CLUB NIGHT: Thurs 14th Dec 2017.
There was a lot going on tonight with one TAFCA league match on and a TAFCA Knockout match as well. Also one Club Championship game, plus junior Club Championship matches. We had a phenomenal 33 players down at the club which at this time of year is just amazing!
League – Div 1
Castlehill C 1, Castlehill B 3
What a match this turned out to be with the “C” team just missing the opportunity to draw the match. It all went to the very last game on board 1, and what a match that was! With Robert Jackson and Paul Shafi winning for the “B” team, and the “C” team captain, Fergus Milne getting a result on board 4 against Master Tom Constance; it was all down to Euan Dawson (“B”) v Andy Rowe (“C”).
It was a bit of a time scramble in the end. Euan had control of the match, but struggled to find a way through Andy’s defences. As the time went down, Euan made a mistake and Andy seemed to have taken control of the game. At this point the “B” team only needed a draw to take the match, but Andy knew it was a win or bust! Fortunately for Euan time was short for both players and with Andy having split pawns and a won game now (Just push the pawn! The bishop can not stop both from promoting!) , Andy made the very last mistake and it cost him dearly as Euan Dawson took full advantage of his luckily escape and secured the win for himself and the “B” team. The pressure must have been intense with time running away, everybody and his uncle watching the match, creating a huddle around the game! What a match! What a game! What a finish! Congratulations to all players for making this a great chess match! One to remember I think!
Time Handi-cap Knockout
Castlehill D 3½, Perth 4½
Wednesday night the captain of Castlehill D, Ray Noble gets an email from the Perth captain, Ian Washington, saying
“He has managed to get a team together and can play tomorrow! Sorry for the short notice, hope this is okay.”
A few text messages later and the match was indeed on! What a chess club we have and what players we have as well.
What a match this was as well for a lot of different reasons. Castlehill D were out graded on the first three boards, but massively out graded the Perth player on board four. Due to the big difference in Perth’s favour grading wise on the bottom board, Perth were the lowest graded side on average (by 19 points!) so only needed to draw the match. Imaging that, you are out graded on three boards, but still end up the higher graded team!
With the match started, John Shovlin won on board 4 against Ed Walton in about 6 minutes! Then in the reverse match Ed won in 6 minutes , making it one game all in 12 minutes. The other matches were still playing their first matches! It’s a long wait now lads!
In the end Perth proved too strong, especially on board 2 were Andrew Sutherland won both his games. I know Andrew and he is a better player than his grade and he was only down by 8 minutes against Subhayu.
Agnijo was in stunning form on the top board, but just could not manage to win both games, getting a draw in the last won. Had he won both his matches, we would still have lost on tie-break anyway! Congratulations to Perth and we wish them well in the next round.
|1||Agnijo Banerjee||1½ – ½||Ian Washington||32 mins – 28 mins|
|2||Subhayu Banerjee||0 – 2||Andrew Sutherland||34 mins – 26 mins|
|3||Gordon Thomas||1 – 1||Gwenole Le Feuvre||34 mins – 26 mins|
|4||Ed Walton||1 – 1||John Shovlin||18 mins – 42 mins|
|3½ – 4½|
Junior Club Championship
It was Krish Akula`s (J10) night as he won two matches and drew with his brother Rishabh to get 2½ points. Rishabh Akula (J12) finished on 1½ points (undefeated on the night!), while Tom Grosset (J10) and Haoqi Zhang (J6) both lost their matches.
1st – Krish 2½
2nd – Rishabh 1½
3rd= Tom & Haoqi 0
Club Championship-Rd 2 match
Marten Kats (1170) ½, Innis Ford (ug) ½
It was a Knight v Rook pawn end game and the Knight proved to be up to the job!
Chavri Kanodia J15 was down also and brought with her the trophies that she won on Saturday in Aberdeen, finishing 1st in the girls section. Well played Charvi!
All in all another very successful night’s chess!