Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Division 2 round-up

Colchester C finished in 6th place (out of 7) in NECL Division 2; with three wins, four draws and five defeats in the league. Positions 3 to 6 were very close together in this division, so the C team were not far away from finishing 3rd - despite having a low average grade compared to most of the other teams in the division. The team scored particularly well on board 1.

The player statistics (by board) are:

Board 1 (Total 8/12)
Mike Wagstaff5.5/8
Clive Bellinger2/2
Felix Schnell1/2

Board 2 (Total 3.5/12)
Clive Bellinger2.5/7
Brian Remmer0.5/1
Pete Smith0.5/2
Phil Daley0/2

Board 3 (Total 5.5/12)
Phil Daley2.5/4
Pete Smith2/5
John Duff-Cole0/2

Board 4 (Total 5.5/12)
Pete Smith2/3
Brian Remmer1/3
Phil Daley0.5/1
John Duff-Cole0.5/2
Ed Goodman0.5/2

Below is the finish from the game played on board 1 in the match against Braintree B. Black's king is exposed and White takes advantage quickly and effectively.

[Event "League"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.03.15"] [Round "?"] [White "Wagstaff, Mike"] [Black "Delieu, Tom"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C18"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "r1b4r/ppqk1pp1/4p1n1/3pP1Bp/2pP1P1P/P1P3Q1/2P1B1P1/R4RK1 b - - 0 16"] [PlyCount "40"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] [SourceDate "2017.05.29"] 16... Kc6 17. Qf3 $1 {[%cal Re2c4]} b5 18. a4 {renewing the threat} Ba6 19. axb5+ Bxb5 20. f5 $1 exf5 (20... Nf8 21. fxe6 {wins at least a pawn} Nxe6 $2 ( 21... fxe6 22. Qf7 {not the best move, but simple and good enough} Qxf7 23. Rxf7 g6 24. Raxa7 Rxa7 25. Rxa7 Nd7 26. g4 hxg4 27. Bxg4 $18 {the extra pawn and bishop pair mean white is winning easily}) 22. Qxd5+ $1 {the queen can't be taken} Kxd5 $2 23. Bf3#) 21. Qxf5 Raf8 22. e6 Ne7 23. Bxe7 Qxe7 24. exf7 Rh6 ({the bishop is safe} 24... Qxe2 $2 25. Rfe1 $1 Qg4 26. Re6+ {and mate follows in a few moves}) 25. Bf3 Rd6 26. Bxh5 Rf6 27. Qg5 Rxf1+ 28. Kxf1 Qxg5 29. hxg5 Kb6 30. Kf2 Bd7 31. Ke3 Bf5 32. g6 Bxc2 33. Kf4 Be4 34. g3 Ra8 35. Ke5 Kc6 36. Rxa7 1-0

Monday, 29 May 2017

Division 3 round-up

Colchester D finished in 6th place (out of 11) in NECL Division 3, with four wins, one draw and five defeats in the league. Their 3-1 win in the final match of the season moved them up from 9th. The team's best result of the season was probably a 2.5-1.5 win against Braintree C, despite having an average grade 32 points lower than that of their opponents.

The player statistics (by board) are:

Board 1 (Total 4/10)
Phil Daley1.5/2
Brian Remmer1/2
Pete Smith0.5/4

Board 2 (Total 4.5/10)
Brian Remmer1.5/2
John Duff-Cole1.5/2
Pete Smith1/1
Phil Daley0.5/1
Mark Johnson0/3

Board 3 (Total 4.5/10)
John Duff-Cole4/6
Ed Goodman0.5/3

Board 4 (Total 4/10)
Adrian Catrinar2/6
Ed Goodman1/1

Below is a game from the match against the Division 3 winners, Clacton C. Annotations are by Mark.

[Event "NECL Division 3"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.03.14"] [Round "?"] [White "Johnson, Mark"] [Black "Ciorga, Marek"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D30"] [WhiteElo "113"] [BlackElo "124"] [PlyCount "82"] [EventDate "2017.??.??"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3 c5 5. cxd5 {after the exchanges in the centre my opponent will be left with an isolated pawn to attack.} exd5 { Alternatively} (5... cxd4 6. dxe6 Bxe6 7. Qxd4 {leaves me a pawn up}) (5... Nxd5 6. e4 {gives me nice quick development}) 6. Bg2 Be7 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. O-O O-O 9. b3 {looking to control d4 and stop his pawn advancing, makes sense to put the bishop on b2} Re8 10. Bb2 Ng4 11. Nd4 {I was pleased with this move, putting the knight on a central outpost and blocking both his his bishop and pawn, alternatively} (11. e3 Nxf2 12. Rxf2 (12. Kxf2 $4 Bxe3+ 13. Ke2 Bd4+ 14. Kd2 Bxb2 $19) 12... Bxe3 {this variation looked quite scary at the time. The computer seems to think i am fine but then again it plays much better than I do. Blacks attack looks pretty good to me.}) 11... Nc6 12. e3 a6 13. Nc3 { hitting d5} Nxd4 ({At the time I thought his best option would be} 13... Bxd4 14. exd4 Nf6 {giving up the bishop pair but saving his d5 pawn}) (13... Be6 { loses to} 14. Nxe6 fxe6 15. Qxg4) 14. exd4 Ba7 15. Nxd5 Rb8 16. Rc1 Qd6 17. h3 Nf6 18. Nxf6+ Qxf6 19. Qd2 Qg6 20. d5 $4 {Awful move, opening up the line of his bishop and allowing Qxg3 with a nasty attack on my kingside. I noticed this as soon as I pressed my clock, and spent the next few minutes with my best poker face on.} Rd8 {my opponent either doesnt notice Qxg3 or saw something i didnt} 21. Bd4 {lets try to get rid of that bishop} Bxd4 22. Qxd4 b5 23. Rfd1 Bb7 24. d6 {time to push that passed pawn!!} Bxg2 25. Kxg2 Rd7 26. Rc7 Rbd8 {neither of us apparently noticed that after} (26... Rxc7 27. dxc7 Qc6+ {picks up the pawn}) 27. Qb6 Qe4+ ({obviously if} 27... Rxd6 28. Rxd6 Rxd6 (28... Qxd6 29. Qxd6 Rxd6 30. Rc8+) 29. Qb8+ {both win instantly}) 28. Kg1 h6 29. Rxd7 Rxd7 30. Qb8+ Kh7 31. Qc8 Qe2 32. Rc1 ({At this point it still felt like i should be winning, i thought that} 32. Qxd7 Qxd1+ {would allow a perpetual check, but of course after} 33. Kh2 Qe2 34. Qxf7 {protects the f2 pawn nicely. I should have gone for this!}) 32... Qe6 33. Qxa6 Rxd6 34. Qxb5 { still a pawn up and feeling confident. Surely I can't lose?!} Rd2 {so at this point both a2 and h3 are hanging. Which do i save? The connected passed pawns look too good.} 35. a4 Qxh3 36. Qf1 $2 {a pointless backward move. a5 is much better.} Qe6 37. b4 Qe4 38. Rc4 $4 {god knows what i was thinking here, Rb1 is obvious and much better.} Qd5 39. Qb1+ g6 40. Rc1 $4 {The final mistake and a completely losing move. My plan was to bring my rook to guard f1, freeing up my queen for more active duties. Unfortunately, i have not noticed just how dangerous the semi open h-file is.} (40. Qe4 {would save the game} Rd1+ 41. Kg2 Qh5 42. Qh4 Qd5+ {with a draw by perpetual check}) 40... Qf3 41. Rf1 { protecting f1, now its just a case of pushing those passed pawns..?} Rd5 $3 { Whoops. They are going to count for nothing now, there is no good defence to 42. ...Rh5 and either 43....Rh1# or Qh1#} 0-1

Sunday, 21 May 2017


Colchester Chess Club



will be held on

Wed 5th July

Any items for inclusion on the Agenda to the undersigned by Wednesday 21st June

Clive Bellinger

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Tony Locke Rapidplay

The 2016/17 Tony Locke Rapidplay will be on Wednesday 31st May. Rules will be 15 minutes on the clock per player with each player having 5 games. Tournament will start at 19:30.