TAFCA MATCH REPORT – Monday 29th January 2018: Div 2: Perth B v Castlehill C
Well Castlehill C rocked into Perth Chess Club as big favourites to win against Perth B. Grading wise on all boards we out graded them with the team average grades being:
Perth 1290; Castlehill 1508.
Of course things do not always go to plan and unfortunately for Castlehill they were a player down at the last minute and had to draft in a replacement. In stepped Ray Noble. Who else would you expect at such late notice! Beggars can’t be choosers and there was the lure of a bar for Ray! Perth B also had to use another player on the night!
Two pints later and the first to finish was Ray Noble (1388) on board 4 beating long time veteran, John Shovlin to give Castlehill first blood!
Perth B 0, Castlehill C 1
4 pints later and it was another victory for Castlehill C as Roy Morris (1531) won against Master Aaron Gourlay (1200), but not without a bit of luck in the end. Yes Roy was doing okay against the Perth young gun when Aaron played a move (RxR), only to realise a few seconds after that he could have done RxB+ (It was defending the other Rook!), K or p takes Rook, then RxR and Aaron would have been a Bishop up! Roy of course was still oblivious to all of this.
Perth B 0, Castlehill C 2
Then disaster struck as board 1 Andy “Draw” Rowe (1574), lost in a very closed tight game against the very experienced Ian Washington (1512). We all thought Andy was just waiting for other matches to finish and then offer a draw, but no it did not work out that way in the end. Still there is always Keith Rose on board 2?
Perth B 1, Castlehill C 2
It was a very tense game on board 2 between Perth’s Gwenole Le Feuvre (1451) and Castlehill`s Mister steady, Keith Rose. Keith was two pawns up, but his King had not castled and Gwenole was putting Keith under a constant attack. If Keith could survive he wins, but the pressure was intense and while it looked like Keith was defending well, it all fell apart in one brilliant move by Gwenole which ended the game! Yes when Keith played Qf6 everything looked defended and Keith was threatening Gwenoles Queen. Then came Rxg7+!!!!! Keith queen was now undefended, he was also in check, so QxR did not work as Gwenole had QxQ+ winning Keith’s Queen! That move alone deserved the win.
Perth B 2, Castlehill C 2
So what was looking good at one point ended in a draw which was a tad disappointing for us, but Perth B deserved the draw in the end and indeed could have won the match 3-1 had they taken advantage of an error in the board 3 match or had a stronger player on board 4.
As usual it was a pleasure playing chess at Perth Chess Club who are always very welcoming and of course to Ray’s delight, they have a bar and good prices! Stretcher for Ray!