On Saturday (20th) we met Glorney Juniors from Aberdeen in the Spens Cup. On paper we could have expected to win comfortably. We got off to a bad start when Lloyd dropped a piece for pawn very early. His young opponent then played very solidly to keep a grip on the game and Lloyd never got a sniff of counterplay; better news with the second game to finish – after Nandini played perhaps too aggressively early on Andy Rowe won by converting a pawn advantage; third result saw Ben’s position collapse from a pretty solid & safe looking position (unless I’ve missed something). So 1 – 2 down. Game four was decided after a time-scramble that had both players – Sam and Connor – needing to play about 15 moves in about 5 minutes each. They made it and shortly after agreed a draw. The last and deciding game had Declan and Kalyan go into the second time period with Declan a rook + four pawns against Rook and two. Declan contrived to blunder away one pawn but had the other King cornered and was able to win the other rook and the game.
Declan (2083) 1 – 0 Kalyan Kante (1557)
Sam (1868) ½ – ½ Connor Sibbald (1359)
Lloyd (1821) 0 – 1 Pranav Arcot (1232)
Ben (1820) 0 – 1 Oishani Dutta (1202)
Andy (1574) 1 – 0 Nandini Dutta (1125)
We win the match on board count and will play either Edinburgh Civil Service or Wandering Dragons.