SNCL – (Additional info & thoughts from a Dundee City C perspective only!)
Sun 25th Nov 18
Like the flap of a butterfly’s wing, all things have a knock on effect!
In division 4 Dundee City C drew both matches which is not bad at all. But if we are honest it was a missed opportunity to stay top of the league. Due to players being unavailable this time, Alastair Dawson needed to step up to Dundee City B in division two. He helped them to win both matches and keep them top of division Two and on course for promotion to division One.
Had Alastair been available to play on top board for the “C” team I firmly believe we would have won rather than drawn both matches! Alastair would have been the stronger player in both matches on board one and he would have pushed Paul Shafi, Ray Flood and Keith Rose down a board which I think would have suited all players and the team. Our fate is still in our own hands as we are only 1 point behind Dunfermline who top the division, and we still have to play! It all depends on who is available for the next 3 matches.
IS THERE LUCK IN CHESS?
Div 4: Dundee City C v Forth Valley B
Board 4: Gordon Allcock (1226) v Ray Noble (1482)
Now while we did draw both matches the result in the first match could have been worse as the Forth Valley B team player on board 4 missed a forced mate in six against Ray Noble! Who says there is no luck in chess? Yes Ray Noble was a lucky, lucky player in that game. In control from the beginning, he started to lose his way and his opponent built up a strong position.
On move 50 and in a won position his opponent played 50 Rxg7!! (See diagram).
Ray played 50……Qc3?! He hoped his opponent would be panicked by the possibility of his King being pushed to the back rank and mated with the pawn lying in wait on c2 to be promoted to a Queen!
Had his opponent played 51 Kh2!! Ray would have had no checks left and could not stop the checkmate. Luckily for Ray his opponent missed the move Ray played and could only find 51 Rd4?? blocking the check. But that allowed Ray to nab the Rook on g7 and have his queen in the right place to stop any further checkmate threats. Ray promoted two pawns to queens and checkmated his opponent. Talk about a let off Ray!
Div 4: Dundee City C v Bon Accord B
Board 4: Ray Noble (1482) v Oishani Dutta J15 (1247)
Here is a position from Ray Noble`s 2nd match. He is slightly better, but given both their grades it was looking drawish? Ray had a bishop on b1 which had been there for almost the whole game, waiting for the right time to spring into action.
Oshini Dutta had been keeping Ray at bay in a closed position (Ray hates closed games!) (See diagram)
when she played 24………Nf5. Ray won 3 moves later, so what happened?