Reivers v South Shields A

This match took place on Thursday April 18th in South Shields, with the following line-up:
1. Kevin Rowden (132) v Peter Crichton (137)
2. Ian Maughan (u) v Dave Foster sr (117)
3. Stan Johnson (119) v Steve Larkin (107)
4. Olaf Ericsson (u) v Dave Foster jr (82)
5. Jack Burnett (u) v Damian Rudge (u)
First to finish was Damian who startled us all by exclaiming loudly on throwing away a bishop for nothing in a game he felt he could have won. 1-0
Next up was Dave jr, who had blundered a piece in the middle-game but had gone on to push a pawn to the seventh rank, so that the position was finely balanced and a draw was agreed. 1.5-0.5
Of his game on top board, Peter writes: “I was on the white side of a Grunfeld and, believing my opponent would probably be better versed in the theory, I adopted a rather unambitious set-up which led to an even game with neither side able to break the deadlock. When it seemed inevitable that both sets of rooks would be exchanged we agreed an honourable, if rather boring, draw.” 2-1
Next came Dave sr who was always on the back foot against a strong player returning to chess after quite an absence. Steadily outplayed, Dave eventually succumbed. 3-1
Last to finish was Steve, who had the better of the opening and went rook for bishop up. With Stan’s queen bottled up and out of the game, things were looking good for Steve, but he became so preoccupied with his “winning” attack that he allowed not one but two rooks to drop for a knight and a bishop and ended up struggling. With Steve’s queen and knight still active and the match result in the bag, Stan offered the draw – a very generous offer which Steve gratefully accepted. 3.5-1.5
With the final match now over, no fewer than 14 players have turned out for the Reivers during the season – many thanks to all. Here are the statistics:
Steve Played 11 Won 5 Drawn 3 Lost 3 Ave 59% Ave board 3.6
Phil 11 4 2 5 48% 1.5
Dave F jr 8 3 3 2 56% 4.5
Bruce 7 0 3 4 21% 2.0
Peter C 4 2 2 0 75% 1.25
Alex 3 1 1 1 50% 3.3
Dave F sr 3 1 0 2 33% 2.3
Malcolm 3 0 1 2 17% 3.3
Damian 3 2 0 1 67% 4.7
Karl 3 1 0 2 33% 4.0
Derek 2 1 0 1 50% 1.0
Peter B 2 0 0 2 0% 4.5
Jeremy 1 0 1 0 50% 1.0
Dave Scott 1 1 0 0 100% 5.0

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