TAFCA WINTER LEAGUE ONLINE 2020-21
Match reports – Division Two – Three matches
Wed 7th April 21
Kirkcaldy B 2, Castlehill E 2
Congratulations to Castlehill E who finish the season unbeaten but lost their 100% record manly due to an unfortunate default on board 3. Still you can’t complain too much and what a league campaign by Castlehill E. Division two champions and promoted to division one! Well played Euan, Oggy, Subhayu and Captain Ed Walton!
Checkout the games below!
- Board 1: Euan Murray (1500) CE 1 – 0 Paul Anderson (1325) KB
Euan did have the opening advantage, but nothing else as Paul was in the mood for a fight! Unfortunately Paul on move 19, castled queenside into a devastating attack and never recovered. It’s amazing how quickly an even looking game can change when you make an error!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “321”
- Board 2: Euan Henderson (1282) KB 1 – 0 Ed Walton (1482) CE
This was a tight game by both players and looked to be heading for a draw until Euan made a mistake and lost the exchange (R for B). This gave Ed the advantage but because of Euan`s white squared Bishop, not an easy way to victory! It is strange how a mistake by your opponent can lead to you suddenly playing the wrong moves, indeed for Ed it started to go horrible wrong in the end game and Euan mopped up, probably scratching his head!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “322”
- Board 3: Ognyan Kolev (1450) CE def – 1 Bruce Geddes (1889) KB
No game played!
- Board 4: Brian Morley (775) KB 0 – 1 Kit McEvoy Gould (1000)est CE
To be honest, Kit never looked in any kind of trouble the whole game!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “323”
Tues 6th April 21
Dundee D 0, Castlehill G 4
Well given that Castlehill G only just moved off the bottom of the table a few weeks ago, I never saw that result coming! To be fair, Dundee D had a weakened side out and lost by default on the bottom board. It was just one of those nights with two teams playing their last match of the league campaign with nothing at stake but pride! Well played Cosmo, Innes, Norman & John! To see the games click the links below.
- Board 1: Cosmo Bobak (1200)est CG 1 – 0 Thibault Rosazza (1220) DD
This was one hell of a battle with so many twists and turns both players must have been dizzy! Cosmo was ahead! Thibault was back in it! Thibault was winning! A draw was on the cards! Blunder gate and Cosmo can’t believe his luck! I wonder if he sells “lucky white heather”?
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “318”
- Board 2: Max Whisson J15 (1038) DD 0 – 1 Innes Ford (1180) CG
Max played well in this game and probably deserved something out of it! But in the end too many errors near the latter stages of the game and Innes took full advantage of them! I think Max has been improving over the last few months and if he keeps that up, he will move up the grading ladder no problem!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “319”
- Board 3: Norman Waugh (1160) CG 1 – 0 Norrie Carroll (917) DD
Norman had to work hard for this win as Norrie was not going to go without a fight! Norman was always in front and never in too much trouble, but he had to be careful not to make one wrong move!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “320”
Mon 5th April 21 (plus Tues 6th April 21!)
Castlehill H 2, Dundee C 2
This was an important game for Dundee C who still have a change of finishing runner-up and promoted to division one! It turned into a bit of a nightmare for Dundee C as their board 3 did not show so the board was defaulted. In the end including the default, Castlehill H managed a draw (2-2) against a far stronger side. This opened the door for Castlehill F to try and finish in second place and get promoted to division one!
But there was a twist to this match as it turned out Dundee C board three player could not get online due to a power cut in his area (not his fault), so both captains and the players involved agreed to play the match the next night rather than claim the default. This opened the door for Dundee C to get the full points and become the front runner for the promotion spot. In the end it did not happen as Conor Kelly won against Bruce Wallace to claim the point and the match still ended a draw. Conor is a new player along with Kit McEvoy Gould, both young lads and as no OTB contact for us to make an accurate assessment of their playing strength, we have since learnt they are stronger players than their estimates!
Checkout the games below
- Board 1: James Anderson (1540) DC 1 – 0 Rishi Vijayakumar J9 (1002) CH
Jim played well but still missed a few matting chances before taking Rishi down!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “314”
- Board 2: Kit McEvoy Gould (1000)est CH v Ray Flood (1475) DC
Kit played well, but Ray as captain had a few issues to resolve regards board 3 and I feel that did distract him from his own game. The joys of an online captain!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “315”
- Board 3: Bruce Wallace (1430) DC 0 – 1 Conor Kelly (1000)est CH
This match was worth the wait and a bit of an oxymoron? An exciting Caro-Kann, who would have thought it! Great finish by Conor as well!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “316”
- Board 4: Arthur Grant (840) CH 0 – 1 George Burton Snr (1350) DC
You are told not to take anything for “Grant”ed and George made sure he did not in this case!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “317”
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