Update at 17th January
There have been two satisfying wins by Formby teams this week. On Wednesday the 440 team went to Aigburth and won 3.5--0.5 with a very good win by Rob O on top board and also by Rob G and Rob H. Last night the 2nds played Wallasey C and came away 4-2 victors. There were early draws by MDB and Rob O on the top boards followed by a win for Eddie when under great pressure from his connected passed pawns his opponent suffered a K and R fork. John G had an epic battle with Mark Spriggs in which both had threats but with a shortage of time John obtained a draw. Alan's opponent accepted a draw offer when down in material but with Alan having only seconds left leaving Andre to win with 2 pawns queening forcing the giving up of a rook and eventual mate.
Update at 9th January 2020
A very Happy New Year to all members and friends although it has started with the sad news of the death of John Nelson who had rejoined the club last season after a break of many years. His wife gave me the news earlier this week but stressed how much John had enjoyed his chess since coming back.
The 3rds were soon back into the fray with a trip to Skem which ended in a narrow loss. The absence of three names in the Skem team on the Mside site leaves some doubt of the quality of their team but it was clearly a good win by Dave McK on top board and also with Eddy's draw on board 2.
Two club championship games were played on Tuesday with Eddy and Paul J drawing and John G beating Dave McK. John said he was a little lucky so maybe Dave had not fully recovered from his previous night's result.
Update at 19th December
5 Club Championship games were played on Tuesday. Dave McK recovered from his previous shock loss to hold Phil to a draw when he held a slight material advantage of 7 to 6 pawns but could do nothing with it. Rob O gave Dave W a piece for three pawns but was then able to get it back with a two pawn advantage and sufficient to win. Eddy and Mike Bh were equally matched with K,N and 3 Pawns v K,B and 4 when Eddy made a bad move to lose his piece and the game.
John G refused Bob G's possibly faulty sacrificial offer but thereafter the swapping off of pieces did leave him a piece up with 2R,N and 4 v 2R and 4 which he was able to convert to a win. The game between Alan and Mike H lasted all evening as after 2 hours only a N and 2 pawns each were off the board. Mike's greater experience ultimately told in the end to give him a 100% record in his group.
N B Some group games remain to be played. Jan 7th is the first night back after the Christmas break and with no team matches players should make every effort to clear games.
NB the Christmas night out is tomorrow with the meal at the Balti Formby due to start at 8-30 pm.
A very Happy Christmas to all members
Update at 12th December
The only match this week was the home tie in the K?A Cup v Atticus and which ended with a 1--4 defeat. Details are on the relevant page below with detailed individual game comments on the Atticus website--'Nuff said'
NB The club will be open next week 17th but not on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve
Update at 4th December
On Monday the 1sts went to top of the table Atticus 2 and lost 1--6 although Dave C said that for some time it looked much closer against a team with a 200 point grading advantage. Congratulations go to Dave,And Rob O for their draws.
Gareth's comments ''Just a couple of lines about my game last night with Steve Kee. I was white against a Dutch Leningrad set up in which we castled on opposite sides. Unfortunately my attack on the K-side didn't proceed as quickly as Steve's on my Q-side. So I was forced to make concessions and had to defend. Unfortunately I made a bad mistake with my last move missing a simple mate.''
His father's comments ''I played very well in the opening and achieved equality after about 13 moves. Unfortunately I followed up with play that was too aggressive and too optimistic and Luke demonstrated very skilfully how to destroy my position. I don't give up easily and fought on for a few moves but it was hopeless. Luke also showed me in analysis how I might have made it a bit harder for him to win, but he sees much more than me!''
On Tuesday the 2nds played Wallasey B table toppers in Div 3 and gained the tightest of wins.
After an hour most games were level but John G was a piece up and then added a rook to his advantage.However a rook sacrifice which he had to accept to avoid mate gave his opponent a draw by repetition. MDB was having a hairy game in which he won the queen but then realised it was in exchange for two rooks and a bishop! However his queen supported by Knight and pawn on the 6th rank coupled with an error by his opponent gave him a rook back. Unfortunately after exchanges he could not force a mate and agreed a draw offer.Other draws left the match to be decided on bottom board where Bob G had R,N and 6 pawns v Rand 6. With his pieces working closely together and holding his nerve well he was able to force a pawn to the 7th rank whereupon his opponent had to give up his rook and resigned.
The previous week the 3rds faced an Atticus 5 team who included on top board a returning veteran who was to be found later on Board 3 in the Atticus 2 team above. The silver cloud was in the draws by Eddy, Bob G and Rob H.
The club championship has been brought more up to date with the feature being a win by Peter Paine v Dave Mck whose one (big) mistake was duly punished.
NB1 Drinks and meal (Balti Formby) on 20th Dec -names to Paul Sutton asap
2 Congratulations to Mike Barooah for result at Bolton rapid play Major section-seeded 24/26 finished 3rd= on 4/6 losing to eventual winner in last round grading prize won.
Update at 22nd (25th) November
For some reason my original report has disappeared altho' you might find it inserted in a completely different spot.
The 1sts gained an unexpected but very useful 7-0 win when St Helens defaulted the match due to have been played on Wednesday. There was no reason given nor any prior request for a postponement. Maybe we shall know more next week as they are due to play at Atticus 1 on the same night as we play at Atticus 2.
AT the Preston Congress the previous weekend Eddie did extremely well to finish joint 1st of 3 in the standard section. All 5 Formby players competing were asked to give me brief comments. Only two did so and my thanks go to Eddie who filled a lot of the blanks.His report and more details are on the Congress page.
Update at 14th November
The 1st team were again heavily outgraded when they received Liverpool 1 on Tuesday but pressed hard and were unfortunate not to sneak a draw.
After nearly two hours the first result was a draw for Mike H but then James who had appeared to be level but at the expense of his time allocation lost as did Phil who went from minor piece to rook down.Gareth struggled with Q,R and 4 v Q,2B and 6 and when he lost the best the team could was draw. Very good wins by Mike Bh and especially Dave C left the final result in the hands of MDB on board 7. Although under the cosh he had some counter play and was ahead on time but had to refuse a draw offer to try and win. Unfortunately he spent too long himself in trying to win and was pipped on the clock.
Update at 8th November
The 2nds were back to almost full strength for the visit to Liverpool 3 on Tuesday with Dave Whitby deputising on board 6. His instructions from his skipper were to get at least a draw and this he quickly did. John G won in a game where most of the pieces had been quickly removed but this was followed by defeat for Alan whose queen was trapped. The skipper was suffering yet again despite regaining a lost piece and was mated but Rob O looked to have an effective attack only to allow his opponent to have similar threats upon which a draw was agreed. It was therefore left to Paul J on top board against wily campaigner Dave Leeming to decide the team result. Paul was being very patient and using all his available time when Dave lost his head a little gave away a piece and then resigned when facing a forced mate. Thus the team came away with a creditable draw.
Update at 30thOctober
This has been a quiet week with last night given over basically to club championship games with no unexpected results..
Phil had an early win over Bob G followed by wins by Haslinger ,pere et fils. Gareth was always in control against MDB and Mike went a knight up against Rob O converting this advantage to a rook and an overwhelming attack. The closest to an upset was the advantage held by Dave W against Alan but unfortunately he made a slight error and the game went away from him.
Duncan has been obliged to withdraw from his chess activity in the light of Clare's illness and we wish both them and their family all the best in this difficult time.
Update at 24th October
It has been a busy week notwithstanding that the 3rd team fixture due for Monday was postponed.
On Tuesday F2 received Hoylake 2 .The team was missing three regulars and the visitors had two ungraded players.
After a couple of hours play draw offers were accepted by John G, Eddy and Rob H on 3,5 and 6.On 2 Rob H went the exchange up, was attacking and had 30 minutes time advantage. Bob G was a piece up but had his king pinned and faced a marauding queen whilst deputy Board 1 MDB was under pressure from advancing and supported pawns.All of a sudden there was cry of anguish by Bob's opponent who had left his queen en prix after Bob had released the pin. Rob however in pressing his attack had allowed his opponents queen supported by a bishop to get 'round the back' and facing a mating attack the Hoylake player was able to draw by perpetual check. MDBb allowed the advance and queening of pawn in an overly optimistic attack from which the king was able to escape and resigned to give a team draw and the first point of the season.
Last night the 1sts went to Aigburth 1 fearing the worst and were duly well beaten altho' the basic score does not fully reflect the efforts put in by the team. Phil and MDB were the earl losers followed by draws by James and MIke H. On board 6 Mike Bh
had an epic struggle with Dave Eisen who had two connected passed pawns supported by two rooks .Mike defended with his two rooks and his advanced pawns seemed to be stuck before his opponents king. One set of rooks was exchanged and mike got his remaining rook into a better supporting position than Dave's and it seemed that 'with one bound he was free' He was able to get continual checks with his advancing pawns onto the seventh rank so faced with a queened pawn also giving check Dave resigned . Meanwhile Formby's top two boards were holding out against players graded 200 plus. Poor Dave on 2 for the third consecutive game was facing someone graded over 200 and 50 plus points ahead albeit that Andreas Vogt's grade stemmed from 2015 and he is technically at present ungraded. Ultimately the superior gradings told with both losing. The problem this season is that the 1sts can not see any opponents that will not have such a grading advantage.
The 440 team provided the silver lining with a 4-0 'thrashing' of a strong Atticus side. I have no further details but Rob O, Bob G ,Dave W and Rob H are to be congratulated upon this result.
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)