Bury B 1.5 – 2.5 Sax A

21st October 2021

  1. Adam John (1870) 0 – 1 Malcolm Lightfoot (1960)
  2. Alan Watkins (1773) 1/2 – 1/2 John Feavyour (1863)
  3. Robert Jones ( 1765) 1 – 0 Default
  4. William Gu (1623) 0 – 1 Simon Wilks (1800)

Sax A visited Bury on Thursday and came away with a solid victory, despite suffering an unforeseen default. Malcolm and Simon brought in the wins, with Simon keeping up his excellent record since joining the club. At full strength the A team is now a strong contender within the division for the season’s honours.

Sax B 3 – 1 Felixstowe B

19th October 2021
1. Sam Gaffney (B) (1780) 1 – 0 David Robertson (1443)
2. Mike Usher (1713) 1 – 0 Trevor Wright (1338)
3. Paul Cartwright (E1300) 1/2 – 1/2 Henry May (1293)
4. Geoffrey Lilley (1053) 1/2 – 1/2 John Barty (1285)

The B Team continued their good start to the season last night with a 3-1 win over Felixstowe B at Benhall. Sam and Mike duly got the better of their lower rated opponents on the top two boards to provide the two wins.On Board 3 Paul Cartwright was returning to competitive chess after a long hiatus. Paul may have been a little rusty, as he obtained an advantage in his game but couldn’t make it count, eventually agreeing to a draw. Geoffrey, playing on Board 4, managed to win a Rook, but he too couldn’t reel in the win, and also settled for a draw. So, a comfortable win, but it could have been even better!

Woodbridge 2 – 2 Sax A

6th October 2021

Woodbridge v Saxmundham A
1. Peter Gemmell (B) (2035) 1/2 – 1/2 Malcolm Lightfoot (1960)
2. Tim Wesson (1795) 1 – 0 John Feavyour (1863)
3. Sam Gaffney (1780) 1/2 – 1/2 David Brown (1825)
4. Chris Skirrow (1683) 0 – 1 Simon Walks (E1800)

The Saxmundham A Team opened their account on Wednesday at local rivals Woodbridge. The teams were quite evenly matched on paper, and so it proved in reality – a hard-fought draw. Many congratulations go to Simon Wilks on board 4 who won on his debut for the club.

A Good Start!

The B Team opened its account on Tuesday with an emphatic home win over Bury St Edmunds D, winning all four games:

Saxmundham B 4 – 0 Bury St Edmunds D

  1. Sam Gaffney (B) (1780) 1 – 0 Laureano Garcia (1683)
  2. Mike Usher (1713) 1 – 0 Rob Lepley (1390)
  3. Samuel Allen (E1350) 1 – 0 Diana Meredith (E1200)
  4. Geoffrey Lilley (1053) 1 – 0 Patrick Meredith (E1200)

Samuel was making his OTB debut for the club and found himself playing another debutant (hence the estimated ratings). He soon outplayed his opponent to win comfortably, but Geoffrey was first to finish, winning in even quicker fashion.

The top two boards were longer tussles. Sam gained a winning advantage early on but it took care to reel in the whole point. Mike’s opponent held his own for much of the evening, but seemed to tire towards the end, made a poor move and offered a draw. Mike sensed that the things had changed and played on, and sure enough, as often seems to happen in chess, a poor move was followed by an even worse one. His opponent had to resign just five moves later.

Stronger teams lie ahead, but it was as good a start as we could have hoped for. Congratulations to Samuel for opening his account for the club in such emphatic fashion.

Back to the Board

Saxmundham Chess Club has re-opened its doors after the long break due to the Covid restrictions. Several new members have come along already and as we gear up for the return of the SCCA league competition it has been encouraging to welcome the new players as well as the return of old friends. Some of the new members are keen to play in competition and this will be a very heartening boost to the current squad of match players.

For the new season, Saxmundham will be entering two teams; the A team will play in Division 2 of the Suffolk League, and the B team in Division 3. Teams consist of four players, usually ranked in order of their Rating, which is a numerical indicator of their playing strength. The other teams are played twice, home and away, with the away team enjoying the White pieces on Board 1, alternating down the rest of the order.

Competitive chess is played with special clocks that record the thinking time for each player, and the game starts with a particular amount of time allotted to each for the game. In the Suffolk League that allocation is 75 minutes each for the game, plus 15 seconds is added back onto your time every time you make a move (this is known as an Increment). If you run out of time you lose the game! The added pressure of time creates an extra, very exciting, dimension to the game.

The new season is due to start on 14th September

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