First match of the new season saw the Monarchs playing the renamed Dyvels (now Angels).After a friendly pre-match discussion it was agreed that Jeremy could play on board 1 with Derek on board 2, although Derek’s grade is a few points higher than Jeremy’s.
The match started with a one point (16-15) handicap lead to the Monarchs.
First to finish were David and Jeremy.
David and Jeremy played a Modern Defence, as usual for 4 moves, until Jeremy wasted two tempi on Q side development. David returned the favour, wasting 3 more tempi, which left Jeremy with a convincing centre breakthrough and initiative. David struggled for a while, and was happy to accept a forced draw by perpetual check.
(18-17) on handicap
Second to finish were David Foster Jnr & Peter Booker.
Peter played much of the game the exchange & a pawn down, but had a kingside initiative on the g file. Sadly Peter says he missed promoting a pawn that would have won the game. One that got away, but no doubt Dave tells a different story.
(22-17) on handicap, looking good for the Monarchs, one more draw needed.
Phil says “Not much to report on our game. As always with Bruce & my d4 opening I always expect a tough game. I was a little more aggressive than usual but Fritz analysis afterwards showed that the game, for all its complexities was fairly even. The only slight advantage I had was time – and so, just as the board was beginning to clear a little, Bruce’s flag fell.
There was one point at a late stage in the game when Bruce could have gone the exchange up (Rook for Knight) but with a dwindling clock it would have been hard to find.
All in all I think I was lucky to get the win.”
(22-21) on handicap, maybe there is hope for the Angels, playing their first ever game.
Tim quietly groaned to himself, as even a draw looked unlikely. He was under the cosh, looking miserable, and suffering from a rubbish opening.
Tim had chosen an unusual, unsound and entertaining variation against Derek’s d4 & e4. e6 then f5 is not recommended, and gave Tim severe problems. Fortunately for Tim, the god’s seemed to be on his side, and as Derek failed to make progress, an edgy endgame developed, Tim’s 2 Rooks & Bishop, against Derek’s Queen and opposite coloured Bishop.
Tim was hampered by awkward Queen & Bishop mate threats, Derek’s King hassled by a Rook and Bishop. But after Derek opened up the position, his Queen became pinned against his King, losing the game and also the match
So the Angels win (22-25) on handicap