Peter Crichton was left wondering whether or not he’d have to take on the whole of League champions Leam Lane’s awe-inspiring first team, as David Wrigley’s failure to master a sat-nav meant his Tans comrades had a rather fraught journey round Gateshead and arrived twenty minutes late.
Panic over, apologies given, and with the clocks sportingly only just started, the match could get underway.
Jeremy Handley, on his first outing for the Tans after heading a Reivers team the week before, was quite undaunted by his clock deficit and Kyrill Gara’s imposing grade (173) – Jeremy bashed his way into an ending a pawn up, and took a very valuable draw.
Derek Blair’s contribution will be uploaded shortly, though he did well to diffuse Richard Doyle (174)’s play and his draw is another great result. His opening choices are also to be admired (no secrets given away here- gotta keep your powder dry!!!)
Dave Weldon writes of his game:”N Tavoularis as white played a strange kind of Birds opening variation (1 f4 d5 2 c4) and gained a small advantage going into the middle game. Alas there was to be no endgame – on move 14 I embarked upon a rather rash material squandering combination at the end of which I could only resign.” After the game Nick pointed out to Dave that his grade will be approx 220 at the next count – fairly terrifying.
Peter Crichton’s effort against Bob Forsythe (138) was almost entirely missed by DW – more to follow, but another creditable draw!
Which left David Wrigley needing to win to secure a match point! In David’s way was IM Jonathan Hawkins (251). David did his best to drag it out (and played some extremely boring moves) but Jonathan’s superior positional sense meant he jostled David into a lost position, then found an attractive tactical finish.
The journey home was much less exciting!
Leam Lane Aces 3½-1½ Tynedale Tans
Jonathan Hawkins 1-0 David Wrigley
Nick Tavoularis 1-0 Dave Weldon
Kyril Gara ½-½ Jeremy Handley
Richard Doyle ½-½ Derek Blair
Robert Forsythe ½-½ Peter Crichton