Forest Hall C v Tynedale Reivers

This match was played at Forest Hall on Friday February 21st, with the following line-up:
1. Tania Kisseljov (u) v Alex Ashworth (127)
2. Johnny Wall (47; 85RP) v Dave Foster sr (120)
3. Mark Shone (u) v Steve Larkin (125)
4. Dylan Shone (49RP) v Dave Foster jr (91)
5. Sofia Kisseljov (36 RP) v Damian Rudge (68)
Dave jr and Damian were first to finish, both having very comfortable wins over very young opponents. Mark Shone, father of Dylan, made Steve work hard for a win which came only on move 38, after Steve had weathered a torrid kingside attack. Dave sr went a piece up in the O’Kelly variation of the Sicilian but, sensing that his opponent was more than capable of retrieving the situation and being anxious to preserve his unbeaten record in the league this season, he accepted the draw when it was offered. All these games were over in less than 90 minutes, which left Alex sweating it out on board one in a game which must have come close to setting a record for the fewest moves recorded in a three-hour game. In a very dense middle-game position, both players were thinking long and hard, and eventually Alex lost on time a game he felt he should have won.
So the Reivers notched up their first win since beating Forest Hall B back in October 2013. But Forest Hall are to be congratulated on their sterling work in attracting no fewer than twelve junior members (plus a mum and a dad) and in ensuring that they get experience of league matches. If every club did as much, chess in the north-east would be thriving!

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