TAFCA LEAGUE ONLINE – Match Report
Week 7 in the TAFCA online league and Castlehill had two teams from the 2nd division playing.
Div 2: Wed 19th Aug 20: Kirkcaldy B 2 – 2 Castlehill Dragons
Our Dragons had two juniors in their side (Ramit & Rishi), and were massively out graded by their opponents, Kirkcaldy B.
Dragons-825: Kirkcaldy B-1271
A draw against a stronger side was an unexpected result and a fantastic achievement by the Dragons. On board 2, Ramit Kanodia J13 lost quickly to a strong player, while on board 4, Rishi Vijayakumar J9 won, leaving his opponent, Bruce Geddes (1229) wondering what the hell hit him! On board 3, Arthur Grant playing his first match was unfortunately on the wrong end of it against the Kirkcaldy B captain, Peter Selbie.
The result of the match all rested on the board one clash between Marten Kats (1091) and Paul Anderson (1325). Marten had the advantage only for a lapse in concentration on move 19.
Marten played Rd7 which at first glance looked good, but did not live up to it`s look after Qxd7! (Rc1 was best!)
After that Paul had the upper hand with a rook up, but Marten did have some compensation with a passed pawn on the 7th rank, but to be fair it should not have been enough on paper. Then again, we play on a 3D board, not paper! Marten applied the screw and on move 30 got his just rewards as his opponent blundered and the game was now finely balanced with both players getting short of time.
But that pawn on the 7th was the key, but his opponent seemed to have it covered only for him to undo all his hard work with Ra8 (best was Ra2+) and gift the game to Marten. Well played Marten!
That win gave the Dragons an unexpected draw against Kirkcaldy B!
Well played everyone!
Div 2: Thurs 20th Aug 20: Castlehill Dragons 4 – 0 Newport Knights Belles
Castlehill Cobra`s are unbeaten in their first two matches and against a strong Belles team, they made it 3 wins out of 3 with a devastating performance of power chess. This team has some bite and plenty venom as well! Congratulations to Ed Walton, Subhayu Banerjee, Peter Sallai and Innes Ford for a great result and a board points bonus with the whitewash!
This win puts the Cobra`s in 2nd place in the league just 2 points behind Dundee Centrosaurus who are also unbeaten, but have played one more game!
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