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Stephen’s team found Redditch in good form. Robert had two wins, Ian Ellis one victory, and Kevin managed a solitary draw.
The team took a battering – and is not really strong enough for Division 1.
An administrative juggling act this one! The link only revealing the result of three boards. What a fantastic night it was with GM Keith Arkell representing Greenlands for the first time in nearly two decades; turning an almost certain capitulation into a brilliant and pleasing victory. Board 2 was contested as an individual challenge due to Kevin Hurney being a member of both clubs on chess.com! The actual result can be found here.
The curiosity in this match for me was seeing Worcester’s Peter Kitson playing Rapid Play and only relinquishing a half point from two. Whatever else this match proved; the 92 move game between Worcester’s Stephen Mellor and Kevin Hurney, truly confirmed that any argument endgames aren’t reached anymore, is nonsense…
The LMS Match Card can be found here!
Kevin Hurney won one, then lost one to a player not in the same league. It must have been the dark of the moon that night with Robert Stern and Stephen Woodhouse both giving up a half point each against the lowly graded opposition of the alumni, while Ian Ellis could only manage one draw in two efforts. We must regard this as two points dropped from the five that would have seen us go top had we not slipped up. We put this one to bed and say no more.
We managed a fine result against top of the table opposition. Kevin pulled off an excellent draw but will be disappointed with how his first game unravelled. Stephen performed very well; as did our friend from Pimlico Robert, who once again showed his class with a win and a draw. Sutton had much too strong an opponent for Ian, but we remain in contention for top spot with a result that does us credit.
We were outgunned and despite a fine effort on the night; outplayed. The actual match score can be found here. Although we secured a 2-2 draw in the second of the match-ups; garnering one point; it seems the season fizzled to a close. We’d started the campaign looking like one of the weaker teams, but had made a fist of it in competing for top spot. We can only look to be better prepared for the Autumn, Winter and Spring.
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Joe’s team start the season with a whitewash of Solihull.
Stephen, Spike and Joe all recorded 2 wins each, while Ian Truscott’s opponent didn’t turn up. With the bonus point, Greenlands go top of the table with 5 points.
Apart from five losses, Ian managed a draw and Joe graded 97 had a win against a player graded 132. Matt graded 94 had a good win against a player graded 156. A steward’s enquiry occurred but Matt’s result stood.
An astonishing 6-2 victory versus a Kidderminster team with two players graded in a stratosphere way above our players. Nonetheless, Joe managed two draws versus a 138 player, but star of the show Matt managed a draw, then victory against a player graded 141. Spike had two fine wins. Ian Truscott trounced a defiant player graded 19, but was never troubled.
A defeat against rank outsiders Isle of White, guests at the West Midlands Area league it’s safe to say; if you’re wondering. They came and they conquered 4.5 to 3.5 with a team that outgraded us considerably. There was no shame with this result, but which suggests we could do better! Matt Rowe was once again outstanding!
Matt Rowe excelled; while Spike sat sidelined from a Lichfield absentee. Ian Ellis bounced back from a piece down to deliver checkmate in his second game, ensuring Greenlands came out on top with three match points after a drawn first match. The curiosity of Joe’s 173 graded opponent resigning a winning position has the ring of a match fixing allegation aimed at an illegal betting syndicate. Allegedly; that passes for humour, the result of which can be found here.
Steve Crees returned to competitive chess with a deliriously satisfying first win, but blundered twice during the second coming in an overeager display of incompetence. Despite being a piece down, attacking with verve; this was a win sacrificed like a virgin on the altar of darkness; eyes upon an inaccurate promotion which promptly lost! Joe’s two wins took the biscuit, countering Matt Rowe’s bewitching ducking. Spike won in 7 moves, only to follow-up by losing on time also in a winning position. Honours even on a curious night across the virtual reality of mutual destruction.
Spike ripped his opponent apart in his first game but almost fluffed his lines before coming out on top in the second of his two wins. Joe had a lucky win on time but lost the second on time while in a winning position. Ian and Matt failed against tough opposition as Stourbridge turned out a very strong outfit. Greenlands go forward with the eyes of the world upon us! We must learn from our mistakes if we are ever to improve.
With one match to play; this was a disappointing result against a club known for strong players. There was some surprise at the Sutton Coldfield line-up but it made little difference to our abject performance. We can only hope to field stronger teams in future. Matt and Spike managing our two wins on a night to forget.
Stephen Woodhouse and Steve Crees joined Joe Dance and Spike Bignall for the last ever match in the history of Greenlands Chess Club. Stephen performed with 2 wins and Joe managed a draw before losing on time. Spike lost both his games. Yours truly stunned Dave Cleak with a 17 move capitulation before Dave blundered in the second game, as I chased his King into an unusual foxhole. Pursuing an awkward King placement left me in Time Trouble with 14 seconds on my clock! Whereupon; having added two minutes in increments – I resigned!
“And so, the end is near, and so we face the final curtain…”
The birth of Longbridge Chess Club awaits the midnight hour! Thank you to everyone who has represented St. James and Greenlands during our history, and to every player who will represent Longbridge in the future!