Reivers win opener

The Reivers faced Tynemouth Warriors at the Dyvels on Tuesday October 2nd, with the following line-up:

1. Phil Taylor (126) v Richard Oxnard (133)

2. Bruce Reed (121) v Dennis Beagarie (121)

3. Steve Larkin (107) v Alan Harris (114)

4. Dave Foster jr ((82) v Bob Batten (108)

5. Karl Skowronski (u) v Peter Combellack (92)

Steve quickly despatched Alan when a rook for pawn sacrifice led rapidly to a kingside mate. 1-0

Phil allowed Richard to skewer queen and rook with a bishop but emerged unscathed with a brilliant reply, pushing a pawn which attacked simultaneously queen and bishop. No doubt taken aback by this, Richard offered a draw not long afterwards and Phil took it. 1.5-0.5

Karl, in his league debut, found himself in a queen, knight and 2 pawns v queen rook and 2 pawns ending. He fought long and hard but was eventually unable to prevent the knight going. Still he kept harrassing Peter’s king, but in due course the inevitable forced exchange occurred and the game was lost. 1.5-1.5 (Sterling work by Damian, keeping Karl’s scoresheet)

Dave’s game was a close one, with Bob enjoying a space advantage, until Dave took the opportunity to check and thereby win a rook. Bob resigned with mate imminent. An excellent result for Dave, who came into the team for his dad at the very last minute. 2.5-1.5

Bruce’s game went to the wire. He played much of it a piece down, but harried Dennis for all he was worth in the later stages. While Dennis was able to force a couple of swaps, he ran out of time and offered the draw which gave us the match. 3-2


3 thoughts on “Reivers win opener”

  1. I have taken the liberty of adding this post to a new category “reivers”, so that posts about the reivers can be accessed from a link on the left hand side of the screen. Particularly pleased that Karl played.


  2. Additional notes on Phil Taylor v Richard Oxnard (by Phil Taylor)
    My first game carrying the heavy responsibility of board 1 for the Reivers pitted me against Richard Oxnard, a full 7 grading points above me. After a fairly quiet Queen’s Pawn game opening in which I miraculously managed to go with book for at least 3 moves, we both continued to develop pieces until move 19 when I made the silliest of blunders. I had seen the threat of white’s Bishop coming to e4, pinning my Queen on b7 and Rook on a8 but my supported pawn on d5 prevented this. So why did I choose to remove this by d5xc4? Maybe a moment of madness – who knows? Anyway, Be4 was too good for Richard to miss and so he played this and I thought ‘not long to go now!’. I’d thought of bringing my knight back to d5 to block but bxc4 just wins the pinned knight. The Nc6 block which I missed but was suggested later, fared no better as Rxc4 applies all sorts of horrible pressure. After staring at the board with a glum look for what seemed ages, I noticed that the simple pawn move c3 placed a counter threat on white’s Queen. It also removed the potential threat from white’s b-pawn. So, rather than exchange, white took c3 with his Bishop and I managed to successfully block the Bishop pin with Nd5.


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