Made It, Ma! Top Of The World!

Made it, Ma! Top of the world!
James Cagney – White Heat 1949

A great night for Lowestoft Chess Club another step on the road to the Division One title that we crave for. An excellent all round polished performance by the team from Mark on four up to Kamil on one. Its nice to say Lowestoft Chess Club Williamson Plate Winners 2014 but that’s what we are, just that.

 

Kamil played David off the board last night, Kamil didn’t let go as soon as he got a hold, better piece activate, better pawn structure, control of the centre. When the pawns started falling it was over. Well played Kamil a polished performance.

 

Jason played just as well as Kamil, Brian dropped an early pawn for no compensation. I was still hard work for Jason to convert, Brian did play well trying really hard to gain the initiative, but like Kamil on one, Jason didn’t let go and after gaining the exchange, rook for bishop, he manoeuvred the heavy artillery in to position for the kill and that was enough.

 

I played Trevor on three and what a tussle this was, I gained quite a lot of space on the queenside. Trevor had the attack on the kingside and with a wrong exchange on my part caused my to lose a pawn and this in turn released Trevor dormant Bishop and gave an entry point for his pieces, which in turn, wrecked havoc and won the game. On a personal note, I feel that I can live with this guys now, just need a little more savvy and I might, I stress, might, make it to a 160+ one day.

 

Mark Pooley drew his game against John on four quite quickly. Nobody seemed to what to push and quickly finished. Maybe John had the same orders Mark had, draw or else! Mark has played well in this competition for Lowestoft and has been a great asset to the team. Cheers Mark.

 

Would like to thank Leon for his contribution to the team in this tournament and it was brave and selfish decision to drop himself for the final.

Show Me The Money!”

Show me the money.
Tom Cruise – Jerry Maguire 1996

The Division title was won last night the moment Nigel shook hands with Kamil, excellent game it was to, I, along with Nigel no doubt thought he was winning, then a blinding move by Kamil knocked that notion in to touch. Knight blocks check and also defends Rook erh!! Well done to Nigel for giving Kamil a good game but an even bigger well done to Kamil for all he has done for the team this season, much appreciated by the captain.

 

Jason won a piece against Cumpton on the kingside quite early on and from then on in it was trade off and win with extra piece. Can not say too much about the game really, quite stale and static really, Jason just did enough to cruise to victory. Would like to say a big thanks from me to you Jason for all you have done this season, one more game for a full house and it will round off a wonderful season for you. Proud of you and really looking forward to next season already.

 

I played young Richard, maybe, only for the second time, not sure but I think it is. The game was my new self belief game plan. All went go plan with me creating many targets and slowly mopped them up, admittedly Richard blundered a piece away at the end, but felt I was winning easily before that happened. Richard had an awful bishop that went to an awful square. In the end a rampant a pawn stormed home and was crowned and that was enough for Richard. Thanks for the game Richard and sorry for jumping up and down like a yo-yo.

 

Leon locked horns with BC and the game was highly elusive, with no one really pushing forward and making the play. Poor Leon lost a rook and looked lost but some how managed to salvage a draw through repetition. Though in analysis it seems that Brian missed a win, slap on wrists. Would like to thank Leon for his devotion to the cause, no moaning, supplying transport at a drop of a hat, standing in for players who can not make the game.  Clubs need players like Leon just to make it tick, would like to thank you Leon for a great season, not maybe your best, but a great season all the same.

I Love the Rain – It Washes Memories Off the Sidewalk of Life.

I love the rain – it washes memories off the sidewalk of life.
Woody Allen – Play It Again Sam 1972

Locked rooms, lateness, a good walk and a 3-1 win, it was a good night a rewarding night, the night Lowestoft won the title.

 

Mixed up the times for collection of the players and it was a scary overtaking night to get to the UEA in time, but then found out we were locked out. A little stroll later and we were pushing the pieces, first to finish was Leon against Sergey Lamzin, a very scary sounding GM name. Not sure he is though, he battled well to gain a good half for the UEA, the pieces were moving around the board at the speed of light, pawns on the seventh rank within 10 moves. Both players pawn structures were shot to pieces, but this in turn gave the pieces room to operate and gave way to some very good chances of tactical play. Nobody fell in to that so they both shook hands.

 

I finished next, a win against Prof Baier, quite pleased with my attitude last night, felt calm and collected. I did not push very hard and waited and waited, it finally came on move 31 with Nb5 and then I could see a double attack with check, but also a discovered attack on a pawn with a attack on a defenceless Queen. Stephan played two wrong moves and that was that. Its strange as you can play this way against some players and get away with it but others are just too good and blow you away.

 

Kamils game would have brought me out in hot flushes if I was playing it, sharp, double edged, nail biting a one tinny winny little mistake and it would be curtains. Kamil had the power of the passed pawn on the seventh with Awat having an excellently placed Queen attacking the slightly exposed King on the other side of the board. Kamil pawn base looked a bit wonky, like standing on a wet sandcastle, but he got the best scaffolders in town to pay him a visit and that was that, a draw. Looked a very good game, very interesting.

 

Jason was last to finish, which is unusual. He played Daniel, who has been moved up to board two after some excellent results this season, incurring just the single loss to Paul Badger. Jason was rock solid then tempted Daniel with a sharp Queen move, Daniel attacked with a pawn, lodging the centre but creating a backward d pawn. Jason waited for some moment to get the initiative back, which came with an exchange of Queens and a won b pawn, was it enough for victory? Daniel held on for quite a while, he played the right moves in placing Rooks on open files etc, but did not have enough to force the pace. I felt the Knight on the rim was dim, but I was told no by both players, so have to go with them. Daniel finally ran out of time, this after he offered a piece for three connected centre pawns and Jason declined.

 

Next match home on the 14th to St Johns. Pick you up at 7 Jason and then you Kamil.

Badges, We Dont Need No Stinking Badges

The end of the season is in sight, so points are needed now, the final push for the title is on.

A brilliant 3.5/0.5 win against Broadland last night really helped the cause, a lovely controlled win by Leon against Jonathan was just what the doctor ordered. Leon looked in control all the way through the game and it came down to Jonathan having too much to do in controlling Leons pawns, one on the a file and one on the h file isn’t good and it finally told. Well done Leon the points are starting to drift your way again.

David and I shared the spoils on two, this after I played the opening wrong and David not really pushing me in the centre. Both, I feel, chickening out of the situation. Both had passed pawns but it was dead equal. My head was pounding a bit from my neck injury so it was nice to get a result.

Ailko played Knight takes f2 very early and this shock Jason in to thinking he had blundered, but he hadn’t and Ailko was slowly crushed from then on in. Ailko couldn’t make his superior pawn mass work in his favour. 100 percent record still intact for Jason. Not sure if anyone has ever do this, must have I would have thought.

Robin gave Kamil something to think about, he played very well right up to the end, but as they say cream always comes to the top and so it did. Kamil never gives anything away, very methodical and unswerving, its easy for a 150 to survive to a certain degree but to win, will that’s another matter. One mistake and you are the dogs dinner.

So another great win by the A side, which puts us a prime position for the title. Thanks to all my players for the effort they have shown lately.