Friars v Angels
The handicaps did the Angels no favours at Hallbankgate on Monday night. We started off 6 points down, and so need to win 3-1 across the boards, which seemed a little harsh.
Pairings were as follows
|Jason Maxwell||v||David Wrigley|
|Chris Royle||v||Tim Wrigley|
|Bruce Wallace||v||Peter Crichton|
|Alan Little||v||Peter Booker|
So score was 20-14 before we even start.
Tim Wrigley & Peter Booker finished almost simultaneously, Tim winning and Peter losing.
Tim writes “What a difference a week makes, last week I was taken apart by Paul Robson of Durham, whereas on Monday night, it felt I could do no wrong. I was playing the back side of a French in both cases, but that was the only thing in common. Chris put his Queen on b3 early in the game, it looked a plausible move, but quickly became a target, he lost a piece, and with it the game.”
Peter Booker’s game was a Queen’s Gambit declined, with Peter having black. Perer writes “On Monday, against Alan Little, the game was fairly even until late on.
He opened with Queens gambit which I declined with c6. We had a little
mid-field cavalry skirmish but no real advantage either way. After some
further exchanges which reduced the forces fairly evenly, we entered and
end game with Alan having a queenside pawn advantage. With only queens
and pawns on the board, he pressed on with his pawns. My king was stuck
in the wrong corner and to exchange queens would have been curtains. I
chased his king around the board, hoping for an opening but none came
and instead he was able to link up with queen and pawns and I was unable
to prevent the breakthrough.”
24-18, and the Angels need 2 more wins
Both were interesting games and went the full distance.
David had the best of the game all the way through, and was disappointed not to have taken opportunities that were there all the way through. He ended up two pawns up in rook and pawn ending, but had an awkward passed pawn to deal with and was grateful for a draw at the end. All credit to Jason who defended a difficult position very well.
Peter Crichton’s game against Bruce Wallace finished with a king and five pawns each ending, with all kinds of subtleties. I think both sides would have been happy to take a draw, but with the match depending on a win for the Angels, they carried on. Both sides had to be wary of stepping outside the “defensive square”. Bruce was distracted by Peter’s h pawn, but managed to deal with the h pawn and then scramble back across to stop the a pawn as well. Bruce just managed to push his king in to the corner, and as Peter had no other pawns a draw was agreed.
Final result was 28 -22 to Friars
|Played at Hallbankgate Mon 21 Oct 2013|
|Jason Maxwell||3||2||2||1||David Wrigley|
|Chris Royle||3||0||4||3||Tim Wrigley|
|Bruce Wallace||5||2||2||3||Peter Crichton|
|Alan Little||9||4||0||7||Peter Booker|