Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Let battle commence!

Today John Kerrane provides us with a report on Monday night’s Calderdale League round 1 matches. Match score cards and some of the games from each fixture have also been added. I'll be publishing some annotated games from these matches later in the week.

To use the game viewers simply select the game you wish to view from the drop down list above each board. Each viewer displays a random game from the selection. The games are presented at a rate of one move every 3 seconds. To play through them at your own pace select the "=" button and then move forward and back with the arrow buttons.

Hebden Bridge Chess Club started the new Calderdale Chess League season with a bang on Monday evening, with all four of their teams in action.

The A team, playing away against Todmorden A, were held to a draw by the home side, who were aided by a win for Alastair Wright, former Hebden A team captain now playing for Todmorden, against the new captain, Dave Shapland. However, a win by new A team member Pete Leonard evened the account. The individual results were:

Todmorden ‘A’ vs. Hebden Bridge ‘A’
M. Hamer ½ – ½ M. Parsons
A. Clarkson 0 – 1 D. Ursal
A. Wright 1 – 0 D. Shapland
C. Edwards 0 – 1 P. Leonard 1
D. A. Innes 1 – 0 N. Sykes
2½ – 2½

The B team, playing at their home venue, the Trades Club, Holme Street found it hard going against Courier A and went down 4-1. Matthew Wedge-Roberts and Andy Leatherbarrow, on boards 1 and 2, managed creditable draws, but the visitors’ lower board players proved too strong for Hebden B. The individual results were:

Hebden Bridge ‘B’ vs. Courier ‘A’
M. Wedge-Roberts ½ – ½ J. Morgan
A. Leatherbarrow ½ – ½ D. Patrick
M. Syrett 0 – 1 R. Clegg
P. Olley 0 – 1 D. Colledge
D. Sugden 0 – 1 G. Thompson
1 – 4

The C team, also playing at home, held a strong Todmorden B side to a 2 ½ - 2 ½ draw, this time with strong play on the lower boards. The individual results were:

Hebden Bridge ‘C’ vs. Todmorden ‘B’
T. Sullivan 0 – 1 R. Tokeley
T. DeLuca 0 – 1 P. Logan
J. Kerrane 1 – 0 G. Bowker
S. Priest ½ – ½ R. Stoelman
N. Bamford 1 – 0 R. Pratt
2½ – 2½

As these game viewers are still relatively new to this blog I'd like some feedback from readers. Can everyone see these ok? Do they display correctly? Do you like them? etc.


Pete said...

Is it just a coincidence that I can see precisely three games for each of the three teams featured?

No problem seeing the games but, as yet, there are no annotations or alternative lines, so the jury is still out on these.

Further down the page - I saw the headline several times before I actually read it: ho ho - there is only a blank space following "Here are the games from Leyland with my own annotations". Is this another instance of the problem with another viewer, earlier this summer?

Intermezzo said...

Hi Pete,

Thanks for the feedback.
The three game thing is a coincidence. I plan to publish your game and Darwin's game with annotations in a moe detailed match report before the week is out. That's why there are three in the first viewer. With the others it just so happenend that I got three score sheets from each match when I got to the Trades Club on Monday. (I often don't get all five games.)

The viewer (PGN4web)used here can't be used with annotated games because it has a character limit to the PGN file that means you could only get one game in with brief notes. I plan on using it for this kind of post though as it is the most attractive viewer by a country mile. It is also very stable to use. I have other plans for individual annotated games which will become clear in the next post. I hope you'll al like it.

The reason for the hole in Matthew's article is probably due to my using the Chess Viewer Deluxe for that. Unfortunatley it is still the only option I have for displaying several games with annotations in one viewer :( I will re-check the post to make sure that there isn't anything amiss with the code but most likely it it the same problem you've experienced with it before.



Gorney said...

Hi, I like the viewer for multiple games and it seems more stable. I preferred the website's previous colour scheme though(light text on dark background), it was much easier on the eye for me. Any chance you can change it back if there are no objections? Great chess blog by the way, best out there by a long mile!


Intermezzo said...

Hi Scott,

Many thanks for taking the time to feed back. It's nice to get honest criticism and also the occasional piece of fan mail!

Personally I'm a big fan of this PGN4Web viewer and will definatley keep using it.

The background colour change is for boringly practical reasons I'm afriad. I have a new viewer that I want to use for annotations and in my tests it didn't work on the black background dueto a bug in the otherwise impressive software. I'm trying to get the bug resolved, but until I do the blog background must stay white.

Stay tuned for our next post when the new viewer will be revealed and hopefully you'll understand why I was prepared to make this (hopefully temporary) compromise.

All the best,


Gorney said...

No problem 'mezzo. Thanks for taking the time to respond. I understand the reasons why and hopefully it will be working soon. All the best.