4NCL (4 NATIONS CHESS LEAGUE)
Tuesday 7th September 21 – 7:30pm – Round Two
Time-Control: 45 minutes + 15 minutes increments
(Dundee City is a joint venture between Castlehill Chess Club Dundee and Dundee Chess Club.)
What a night of chess for Dundee City teams with 3 out of 4 teams bagging a positive result!
##(The links to the games are in a players board number! This will take you to their game on lichess.org)
Division One – Group C
Harrow 1 (2093) 2½ – 1½ (2160) Dundee City A
In some ways a disappointing result for Dundee City A against Harrow 1. Yes the grading was close with Dundee City having the slightly better overall team grade. But just like last year, division one in any group is very, very hard indeed!
Board 1: Jacques Ophoff (2260) CM with black, took a very quick draw against a 2372.
Board 2: David Findlay (2267) with white was the last match to finish which in it`s self is unusual! David has to be the most reliably player on the team, mostly drawing, with the occasional win, but very rarely losing a match! Unfortunately he was up against a very strong player and in the end game faze was always fighting a rearguard action, but this time to ni avail! Unlucky David!
Board 3: Ed Spencer (2098) with black seemed to be in control for most of the game and took the points.
Board 4: Stephen Hogg (2015) with white the only winner last time out for Dundee City A, could not repeat his efforts from then and lost this one.
A strange game where we lost both games with the white pieces? Well played Harrow 1, but a missed opportunity for Dundee City A to get points on the board in group C. Dundee City sit 7th in a group of 8 teams just 2 game points in of the front bottom side.
Division Three – Group C
Dundee City B (1843) 3½ – ½ (1655) Urmston & Stretford
Fantastic score line and win by Dundee City B! Yes they were favourites on paper, but that brings its own pressure. The result is a half point better than their opening match in round 1 and puts them at the top of the table on their own on the full 4 points!
Miguel Alvarez 1800 (board 2), Andre Babin 1863 (board 3) and Euan Dawson 1847 (board 4) all won! While Richard Kynoch 1862 (board 1) with white drew his match (threefold repetition) against a stronger opponent grading wise. It gets easier after his first match in round one against the legend John Nunn GM! So far so good lads!
Division Five – Swiss League (56 teams)
Wells Globetrotters 2 (1441) 1 – 3 (1579) Dundee City C
After the round one match against one of the strong favourites, Hebden Bridge 1, this time Dundee City C found themselves slight favourites grading wise. They proved they have what it takes as a team to compete at this level and ended up comfortable winners in the end! Mind you Dariusz Kosznick (1867) (board 1) was doing well, and then seemed to find himself in a spot of bother, only for him to do his now famous “Houdini” trick and then see out the end game under intense (both players) time pressure to win the game and the match for Dundee City C. It was a great game to watch from a spectator’s point of view! James Anderson 1630 (board 2) and Leyton Hackney 1597 (board 4) both opened their points accounts, while Ray Flood 1623 (board 3) has still to do so!
Hebden Bridge 2 (1815) 2 – 2 (1499) Dundee City D
In round one, Dundee City D drew with a team more or less the same grading standard. This time they faced a side grading wise that should take them apart, but looks can be deceiving! What an unbelievable result (draw) against players of a very high calibre. Our players played well above them selves and to be honest had their fair share of luck, especially under time pressure! But of course one could say you make your own luck, Well played!
Round 1 hero’s Euan Murray 1490 (board 1) and Rishi Vijayakumar 1492 (board 3) both lost this time. Euan sacked his Bishop on h3 on move 13 to open his opponents castled King position and then sacked the exchange (RxB) later but could not find his way through as his opponent saw the game out! Rishi lost a pawn on move 9 and despite putting up a hard battle, this in the end proved decisive!
The two players that lost in round one both won in round two which proves this is a big team effort and that makes them very dangerous to play against! Peter Sallai 1435 (board 4) went a pawn up on move 31 with his opponent also having doubled g pawns. By move 36 Peter went two pawns up and had connected centre pawns and never looked in trouble! What a game against a player graded 1724!
Robert Jackson 1575 (board 2) on the other hand won the hard way, and I mean the hard way (sorry Robert!)! Great start by Robert as he went a pawn up on move 18 and then two pawns up by move 29! But all was not rose as his opponent had more space and his pieces were on better squares! For some reason Roberts opponent was not seeing everything on the board and did spurn winning opportunities. On move 33 Robert played 33.Ke1(??) and fell into a forced checkmate which his opponent missed! On move 35 after Robert played 35.Qb3 his opponent again had a forced checkmate sequence which due to both players being under a bit of time pressure they missed again!
Robert did win on time but his position was lost at the end. It’s always good to remember a game of chess is not only about how well you play, but how you manage your time! Roberts’s opponent (1864) paid the price for missing two forced checkmate combinations. Robert well played against an opponent of such strength! Always good to suck them in and take them out!
Both Dundee City C & D have 2 points and are in 25th & 26th place respectively only separated alphabetically. They are only 2 points behind the leaders with 5 rounds to go. Brilliant start by both teams!
For all the results and standings so far click the link below.