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    • Oct 7, 2022

    • 1 min read

Formby 1 draw first match of the season

Formby played Wallasey on 6th October, drawing 3-3.

Rob Haseman got the ball rolling with a good draw against Graeme Heath, closely followed by Phil Fisher with another draw. Our first reverse of the evening followed with Tony Egerton conceding his first game of the year. David Williams, a most welcome 'returner' to the team equalled the score with an excellent win. Your webmaster then proceeded to blunder his way to an ignominious defeat from an equal position. It was left to Dave Colbourne to equalise with a very well played win with both players short of time and both Kings in imminent danger.

Apologies as your webmaster has been a bit quiet of late... Whether that's due to a surfeit of anti-biotics or following that up with a glut of wine & beer, it's been a bit hard to keep up...

The second team had a 3-3 with Wallasey 4, with Tony Egerton and Mike Barrett recording early wins. Mike's opponent sacrificed bishop for two pawns but this opened up his king to attack by rooks and queen. Mike offered a rook sacrifice which his opponent had to accept and he resigned when about to be mated or lose his queen. Tony's opponent seemed very cavalier in his approach and Tony had the choice of 3 pieces to take. Resignation followed very quickly. Rob Haseman went a rook down and lost eventually. Newcomer Kevin Cassidy lost after letting too many pawns go, but put up a good show despite his inexperience and will surely benefit from further games. Andre Eagle managed a draw leaving Eddie Patten's game to be the decider. He was attacking but taking too much time in doing so winning a piece as his clock was about to fall. His opponent, the wallasey skipper, very courteously offered a draw.

Formby first team played hosts to Liverpool on 12th April and ended the evening with a

3.5 - 2.5 win. Winners were Phil Fisher, Ed Patten and John Grady, while Andre Eagle finished with a draw.

On 19th April the second team played out a 4-2 defeat to Liverpool 5. Dave McKee suffered an early defeat after making an error, and Peter Paine then followed suit. Andre Eagle agreed a draw. Mike Barrett resigned under some duress - although afterwards the captains did agree that sporting behaviour had not been observed ... ah well! Paul Sutton turned his game around after being under pressure and a pawn down to gaining a cheeky mate with queen and pawn to give us the only win. Eddie eventually agreed a draw. Some teams members then held a debriefing session in *'The Lifeboat' having been all at sea during the evening....!

* A note of explanation - 'The Lifeboat' is the local Wetherspoons!...



It is with deep regret that we have to report the death of Mike Barrett. As many in the Merseyside chess community will know, Mike was greatly involved in all aspects of Merseyside chess, and he will be greatly missed within that community. He will especially be missed at Formby chess club where he was the 'face' of the club and will be truly irreplaceable. Mike's funeral will take place at St Peter's Church, Formby at 1.30pm on Wednesday 31st August.


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Formby chess club win the 2023 Merseyside League Division 3...!

Last night (4th April) Formby beat Liverpool (who were their closest challengers) to win the Merseyside Chess Association League Division 3 in their last game of the season. Formby now have an unassailable lead at the top of the division. Paul Jordan was first to finish with a relatively quick win. This was followed by a solid draw by Gabreil Dixon. Your webmaster finished against an opponent who he had already played twice this season but this time (unlike previously) with a win. Although in the game it felt like I was always under the cosh, later computer analysis showed that I was always in control and so it proved. Dave McKee then finished with another solid draw leaving us only half a point from the remaining two games to clinch the team win.

Phil Fisher looked in trouble from midway through his game and eventually lost... leaving David Williams on top board needing to get the result needed. The game looked very even and with his opponent in time trouble, David lost his queen to a sneaky(!) rook move. In spite of this, David played out the rest of the game evening up by trapping his opponent's queen just as his opponent's time ran out. A great win, and the title was Formby's!


... and the 7200 league!!

The division 3 title was not the first title win of the season, however. In the previous week Formby 7200 team clinched the 7200 League. As in the division 3 battle, this was a deciding match this time against Atticus, although we only had to avoid a defeat greater than 3-1.

I was the first to finish - I thought for one moment I'd messed up as halfway through my winning combination when I realised I was a rook down but I realised as I played the moves out I had calculated it properly! That left us needing a half point to win the league clearly - it was uncertain who would win the league if we lost the other 3 games. Gabriel was a piece down for a large part of his game and lost valiantly. Still a half point needed. Dave Colbourne in an uncertain position refused a draw! I'm not sure he knew that only a draw was needed. David Williams was in a good position in an end game, but suddenly had all his pawns on black squares and only a white squared bishop against a knight - which started to eliminate his pawns. However a draw was eventually agreed. Dave Colbourne had suddenly got the upper hand and his opponent resigned. Formby had won 2.5-1.5 and the title was ours!

So it was a good win to complete the 7200 season.

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