Wednesday, 15 January 2014

We start last Thursday with the 5th team's impressive win over Braunstone 4: -
09 Jan Wigston 5 v Braunstone 4
2½ - 1½
1 B 129 Chalashkanov, Nikola 1 - 0 Robinson, Anthony 122
2 W 120 Eastlake, Charles 1 - 0 Oliver, John 116
3 B 107 Cooper, Barrie 0 - 1 Gulab, Vijay 108
4 W 109 Hulford, Frank ½ - ½ Hill, Cyril 108

An excellent win. This keeps the 5th team's unbeaten run going. Well done to all members! Barrie was first to fall I think. I didn't see any of the game, nor the final position so I can't give any comments on the game.
Frank was next to finish after agreeing a draw in a drawn position. Frank felt that he could have won, but in a double-edged position, so could his opponent.
Nik was next to win on time in an interesting position. Nik felt that he could have won, his opponent felt he could have defended it. Post match analysis shows that his opponent could have won! A good win nevertheless.
Last to finish was Charles. In the most exciting of games, he played it extremely well with half an eye on the clock. There were literally tactics and chances all over the board for both players. Charles made a move that I questioned in my mind, but I saw it through and saw what Charles saw. I patted Charles on the back after, he played it really well. He spotted an indefensible combination that was rook takes pawn, King takes rook, knight forks king and queen. It was splendidly played.
Well done all of you.
Last night was the 6th team's turn, taking 6 boards to Heathcote Arms: -
14 Jan Heathcote Arms 3 v Wigston 6
½ - 5½
1 B 92 Beach, Ray 0 - 1 French, Barry 115
2 W 80 Maconnachie, Richard ½ - ½ Winterton, Paul 111
3 B 80 Urquhart, Graham 0 - 1 Hammond, Grant 109
4 W 78 Ricketts, Dave 0 - 1 McKiernan, John 110
5 B 65 Harbidge, Drew 0 - 1 Poulacheris, Darren 102
6 W 49 Milner, Gordon 0 - 1 Vaughan, Ben 104
An excellent result.
First to finish was me. I spotted a nice combination that my opponent missed. It involved moving a pawn to force a knight to move; that knight was defending a square that allowed a queen and king fork with a knight. My opponent resigned on move 19. I'd already trapped a bishop with three pawns out of the opening.
Grant was next to finish I think. He'd won a rook for a queen in the middlegame and I was watching as Grant moved his pieces to better squares and I think Grant had trapped his opponent's last rook with his queen, forcing a resignation.
Darren was next to finish. His opponent missed that after Darren took a pawn, his opponent thought that this move hung a rook with check by his queen. Darren's opponent missed that there was Darren's queen protecting the square and won the queen for rook. Darren then proceeded to grind down his opponent with a very nice mate at the end after the king walked into trouble.
John was next to finish. In a fairly open game, John's pieces were all looking at his opponent's king, either directly or indirectly. The end came when John played a discovered check that won his opponent's queen, forcing a resignation.
Next to finish was Paul. Paul was two pawns up going into the endgame and felt that he never played it properly. He gave his opponent a pawn back (not intentionally!) and the game petered out into a drawn rook and pawn endgame. It looked fairly even and a draw was probably correct.
Last to finish on board 1 was Frenchy. I think it's fair to say that both sides had chances! Barry lost a pawn in the middlegame, but got it back with interest and a more active position. His opponent then equalised and had a monster central passed pawn that was marching down the board. Frenchy neutralised this then countered and won when his opponent attacked a pawn, but Frenchy correctly identified that if his opponent took said pawn, he was guaranteed to queen a pawn.
An excellent victory team, very well played. Special thanks to you all for playing. I know that you all have social lives and I'm grateful to you all for making time to play. Special thanks to those that give lifts, Nik, Charles and Paul.

Ben Vaughan