Match Report: University A vs Horfield A (14 October): Students too good.

For second night in a row the stronger team demonstrated that stronger teams are stronger because they are stronger.  We were out-gunned in particular on boards 4-6 and went 3-0 down. James had a promising attack but a rook sac turned out to be unsound. We were equal on the top three boards but overall …

Match Report: Downend C vs Horfield B (13 October): Better players, more players

Taking three players to play a much stronger team seemed bold as a strategy but always do what your opponent least expects... I was quite relieved that by 8.30 we were all still playing. I had an equal middle game position against Peter, Mike looked a little under pressure against Stephen with white’s pieces much …

Match Report: Horfield B v Clevedon B (28 September): Strength in depth counts.

We expected to be mainly out-graded on the night and Clevedon confirmed our expectations by arriving with a strong team. The first result of the night was Oliver beating Alex. A very open game became even more fluid when Alex castled long into the teeth of Oliver’s advancing pawns, which promptly broke through. Sadly for …

Match Report: Horfield A vs Downend A (21 September): Coming up short.

Our first A team game of the season against a strong Downend team who had already played a match against their B team this season. I am confident over at Downend Towers they will have created a report with accurate technical analysis of the match based on having seen the games in question rather than …

Match Report: Bath B vs Horfield B (15 September) Not only are we back we’re winning!

You wait 18 months for a chess match then two come along in consecutive days. Four boards, four vastly different openings. Clive and James played a Sveshnikov, it looked like theory through the first 10 moves or so and James was eyeing the d5 square as you would expect, probably even. On board 2 Paul …