had a slight time advantage in the last ten minutes when with knight and bishop v two knights and each with four pawns he allowed king and bishop to be forked. A little later Peter gave back the piece and with less than a couple of minutes on the clocks a race to queen a pawn began. Paul won this and more importantly with a check enabling him to snaffle Peters pawn on the seventh rank. faced with mate or losing on time Peter resigned. The match and trophy were ours.
1st Round 18/09/18
1 b 122 Barrett M D 1--0 w Kelly A 108
2 115 McNab D B 1--0 Clarke B 101
3 114 McKee D 1--0 Champion R 99
4 104 Greaves R 1--0 Cockerill M 95
5 92 Haseman R 1--0 Williams D 65
547 5--0 468
Neither team played their strongest side ,possibly because of the Liverpool match but Formby clearly had the edge and it showed. After 90 minutes Rob had won and both MDB and Duncan were a piece to a pawn up. MDB converted his advantage to a rook to win and Dave then announced he had won. Bob had B and 4 pawns to N and 4 but was able to force his pawns through and finally Duncan's opponent gave up the fight when clearly Duncan was not going to give him any leeway.
2nd Round Tuesday 11th December
1 128 Grady J 0--1 Morley A 128
2 126 Jordan P 1--0 Leonard P 109
3 118 Worthington A 1--0 Taylor P 83
4 114 McKee D 1--0 Rigby J ug
5 112 Owens R 1--0 Hudson F ug
598 4--1 ??
''Our match against Liverpool, James Clarke could not play working late, But we managed to put out a strong team, John Grady feeling under the weather with his cold lost to Tony Morley, then Alan Worthington won with his three extra pawns wheen his opponent could not stop him queening,Rob Owens won against a strong ungraded youngster, Dave Mckee who was losing sacrificed a couple of pieces, and managed to mate his opponent, And then Paul Jordan finished off a doubly good night with LFC winning, by mating his opponent with his two rooks which could not be stopped.''
The Semi Final v Prescot will be played at Formby on Tuesday 26th March 2019
1 b 122 Grady J .5---.5 w Delaney M 133
2 126 Jordan P 1---0 Moore D 122
3 126 Barrett M D .5---.5 Amos R 110
4 109 McKee D .5---.5 Butterworth J 118
5 121 Owens R 1---0 Bassett P 99
604 3.5---1.5 592
A good win that puts us into the final and presents skipper Rob Haseman with a selection problem!!
Rob O was an early winner with forceful play when he was R and 2N up after an hour. In the light of what he could see elsewhere MDB then accepted a draw offer. John G had been the exchange up but gave it back and also drew. Paul J was proceeding in his usual careful way remaining level for 21/2 hours when his opponent gave him a rook. This gave us the win so that Dave McK was happy to accept a draw in a very fluid position.i
Date: 29/10/18 John Ripley Cup
Home team Away team
1 S. Melia 1---0 G. Haslinger
2 M. McGreal 0.50.-5 D. Colbourne
3 D. Stansfield 0.50.-5 JM. Haslinger
4 R.Cowell 0.50-.5 CP Fisher
5 S.Hendrikse 0---1 M. Barooah
6 P.Massey 1---0 J. Grady
As a quick report on last night; from Dave Colbourne
Mike Haslinger finished first, in what appeared as an open game but a real Mexican stand off with attacks coming from both opponents if the other blinked first, so they agreed a draw. Next Dave finished agreeing a draw too, in a very evenly balanced game with no opponent gaining any significant edge over the other and whilst gradually swapping off pieces to the inevitable conclusion of a draw. Unfortunately for Gareth, it could be said he had a bad (K)night. His opponent placed his Black Knight on H4 with rooks and pawn on f3 bearing down on Gareth's castled King. Garth was forced to try a daring sacrifice but to no avail that Knight threatened an impressive Check and 2 rook and bishop fork in one so despite stern attempts to defend the position Gareth had to ultimately resign. John finished next and despite losing on time, it should be noted he had worked from a losing position with 5 minutes of his time to go into a drawn one, winning a Bishop in the end game and blocking pawns with that extra Bishop and his King. Phil could have collected a number of nicknames from tonight, firstly using the Noah defence by spilling his drink to flood the board but it was before we'd started so ineffective apart from making Phil thirsty. However, from what seemed like a losing position of 2 rooks versus one rook, Phil managed to capitalise on his opponents obvious tiredness (or he may have tried to hypnotise him) and perform a Houdini like escape to engineer a draw. Last to finish was Mike Barooah who from an equal position had created a great rook pin on his opponent's Bishop and King, this allowed Mike to pick up a pawn and force a Bishop sacrifice from his opponent to stop Mike promoting a pawn. Then Mike used his superior power to force a win against his opponent. Skelmersdale won 3.5-2.5 on the night and we wish them well in the next round.