CLUB NIGHT REPORT: Thurs 8th Feb 18 (A long read!)
Tonight we reached 40 players down at the club. Just amazing! As usual we had the juniors in first. The Junior Club Championship has now spilt into 3 groups. The top group and Club Championship hopefuls are made up of the top six players from the current table. The other two sections are made up of players of similar levels.
JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Players: Ramit, Anish, Rishabh, Krish, Charvi & Jake:
Brothers Krish & Rishabh Akula decided to play each other tonight twice, colours revered! Rishabh won both matches, but it could just as easily gone the other way! In going over the games, we had queens left hanging but not taken! Pieces left to rot and never move again and of course pawns doing all the work! It was good that they recorded the moves and we went over the games together. Even they could not believe what they missed in the games!
Ramit Kanodia struck first blood against Anish Chaudhuri with the white side. But if Anish can do the same when he has white he is still in the hunt! Ramit is favourite to win the Club Championship, but you never know!
Rishabh Akula 1, Krish Akula 0
Krish Akula 0, Rishabh Akula 1
Ramit Kanodia 1, Anish Chaudhuri 0
Haoqi Zhang and Ansh Pavan served up a cracker of a game with both players having good chances. Ansh attached first and was ahead, but could not see the finish. Then with Ansh having a back rank checkmate in one on, he played the wrong move and unbelievably gave Haoqi the chance to force a checkmate in 2! But alas Haoqi did not see it and Ansh finally found the checkmate move.
Arya Sanu was the junior on form in this section, winning both his matches. One to watch I think.
Haoqi Zhang 0, Ansh Pavan 1
Ansh Pavan 0, Matthew Walsh 1
Arya Sanu 1, Ansh Pavan 0
Arya Sanu 1, Tom Grosset 0
The last time a ladder match had been played was the 23rd Nov! We play one and who turns up? Oggy! Who won on the night? Oggy!
We had six players in the ladder with two very strong players, (Robert Jackson & Oggy Kolev. The section also included a possible new member who has never played under any time control before. Yes Nicolas Matthews was thrown into the loins den! There were some good matches and surprise results, but in the end Oggy reigned supreme on 3/3! Mind you Innis Ford also should us he can play a bit of chess finishing on 2/3 having taken out Robert!
Round 3 match Result
Agnijo Banerjee ½, Tom Constance ½
The juniors served up a high quality match with Tom getting an early advantage. As the game moved to the end game, Tom was two pawns up in a rook and king end game. While a tricky one to do, Tom has the ability to convert such things. But Agnijo is also a good player and make life difficult for Tom who in the end did make a mistake and Agnijo pounced on it to earn the draw! Tom was very disappointed as you would expect, while Agnijo could not stop talking about the game! We are lucky at Castlehill with the level of juniors we have right now.
Two matches on tonight and both good results for Castlehill teams!” (Also see Keith`s report on Facebook)
Castlehill C 2, Dundee B 2
Castlehill C worked miracles to get a point from a very strong Dundee B team. Craig Nicol on board 3 finally showed some of the lost talent we knew he still had, when he beat Jim Anderson.
Castlehill C 1, Dundee B 0
Alastair Dawson got the better of draw king Andy Rowe on board 1
Castlehill C 1, Dundee B 1
Keith Rose and John Kelly on board 2 fought out a good draw, especially for Keith who was on the wrong end of it for a while, but showed his fighting spirit for the team.
Castlehill C 1½, Dundee B 1½
It all rested on the board 4 match between Frank Stevenson and “D” team player Gordon Thomas. On paper there was only one winner, but Gordon defied the odds to get a draw and get Castlehill C a draw as well. Great performance Gordon! To be fair Gordon has been playing well all season and his grade should move up if it carries on like this.
Castlehill C 2, Dundee B 2
Castlehill E 3, Dundee D 1
Colin’s team proved two strong for Dundee D, with only the grand old man, Graham Atkins losing on board 1 to the very experienced and stronger player than his grade suggests, Ray Flood! Well played Colin Young, Norman Waugh & Ed Walton. Unlucky Graham!
Oh well, we will do it all again next week! See you all then.