15 AprThurnby 1vShepshed 2
  2½ - 2½  
1 B 178 Burgess, Ray ½ - ½ Henfrey, Robert 173
2 W 172 Deacon, Paul ½ - ½ McDermott, Patrick 159
3 B 167 Graf, Roland 0 - 1 Farrall, David 150
4 W 149 Pattinson, John ½ - ½ Harrison, Graham 135
5 B 137 Tate, Michael 1 - 0 Bennett, Kevin 136

This was a hard fought match throughout, with both teams safe from relegation 5 quick draws and in the bar would have been a popular & interesting move!

On top board Bobby and Ray probed for some time but with the position very blocked and really no way either player could make progress without risk a draw was agreed. On 2 Paul and I had a very interesting and very sharp battle and drew, analysing at home I probably underestimated the strength of my position, a Queen retreat instead of a BIshop exchange would have been much better, but did not seem so at the time. On 3 Dave and Roland had a wild and interesting game where Dave won a pawn early on and obtained a very strong position, despite centralising his forces very well Roland was always under intense pressure and when Dave threatened mate on g7 & h7 Roland blundered stopping one mate but not the other.

On 4 another partially blocked position arose, when a draw was agreed I thought that John had good winning chances as Graham was very cramped and appeared to have no prospect of more than a draw..the players thought otherwise !

Unfortunately on bottom board Kevin got very cramped due to the inability to develop his black squared Bishop and blundered when he lost the exchange moving a non-threatened rook instead of a threatened one losing the exchange and then a pawn. Despite trying to whip up counterplay careful play from Michael sealed the win for him.

So a draw in a very hard fought match.

SCOOP   

Hi Everyone
 
The Rooks AGM 2015 will take place at Hind Leys on Thursday 14th May at 8.00pm.
 
Please come along if you can possibly make it so that any voting or discussion is more democratic. 
 
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Dave

Women's World Chess Champion 2015 Report from Chess.com

Maria Muzychuk Women's World Champion 2015

Photo of the winner Ukrainian Mariya Muzychuk Aged 22

Muzychuk,M (UKR, 2526) v Pogonina,N (RUS, 2456) 

2.5-1.5

Women's World Chess Championship 2015 (knock-out) - Wikipedia 

The Women's World Chess Championship was held from 16 March to 7 April 2015 in Sochi, Russia. It was the first of two world championships in 2015, and was a 64-player knockout tournament. In the final, Ukrainian's Mariya Muzychuk, seeded 8th, defeated Russian's Natalia Pogonina, seeded 31st.

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