Leeds Rose Forgrove Chess Club

  Home Club Info Articles Match Reports Games

Rose Forgrove C v Pudsey B

warren dennison

Match report by Warren Dennison: Rose Forgrove C correspondent

Match Week 1

  • Venue: Roundhay Parochial Hall
  • Date: Wednesday, 03 October 2012
Team News
Rose Forgrove C began the new season with the same five stalwarts as last season with Dennison leading from the front. Pudsey B were looking strong with the experienced Simon Watson on top board.
Match Preview
  • Rose Forgrove C finished last in the Leeds league division one last season. Pudsey B ended last season as runners up to Leeds University in division two.
Match Report

Rose Forgrove C 3   Pudsey B 2
Name Grade Result Name Grade
Warren Dennison 157 1 - 0 Simon Watson 160
Andy Ross 142 0 - 1 John Saxton 136
Keith Riach 135 0.5 - 0.5 Rob Fletcher 132
Martin Blythe 130 1 - 0 Brian Watkins 061
Helmut Auer 110 0.5 - 0.5 Nigel Redmond 117


After a very tough season in Division 1 which ended in relegation, The Rose Forgrove ‘C’ team began life in Division 2 with a difficult match against last year’s runners-up Pudsey ‘B’. Things didn’t start well for Pudsey though, as a late withdrawal forced them to field Brian Watkins as a substitute player on board 4. Brian hasn’t played much chess lately and unfortunately it showed as Martin Blythe took him to the cleaners fairly quickly.

Rose Forgrove C 1 - 0 Pudsey B

On board 5, team captain Helmut Auer established a very solid position with the black pieces and perhaps even had the better of the game before, sensing positive results on the top boards, he agreed to a draw.

Rose Forgrove C 1.5 - 0.5 Pudsey B

On board 3, Keith Riach was finding life much easier than last season. After struggling with the black pieces last term, Keith looked much more comfortable against his slightly lower rated opponent. Like Helmut, Keith also agreed to a draw when perhaps having slightly better prospects in the endgame.

Rose Forgrove C 2 - 1 Pudsey B

A controversial game took place on board 2. Andy Ross played one of his favourite gambit lines and his opponent got into serious time trouble while trying to hang onto the extra pawn. As Andy’s opponent played his 35th move his flag fell. However Andy only noticed this after the move had been made. Andy was unsure as to whether or not he could have claimed a win but discussions afterwards established that he could. To be fair, Andy’s opponent, John Saxton, was prepared to accept a loss on time but left the decision on whether or not to play on down to Andy. At that stage Andy was winning the game, so playing on didn’t seem like a problem. However, Andy subsequently mis-calculated believing that he had obtained checkmate only for his opponent to capture the piece delivering check. Thereafter the game swung John Saxton’s way and despite only having seconds left on his clock he was able to close the game out.

Rose Forgrove C 2 - 2 Pudsey B


The deciding match on board 1 was a closely fought affair. An early sortie by me with the black queen seemed to throw my opponent off his stride and I soon built up a huge lead on the clock but a backwards bishop move (often the hardest to see in chess) cost me a pawn but with the compensation of the bishop pair. I then used this bishop pair in tandem to win the exchange but at the cost of another pawn. So the match went into the endgame where I had 2 rooks against my opponent’s rook and knight and 2 extra pawns. At this point, my time advantage started to tell as Simon had 10 moves to make in just 3 minutes to reach the time control. I managed to get my rooks on to the 7th rank and pulled back another pawn before forcing an exchange of rooks. Thereafter it should have been simple. But for a few minutes I forgot how to play chess and got into a bit of a flap right at the death in a pawn ending before finding the winning continuation and securing the match.

Final score: Rose Forgrove C 3 - 2 Pudsey B

 

Rose Forgrove 1
Match 1 Leeds A v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 2 Rose Forgrove 3 v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 3 Rose Forgrove 1 v Copperworks A Report
Match 4 Leeds CCCC 1 v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 5 Rose Forgrove 1 v Alwoodley A Report
Match 6 Alwoodley B v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 7 Pudsey A v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 8 Rose Forgrove 1 v Leeds A Report
Match 9 Rose Forgrove 2 v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 10 Copperworks A v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 11 Rose Forgrove 1 v Leeds CCCC 1 Report
 
Rose Forgrove 2
Match 1 Rose Forgrove 2 v Rose Forgrove 3 Report
Match 2 Rose Forgrove 2 v Leeds CCCC 1 Report
Match 3 Alwoodley A v Rose Forgrove 2 Report
Match 4 Alwoodley B v Rose Forgrove 2 Report
Match 5 Rose Forgrove 2 v Pudsey A Report
Match 6 Leeds A v Rose Forgrove 2 Report
Match 7 Rose Forgrove 3 v Rose Forgrove 2 Report
Match 8 Rose Forgrove 2 v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 9 Leeds CCCC 1 v Rose Forgrove 2 Report
Match 10 Rose Forgrove 2 v Alwoodley A Report
 
Rose Forgrove A
Match 1 Rose Forgrove A v Harrogate A Report
Match 2 York RI A v Rose Forgrove A Report
Match 3 Alwoodley A v Rose Forgrove A Report
Match 4 Calderdale A v Rose Forgrove A Report
Match 5 Rose Forgrove A v Wakefield A Report
Match 6 York RI B v Rose Forgrove A Report
 
Rose Forgrove B
Match 1 Rose Forgrove B v Harrogate B Report
Match 2 Huddersfield v Rose Forgrove B Report
Match 3 Calderdale B v Rose Forgrove B Report
Match 4 York RI C v Rose Forgrove B Report
 
Quiz Time

The Forgrove Test

Do you know all about our chess club? Find out in our very own quiz

The Leeds Chess Test

Do you know all about the chess clubs, venues, characters, winners and events in Leeds?