INTER-CLUB CHALLENGE MATCH (Updated with Kenilworth report link) 16/09/20: 21:51 hrs
Tues 15th Sept 20: 7:30pm: Lichess.
Castlehill CC 8½. Kenilworth CC 15½
Congratulations to Kenilworth Chess Club England on a well deserved victory in the end!
Castlehill Chess Club Dundee took part in its first online challenge match against the very strong England outfit, Kenilworth Chess Club.
The format was two matches against the same opponent (White & Black), time-control-15 minutes + 10 seconds’ increments. In all 12 boards were in play so the first to 13 points wins!
Kenilworth Chess Club brought a very strong side to the virtual board, with 3 players rated over 2000+ using Lichess Rapid grades. Castlehill stuck with Chess Scotland OTB normal grades for this match.
The average team grades were: Castlehill 1538; Kenilworth 1883.
There was a couple of interesting pairings junior wise with Rishi Vijaykumar (1450) aged 8 against another junior aged 8 in Billy Fellowes (1864). They shared the spoils!
The top pairing on board one was also a special match with Castlehill`s top junior and top player, Declan Shafi J20 (2184), playing England’s top Under 11 junior Jude Shearsby (2096). Jude even has a few GM scalps to his name and I am sure he was hoping to add Declan to his bucket list! But Declan has history of his own and proved too strong in the end and won both games!
It was a close match in the beginning, with Castlehill leading by one point (6½-5½) after the first round of matches. Only 2 of our top 6 players managed to win (Declan Shafi (2184) & Ray Noble (1591)), and we had one draw (Michael Dugdale (1584)). Other winners in the first round were; Ed Walton (1481), Rishi Vijaykumar (1450); Norman Waugh (1161), Marten Kats (1224).
The match could have gone either way after the first round matches and we have done better than expected to be leading by one point after the first round matches! But it went bottoms up after that from a Castlehill point of view in the second round of matches as Kenilworth showed their class and experience and kept on going the distance to romp home 10-2 in the second set of matches to take the match 15½ – 8½. A tale of two half’s right enough as Castlehill could not repeat their feats of the first half.
The killer was having lost 5 matches 2-0 (no names mentioned)! It was just too much to ask after that. Ed Walton and Declan Shafi were the only players on our side to win both their games (well played Ed & Declan!). Credit to our bottom boards, who were “WELL” out graded. It has to be said, outstanding performances from Marten Kats (1203) and Norman Waugh (1160) both winning one of their two matches! Well played lads!
In the end it was a bridge too far and the best team on the night won! I think I can say, it was a great nights chess and everybody enjoyed the night. So much so we would like to do this again sometime in the future and maybe challenge other sides to a chess battle.
I would like to thank Andy Ward for starting the ball rolling, Mark Page (Kenilworth Captain) for helping make everything run like clockwork, and all the players from both sides for supporting this venture and making it a night to remember!
Once again congratulations to Kenilworth Chess Club England on a well deserved victory! For all the results, click the link below or the tab on the home page!
Mark Page has put up a report on the Kenilworth Website about our match. I will need to work on mine after reading a professional writer at work! (link below)