Double Match Report

by Chris Dossett, 12 November 2017.

Scarborough first team had a tough week ahead of them with away games at Eagle and Child 2 in the knockout cup, as well as Terriers in the league.

In the Cup match, as predicted, both sides were vastly different from those who faced off in the league just 7 days previously. The home team had switched their teams around to such an extent that not one of them played in both matches. Meanwhile Scarborough were struggling with the three highest rates players absent and could only raise 4 players for the five board match. Eagle and Child 2 had a massive rating advantage of 748/573 or 44 points a board. With the match already at one-nil before a piece was moved, things were looking from for the visitors.

First to crack for the seasiders was captain Simon Dixon who struggled throughout against one of the counties strongest female players. Simon Chester, who had dropped a piece early on to a trick, sacrificed another piece for an attack, but that eventually fizzled out. On top board, Chris Dossett was holding it together against his International Master opponent until first one, then a second and finally a third pawn was list in a knight, rook and pawn endgame. Finally Colin Weller succumbed to the inevitable as his opponent forced a pawn to the queening square.

Eagle and Child 2 v Scarborough
Simon Ansell (I.M.) (238) 1-0 Chris Dossett (160)
Mark White (180) 1-0 Simon Chester (150)
Martina Flint (174) 1-0 Simon Dixon (140)
Anastasia Nesis (156) 1-0 Colin Weller (123)
Adam Ismail 1-0 Default

Five days later, Scarborough travelled again to face a strong Terriers side. The home team, though without any stars, had a strength in depth which gave them a narrow 1010-965 rating advantage, or 7 points a board. Scarborough were defending their 100 percent record in the league, but this was always going to be a tough encounter.

After an hour, things were looking close with Scarborough struggling where they were outgraded, on the bottom boards. Neil Pennock secured a comfortable draw on board 2, before both the Simons on boards 5 and 6 lost in quick succession. Chris Dossett then drew on board 3, from a tricky position. Jon Ayres then found himself in a worse position and was offered a draw, which he accepted. On top board John Jarmany was material down after missing his best continuation, but also accepted a draw offer to make the final score four-two to the Terriers.

Terriers v Scarborough
Steve Hodge (182) ˝ ˝ John Jarmany (194)
Paul Kendall (171) ˝ ˝ Neil Pennock (162)
Phil Gower (173) ˝ ˝ Chris Dossett (160)
Tony Slinger (167) ˝ ˝ Jon Ayres (160)
Tim Turner (161) 1-0 Simon Chester (149)
Michael Cawston (156) 1-0 Simon Dixon (140)

Scarborough now face another tough away match against York University, who have three titled players amongst their squad. The Seasiders will have to be on top form to bring back the points.

Scarborough v Eagle and Child 2

by Chriss Dossett, 28 October 2017.

Scarborough's third match of the season was at home to Eagle and Child second team. The visitors were still strong in depth, despite their top board, International Master Simon Ansell not being available. Their lowest rated player was 142, but the home team held a narrow rating advantage of 963-922 or 7 points a board.

Jon Ayres, on board four, started things off with a ‘blink and you missed it' draw. Two hours later this was the only result on the board though. Neil Pennock then put Scarborough ahead with a smooth win where he never seemed in trouble. Captain Simon Dixon then forced a draw by threefold repetition, followed by Simon Chester keeping his 100 percent record with a boaconstrictor-like victory. Chris Dossett then turned the tables after struggling for most of the match, with a swift counterattack to secure the points. Top board and club champion then put the icing on the cake with a win when his opponent's clock ran down in a tricky position.

This means that after three matches, the only thing stopping the Seasiders topping the league is the fact they have a game in hand on most of their rivals.

Scarborough v Eagle & Child 2
John Jarmany (193) 1-0 James Carpenter (169)
Neil Pennock (162) 1-0 Paul Moulton (165)
Chris Dossett (158) 1-0 Jon Griffith (160)
Jon Ayres (162) ˝ ˝ Owen Robson (142)
Simon Chester (148) 1-0 Paul Anderson (142)
Simon Dixon (140) ˝ ˝ Steve Whitehead (144)

League Table

League Table

Scarborough now have a week off from the league, with a trip to visit the same opponents in the knockout cup. Both sides are expected to make several changed for that match.

Chris Dossett

Scarborough v Brigantes 1

by Chriss Dossett, 19 October 2017.

The latest chess match report from Chris Dossett:

Scarborough played their second match of the new season away to Brigantes 1st team. After a narrow win again Brigantes 2nd team last week, they were expecting a much tougher match. As it turned out, they had a rating advantage of 998 to 840, or 26 points a board, bigger than the previous match. This was due to the home team missing a couple of top players whilst Scarborough had welcomed back their star performer last year Jon Ayres on board 4.

Chris Dossett got the seasiders off to a flying start when his opponent's sacrifice proved unsound. Jon Ayres then drew, shortly followed by captain Simon Dixon winning an endgame with just kings and pawns. Simon Chester also continued his good start to the season with a win, after his opponent missed a chance to swap off into an opposite coloured bishop end game that would have been tough to win. This left top boards Neil Pennock and John Jarmany who both came through with wins to give Scarborough a thumping 5.5/0.5 victory.

Peter Harrington 0 – 1 John Jarmany
Paul Brencher 0 – 1 Neil Pennock
Richard Mounce 0 – 1 Chris Dossett
Paul May ˝ ˝ Jon Ayres
Ian Carrigan 0 – 1 Simon Chester
Ashley Carr 0 – 1 Simon Dixon

The league table makes pleasant reading for anyone from Scarborough, but with 14 matches still to play, there is a long way to go.

P W D L F Pts
Eagle & Child 1 3 2 1 0 9.5 5
Brigantes 1 3 2 0 1 10 4
Scarborough 2 2 0 0 9.5 4
Cavaliers 2 2 0 0 9 4
Terriers 3 1 1 1 9.5 3
University Knights 2 0 1 1 5 1
University Firsts 2 0 1 1 4 1
Eagle &Child 2 2 0 0 2 4 0
Brigantes 2 3 0 0 3 3.5 0

Scarborough v Brigantes 2

by Chris Dossett, 07 October 2017.

Scarborough started the new season with a home match against newly promoted Brigantes 2 in the York and district first division. Scarborough had a rating advantage of 918 to 777, or 23 points a board.
Things were looking grim for the seasiders after an hour though as both Colin Weller on board five, and captain Simon Dixon on bottom board looked like they were about to lose. This turn of events meant the rest of the team pushed harder as they needed to win, causing their games to become more chaotic.

First to finish was Neil Pennock who drew with his experienced opponent on board 2. Then Simon Chester capitalised on a few weak moves to put the home side ahead. Simon Dixon then did his patented ‘victory from the jaws of defeat’ act, shortly followed by Colin Weller drawing a game in which he had struggled throughout. Chris Dossett was material down but ahead on the clock when he was offered a draw and, as this secured the win, the offer was accepted. John Jarmany on top board also ground out a draw to secure a 4-2 victory.

John Jarmany ˝ ˝ Paul Johnson
Neil Pennock ˝ ˝ Herbert Lockwood
Chris Dossett ˝ ˝ Robert Moneagle
Simon Chester 1 0 Bob Maltby
Colin Weller ˝ ˝ Ashley Carr
Simon Dixon 1 0 Stuart Acton.

Scarborough travel to play Brigantes first team next Thursday and will have to play much better to secure a win and keep the pressure on the rest of the division.

Doug Rawlinson Rapidplay

by Neil Pennock, 16 June 2017.

The Doug Rawlingson Rapid Play on the 13 June 2017 resulted in an exciting last round. John Jarmany was held to a draw by Neil Pennock with the White pieces which left Simon Chester the opportunity to tie for first place with four points if he could beat Jon Ayres with the Black pieces which he eventually did in the last game to finish. No tie break play off again this year. In joint third were Chris Dossett, Neil Pennock and Colin Weller all on three and a half points each. The prize of a copy of British Chess Magazine when to Tom McNally for his 2 points having faced some of the strongest players in the club. A total of fourteen players participated.

League Match - 6th April 2017

by Neil Pennock, 14 April 2017.

Scarborough first team played their last match of the season against Super Knights at the RI on the 6 April. Even with a number of first team regulars not been able to make it the team had a rating advantage of 817 to 768 . The match proved a far closer contest. Neil offered an early draw for it to be turned down but having it accepted later when his position improved. Nigel then lost a piece and his game followed by Colin finding himself in a lost ending. At this stage Simon Dixon was in a worse middle game and Gary was only sightly better. Simon Chester was better and then his opponent allowed a neat combination allowing Simon to win a rook which he then swapped for a knight and continued to exchange material and win. In the meantime Simon Dixon had reached a very good endgame with a Knight against a Bishop which he won. All then depended on the last game with both players getting low on time. This was a bishops of the same colour ending in which Gary could win if the Bishops were exchanged and his King could penetrate the position but had to keep protecting his queen side pawns which were on the same colour square as the bishop. The players finally agreed a draw and we were able to draw the match.

Match Card

Match Card

League Game and Plate Final

by Chris Dossett, 14 April 2017.

Last week Scarborough played their only Monday game of the season away at Terriers, whose club is not available on Thursday evenings. This followed a defaulted match by Cavaliers gave Scarborough 2 points. Terriers had a strong side out, and held a 1,012-989 grading advantage over their rivals. In the end, Scarborough could only muster two draws and went home defeated 5-1.

Later the same week, The seasiders again travelled to York to play the Plate Final, a competition for teams knocked out of the Cup in the first round. Scarborough were missing their top two boards, but were still heavy favourites to lift the trophy, as they outgraded their opponents 602-442, or 32 points a board. The match was originally meant as a home game for Scarborough, but after being told of transport problems for the Apprentices, captain Simon Dixon generously offered to switch venues and travel to York Railway Institute to play the tie.

Ronnie Noble, playing his first game for the A team this season, secured a solid draw on bottom board. This was followed by top board Chris Dossett winning with the black pieces against the opponents captain. Scarborough captain Simon Dixon then won on time in a superior position, which put them just half a point from victory. Jon Ayres then capped a fine season by supplying the win that lifted the trophy. Simon Chester's magnanimous draw against an opponent very short of time sealed a 4-1 victory.

Match Card - Plate Final

Match Card - Plate Final

York League Report

by Chris Dossett, 23 March 2017.

Scarborough first team have had a busy fortnight, with two more matches in the York League top division. The first was meant to be a home game, but University again said they were unable to travel so Scarborough agreed to play the match in York.

Although University were without their three top rated players, they still outgunned Scarborough by an average of 15 rating points per board. This shows the strength in depth, though how many of these players would have been available if they had had to travel to the coast is debatable. It is certainly a huge advantage to get to play at home.

The seasiders were missing their unbeaten star performer Jon Ayres for this one, and that really showed in the final result. It turned out to be Scarborough's worst performance of the season, with only Neil Pennock playing anywhere near as well as they can.

Match Card

Match Card

The latest match was away at Brigantes, always a tough match despite their poor form this season. Scarborough had a miniscule 983/976 rating advantage, which is just over 1 rating point per board, so it was always going to be a closely fought thing. Jon Ayres returned for the visitors and carried on his superb form with a brilliant display of endgame technique where his King played the major role in the win. This had followed a quick draw from Neil Pennock, but defeats for Chris Dossett and John Jarmany then put Scarborough on the back foot. Simon Chester was playing old foe Michael Jackson, and it certainly did turn out to be a "thriller". Both sides were pressing for checkmate in a rook and pawn endgame, but the killer blow came from Simon. Gary Morris then agreed a draw to secure a point each in a topsy-turvy encounter where the players with the white pieces failed to win a single game.

Match Card

Match Card


York League Report

by Chris Dossett, 05 March 2017.

On Thursday, Scarborough first team played hosts to the league leaders Eagle and Child first team, in a make-or-break match. A loss for the Seasiders would effectively end their season's hope of winning the title. Scarborough had their strongest team out, with a grading average of 166, but the opposition, despite missing a few players, averaged 172 for a 6 points-a-player advantage. This is one reason that they are riding high at the top of the league. Their squad is strong enough to bring in replacements such as board three Paul Hopwood, rated 189, for his first game of the season.

Scarborough started the match well, with a quick draw from Jon Ayres, shortly followed by a win on bottom board by Gary Morris, who's attack proved unstoppable. Simon Chester, so often Scarborough's hero this season, then succumbed to a kingside pawn storm. This put the match level with the top three boards still playing. Chris Dossett then salvaged a draw, after being a pawn down for much of the game, leaving the match all square again. Both the top boards went down to the final few seconds, but unfortunately for the home side, both went the way of Eagle and Child and the match ended in defeat.

Match Card

Match Card