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2013 Summer League - Liveboards are used at the club - Brewood 3.5 - 0.5 Cannock

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

First here is the matchcard: 



Board 1:  John Fenby (127) 1-0 John T Carr 88

Board 2:  Stephen Micklewright (110) ½ - ½ Craig Horobin (96)

Board 3:  Andrew Davies (103) 1-0 David Hadley (73)

Board 4:  David Blower (96) 1-0 Ivan Graham (Ungraded 46*)



* = An estimated starting grade, which is used for grade calculation purposes by the ECF. 



On Tuesday 2nd July 2013, Brewood continued their Wolverhampton Chess Summer League 2013 Division 3 North season, with a home match against Cannock.  It was a large victory which put us on 9 points from 5 games, putting us 1 point behind the leaders Bushbury of the league, who had 10 points from their first 5 games.  It was also an historic first game for the club, as liveboards were used. 



For those who do not know, one of my ideas for the website, was to have live coverage of our chess matches on the internet.  The suggestion never left my head, and certainly was not communicated to club treasurer Peter Crozet.  It would have involved us having to buy a set of live boards though!  In more practical terms, the connection to the internet at the chess club, is also not always reliable. 



For this match though the liveboards belonged to the English Chess Federation.  Matthew Carr from Cannock and Rugeley chess clubs is a qualified chess arbiter, and was on hand to provide assistance.  Digital clocks were also used at the club, as they calculate how many moves have been made by each player, as the clock is pressed by each player. 



The liveboards are used with the top matches, and were to be used at an international congress being held later that year.  When the opportunity first came around to use liveboards at the club, and was first passed round to the club members who were playing in this match via email, everyone jumped at the chance for us to use the liveboards.  It had a very enthusiastic response. 



During a game, a lead is connected from the side of the board to a computer, which then records players moves etc.  Although it was not being used for this match, there is also the option for games played using these boards to be displayed live over the internet.  All the players have to do is play the league game, and not worry about how it works or how to set it up. 



Andrew Davies pre match reaction to this news:  "I will be more than happy to play my game using this equipment.  I say yes, we accept the invitation." 



David Blower pre match reaction:  "Yes we have to accept it."  Further reaction from David Blower:  "It is a rare opportunity.  As the boards belong to the ECF I would think it would be wrong to turn down the invitation. 



As they are usually used with the top matches, its very unusual for an under 120 graded competition to be selected.  The fact that they are being used in an international congress next month adds a bit more prestige to the game.  I guess the ECF get loads of requests for this sort of thing.  This type of opportunity should be used as an opportunity to promote our chess club. 



I enjoyed watching the County Hickman Cup Finals live on the internet as I managed to catch the news that they were being broadcast on facebook.  It was interesting as all 6 boards were displayed at the same time.  Whilst thinking:  "wouldn't it be good if we could have our games live on the internet from Brewood!" 



I just think we should make the most of this opportunity.  Lets hope the team can win in an historic first game for the club." 



In the meantime I had also emailed the Village times website.  The opportunity to use the liveboards had only come about at very short notice, but I had used it as an opportunity to get some publicity for the club.  This is the link to the news story which was carried on the Village times website:  



The club has a good relationship with the Village times website.  We need to, as it is one of the main ways in which to promote the chess club to the local community outside of the existing chess community. 



The sets looked good.  The sets even had two queens for each player just-in-case a pawn promotion to a queen happened, whilst the 1st queen was still on the board.  There was a lot of fuss as each player came into the club.  The computer was already running as I came into the club, and the boards and the digital clocks were also set up.  The match was ready to begin. 



For all the fuss over the liveboards I found that what happened once the matches started was quite normal.  You would never have known that the liveboards were being used by the club.  Here are the detailed board match reports: 



Board 1:  John Fenby 1-0 John Carr.  The chess opening in this game was:  B00:  King's Pawn.  John Fenby had got his knight into a good position but the game was equal on material for the first 32 moves.  


John Fenby used his knight to fork John Carr's queen and rook, to win the exchange of John Carr's rook, for John Fenby's knight, and in the process of doing that then used his rook with a discovered attack to win John Carr's bishop.  With John Carr a rook down, he resigned, after 35 moves, almost immediately after losing the rook and bishop. 


Board 2:  Stephen Micklewright ½ - ½ Craig Horobin.  The chess opening in this game was:  D00:  Queen Pawn game, which transposed into the Queen's Gambit.  Craig eventually agreed a draw in a very sporting way.  In the middle of the game Craig was able to double up his rooks earlier than Stephen could. 


After an exchange of rooks, Craig had got his rook round the back of Stephen's a pawn, which he was able to win, and then exchange pawns to maintain his advantage of being a pawn up, until the end of the game.  It ended up with Stephen just having his rook, and Craig with a rook and a pawn, but Craig was running short of time.  Or was he?  Not quite, but Stephen thought he was. 


Digital chess clocks only add on extra time once they have gone down to 0.  This led to some confusion with Stephen pointing out Craig had run out of time, Craig saying that the extra time was still to be added, and that he had not.  In reality Craig had plenty of time to make use of his advantage, but sportingly offered a draw to Stephen, in a position on the chess board that he need not have done so. 


Afterwards Craig said he had some fortunate wins lately and that if Stephen generally thought that he was about to win on time, that a draw would be a fair result.  It was very good of Craig to do that. 


Board 3:  Andrew Davies 1-0 David Hadley.  The chess opening in this game was:  B20:  Sicilian Defense:  Bowlder Attack.  Andrew went a pawn up on move 15.  He had already fianchettoed his dark squared bishop with it taking control of the centre diagional.  He used his knight to make a discovered attack from his bishop, on his opponents queen. 


Andrew could then take a pawn with his bishop which was defended by his opponents queen, but in the process "removed the defender" of his opponents knight, allowing him to win the knight.  Further exchanges followed, and Andrew kept his 1 pawn advantage.  David then advanced his c pawn, but Andrew won it to go 2 pawns up, because if David took it back, he would have blundered his rook. 


After some advancement of pawns by both players, Andrew then advanced his rook, to fork his opponents rook and a pawn.  This forced his opponent to exchange rooks, to prevent further material loss, but David was able to win back one of Andrew's pawns with his king.  Finally Andrew used his king to get the opposition on his opponent, and his opponent resigned then, knowing it was all over. 


Board 4:  David Blower 1-0 Ivan Graham.  The chess opening in this game was:  C41:  Philidor Defense.  Ivan made a mistake on move 4, which allowed me to play a pawn fork on knight and bishop on move 5, and I was able to win my opponents bishop for my pawn.  On moves 15 and 16 I exchanged queens and a rook each, which allowed me to keep my advantage.  


I then used my knight to get 2 more pawns which gave me 3 passed pawns on the queen side, before a knight fork on move 30 on the king and rook, allowed me to get the rook.  Ivan tried to advance his e pawn to get a queen, but with a large material advantage I ended up exchanging my knight for his e pawn, and then I exchanged my rook for his bishop.  


This may not have been the best set of exchanges for me, but with such a large material advantage it did not matter as this now meant Ivan was left with no chance to win.  I then used one of my 3 passed pawns to get a queen, and then checkmate my opponent.  


Afterwards Matthew Carr provided web links to the matches, so you can play through the games and even see how good the chess matches are.  The link for the output in flash is here: and for anyone who wants to view the games on a mobile or a non flash device the link is here: 


Overall then a good night for the club.  Thanks to Matthew Carr for his assistance, and thanks to the ECF who allowed us to use the liveboards.  Also well done to Craig Horobin who offered Stephen Micklewright a draw in very sporting circumstances.  This meant we had won 3, and lost 2 of our 5 games in the Summer League, meaning we were 2nd in the league with 9 points from 5 games. 


Bushbury were still top with 10 points from 5 games, and both of the last games of the season were due to take place on Wednesday 10th July 2013 with Bushbury playing Cannock, and Brewood travelling away to Stafford. 


Further reaction from our players might follow about what it was like to play with the liveboards. 

Categories: Summer League, Cannock

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