Another busy night down at Castlehill Chess Club! This evening saw our D and E teams kick off their TAFCA seasons, with a convicning 3-1 victory for the D team, not the captaincy debut Daniel would be looking for! At least he can take some comfort in a good draw against the old warhorse Graham Atkins! It was a fantastic TAFCA debut for club newcomer Michael, with victory over Martin on Board 1!
Through in the coffee bar area we had yet more new members joining us and a packed evening of social chess matches and learning. Overall we had 37 members down tonight, 8 of them juniours!
Already up against it, the E team had their task made a lot harder with a default on Board 2, giving the D team a 1 point head start! All games looked quite even until the D team drew first blood at about 9:15pm on top Board, with Michael Dugdale toppling the steady hand of Martin Kats! This was Michael’s debut in TAFCA, but there was no beginners luck reuiqred, with everyone he had already (soudnly!) defeated in friendlies in previous weeks, knowing he is a strong player! That coupled with the early default point meant it was going to be a tough task for the E team to get anything from the match, securing the D team at least a draw.
At about 9:45pm, however, the game was over when Daniel Coleman and the old wizzard Graham Atkins shook hands to take what was a well fought draw! Daniel had found himself an exchange up, queen/rook v queen/bishop, towards the end of the match, but with only 5 minutes left on the clock compared to his opponents whole hour, Daniel offered the draw instead of pushing on to try and salvage some hope of a 2-2 draw, and Graham agreed! This handed the D team the points, with the score now an insermoutnable 2.5-0.5 in the D teams favour. Watch out for this match later on our Facebook page and over on the games played section of the website.
Down on Board 4 we saw a ding-dong of a match with Innes Ford and Peter Sallai battling it out for the last point of the evening. It looked for all it was worth Innes would take the points being a piece up (a Knight, I think), but Peter battled his way back into the game and won back his piece, and another draw by agreement! A good result for Peter against Innes, who is an opponent never to be taken lightly.
Full time score, Castlehill D 3 – 1 Castlehill E, but a lot closer than the scoreline suggests!
Another cracking knights chess down at Castlehill. Why not come along next week for the start of our LADDER tournament and some social chess? Final reminder that all Club Championship entries MUST be with our Competition Organiser, Ray “what’s a book move” Noble, by Sunday 13th October!
That’s all for this week folks, and remember, if it’s chess, it can only be #castlehill!