Welcome to the Huddersfield League Team page for the Knights, Bishops and Handicap. I hope you are having a good break from chess and I look forwards to the start of a new season. The League should be hotting up this year, with several returning players and David Brown's bulking their membership up. We should expect big hitters to return, such as Peter Shaw and Leo Keeley.
Get your English, London's, Queen's Gambit, Reti's, Ruy Lopez, Tromp's and E4's ready!
Forgive the bias. I am the Captain for the Knights...
Match Report 22/11/17 Wakefield Vs Huddersfield Knights
On a dark and stormy night, the Knights faced their old rivals Wakefield at the bowling club. The game promised to be a tense affair with grades even on 2 & 3, Wakefield having the advantage on 1 and the remainder in the ‘Field’s’ favour.
Huddersfield nearly got off to a terrible start, with Steve’s opponent failing to turn up for the start and the captain accidentally starting his own clock. Based on this piece of lunacy, it was probably a good idea that Bein fell asleep at home and failed to show until past 9pm, with a default was dully registered by then.
Within minutes of defaulting was Dave Keddie, who 20 minutes behind on the clock threw in the Benko gambit. Taking a pawn lead into end game, it was to look strongly like a draw. Dave had other ideas though, launching a doomed try for a win with just a minute on the clock. It failed.
Nigel Hepworth had an entertaining game using the French defence against Richard Wilson. Entering into the exchange, Nigel castled queen side with a lunge at the white king. A win followed in quick order.
Dave Tooley found himself facing the London, utilising the stonewall Dutch. A lack of aggression from his opponent, led to a draw however.
Which left our debutant Nick Sykes, sweating it out on Board 4….
Ok, the Calderdale League is full of booked up classical players. The Huddersfield is not. It is full of natural, non-book types. To win you need to take risks. Dean had a storming games, with Nick grinding through the game solidly until he found out his opponents grade. Which is when the pressure hit and Nick’s attack went in. Typically, it was the end game that won it but that was the toughest game of the night. Dean should not be graded at 118!
So, 1.5 to 3.5 to Huddersfield and the half way point of the league. A Mexican stand off has now developed between the Knight, Wakefield and David Browns.
See you all next year!
11/10/17 – Huddersfield Knights 1.5 vs David Browns 3.5
1. Dave Keddie 0 vs Leo Keeley 1
2. Steve Westmoreland 1 vs Granville Boot 0
3. David Tooley ½ Vs Alec Ward ½
4. Nigel Hepworth 0 vs Simon Anscombe 1
5. Kyle Sharpe 0 vs Brynn Charlesworth 1
Huddersfield hosted the entire league tonight, with both Wakefield and David Browns visiting. A weakened Knights team played David Browns, but despite missing Greg and an Alastair still put out a stronger graded team.
First to fall was Kyle, who obtained a good position with the ever popular Dutch but fell to a good riposte from Brynn that is ever the bane of Dutch players. Nigel Hepworth was the next to lose against a returned Simon Anscombe. Despite playing the London, a rather open position occurred, where Nigel lost his queen.
Next to go was David K, with Leo obtaining a fantastic position to obtain revenge after last season’s defeat.
A rather under the weather Steve, faced Granville Boot. Not wanting a long game, Steve proceeded to get one, with a Old Indian structure emerging from a Queen's Gambit type opening. Slow and positional is Steve’s style and Granville had the life slowly throttled out of his position. By the time Granville’s flag dropped, the pieces were even and his position lost.
Dave Tooley was left for consolation points, against a very in form Alec Ward. Facing a semi-slav, Alec found himself in big trouble, facing 3 pawns to his 1 on the queen side. Some clever tactics somehow nullified the threat, leaving Dave refusing to believe the position was drawn and 30 unnecessary moves before the half points were agreed.
Chin up lads. Next stop for many is Hebden Bridge A on Monday.
13/09/17 - And the Season starts again with....CIVIL WAR!!!!!!
The season commenced with the fixture that the first team did not want. At anytime. That is to start against the B team, who all lined up for a spot of giant slaying, especially with everyone so rusty. To be honest, the Bishops are tricky at the best of time and were the Knight’s main competition last season. Despite the large disparity in grading, this was heavy going.
Usually in a write up, I would say something like ‘first blood was to…’. However, that would be rather unfair as all the games lasted a considerable amount of time. In summary, Dave T in a tight position, prevailed against Brynn. Dave, struggled to make headway against Stuart with a draw resulting. A Mordred Vs Arthur battle was occurring on board 5 as the Sharpe’s drew a father son battle, with Craig confirming his 130 status from last season.
Steve obtained a good and massively double edged position against a superb Rob, before blundering and hanging on for a draw, whilst John pushed Greg to almost full time control before obtaining a win.
So the Knights pulled through (just) yet again vs the Bishops. At least it was not as close as last year.
Brighouse A next in the Calderdale league. Best wishes to all playing.
On other news, David Browns (technically our close cousins bearing in mind how close the Clubs are now, especially in the Yorkshire and Calderdale Leagues), lost to Wakefield. Peter Shaw and Leo were on top boards, meaning that the league is hotting up this year.