An entertaining match, but not one graced with much good chess.
The match started with a 8 point (27-19) handicap lead to the Monarchs.
First to finish were Steve & Dave. Steve won a piece but in doing so didn’t notice Dave’s back rank mate.
4-0 to the Monarchs, and the best the Angels could do was draw the match.
Second were Alex & Bruce, Alex was winning, rook + 2 pawns to 5 pawns, but had to settle for a draw when left with an unqueenable rook’s pawn.
6-2 to the Monarchs, and the match was over.
Tim blundered a knight for a pawn against Derek and was grateful to get some activity for his queen as compensation. This left Derek with an awkward game to win, Q, B & N against Q & N, and Derek’s bishop in particular was awkwardly placed. He too eventually blundered losing his queen to a pawn fork, rapidly followed by a knight and a bishop. In Alex’s cryptic words Derek managed to lose 3 pieces in 2 moves.
Scores level 6-6
Last was Peter & Stephen, probably the best game of the night. Peter was behind on material, but in a good position, with two aggressive rooks and advanced central pawns, when Stephen ran out of time.
10-6 to the Angels , but because of the handicap The Monarchs win the match.
|Played at Corbridge Tue 15 Dec 2015|
|Derek Blair||4||0||4||2||Tim Wrigley|
|Bruce Reed||5||2||2||5||Alex Ashworth|
|Dave Foster (Jnr)||8||4||0||5||Steve Larkin|
|Stephen Rowley||10||0||4||7||Peter Booker|