Pirates crash to Quarks!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

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Crikey! Shiver my timbers. Are my eyes deceiving me? Do I need to make an appointment with an optician? I am sure this match card indicates Barry Quarks 3, Penarth Pirates 2.

Yes its true. The unbeaten Penarth Pirates came unstuck against the Quarks who recorded their first victory of the season.

What a win for Chris Green against Ben Thomas. Chris has had a poor run of results this season and he was rated almost 500 points below Ben.

Chris had five seconds to make three moves before the time control but made it then won his ending.

John Ryles won a piece early on to maintain his unbeaten run. Mike O’Leary had a gentle comeback on board 5. This was Mike’s first competitive game for many years.

Sam White was always struggling. Martin Ricketts kept finding resourceful moves in a difficult position and reached the ending the exchange up, only to lose to an unfortunate oversight when blundering his rook which was stopping his opponent queening a pawn.

Martin commented:?“I was so focused on how I was going to win that I missed her bishop taking my rook, 54 moves of intense play – caused admittedly by my poor opening.”

This win still leaves the Quarks at the bottom of the table but considerably closer to the rest of the table.

A few weeks ago the Bosons failed to get even a half point against the North Cardiff Woodpushers who currently top the table.

This week it was the turn of their second team, the North Cardiff Cheetahs to be our opponents. Tim Kett and Pete Heaven occupied their top two boards and had beaten our players in the previous match.

This time Mattthew Davies defended a rook and pawn ending well and with Steve Cunliffe also earning a quick draw on board 2 it augered well.

Sam Jukes on board 3 had a good win, Dave Parsons on board 4 won on time with his opponent under strong pressure, leaving team captain Ken Hannah on bottom board to earn a lucky win when his opponent blundered.

The Bosons returned home with four valuable points and have moved up the table into fourth place.

With defeats for two of the early pacesetters, Caerphilly Kings and Pontypridd Barbarians, the position is looking a lot rosier.

Still two of the teams in the bottom three have a game in hand and are due to play one another shortly so the position between third and eighth place is very fluid.

The Barry Chess Club meets at 7.30pm each Monday at the West End Club, St Nicholas Road, Barry, CF62 6QY.

The club is open to players of all standards; whether you are interested in playing competitive chess or just the occasional friendly games.

New players are very welcome to just turn up on the night but if you contact one of the club members through the website we can explain what is happening on the night you have in mind, and arrange for someone to greet you on your arrival.

For more details visit our website at http://barrychessclub.yolasite.com.

Phil Jones

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