CLUB NIGHT REPORT: Thurs 8th March 18
Well tonight saw the 4th round of the Club Championship on and boy did we get a turnout or what! Not all the matches have been played due to one thing or another, and some had been played in advance but with an amazing 46 (Forty-Six!) players down for a game of chess, 16 of them juniors, can it get any better?
RESULT OF THE NIGHT
The “result” of the night has to go to junior Ramit Kanodia (J10), who won against a new but good adult player, Joe Robson. Not only that, Ramit remains unbeaten on 4 out of 4! Fantastic performance form Ramit! Joe we have all been there mate! Other juniors who had a good night were Sneha Sripada (J12) winning against fellow junior Arya Sanu (J9). Rishabh Akula (J12) also played well to beat Siddarth Sripada J15).
MATCH OF THE NIGHT
The “match” of the night was on board 1 against 3 times champion, junior Declan Shafi (2023) and Alastair Dawson (1728). It had everything in it. Two good players; sharp lines, sacks, blood, sweat and tears, tension and controversery all rolled into one! Honestly this was a script writer’s dream script! A mixture of “Rocky, the expendables, Mission Impossible, Die Hard, James Bond”. Throw in a disaster movie or two like “Towering Inferno or The Titanic” and this match was a blockbuster! 5 stars with a PG rating!
Read on McDuff!
As the match neared the end in what looked like a very complicated ending and with both players not having a lot of time left, and players looking on, you could have cut the tension with a knife! Both players have a lot of experience playing competitive chess, so it was a surprise and shock when Alastair made under pressure a school boy error which resulted in an illegal move and two precious minutes added to Declan`s clock! The error by Alastair was to push his pawn to C1 the promotion square, only for him to press the clock and start Declan`s time, without completing the promotion part ( taking the pawn away and replacing with which ever piece he wanted in his own time!). The rules state this must all take place as one move in your own time.
Alastair visibly taken aback played on and it still could have gone either way or a draw when disaster struck for a second time. Declan moved his queen giving check to Alistair’s King. Declan did not announce check as this is against the rules now and Alastair in time trouble, did not notice he was in check and played a 2nd illegal move! Another precious two minutes to Declan. With Alastair now looking a bit punch drunk and on the ropes, it was disbelief on everyone’s faces as Alastair in check again, did not notice again and played his 3rd illegal move of the match which terminated the game on the 3 strikes (Illegal moves) and you out (forfeit the game)! The watching players were in shock, Declan was bewildered, but happy as well and as for Alastair, it will be a night to remember for the wrong reasons. He looked shell shocked at the end, but as always a true professional and gracious loser.
What a match! What a finish! What the hell happened!!
Well played Declan who is on 4 out of 4 and on track to make it 4 Club Championships in a row. Mind you he still has one player standing in his way so you never know.