The 4 Nations Chess League
2003 - 2004

Round 5

Saturdday 27th March 2004

B.C.A. 1.5 – Nidum Liberal 4.5

1. Chris Ross (2133) 1-0 Chris Arnold (2045)

2. Glyn Sinnett (1939) 0-1 William G. Armstrong (1720)

3. John Gallagher (1600) 0-1 Nigel ralphs (2201)

4. Kevin Thomas (1848) 1/2-1/2 Norman Wragg (1552)

5. Steven Thacker (1432) 0-1 Gareth Harley-Yeo (1749)

6. Jac Thomas (1550) 1-0 rob Williams (1160)  

Report

A sad day at the office with only picking up a point on top board and a draw on board 4, We did field a weakened side giving Rob Williams, a young and upcoming junior, his first taste of the 4NCL on board 6. Although he lost both of his games, Rob showed tremendous courage to struggle with tough opponents in unusual time controls.

Chris took top board due to a late illness from Tyson Mordue and although he out-rated both of his opponent’s, his time was not that easy. In this round, he faced solid defense from Mr. Arnold who indeed stood better at one point, having a good knight against a bad bishop, an end-game situation which Chris is an expert at. Chris was probably struggling to hold the position until his opponent blundered a vital pawn on E4, thereby opening up the game, giving Chris a material advantage, which he never usually lets go off. Chris converted the end-game expertly and clinically to pull off the only win for the B.C.A. over the weekend.

Bill Armstrong took board 2 and played a long and laborious game, always being slightly under the cosh. His position should have held though, although a lot of defending was involved. Bill allowed a good knight V bad bishop end-game and put his pawns on slightly weakened squares, and his opponent managed to wriggle his rook into Bill’s territory and finished with a pretty tactic which gain yet more material.

John Gallagher got himself in a bit of a mess in the opening allowing unfavourable exchanges in the Grundfeld defense as white, and allowed his opponent to steam-roller a passed q-side pawn down the board, winningg easy material and the game.

Norman Wraggg took the black pieces in a two-knights defense and withheld a King-side hack by his opponent. Norman struggled through the complications entering in a better ending. Norman could have played on for the win, but accepted the draw late in the time control to secure the team of another half point and and himself of some good rating points.

Steve thacker grabbed a clear pawn in the opening and proceeded to exchange unwisely in complicated tactics. A series of blunders later, Steve was too much material down to continue on and he resigned gracefully with an ironic smile.

Rob was subjected to a fierce k-side attack for his first experience on bottom board and although he had many tactical resources to hold his position, Rob was perhaps lacking in tournament play to muddle his way through the complexities. He gained some valuable experience though and he is certainly going to be a bigger factor for the B.C.A. in future rounds and in future years to come.

Games

[Event "4NCL Div 4"]

[Site "West Bronwich, ENG"]

[Date "2004.03.27"]

[Round "5.1"]

[White "Ross, Chris"]

[Black "Arnold, Chris"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D12"]

[WhiteElo "2133"]

[BlackElo "2045"]

[Annotator "Ross,Chris"]

[PlyCount "99"]

[EventDate "2004.03.27"]

[WhiteTeam "Braille Chess Association"]

[BlackTeam "Nidum Liberal"]

[TimeControl "240+2"]

{167MB, Fritz8.ctg, HP31335626715}

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5.

Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Nxg6 hxg6 9.  Qb3 Qb6 10. Qxb6 axb6 11. Bd3

Bd6 12. h3 Na6 13. Bd2 Nb4 14. Bb1 g5 15. b3 g4  16. Na4 gxh3 17. gxh3 b5 18.

Nc5 Bxc5 19. dxc5 Na6 20. b4 Rh4 21. f4 Ne4 22.  Bxe4 dxe4 23. Kf2 Rd8 24. Bc3

f6 25. Kg3 Rh5 26. Rhd1 Rhd5 27. Rd4 Nc7 28.  Rxe4+ Kf7 29. Rd4 Ne6 30. Rxd5

Rxd5 31. Kf3 Rd3 32. Rc1 g5 33. Ke2 Rd5 34. fxg5  Nxg5 35. h4 Ne4 36. Be1 Kg6

37. Rd1 Rxd1 38. Kxd1 Kh5 39. Ke2 Kg4 40. Kd3 f5  41. Kd4 Nf6 42. Ke5 Nd5 43. e4

fxe4 44. Kxe4 b6 45. cxb6 Nxb6 46. Ke5 Na4 47.  Kd6 Nb2 48. Kxc6 Nd3 49. Kxb5

Nxe1 50. a4 1-0

[Event "4NCL Div. 4."]

[Site "West Bronwich, ENG"]

[Date "2004.03.27"]

[Round "5.2"]

[White "Sinnett, Glyn"]

[Black "Armstrong, William"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A83"]

[WhiteElo "1939"]

[BlackElo "1720"]

[Annotator "Ross,Chris"]

[PlyCount "85"]

[EventDate "2004.03.27"]

[WhiteTeam "Nidum Liberal"]

[BlackTeam "Braille Chess Association"]

[TimeControl "240+2"]

{409MB, Fritz8.ctg, HOMEPC}

1. d4 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 g6 5.  Bxf6

exf6 6. Nxe4 Bg7 7. h4 Qe7 8. Qe2 d5 9. Nc3  Qxe2+ 10. Ngxe2 c6 11. O-O-O Na6

12. h5 gxh5 13. Ng3 Nc7 14. Nxh5 Kf7 15. Nxg7  Kxg7 16. Bd3 Be6 17. Rh4 Rae8 18.

Rdh1 h6 19. Ne2 Bf7 20. Ng3 Kf8 21. Kd2 Ne6 22.  c3 c5 23. dxc5 Nxc5 24. Rxh6

Rxh6 25. Rxh6 Nxd3 26. Rh8+ Bg8 27. Kxd3 Kg7 28.  Rh1 Kg6 29. b3 Re6 30. Ne2 Ra6

31. a4 Kg5 32. Nd4 Bf7 33. Re1 Rb6 34. Re7 Kg6  35. f3 a5 36. Ke3 Bg8 37. Kf4

Bf7 38. Kg4 f5+ 39. Kf4 Kf6 40. Rc7 Be6 41. Rc5  Ra6 42. g3 Ra8 43. Rb5 0-1

[Event "4NCL Div. 4"]

[Site "West Bronwich, ENG"]

[Date "2004.03.27"]

[Round "5.3"]

[White "Gallagher, John"]

[Black "Ralphs, Nigel"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D85"]

[WhiteElo "1660"]

[BlackElo "2001"]

[Annotator "Ross,Chris"]

[PlyCount "75"]

[EventDate "2004.03.27"]

[whiteTeam "Braille Chess Association"]

[blackTeam "Nidum Liberal"]

[TimeControl "240+2"]

{409MB, Fritz8.ctg, HOMEPC}

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 d5 5. cxd5

Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 c5 8. Be3 Qa5 9. Qd2 O-O  10. Be2 Rd8 11. O-O cxd4 12.

cxd4 Qxd2 13. Bxd2 Bxd4 14. Nxd4 Rxd4 15. Rfd1  Nc6 16. Bf3 e5 17. Be3 Rxd1+ 18.

Rxd1 Be6 19. Rd2 Nd4 20. Bxd4 exd4 21. Rxd4 Bxa2  22. e5 Rb8 23. Ra4 Be6 24.

Rxa7 b5 25. Kf1 b4 26. Ke1 b3 27. Be4 b2 28. Bb1  Bf5 29. Ba2 b1=Q+ 30. Bxb1

Rxb1+ 31. Ke2 Rb5 32. f4 Rb2+ 33. Kf3 h5 34. h3  h4 35. Ra4 Rd2 36. Ra3 Kg7 37.

Rb3 Be6 38. g4 0-1

[Event "4NCL Div. 4."]

[Site "West Bronwich, ENG"]

[Date "2004.03.27"]

[Round "5.4"]

[White "Thomas, Kevin"]

[Black "Wragg, Norman"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "C55"]

[WhiteElo "1848"]

[BlackElo "1552"]

[Annotator "Ross,Chris"]

[PlyCount "107"]

[EventDate "2004.03.27"]

[WhiteTeam "Nidum Liberal"]

[BlackTeam "Braille Chess Association"]

[TimeControl "240+2"]

{409MB, Fritz8.ctg, HOMEPC}

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. d3 Be7 5.  Be3 d6

6. Nc3 O-O 7. Qd2 Na5 8. Bb3 Nxb3 9. axb3 b6 10.  O-O-O a5 11. h3 Bd7 12. g4 a4

13. bxa4 Bxa4 14. g5 Nh5 15. Qe2 Nf4 16. Bxf4  exf4 17. h4 Bd7 18. Kd2 f5 19.

Rdg1 c6 20. g6 h6 21. Ng5 b5 22. Nf7 Qb6 23. Rh2  b4 24. Nd1 Qd4 25. exf5 Bf6

26. Qe4 d5 27. Qxd4 Bxd4 28. Rg4 Bf6 29. Rxf4 c5  30. Ne3 Bc6 31. Nd1 Ra2 32. b3

Be8 33. f3 Bxf7 34. gxf7+ Kxf7 35. Re2 Re8 36.  Rxe8 Kxe8 37. Rg4 Kf7 38. h5

Bg5+ 39. f4 Bf6 40. Rg3 Ke7 41. Re3+ Kd7 42. Re2  c4 43. dxc4 dxc4 44. Ke3 cxb3

45. cxb3 Ra5 46. Ke4 Kc6 47. Rc2+ Kb5 48. Rc1  Ra3 49. Rb1 Ra2 50. Ne3 Rh2 51.

Rd1 Rxh5 52. Rd5+ Kc6 53. Nc4 Rh1 54. Rd6+ 1/2- 1/2

[Event "4NCL/Div. 4."]

[Site "West Bromwich ENG"]

[Date "2004.03.27"]

[Round "5.5"]

[White "Thacker, Steve M"]

[Black "Harley-Yeo, Gareth"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B33"]

[WhiteElo "1432"]

[BlackElo "1749"]

[PlyCount "54"]

[WhiteTeam "Braille Chess Association"]

[BlackTeam "Grendel's Mother"]

[EventDate "2004.03.27"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5.  Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8.

Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c4 Qa5+ 12.  Qd2 Qxd2+ 13. Kxd2 Bg5+ 14. Kd1

O-O 15. cxb5 axb5 16. Nxb5 Rd8 17. Bd3 Ba6 18.  Nbc7 Bxd3 19. Nxa8 Rxa8 20. f3

Nd4 21. Nc3 Nc2 22. Rc1 Bxc1 23. Kxc1 Nd4 24.  Kd2 Bc4 25. a3 f5 26. Re1 f4 27.

Rc1 Nb3+ 0-1

[Event "4NCL Div. 4."]

[Site "West Bronwich, ENG"]

[Date "2004.03.27"]

[Round "5.6"]

[White "Thomas, Jac"]

[Black "Williams, Robin"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "C55"]

[WhiteElo "1570"]

[BlackElo "1160"]

[PlyCount "107"]

[EventDate "2004.03.27"]

[WhiteTeam "Nidum Liberal"]

[BlackTeam "Braille Chess Association"]

1.  e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 g6 5. h4  Bg7 6. h5 e6 7. hxg6 fxg6 8. Bd3 Nc6 9. Nf3 Nge7  10. Be3 0-0 11. Qd2 Ne5 12. Nxe5 Bxe5 13. Bh6  Rf7 14. Bc4 Nc6 15. f4 Bg7 16. f5 gxf5 17. exf5  d5 18. fxe6 Bxe6 19. Bd3 Bxh6 20. Qxh6 Qe7 21.0- 0-0 Rg7 22. Rde1 Re8 23. Rxe6 Qxe6 24. Bxh7+ Kf8  25. Rf1+ Ke7 26. Qxg7+ Kd8 27. Nxd5 1-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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