CLUB NIGHT REPORT: Thurs 4th April 19
It was Club Championship round 4, part one night (My that`s a mouthful!). Due to school holidays, the club was less busy and noisy but we still managed a respectable 20+.
Results round 4
Marten Kats (1114) 0, Andre Babin (1844) 1
It was a mismatch on paper, but Marten put up a fight going for the throat and giving a good account of himself. In the end class showed and Andre takes top spot in the table on 3½/4. Declan still has to play his round 4 match!
Cameron Wilson (1302) ½, Paul Shafi (1569) ½
What a good game by both players and to be honest it could have gone either way! In the end it petered out to a draw which is a very good result grading wise for Cameron!
John Lynch (1064) 0. Ray Noble (1482) 1
Well it was a terrible game, I would even call it a “Dog’s dinner” of a match which played into John`s hands. While John had an almost perfect pawn skeleton, Ray had doubled and split pawns all over the shop. But luckily for Ray, John was taking an age to play his moves which proved to be the deciding factor in the match. Ray managed to get a pawn up in a Rooks + pawns end game. But John had only 2 minutes to Ray’s 60 minutes and despite John offering the draw twice, in what should have been a drawn game, Ray played on due to the time difference. Then John made an error and Ray had a possible, if not a hard win. John should have played quickly but instead took his time and his flag fell much to Ray’s relief! It possibly should have been a good draw for John, but 60 minutes to 2 minutes, it was never going to be. Time is a factor and John did not manage his. But he did play a better game and now just needs to add the time bit and he will get his just rewards! As for Ray…he is just a lucky bee!
Charvi Kanodia J16 (701) 0, Andy Rowe (1545) 1
This type of tie can be a banana skin for the top player, but Andy handled it like a true professional and treated his opponent with the utmost respect. Charvi gave a good account of her self and showed how much she has learned since she joined the chess club. Still a lot to lean but getting there, yes indeed!
Tom Constance J17 (1521) 1, Subhayu Banerjee (1403) 0
It was a tough battle with Tom being a little rusty. Subhayu is a tricky opponent and Tom got a good position but was finding it hard to finish the game which was not helped by his time! Subhayu had 35+ minutes to Tom`s 5 minutes but Tom had the better game and once the Rook`s came off the match was over, but only just time wise!
Alan Brown (ug) 0, Graham Atkins (1371) 1
Graham’s experience paid full dividends against just Alan who is only in the learning stage at the moment! Alan enjoys his chess and is looking to improve all the time. This was one battle that came a little too early for him and Graham was always in control.
Next week see`s part two of the 4th round Club Championship where Declan Shafi bids to overtake Andre Babin at the top of the table!