CLUB REPORT: Thursday 1st February 2018
Once again Castlehill Chess Club Dundee was bursting at the seams with people. We had over 38 players down from newbie’s, to old hands, oldies, to youngsters, etc, etc. The night unfortunately was not a good competitive night for Castlehill TAFCA teams. It was more like scenes from a Carry on film. Yes carry on calamity or regardless, or maybe something from Up Pompeii! (What you say? Never heard of them before?)
“Oh woe is me!”
Div 1: Castlehill B 1, Dundee B 3
Yes both Castlehill & Dundee had selection problems but I think Castlehill still had the edge, but it did not turn out that way in the end. Indeed it was a funny old game as the Castlehill player you expected to lose, won! And the two top players you thought would win, lost!
On board 4 Cameron Wilson (1170est?) drafted in at the last minute won against the very experienced and difficult Robert Burnett (1475)! Gordon Robertson (1490) got the better of Roy Morris (1531) on board 3, while on board 2 Frank Stevenson (1620) beat Robert Jackson (1600), (Not a good night if your name is Robert!).
It all rested on the board one clash between Master Ben Volland (1706) and John Kelly (1698). John has been away from chess for a while and has just started playing again, but you would never have guessed the way he played against our up and coming young gun, Ben! I did not see any of the matches so can’t comment more, but in the end Dundee B were deserved winners on the night!
Div 2: Castlehill D 1, Kirkcaldy B 3
With Kirkcaldy B 1 point ahead of Castlehill D in the league, but having played one more match, this could be classed as a league decider? Castlehill D needed to draw or win to keep their hopes of the div 2 title alive.
The board 3 match finished a draw between Gordon Thomas (1343) & Terry Doherty (1320).
Castlehill D ½, Kirkcaldy B ½
Then out of the blue, disaster struck on board one as Ray Noble (1388) having played some really good chess in the black side of the Kalashnikov to be two pawns up with opposite coloured bishops and a queen each suddenly and inexplicable played a move which left his queen hanging! His opponent, Euan Henderson (1418) could not believe his luck. Ray had worked out a plan to remove the anchor from white’s bishop, but then forgot to either move his queen first, or do QxQ before he put the plan into action. You should have seen his face when Euan played QxQ? Ray could not hide his disbelief and embarrassment, but was none the less gracious in defeat! As Frankie Howard would say in up Pompeii, “Oh woe is me, oh woe is me!”
Castlehill D ½, Kirkcaldy B 1½
Kirkcaldy wrapped up the match on board 4 with Alastair Wood (1015) beating Marten Kats (1170). It was a push me, pull me sort of match with missed opportunities going begging on both sides. In the end Alastair deserved the honour of winning the match and possibly the div 2 title for Kirkcaldy B! It all depends on their last match against Castlehill F? (Come on Lisa!)
Subhayu Banerjee (1359) & Pete Selbie (1378) fought out a really good draw on board 2. Indeed the match should have had a swing meter it changed so much!
Congratulations to Kirkcaldy B and commiserations to Castlehill D who were the architects (Ray!) of their own downfall in the end. A draw which it should well have been would have kept their hopes alive, but for… Well that’s life as they say!
Jake Proctor (J12) 0, Colin Young 1
Experience over youth in this one!
Norman Waugh 1, Ananya Sanu J11 0
Scot McKenzie (473) 0, Josh Cargill J15 1
Good win for Josh!
JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
The night belonged to Rishabh Akula J12 finishing on 3½ points. Ramit Kanodia J10 got 2½ points. In their battle against each other, the match ended a draw.
TOP THREE ON NIGHT
1st Rishabh Akula 3½/4
2nd Ramit Kanodia 2½/3
3rd Anish Chaudhuri 2/3
All-in-all a disappointing TAFCA night, but we live to fight another night! One thing is for sure. We had another successful night’s chess regardless!
Until we meet again next week, it Goodnight from him, and its goodnight from me. Goodnight!