Sadly we have to report the death of Allan Dunkerley of Rochdale Chess Club on July 11th.
Allan was a regular for Rochdale chess club for many years. Chess was a major part of Allan’s life and became a major outlet for dealing with autism. As a result he used to play regularly for Lancashire county teams before he found the travel too tiring. Allan was very much a Rochdale man, having worked in London in the civil service as a young man and finding the isolation not to his liking. Continue reading “RIP – Allan Dunkerley (1949-2018)”
Well that is what is seemed for the two main forces in the Northern Counties Chess Union. Lancashire were represented in 3 finals, Yorkshire had gone one better and had 4 teams in the finals. Not to be outdone, Lancashire would make the trip back up north the happier!
A mixed bag of fortunes for Lancashire, as we approach the semi-final stages of the 2017-2018 Championship.
The OPEN team and current holders of the championship trophy, are straight through to the semi-finals stages where they will meet Sussex. In the other semi-final, Yorkshire play Middlesex. Possibility of a repeat of last year’s final still on the cards. Continue reading “ECF County Chess Championship Roundup”
Knock out stages for the County Championship, and for the U160 team a tricky away fixture against Nottinghamshire. Venue for the match was the nice East Midland Bridge club in Spondon. A regular visiting place for the Lancashire teams, and others I might add.
Having both lost to Merseyside, the winner of this match would proceed to the national finals. Played at the very comfortable Bury Bridge Club, a tight match was in prospect. It was really good to see both teams fielding three youngsters. One of these, Aisha Benhameida, was offered an early draw in a slightly better position and took it., 0.5-0.5. It was an hour later before her brother Mohammed finished the 2nd game, winning a very nice rook and pawn endgame to give us a 1.5-0.5 advantage. Continue reading “Match Report – U120 Lancashire v Yorkshire”
The current ECF county champions Lancashire were up against old rivals Yorkshire as part of the NCCU qualifiers for the national stages. The match took place at the wonderful Bridge Club in Bury on Sunday 4th March.
A great venue at Winnick and excellent refreshments provided the perfect conditions for serious chess. We could not have had a worse start though. One of players failed to find the venue and returned home. 0-1. All of the games were very close. I had Jeff Wilson down as somebody who appeared to be making good progress, but his opponent Jim Moran put on his tin hat, buckled down and after an inaccuracy from Jeff took control and converted it to a win, 0-2, Ian Mitchell took a draw as he could not see a way forward, 0.5-2.5. Scott Ramsbottom looked slightly better, but left a discovered check that was so devastating that he resigned immediately, 0.5-3.5. When John Regan went down as well. things did indeed look bleak at 0.5-4.5.
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