CLUB NIGHT REPORT: Thurs 7th March 19
We had 40 players down (12 juniors!) for a game of chess on what was a very busy nights chess!
Two TAFCA matches plus one Castlehill Knockout prelim match. We also had Junior Club Championship and a Ladder on!
Castlehill A 4, Castlehill B 0
It looks a walk in the park for our “A”team, but it was anything but! Declan Shafi, Euan Dawson and stand in Keith Rose (nice win against Andy Rowe!) all won for the “A” team, as did Andre Babin but only after a titanic struggle against Paul Shafi!
Castlehill E ½, St.Andrews Uni 3½
Out graded and out gunned on all boards the result was not a surprise Having said that Ed Walton (1242) on board one got a great result, drawing with Daniel Chambers (1653)! He thinks he had winning chances but in the end got a draw. You are under graded in my opinion Ed!
We had 5 player in the ladder and one super hero! Yes Subhayu Banerjee won all 3 matches including a win against current leader and defending champion Ray Noble! (He was happy with that!). Ray still tops the points table but still a long way to go.
JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Seven matches took place with Haoqi winning two of his three matches, including a great win against Rishabh! He lost to Ramit, but then again most juniors do!
The Junior Championship tables will be updated ASAP but for now Rishabh Akula tops the table!
Daniel Hayes (UG) 0, Gordon Thomas (1350) 1
He now plays the defending champion Ray Noble in round 1.
Perth B 4, Castlehill F 0
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Kirkcaldy A 2, Castlehill C 2
A great result for the “C” team against an “A” team but it could and should have been a win! Roy Morris & Subhayu Banerjee both won on boards 3 & 4 and Keith Rose in a tight match just lost out to Russell Kynoch on board one. That left the board two match between Stuart Blyth and Ray Noble. It was close but Ray who has not won against Stuart in a long time was holding the advantage in the middle game. Ray did offer a draw and Stuart admitted he would have bit his hand off for it, but in the circumstances he had to decline!
Unfortunately for Ray (but not unexpected after 5 pints!), he missed a tactic, which produced two back to back errors which meant Ray was in a lost game after all! It hurt but we have all been there and Ray has on many an occasion!