Stats updated for November

Peter T has updated the stats and they can be seen as usual on the Statistics page. Andrew M has opened a lead in the first team and the second team scrap is between Dave H and John P. Stu D has clocked up 20 games already for this season! If you see any mistakes or missing results then please inform Peter T ASAP!

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Humphreys Mer 2½-1½ WQ

Mercia’s U130 team beat Warley Quinborne in the WDCL Humphreys trophy quarter finals last night. With solid draws on the first three boards, Stu D managed to win a long end game to bring home the victory. Non-playing Captain John P was well chuffed with his players commitment. The matchcard can be seen here. In the Semi-final draw they will meet Stourbridge away but the date has not yet been fixed. This will be played before 28th Feb.

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BDCL Div Three Mer 4½-1½ Olt A

An excellent team performance tonight gave us a convincing victory over top team Olton A and kept us in the running for promotion. On bottom board John P went a whole piece up……but in a totally inter-locked position. A draw was the only option. Jon H played an excellent game pushing his e and f pawns through backed up by some powerful Rooks. The win came quickly. Lee F refused several early draw offers in a totally drawn position and only later accepted the inevitable once the match had been decided. Mark T played very well on his debut. He managed to get his R to the eighth rank backed up by his Q and pestered his opponent’s seventh rank until something dropped. Clear cool win! On top Peter T swapped down to a drawn ending having achieved not much in the centre. A draw was eventually accepted and this unfortunately brings to an end the longest winning streak in BDCL history! Over three seasons of only wins!! Andrew M fell into deep trouble and gave up a R for a strong Q attack. In what was a very open and sharp position he eventually forced mate despite being a piece down for half the game! Clear victory and we need to underline this with a victory next week against BSM at home. Matchcard is here.

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WDCL Div Three Mer B 2-3 Wol B

On a night of what ifs and maybes Mercia B lost a vital match against close rivals Wolverhampton B. On top board John P had a tough game, losing all his pawns he was left with just a R and N vs R and 3 connected pawns. In what looked like a lost position he fought for a well earned draw. Ken F has a great discovered check threat but got his King lost in the middle. After a long chase he finally fell for a mate in one in the centre of the board. Mike S continued his great form with a solid win with Black. Gaining a pawn early on he held on and took the full point. Barry S had a very won position until he dropped a piece and lost. On bottom board, this also looked won for Stu D but his opponent managed to save a draw by repetition. Matchcard can be found here. Next up Thu 29th away at Walsall Kipping.

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Derek’s funeral arrangements

Derek’s funeral will be held at Gornal Crematorium on Wednesday 14th November at 11am and there after at the Dudley Arms in Himley. We hope that as many as possible can attend. Mercia will be buying a wreath and our donations will be given to the families nominated charity.

WQ minutes silence for Derek

Mercia would like to thank all at Warley Quinborne for their respectful minutes silence in memory of Derek Perks. This was held last week at their club and the gesture is much appreciated. Also, kindly Dave Jeffs also donated towards Derek’s charity fund, details of which will be published soon.

WDCL Div Two Mer 4-2 WQ B

An excellent result tonight against the previously unbeaten WQ B. We only drew with them last year but with Lee moving clubs, this made the difference. Jon H on five could not make headway and took the early draw. John P on bottom was a B for a N up in the endgame but just could not find a way to convert. On top Andrew M’s opponent decided to attack with his King all the way to g5. This proved the wrong tactic as he simply got mated on g4. Peter T swapped off down to a completely drawn endgame and the points were also divided. Lee tried his hardest to get the point off his old club but the magic just wasn’t working tonight. He also took a solid draw. Tony S had a wonderful game extracting maximum pressure on a pinned N followed up by a Q sac for a R! Brilliant play to bring home the bacon 4-2. Mercia go joint top with Kiddy B. Matchcard is here. Next up Brewood at home on 22nd Jan.

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Chess Books for Sale

Mark Talbot has some books for sale. Here is the list.

Andrew Greet – Play the Ruy Lopez – Excellent Condition – £5
Raetsky – Petroff Defence – Excellent Condition – £5

Kasparov – On Fisher – My Great Predecessors Part IV – Excellent Condition – £10
Stohl – Garry Kasparov’s Greatest Chess Games Vol 1 – Excellent Condition – £10

Mihail Marin – The English Opening Volume One – Grandmaster Repertoire Series – Excellent Condition – £10
Volume Two – Excellent Condition – £10
Volume Three – Brand New – £10 (£25 for all three)

Raymond Keene – The Complete King’s Indian – Excellent Condition – £2
Nigel Davies – The Trompowsky – £2
Nijolaos Ntirlis – Playing 1.e4 e5 A Classical Repertoire – Brand New – £15

Boris Avrukh – The Grunfeld Defence – Volume One – Grandmaster Repertoire – Excellent Condition – £10
Volume Two – Reasonable Condition – £7 (£15 for both)

Panczyk – Offbeat King’s Indian – Excellent Condition – £2

Steve Giddins – 101 Chess Opening Traps – Well used – £1 (free to anyone who buys a few)
James Plaskett – Can you be a tactical chess genius – Well used – £1 (free to anyone who buys a few)

Please contact Mark here. He would sell them all for £75.

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Statistics updated

Peter T has kindly updated the stats unto the end of October. See the Stats page for the latest update! If you see any errors then please let us know.

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WDCL Mer B 4-1 Bsh B

In a feisty match Mercia B overcame a good visiting Bushbury team. Stu D won on bottom board in a very predictable encounter. Wins by Mike S and Barry S on 3 and 4 secured the win. Draws on the top two for John P and Ken F inflicted the second defeat in three weeks on Bushbury. Matchcard can be seen here. Next week is Halesowen C away.

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