Thursday, 21 March 2019

ROOKIE`S REPORT ON THE FRUITHILL MATCH

Rookie`s report is below.
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Another amazing result followed on from victories over Strand 1 and Ballynafeigh 1, totalling 16.5 out of 21 and putting us in second place! 


Firstly, John Bryars got revenge over Ryszard, "hard" though it was! 

There was nothing "marring" David's win over Marron! 

Sam was flummoxed by Masterson's mastery after drawing with him last time! 

John McKenna clinched the match after showing "Stevadore"! 

Finally, Gareth, with 21 seconds left and a piece up, made up for his two defeats against Cairns by forcing perpetual check and "earns" a draw against Cairns! 

Overall, a complete turnaround from our 6-1 defeat to them last time. 

Also, Gareth and the two Johns kept their hopes of a board prize alive. Martin Kelly (Captain ).
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The famous soundtrack from Kelly`s Heroes is below.


Ecclesiastes 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

GREAT SPONSORSHIP FOR RAPID PLAY

Just saw the notice on Brendan Jamison`s page about the Rapid Play sponsored by Falls Bowling Club.

This Saturday coming.






Ecclesiastes 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

ANOTHER WIN FOR KH, 3.5-1.5 AGAINST FRUITHILL

Another win for KH, 3.5-1.5 against Fruithill. Gareth once again played amazingly well when really, really, really short of time!



In my game with JM, this position occurred, it is a well known piece sac for 3 pawns by white.

I did spend some time thinking about playing it, but decided I did not want to try it against a strong opponent.

Have had this against computer programmes but it was always at the lowest strength playing levels when it occurred.  It is white to play.



Below is a possible position in the piece for 3 pawns sac. It is now Black to play? White obviously intends to take the third pawn on d6.


As things turned out, I may as well have tried it as I lost anyway!

The Bible verse below speaks of Christ the great sacrifice.

Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;



Saturday, 16 March 2019

NUMBERING OUR DAYS




Many years ago, I read a book in which it revealed some gangster had been shot dead in Chicago, the police are said to have found the following poem in his pocket.

The clock of life is wound but once
And no man hath the power
To tell just where the hands will stop,
At late or early hour.

To lose one's wealth is sad indeed,
To lose one's health is more.
To lose one's soul is such a loss
As no man can restore.

Now is the only time you have
Live, love, toil  at will.
Place no faith in 'time
For the clock may soon be still.


Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Friday, 15 March 2019

GREAT PERFORMANCE BY ENGLAND

Just saw this report on Chess.com, a great performance by the England team.

They use a great picture as well!

Here is the video of Luke McShane at the Stormont Hotel just a few short weeks ago.  

Not sure if the music plays in the video, Youtube claimed there were copyright infringements.




Ecclesiastes 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

IT IS LIKE GOING BACK IN TIME





Doing an errand for a friend last night was like going back in time.

To complete the errand, I had to call into the Belfast South venue, it was very strange seeing the old fold up boards and the mechanical clocks being used!

After the match started, I took my dog for a walk and returned about an hour later. 

Due to the cold night air, the video camera in my pocket was cold, so when I came back into the warm playing venue, the lens of the camera had condensation, it produced a ghostly effect when I started filming again.
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Rookie`s report on last night`s match.

The recently confirmed Division 2 Champions were demolished by The B Team, who have now scored 27/35 in their last 5 games. 

We "nicked" a win over a team without their talisman, Nick! In the battle of the 2 Stephens, Stephen "Wood" be favourite and so it proved! 

There was a right "Barney" when Bernard lost to Board prize favourite Paul to tie the match! "You offer- I deliver" was Cathal's comment after beating Paddy- like his usual arriving comment- "Is there a match tonight"? :

"Bob's" your uncle as Bobby clinched the match win with a terrific win over Martin. 


The other team gave their captain a "pat" on the back but Norman still can clinch the board prize next week. 
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Ecc 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

ANOTHER FEW PHOTOS FROM THE EARLY 1980s

Just posted two more photos archives on the other site. 

You can see them via this link if you are interested.

Psalm 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.