The Walker Shield team were unable to defend the title they won last year despite a strong finish to the season that saw them win their last three matches. Bob Cronin’s own form (6/8) was similar: two defeats followed by six victories. Here is the sixth of those wins, a neat conclusion in the final game.

White:  Ronnie Melhuish (96)   Black:  Bob Cronin (103)      

Walker Shield v Herne Bay

Having featured three wins by Nick McBride already this season, it seems only fair to redress the balance by showing one of his defeats. This may not be an especially exciting game nor a particularly impressive performance by Black but the difference in grade is sufficient to make it significant. The victor would like to make it known that he will be offering autographs at the next club night if he is not too busy opening supermarkets.

White:  Nick McBride (171)   Black:  Bob Page (136)       

Goodall Cup 

Our first Game of the Week for 2017 is another fine win by Nick McBride, now with an official grade of 171. This is taken from our Millar Cup victory against Herne Bay and it is typical of Nick’s modesty that he descibed it as ‘not so great a game really…’ If that’s so, we look forward to posting one of his great games in the future. Meanwhile, those of us unable to contribute to the team’s victory will happily settle for this one.

White:  Nick McBride (171)   Black:  Bob Pooley (153)       

Millar Cup v Herne Bay

No apology is required for offering a second game by Nick McBride as our Game of the Week.  It may well be a reflection on Broadstairs Chess Club but it is, in effect, more a reflection on Nick and his chess. He did not play enough games before the July grading list to qualify for a grade and on the basis of his games in the early part of the season he was awarded an estimated grade of 160. Since then he has played enough for a re-assessment and, taking everything in account, this has been agreed at 181. It may well be officially re-assessed when the new grades come out in January but in the meantime, let’s appreciate Nick’s games for what they are. This was a well-played game which, when we all looked at it, offered nothing nothing for White who appeared to be in total zugzwang – which Nick later admitted – until he found 30.c5!

White:  Nick McBride (e160)   Black:  Martin Cutmore (178)       

Millar Cup v Folkestone

This might be the first time one of Nick McBride’s games has been selected for Game of the Week but it is unlikely to be the last. The featured game comes from our recent Millar Cup match with Bridge A and is a positional masterpiece in the view of this far less talented commentator. As David Faldon says in his report on the match, see if you can work out where Nick’s a1 rook is heading…

White: Nick McBride (e160)            Black: Shany Rezvany (170)

Millar Cup v Bridge A