You are here: Home Archives Ulster Chronicles 2006-2007 Season UCU Web Belfast & District League 2 Bombardier whitewashed by rampant Queens

Bombardier whitewashed by rampant Queens

Bombardier visited QUB last wednesday night with high hopes of a victory against the young upstarts. Unfortunately, this was not the case.
Bombardier whitewashed by rampant Queens

Bombardier - a blissfully sinking ship

Queens entered 2007 hoping that this year would prove to be a better year than the previous one and with that, they wished for more efficiency throughout the 2nd round of subsequent fixtures, even more so than before as Malone laid down the gauntlet with a comprehensive 4.5-0.5 win over div 2. surprise package Portadown.

On the other hand, "Battling Bombardier" are not involved in the promotion battle this year and find themselves in mid-table mediocrity. The fact that Bombarider have nothing to play for could make them an even more dangerous proposition, something which Malone found to their displeasure just before christmas.

The team's line-ups boasted no surprises and both sides were unchanged since their last meeting which resulted in a 3.5-1.5 win for QUB.

The first point to be decided on the evening was the match-up between Chris Millar and Drew Ferguson on board 5. In the previous meeting, Millar had comfortably won and described his performance as "ordinary, against an ordinary player" so it came as little surprise when the in-form Millar eased to victory. Millar - bursting with the over-cockiness of youth stated that "I consolidated Drew with the thought that I would probably make similar mistakes when I got to his age"

The remaining 4 games proved to be very tight and close, with the most interesting game being between Leitch and McConaghy. McConaghy perhaps had been urged into attending the gym more than his usual 4 times a week by Bill McKittrick in order to combat and dutifully teach his former teammate a lesson. Whatever it was it was working as McConaghy took the game to his opponent but quickly found himself in trouble on his neglected queenside. A miscalculation by Leitch allowed his opponent back in the game but Leitch's attack was too strong and checkmate was inevitable, yet McConaghy's assistance in executing this checkmate was well received by Leitch...who was suffering from tiredness due to his 3 exams earlier that day. Leitch later returned the favour at the Williamson Shield!

Fred MacDonald faced the steady Paul McNaughten on board 2 and it proved to be an impressive performance from the Holywood based player, whose lack of match practice was evident in his earlier performances this season. MacDonald was able to build up a lead and cooly dispatch his opponent's defenses in a favourable endgame.

Mark Newman has been struggling this year in the league and hasn't settled for his new club or produced the performances of which he is capable of. It proved to be another frustrating evening for the highly respected committee member as he ran into time trouble in a dubious position. His opponent though was Claudio Mendicute - a player in top form of late, thus Claudio's victory put QUB 4-0 in front!

The last match to finish was the encounter on board 4 between Slovakian Vladimir Pucovsky and Bill McKittrick. Stalwart McKittrick was yet again unrewarded for a good battling performance as he blundered a piece in an evenly balanced endgame. McKittrick's frustration was highlighted at the end of the game - yet understandably so.

The first whitewash of the year was produced tonight at the Peter Froggatt Centre...yet the scoreline seemed unlikely throughout, but Millar will argue that the result was never in doubt and his team has produced the best possible remedy in answer to Malone's thumping win. Next week will see the match of the season and a potential promotion decider between Malone and QUB. Although Groomsport will have a say in where the title goes, many will still feel that this game is the crucial fixture and will penultimately decide who has the advantage in these latter stages of the season. Will Malone stop the QUB "Galacticos"?

Navigation
News
Omagh Rapidplay 3rd Dec 2022 - tournament report by B. Jamison 104 players have now taken part in the NI Rapid Grand Prix, with Omagh the 7th out of 10 tournaments in the series. On 3... Dec 04, 2022
December 2022 FIDE rating report - 14 more players make a debut Report by B. Jamison, FIDE National Arbiter The month of November saw a big wave of FIDE-rated events, with 14 players ... Dec 02, 2022
London Junior Chess Championships, Belfast Qualifier 1st Oct 2022 Methodist College series of Monthly tournaments kicked off with the qualifier for the prestigious London Junior Chess Ch... Nov 27, 2022
Eddie Hanzharov wins Gold Coast Blitz with 6/6 On 17th November, Bangor Chess Club held its last FIDE-rated event of 2022, the Gold Coast Blitz. Nov 26, 2022
December programming at Bangor Chess Club Nov 22, 2022
More news…
« December 2022 »
December
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
Upcoming Events
2nd Board Meeting Tues 6th December 2nd Executive Board Meeting 2022-23. Lisburn Chess Club. Tues 6th December 2022 7:30pm. Dec 06, 2022 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM — Lisburn Chess Club, 60-62 Longstone Street
Ulster Schools Individual Championships 2022 Come and challenge to become the Ulster Schools Chess Champion 2022. 10th December at Methodist College. Dec 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College,1 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6BY
FIDE-rated Ulster Blitz Championship 2022 Dec 29th The annual Ulster Blitz Championship will be FIDE rated and held at Greenisland FC Chess Club on Thursday 29th December. Dec 29, 2022 10:15 AM - 04:00 PM — Greenisland FC Clubhouse, 100 Glenkeen Av, Greenisland, BT38 8ST
FIDE-rated Dundonald Rapid Championship 2023 Saturday 7th January 2023. Civil Service Pavilion. This is event 8 of 10 in the NI FIDE Rapid Grand Prix 2022/2023 Jan 07, 2023 11:45 AM - 07:00 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Williamson Championship 2023 20th-22nd January Start the New year with this wonderful historic tournament - over 100 years old - The Williamson Shield 2023. 5 rounds o... Jan 20, 2023 - Jan 22, 2023 — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Upcoming events…