Update at 16th October
Dave Colbourne reports on last nights match
'' So the newly elevated Formby took on last year's winners away. The grades tell the story of the gulf between the sides. Dave C was the first to finish adopting a maverick approach to move 6 in the modern defence (Bf6), or not so modern as it turned out. He lasted until move 19 but should have resigned much earlier. This gave him the chance to watch the rest of the match unfold.
Mike Barooah had failed to stop a passed pawn get free and was last ditch defending. Meanwhile Phil was applying the principle that he is most dangerous when he is in trouble. Somewhere he lost a piece but was causing his opponent some bother. Meanwhile the Haslingers had both received draw offers. Things were happening fast.
After deliberating Mike H accepted the draw yet Gareth smelt a win and played on. Mike B had stayed in the game but once he had sacked a R for B, the inevitable then happened and Mike conceded.
Phil struggling still managed to get an impressive R, N and P for his Q but ended up two R vs Q+R. He therefore resigned
Paul J had played a solid development game and was mounting a patient attack. Eventually he broke through forcing the win.
So Hoylake 3.5 vs Formby 1.5 and James and Gareth still playing, so we had a chance for a draw. However after a tense 10-15 mins of play, Gareth's win could not be found and he agreed a draw in a very symmetrical position. A good result against a very strong player.
James fueled on chocolate eclairs, was in a tight battle with lots of play and counter play but losing on time, and he eventually fell victim to the flag. Hoylake win 5-2.''
The 440 team received Aigburth in their long delayed first match of the season. Dave W was first to finish with a draw followed by a similar result on top board where the players were evenly matched. MDB lost a piece and was on the rack when his opponent was a little to eager and gave the piece back. Andre was too patient for his equally veteran opponent and won when a mistake was made. this left Bob G with a 30 point grading deficit defending stoutly against a passed pawn but ultimately losing out to leave a team draw.
In Club championship games Rob H drew with Eddy whilst John G beat Peter P.
N.B. The inception of a new website that will be more compatible with that of the MCA and allow a lot more exchange of data is being developed with the help of Martin Blasczyk at MCA with Dave W liaising btween MCA and FCC and John Grady agreeing to be the new FCC webmaster in our club. Member will be kept informed of progress and the actual time of change
Update at 10th October
Both 1sts and 3rds played at home this week and both were against a considerable higher grading aggregate
The 1sts in their first match back in Div 1 received Waterloo whose board 1 was IM Gary Quillan; board 2 was graded 215 and the first four boards grades all exceeded our board 1. In the circumstances Formby did well to hold them to 3-3 losing only when Dave C could no longer hold out against a passed pawn. Wins by Phil and Mike Bh who both forced resignation with opponents subject to an unstoppable mate were particularly satisfying.
The 3rds were soon one down v Prescot 2 with a defeat for Bob G and then went 3-0 down with losses by Dave McK and Rob H .Draws by Eddy, Paul S and Duncan were welcome but did not affect the team result.
In the club championship games played the previous week Mike Bh beat Rob H and Bob G beat Peter P
Update at 3rd October
The only team match this wee was that of the 2nds v Southport 2. An unfortunate misunderstanding led to the absence of Rob O so after 30 minutes grace we were 0-1 down and the situation got worse when MDB playing on top board in the absence of Paul J was well and truly trounced. A slight improvement followed with draws by Alan and Duncan. Defeat for Eddy meant the match was already lost when John Grady's opponent resigned. Two matches -two defeats !!
Details of Club Championship games played this week will be reported next week.
Update at 26th September
3rd team skipper Paul S reports
'' Disaster last night at Liverpool Juniors
Lost 4 - 2
Lost on boards 1 -4
Rob H staged a great comeback on 5 from losing a bishop to queening a pawn and forcing a resignation just before a certain check mate.
Paul had another default on bottom board, and has yet to play in the team!
Notable that 2 of our defeats were due to time running out and it may have been different with the full 90 mins (Maybe!)''
MDB has checked handbook and Liverpool CC website and there is no information or suggestion that these games should be any shorter than 90 minutes altho the handbook entry for Hoylake Juniors does say that their games shall be for 75 minutes as was ultimately agreed for this Liverpool match
MDB adds that on boards 1-5 Formby were outgraded by 658 to 495 with each Liverpool player on boards 1-4 being above 125 so result not unexpected.
It was a quiet night at the club with just one championship game. John Grady got into time trouble when he was 2 pawns and N v 1 pawn and B against Phil. Although getting one pawn to 6th rank he could go no further and a draw was agreed
Congratulations are due to Stewart Haslinger and fiancee Sara who are getting married this coming weekend
Update at 19th September
This week was reserved by MCA for knockouts.
The JR team of 6 went to Aigburth and there their involvement was well and truly shattered with a 0--6 defeat . Individual results and a brief comment are on the relevant page.
The Knotty Ash team remain in contention as they had a bye in the 1st round.
Two Club championship games were played on Tuesday. Peter Paine had a baptism of fire against Phil and resigned when two pieces down. Andre had MDB in trouble after an unusual opening after which he was able to bring several pieces to bear on an uncastled king. However he let MDB's supported Q check on A7 which was followed up by the winning of a piece and two pawns after which Andre resigned.
Update at 11th Sept
The 3rd team's first match ended with a win by the narrowest of margins despite an immediate advantage when the opposition Aigburth3 arrived two players short. However their top two boards outgraded ours by a relevant margin and wins for them duly occurred. A win by Duncan and draw by Andre ensured the team victory.
The 2nd teams match v Atticus 4 ended with the score reversed. There was an early defeat for Dave McK when two marauding bishops supported by the queen forced resignation. Paul J went a pawn up but was unable to use this advantage on a crowded board and his draw offer was accepted. MDB playing Atticus skipper Jim Wiseman for the nth time was faced with a bishop sacrifice which opened the rook file against an attack by Q and R but Jim was not able to bring any other piece to bear and faced with a possible mating attack forced a draw by repetition. Alan was level throughout and when Rob O with a large time advantage had opened up his opponents king and won a rook it was down to John G to determine the team result. However Tom Webb is a wily old soul and when his attack would have won Q for R John resigned.
The draw for the Club Championship group stage has been made an full details are now on the relevant page below. One or two more entries can be accepted if made soon but Mike is anxious that games be played asap so that the stage is concluded by end of December.
Update at 30th August
The President's evening was very successful with 10 players responding to Phil's challenge on Fischer computer generated positions and allowing a 1minute consideration and 10 minute play.As expected Dave C and Gareth had 100% from their first three games and Dave then won in their 4th round clash.However after a first round loss Alan W was creeping up and when he beat Dave in the fifth and final round and Gareth won there were 3 joint winners. Fortunately there were no squabbles on allocating the three prizes generously provided by Phil and the evening ended with a vote of thanks to the organiser and possibly relief from most players that from now on the pieces at the start of games would be in their expected squares.
On the previous Bank Holiday weekend Gareth had played in the Open section of the Leyland Congress with Mike providing support. Seeded 6th he finished 12th with 2.5/6 but two of his losses were against the 3rd and 1st seeds with the latter graded on FIDE 400 above him.Both he and Mike recommend this congress to all club members for its organisation, venue and atmosphere and easy access from Formby.
Start at 22nd August 2019
People with sharp eyes will note that I have solved(?) my problem of positioning this subject by overriding the 'listed players' schedule. This info for all MCA clubs is made very clear now when entered on its site on the 'Leagues and Tables data for individual clubs.I have already put he Formby data on our teams having regard to the July gradings. James is now listed for the 1sts in place of John Grady with Mike Barooah being the lowest grade listed for them.Alan W is the lowest grade listed for the 2nds joining Paul J, MDB, Rob O and John. This leaves Dave McK and all those graded below him available for the 3rdswith Peter Paine likely to be the only ungraded member of that squad and the 440 team.
I am sure that last weeks golf tournament was the team building exercise that it meant to be with all the players coming together in adversity.It is clear from Eddy's report now on the Social page below that it was very enjoyable for all who played allowing for the Bryson DeChambeau moments in hunting for lost balls.Our minds will now be exercised by the CP Fis(c)her games of chess next Tuesday on our return to Ravenmeols and the competitive season starts the following week withe 3rds altho' Bob has been obliged to postpone the 440 match due to be played att the same venue and date(3rd Sept)