Last night started off well, everyone found the place and we won the toss. We outgraded our opponents but they played above their grades to be fair.
Robert Furness (173) 1/2 Steve Tranter
Steve’s game looked really solid but a draw became inevitable and wise against a strong opponent.
Sajjad Dehghan-Afifi (141) 1 - 0 Geoff
Geoff was up against a rising star - Sajjad beat me 2 years ago when he was graded about 100. As per Geoff:
"My game was quite good until we both reached time trouble - not my usual comedy of errors. The computer thinks we both played ok. He made some cumulative small errors which gave me a mate in 3 that was fairly obvious away from the board and with a computer friend. Having missed that I still apparently had a winning position (+13 on Stockfish) before my last move. However it was fiendishly complicated and I could not find a way through it. My last move was to place my Queen en prise to a bishop that was lurking on the other side of the board - out of sight. I cannot see the right hand side of the board (where the bishop lurked )due to my eye problem :-! and had succeeded in playing just on the left side of the board until this point. My opponent played very well though - well above his grade and very resourcefully and fully deserved to win in the end."
Mark Whalley (144) 0 - 1 John
John was back to winning ways: " My opponent played a philidor set up d6 c6 Qc7 e5 Nd7. Very cramped. Gained loads of space then switched to king side picking up material as his game fell apart."
Jordi Bitlloch (139) 0 - 1 Tom
Tom's impressive debut season continues: " I had a pretty cramped position out of the opening but managed to trade down into an ending where his advanced pawns were a liability. Won a pawn then marched my passed pawn down the h file for the win."
Mark Davis (115) 1 - 0 David Taylor
As per David: " I lost to a simple knight fork losing the exchange and becoming subject to an excruciating sequence of pins from his rooks and queen, losing in 41 moves."
Grant Randall (110) 1 - 0 Tudor
Tudor lost finally after 10.30. Thanks to the 15 s increments his opponent scrambled out of time trouble and Tudor’s mating threats to scoop up a couple of key pieces.
Better luck next time I guess!