Sent by : Antony C Hall (Watford)
Monday 07 Oct 2008
League : Division 2
Results from 5 board(s)
Watford black on
Board 1 : Robertson, Martin 1/2 Tovey,
Board 2 : Hall, Antony 147 A-A Pinner,
Board 3 : Taffel, Jeremy 145 A-A Pride,
Board 4 : Concagh, Brian 142 P-P Lubbick,
Board 5 : Charles, Simon 130 1-0 Woodhouse,
Match Score : 1.5
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This report was delayed as the automatic generated results emails aren't working, so I had
to cobble this one together.
I lost the toss but this was mitigated by the fact that Royston's nominated Bd3 (Schoenberger)
wasn't playing - which evened things up nicely.
Martin, rusty by his own admission deliberately avoided his usual opening
repetoire ! Always solid throughout, he thought he was winning a pawn, but just illusory and offered a draw which Tovey
accepted. Simon faced a Sicilian 2.Bc4 line and always looked better to me. Got to a won endgame courtesy of winning
Jeremy's position started off looking a little dodgy but after
some sharp tactics found himself with a strong bishop pair and rooks on open files all applying pressure to whites Q side
pawns, and one or more had to be lost. Carefully avoiding an opposite bishops ending, he ended up a pawn up with two central
passed pawns being shepherded by a R + B combo vs Srtephen Pride's R + N. His oponent elected adjudication
on the night, but then resigned without resuming.
Iplayed a slow, positional opening. There was lots of tactical jousting
until near time control when a few minor pieces came off. At the adjournment I was training my Q and
Rs on the open g-file and was better . Having also elected adjudication, I decided that the plus wasn't sufficient
to get the win, and agreed a draw.
On board 4, Brian had looked good early
on, but sac'd a Bishop, and adjourned in an endgame with two extra pawns but only has K vs K + B. On
analysis it appeared lost, and as we had already won the match, Brian resigned to save the trip to Royston.
So, we start the season with a very encouraging close win.
Thanks to all who
Antony (original report edited by Jeremy)