Category Archives: Reivers

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 timeĀ and offered the draw which gave us the match. 3-2