TAFCA LEAGUE ONLINE – Match Report
Thurs 24th Sept 20 – 7:30pm
Castlehill Bandicoot`s 3, Newport Knights Athletic 1
The Bandicoot`s move into 4th place with a very good win against Newport Knights Athletic. On board 4 Euan Murray (1500)est, got the Bandicoot`s off to the best start with a quick win against Angus Sneddon (1332).
On board 2 Andy Rowe (1536) was in big trouble against Lloyd Hughes (1720) and on the verge of calling time on his game, when all of a sudden, Lloyd started playing a few bad moves to give Andy some hope. In the end Andy had two choices to make and took the drawing line which considering he was losing, felt like a win! It turns out the other move was the winning option, but of course no guarantees in a Rook pawn end game! If this was Monopoly, Andy got plenty value with his get out of jail card!
On board 1 Michael Dugdale (1537) was up against it playing against WFM Rhian Hughes (1882). It was a good game to watch and Michael was playing well against a tough opponent. I only saw the end and have to hand it to Michael for a nice finish. Rhain did not have much time and could not find the best moves, but all credit to Michael for finishing the game off in style! That win gave the Bandicoot`s the win with one game to go.
On board 3 Paul Shafi (1520) seemed to have a space advantage and had hemmed in one of Marcus Wylie`s (1421) Bishops to put himself in a good position. But Marcus was not going to concede easily or be bullied by Paul! As the pieces were exchanged, Paul could not find the right plan to take advantage of having more space and in the end his King could find no way passed Marcus`s pawns to invade his camp! While Paul might have deserved something from the match, all credit must go to Marcus for his performance under intense pressure to secure the much deserved draw!
Well played both teams and congratulations to Castlehill Bandicoot`s! Only one match to go and boy is that going to be a cracker against 3rd placed Dundee Brachiosaurus`! Both teams are on the same points (6), but the Brachiosaurus` lead on board points after their wonderful 4-0 win in their last match! The winner on the night will take 3rd place in the league and have the bragging rights over the other!
Dundee Brachiosaurus` are the stronger side grading wise, but this matters for nothing in a Castlehill v Dundee middleweight encounter! It will be brutal and exciting and will ebb and flow until the final bell!
Bring it on!
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