16th November 2019
A brief update, for those not using the club whatsapp group; the B team's match at Yate ended tied with wins from Rod and Ed.
9th November 2019
The B team bounced back nicely this week at home to Harambee, winning 3-1. Well done to Jon, Rod and Ed on their wins.
9th November 2019
On Wednesday the A team travelled to play Bath B. Most of the games emerged from the opening pretty level. Florin's game rapidly cancelled down to a balanced King and pawns ending, so it came as a surprise to learn that Florin had managed the win! Gareth and Neville both dropped material in their middle games with their opponents playing precisely to put Bath ahead 2-1. Richard looked to be holding out for a draw despite being a pawn down was on the wrong end of Zugzwang allowing his opponent's king to infiltate, collecting pawns and winning. 3-1. Tony soon had a smile on his face as he was able to play a checking queen fork collecting a hanging knight. His opponent threw everything into one last attack but soon burnt all his pieces and had to concede. With the score 3-2 all depended on Dave's game. He held a rook verses knight advantage but his opponent's pawns and pieces were solidly coordinated. Both clocks were below 2 minutes when Dave finally opened up the game and for a moment a win looked possible but under time pressure he opted to grab material missing a perpetual check and the draw. Dave was frustrated but it really was never straightforward. Well played to Bath on winning 3.5-2.5 Many thanks to Jason who accompanied as non-playing captain.
2nd November 2019
I can share that the B team slipped to a 4-0 whitewash against North Bristol C on Thursday. This week both teams are in action with the A team making the trip to Bath and the B team to Harambee.
31st October 1019
On Monday this week it was the turn of the A team to take the stage, playing at Clevedon B. Gareth came out of the opening in an awkward position and a pawn down. After fighting back to parity and getting into a clear winning position he had an aberration and threw the game with one bad move. Tony then succumbed to a loss against a crafty assault on his king. Dave seemed to be cruising to victory with multiple lines of attack but chose the wrong combination and had to settle for a draw. Richard managed two passed in a queen and pawns ending and only won after being frustrated for numerous moves. It was good to see Neville back playing whose game ended in a loss after dropping a knight. Finally captain Jason had a tough game and in the middle stages looked to be worse battling against a centre pawn on the 6th rank, however, Jason managed to equalise things and score a draw. The final result being a 4-2 loss
19th October 2019
This week was the turn of the B team who played at home against Clevedon C. Once again Jon impressed and made quick work of his opponent who was hemorrhaging pieces. That is four games unbeaten now for Jon who can expect a healthy Grading Performance from the league once he has played five games. There were early departures on boards 1 and 4 with no points from either. The only game to go the distance was Rod's where things looked even for quite some time, however, late on there were some worried observers when Rod allowed Doug to fork his queen and rook. Then in an attempt to avoid an endgame Rod skillfully mustered and targeted three pieces at Doug's castled king where the defence collapsed. A crucial whole point to tie the match 2-2.
12th October 2019
On Thursday The A team welcomed Horfield C to the Folk House. Tony playing on board 1 offered Bob the draw and after scanning the other boards the latter accepted. Gareth playing on board 3 gained two pawns early on but with delayed piece coordination. An opportunity to cancel off the rooks and move to a winning endgame was missed and Tom found a perpetual check. Game drawn. On board 2, Dave pressed Kingside, and in an attempt to open up the attack sacrificed a bishop but in the end his opponent defended well and it was another draw. Mohammed's game was pretty even for some time, until he managed to pin Peter's king to his rook, winning the rook. A good win. Board 5 was a loss so with just one result left the score was even 2.5-2.5. That just left Jon on board six who with some huddle round the board kept his nerve, penetrated with two rooks and a knight and checkmated Graham in the corner and thus winning the match 3.5-2.5.
5th October 2019
The A team travelled to play Keynsham A on Thursday. Captain jason was soon a bishop up and a little later his opponent was trying to defend against five pawns and bishop with just his King. Mission impossible and 1-0 to South Bristol. Gareth's game was in the balance for some time with both players castling queenside, however Jim overlooked Gareth's queening g-pawn during a rook exchange and promptly resigned. 2-0. Meanwhile Dave converted superior space and mobility into victory. 3-0. Richard then offered the draw to secure team victory but his opponent declined. Florin, playing his first competitive chess and looking at home in the A team, was soon an exchange up and won. Richard's opponent later agreed the draw. 4.5-1-5 win.
28th September 2019
The A team playing their third consecutive home fixture, welcomed Cabot A on Thursday. The night got off to a good start where, on board 4, Gareth's opponent playing a Dutch Defence, failed to castle and with his King exposed on the middle files, his resistance collapsed after 25 moves. Richard on top board and playing against strong opposition also won. Unfortunately, on the night, the only other scorer for South Bristol was Dave who drew, resulting in a 3.5-2.5 loss.
21st September 2019
After the early season warm-ups, the A team produced a 4-2 victory at home to Downend C. Richard and Gareth both playing black won, Gareth with checkmate on the h-file. The other games were all drawn. Jon, just a week after making his competitive debut with the B team, stepped up to fill board 6 and was a piece up during the middle game before settling for his draw!
14th September 2019
The B team had a difficult night away against North Bristol D, losing 0.5-3.5. The only South Bristol scorer being Jon White playing his very first game for the club.
8th September 2019
The A team, this week, kicked the season off by hosting Thornbury. Recently crowned club champion Dave Neagle scored the win on board 3, while top boards Richard and Tony both drew, however the lower boards lost resulting in a lost match 2-4.
12th August 2019
A reminder that the club AGM will be held this Thursday, 15th August, starting by 8pm. See you there
1st August 2019
Tyson has now kindly added his detailed observations from last weeks tournaments.
Round 1 saw a clean sweep for the higher-rated seeds.
1) Garrett-Blaxill: Modern Defence. In a much better position Richard found a neat combination that won an exchange and a pawn There was intermediate swap of minor pieces and Jason ade the wrong capture so Richard instead won a whole Rook! 1-0
2) Hassan-Harvey: Sicilian Defence, Closed. Muhammed was gradually outplayed by Tony. More space earned the A team player an extra pawn, the initiative and then a winning attack despite pieces coming off. Muhammed lost on time in a hopeless position. 0-1
3) Bourne-Cullen: Queen's Gambit. Iain's steady initiative eventually resulted in a Rook on the 7th which seemed to win the game all by itself. 1-0
4) Day-Neagle: Sicilian defence, Dragon variation. A long game in terms of number of moves but Dave prevailed in a King and Pawn endgame by a tempo or so 0-1
Round 2 saw some upsets with three wins coming for lower graded players.
,1)Neagle-Garrett. Sicilian Defence, Grand Prix Attack. Richard decided to castle Queenside to avoid Dave's usual Kingside onslaught. however, the number ! seed got opened up there instead and lost a piece for no compensation, Dave taking care to reduce any counterplay to a minimum. 1-0
2) Harvey-Bourne. Catalan Opening. In an early Queenless middlegame Tony made a promising Exchange sacrifice for two Pawns and a lot of activity. The next time your reporter looked Iain had won! 0-1
3) Blaxill-Day : Queen's Pawn Game. A steady contest with Pawns staying on but minor pieces being trade at a steady rate. eventually Jason stood better and Roy gave away several Pawns after missing a pin. 1-0
4)Cullen-Hassan. London System. The longest game of the round by far. Eventually an endgame was reached with everything on the Queenside. Gareth had a Rook and three Pawns against a Rook, Knight and one Pawn. In a tense stand-off Muhammed was given the chance to threaten mate in one and win the Rook. Missing this he dropped his remaining Pawn and was overrun. 1-0
1) Bourne-Neagle. Dutch Defence. Iain had an early advantage after Dave lost two tempi going Bishop c8-b7-c8 to stop a Knight excursion into e6 from g5. Unfortunately shortly afterwards Iain left the Knight en prise for nothing and got routed down the f-file. 0-1
2)Garrett-Cullen. Icelandic Gambit. richard appeared to be at a disadvantage after Gareth's unusual opening. however the several times club champion went after Gareth's King and crashed through after the latter failed to find the best defence under heavy pressure.1-0
3)Blaxill-Harvey. Colle V Dutch Defence. A slow, blocked game came to life later on. Tony won a Knight but it was stranded on a4. Jason had a lot of compensation while Tony ran short of time. At the point when Jason seemed to have dissipated his advantage Tony's flag fell! 1-0
4) Hassan-Day. Giuoco Piano. A fast loss. Under early pressure Roy blundered his Queen and Muhammed finished the Black King off just as quickly. 1-0
The pairings were awkward. Eventually we ended up with all the pairings featuring players one point away from each other. That ensured an exciting last round.
1) Bourne-Hassan. Queen's gambit accepted. This game was over so quickly that the reporter didn't even see it. Apparently Muhammed had early accidents on c7 and f7 and Iain took full advantage. 1-0
2) Day- Cullen. Icelandic Gambit. Another quickie. This time Gareth built up a good head of steam and won easily. 0-1
3) Harvey-Garrett. Neo-Grunfeld. Tony yet again sacced an exchange and a Pawn for compensation in a Queenless middle-game. The initiative swayed back and forth before Tony blundered his Bishop. 0-1
4)Neagle-Blaxill. Modern Defence. A tense middle game ensued with holes in both player's Kingsides. By this point it was clear that a win for Jason would result in a four way tie for first place. Dave's Knight was so far out of play that your reporter missed it and thought Jason was a piece up. Tyson returned to his desk to start pairings for a play-off. When he returned Dave was making forward progress only to fall into a combination netting Jason a piece. However, short of time Jason missed this and soon after his flag fell. 1-0
No draws at all!
An enjoyable time was had by all and your controller was much relieved at not having to negotiate a four way play-off!
J27th July 2019
Last Thursday the club held its annual Club championship and Major sections. There was a change to the format of previous years with the two sections combining as one four round Swiss system at a rate of 15 mins per player,with the Major being a competition within a competition.
Richard, Tony and Iain entered the Championship with Dave, Mohammed, Jason and Gareth in the Major but as Tony pointed out this didn't disqualfy them from winning the Championship. 2019 Minor winner Roy also played, to make an even number.
Sixteen games later and with no draws the final standings would not have been predicted. Dave Neagle, a major player, won outright with 4/4 and thereby winning both the Championship and Major sections! Very well played. Richard and Iain scored 3/4. Gareth and Jason scored 2/2. Tony and Mohammed scored 1/4. Roy 0/4
Many thanks to Tyson for controlling the event.
13th July 2019
I'm pleased to report that Gareth participated in the recent Steve Boniface Congress, major section, placing second with 3.5/5 and collecting the U140 grading prize.
14th June 2019
Tyson reports " The minor section of the Club Championship took place on Thursday 13th June. The competitors were Roy Day, John Dicker, Ben Goldstrom, Harley Kent, Gerald Mobbs and Ed Swann. They played a five round all-play-all with 15 minutes each on the clock.
Round 1 featured a cagey draw between Roy and Ed. Both John and Gerald lost on time against Harley and Ben respectively when the former pair had material advantages.
In round 2 normal service resumed as Roy refuted Ben's unsound sacrifice and Ed beat Harley. Gerald ground down John.
IIn round 3 Roy rapidly mated John's exposed King to take the sole lead as Ben competently held a slight advantage against Ed. Harley repeated last year's win over Gerald.
In round 4 Roy maintained his lead by beating Gerald in a lively game although Ed stayed a half-point behind by beating John. Ben had a cracking win against Harley in a wide open position with pieces en prise everywhere.
In round 5 Harley was already under early pressure when he left his Queen en prise to Roy. This secured the tournament for Roy regardless of all the other results. Ben crushed John easily enough after playing his new pet opening line. Gerald picked up an exchange against Ed with an impregnable position. All the pieces were swapped off and Gerald's rook found Ed's Queenside Pawns were very deciduous. Ed graciously conceded to give Ben second place on his competitive debut. "
1st R Day 4.5
2nd B Goldstrom 3.5
3rd E Swann 3
4-5th H Kent & G Mobbs 2
6th J Dicker 0
5th May 2019
The club's involvement in the league is now over for another year and Gareth has taken first place in the Player Of The Season competition, which included a run of eight wins and a draw in nine games during the latter end of the season. Many thanks to Gerald for recording and tabulating the stats. see POTS page . Also having good seasons, amongst others, were Richard averaging 78% and Tyson who remained unbeaten until his final match.
30th April 2019
The A team hosted Clevedon B in their final fixture of the season. Richard capped a successful season with a crushing victory. Roy called on as a last minute replacement initially put up good resistance but lost. Gareth came out of the opening in a dominant position but overlooked a knight sacrifice and lost. Iain somehow dropped two pawns and then sacrificed a knight, to gain an attack, but was unable to quite make it work and was a further loss for South Bristol. Tony then agreed the draw in a slightly worse endgame. Tyson's game was the last to finish and appeared to be winning as his opponent's advanced king looked to be falling into a mating net. His opponent, however, found a defensive covering move by the queen which proved decisive. One of those nights. Well played Clevedon 1.5-4.5
25th April 2019
The B team have completed their season away at Hanham A. The first game completed was Gareth's where his opponent dropped a bishop in a complicated exchange, leading to victory. Computer analysis later showed that both players had miscalculated the exchange and Gareth profited from his own error! Soon after a ceasefire was called on both Ollie's and Ed's boards. There was possibly more to play for in one or both or of the positions. Remarkably the three remaining games were very similar in that the South Bristol players were all down the exchange of a rook verses bishop into the endgame. Mohammed and Rod ultimately succumbed but Jason played well against the odds to hold out for the draw. Final score 2.5-3.5 loss
18th April 2019
Tonight The B team hosted Horfield D. We defaulted on top board. Gareth soon evened the score up when his opponent conceded following an opening blunder and dropping four pawns. Jason's prospects didn't look good, however, his opponent overlooked a tactic in the centre of the board and Jason was able to equalise in material in a somewhat closed position. A draw was agreed. Joan's opponent sacrificed a bishop and then mustered an overwhelming kingside attack. Rod's game was a dogged affair which looked drawish but with time running low on both clocks Rod found a neat tactic -checking with the bishop and driving the king backwards into a back rank mate. With the score all square all attention turned to Roy's game. Although down slightly in material there were good drawing chances but with less than two minutes on either clock any result was possible. Finally Graham spotted the weakly defended h-pawn and was able to pour forward with a decisive attack . Final score 2.5-3.5
18th April 2019
The A team made the trip to Bath B yesterday. Despite being handicapped by a board 6 default the team embarked with confidence. In short order Richard collected his point. Gareth came out of the opening exchanges three pawns up, although slightly slow on development and his opponent made a game of it before eventually leaving a rook en prise. All the remaining South Bristol players were in winning positions; Dave and Neville both converted while Tony unfortunately blundered and lost. 4.-2 win.
12 April 2019
We WON the cup last night! (The Minor Knockout, against Cabot).
Tony on bd2 won his opponent's queen in the middle of the board. Dave on Bd3 agreed a draw with a slight material advantage but with doubled pawns and opposite coloured bishops. On bd5 Gareth went up two pawns -two passed pawns. His opponent sacrificed a bishop to stop one of them and resigned when required to cede a rook to stop the other. 2.5-0.5
On bd6 Roy lost the exchange and despite putting up a valiant effort succumbed. On Bd4 Mohammed attacked and missed a win when avoiding a queen exchange, but then allowed his opponent a mate in one. 2.5-2.5. All attention then turned to Richard's game on top board where a draw would be sufficient to take the match given South Bristol's superior win board order. The game was even and Richard twice offered the draw but Alan Papier selflessly declined. Needing the win, Alan over-pressed and lost. Final score 3.5-2.5. Many thanks to Cabot for making a good match of it.
7th April 2019
A notice that the club has a home final against Cabot, on Thursday, in the Minor Knockout.
5th April 2019
Last night the A team hosted University B. We faced a last minute withdrawal on top board and with just 5 mins before a default Roy agreed to step in. He performed well and only lost in the endgame. On board 2 Tony's opponent grabbed a pawn in the opening and held the advantage until overlooking a tactic under time pressure. On board 3 Richard emerged from the opening in a comfortable position and then won a pawn. From then on the result was never in doubt. On board 4 Neville had a complex position full of tactical possibilities. It was hard to discern who was winning but in the end the South Bristol player came out on top. On board 5 Dave had to defend a rook and pawn ending material down. A draw was agree with each player holding a rook and pawn. On board 6 Gareth had the better position out of the opening. His opponent put up a good resistance but ultimately allowed Gareth to infiltrate with a queen and rook forcing the win.
Final result 4.5-1.5
29th March 2019
I can report a solid 4.5 - 1.5 win by the B team at the Folk House against Clifton C. Ed gratefully collected a default point on board 6 followed in quick order by Andrew on 5 playing against a novice player who left a queen and rook en prise in consecutive moves. Mohammed on top board made it 3-0. Gareth was spooked into accepting a draw in an opposite coloured bishop endgame. This turned out to be an error as the win was quite straightforward. Ouch! that felt like a loss. Jason then won on time. Finally Rod lost his endgame by what looked like small margins. Two much needed league points!
29th March 2019
We are in the process of finding ways to keep the website more up to date. To that end you will see some new tabs to your right. What we really need, however, is for all clubs players to join our WhatsApp group and after each match (as soon as possible) to make a brief comment on their game - even if it is as simple as "it was fairly equal until I left my Queen en prise." Can club captains remind players to do this?
20th March 2019
Well done to the A team for winning their second away win in five days against Downend C. There were wins for Tyson, Dave and Gareth with Tony and Iain gaining half points.
17th March 2019
Tony reports on Thursday's return fixture against our local neighbours Keynsham. " I had the luxury of being the non-playing captain. Therefore once the games had started I decided to make myself a cup of tea. By the time I had returned to the playing room (no more than four mins later) Gareth Bd6 had already registered a victory! His opponent having dropped his queen's rook. On Bd5 Mohammed had been outplayed and was forced into a bishop and pawns endgame a pawn down. However Duncan miscalculated how many pawns he should exchange for Mohammed's bishop and lost when his opponent created two passed knight pawns on the 7th rank. On Bd4 David played a careful draw. On Bd3 Iain gained a noticeable advantage but resolute defence and the non incremental time limit helped David J get the better of a draw. On Bd2 Richard accepted a dangerous looking exchange sacrifice and managed a difficult position with some deft manoevering. John resigned when facing a back rank mating attack. On Bd1 Tyson gave a textbook demonstration of how to play on both wings, gain material and then break through the centre. Keynsham A 1 South Bristol A 5 which slightly flattered us. Many thanks to all for playing. Tony"
15th March 2019
I'm glad to report that, last night, the A team scored a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Keynsham A. Full details to follow.
9th March 2019
This week the B team hosted Downend E and on paper we were the stronger team. It turned out to be a difficult night with only Jason and Gareth scoring in a 4-2 loss. Many thanks to Ed in his role as non-playing captain for organising the team.
Ist March 2019
Yesterday the A team hosted division 2 leaders North Bristol A. Unfortunately Richard on board 1(black) missed the implications of his opponents gambit line in a c3 Sicilian and suddenly resigned when he realised that he was forced to lose a whole rook after just 12 moves. On board 5 Neville suffered the agony of a bad bishop verses a strong knight allowing Michael to wrap up the full point with some skillful play. On board 4 Dave launched a strong kingside attack finishing with a neat mating net. Jason on board 6 never seemed to get any play and eventually resigned. NB 3, SB 1. On board 3 Tony and Graham indulged in a wild open Sicilian with the kings in opposite sides of the board. Any result seemed possible but victory n the night went to Tony. Last to finish was Iain on board 2 who had an exchange advantage when entering a time scramble but with some strong defence Chris was able to turn the position to his advantage and so N recorded the 4-2 win. Well played to North Bristol who demonstrated why they are league leaders. Many thanks to Tony for providing the report.
Last night the club met Hanham in the semi-final of the minor knockout cup. On paper we were firm favourites but things didn't turn out so simply. Jason's (on 5) opponent was playing out of his skin and won the exchange. Dave on 3 had a nightmare in the opening and looked in real trouble. Richard on 1 misplayed the black side of a c3 Sicilian and looked uncomfortable. Ed was doing fine on 6 but then something went wrong and it was all over very quickly. Iain's opponent, however, played very passively castled queenside allowing a centre break and a quick win. 1-1. Mohammed pressurised his opponent and converted 2-1 but at that point it was difficult to see where the remaining points would come from. Jason hung on doggedly but lost. 2-2. Richard then began to outplay his opponent, winning the exchange but low on time. Dave was somehow still alive and was on the front foot. Richard then dropped an exchange but still had enough for the win. 3-2. Finally Dave advanced on the kingside and mated on h2. 4-2 was the final result which rather flatters us but most importantly we're in the final!
This week the B team hosted North Bristol B at the Folk House and in summary lost 3.5-2.5. Ollie scored the only win supported with draws from Jason, Colin and Ed. It is proving a tough season for the B team but Division Three survival looks probable.
31st January 2019
On Tuesday the B team travelled to play title contenders Downend D who were graded a lot stronger on the lower boards. Gareth's opponent Richard erred early when advancing a knight but overlooking Gareth's checking move which removed the knight's protecting bishop. The knight was then lost and the outcome was determined. Joan had plenty of play but ultimately was beaten by a neat smothering mate. 1-1. Oliver haemorrhaged a couple of pawns and under a lot of pressure dropped a piece. 2-1. Jason held out well for a draw. Mohammed had a passed pawn verses Mike's three passed pawns so Mohammed found a perpetual. 3-2. Finally captain Ed looked to be playing to a draw but late on overlooked a knight fork and resigned. 4-2.
19th January 2019
On Thursday evening the A team entertained Grendel who were fielding a strong six. Gareth's game was first to finish after losing a bishop which lead to a lost position. Richard then balanced the score with a win on board 3. Captain Tony on top board agreed the draw. At this stage the remaining games all looked even and a drawn match looked probable. Colin's game was almost entirely blocked and he offered the draw, it seemed almost certain that his opponent would agree but instead declined. Colin then sought to completely block the position whereas his adversary looked to open the kingside eventually succeeding and was rewarded when Colin lost a rook. Grendel led 2.5-1.5. Dave threatened his opponent's queen with a rook and instead of shifting the queen Will decided to advance a pawn to the 7th. After a long think Dave took the queen which resulted in a most unusual finale where he held a queen verses three small pieces. With at least a draw seeming certain Dave's clock expired. Finally Iain played Jerry to a technical draw, which was a fine result and broke Jerry's 100% record this season. 2-4
12th January 2019
This week the B team made the trip to play Keynsham B. Gareth was up against James, and unsure what to expect, as the Bristol chess Times calculates him to be playing +36 above grade this season. This game was the first to finish and a win for South Bristol. Shortly after captain Ed asked for a draw and, after the Keynsham captain was consulted, the draw (the correct decision) was agreed. A glance at the other boards showed Colin two pawns up and the other games very balanced early in the middlegames. Ultimately I'm informed we prevailed 3.5-2.5 with a win from Ollie and draws from Colin and Jason.
5th January 2019
The club had a lot of fun on Thursday with the annual handicap. Ten players took part in a five round Swiss -system with a handicap of one pawn value for every 10 points difference in grade, capped at a maximum of 9(queen). Finishing joint first with 4 points were Stephen Meek, Iain Bourne and Gareth Cullen. Tyson summed things up quite nicely by observing that everyone had at least one win and one defeat. Many thanks to Tony and Roy for providing the catering and to Tyson for running the tournament.
Club Champion 2018
Jason Blaxill - Club Champion (Major) 2018
Joan Molins - Club Champion (Minor) 2018