TAFCA WINTER LEAGUE 202-21
Thurs 8th April 21 – 7:30pm
Castlehill F 3, Newport Knights B 1
This was a big match for both sides and Dundee C! All three had a chance to finish in runner-up spot and possible promotion to division one! Dundee C could do nothing more after losing their last game to Castlehill H. But the fate of both teams playing tonight was in their own hands and that is all you can ask for! Castlehill F were in a strong position only needing to draw the match to clinch 2nd place, but if they lost, then Dundee C, Newport Knights B and Castlehill F would all tie on 12 points and it would all come down to the tie-break system to decide who finished in second place!
Thankfully it did not come down to that as Castlehill F won 3 – 1! Congratulations Castlehill F on a remarkable run to finish above teams graded stronger than them! A big pat on the back for all players involved in the team, also a round of applause to for Castlehill Chess Club Dundee in having two teams finish in the top two places! Commiserations to Newport Knights B and Dundee C who just missed out.
Well that`s the end of TAFCA division two. Division one finishes up next week!
For all the results, standings, games, please visit the TAFCA Website (link below)
Board 1; Douglas Cairns (1391) NKB 1 – 0 Jim McCluskey (1353) CF
From the first move Douglas seemed to have a slight edge which he kept until the end of the game. Jim did have chances to change that but failed to take them! Despite that, Jim fought tooth and nail mostly on the back foot mounting a rear guard action! Then as often happens after fighting for so long, you get the chance to gain equality and a drawn game, but you don’t take it!
Only Jim will know why he did not take the pawn on 65…..Kxb6? Instead playing Kd6?? After than he never got another chance and Douglas took the honours!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “324”
Board 2: Trevor Harley (1333) CF 1 – 0 Scott Finnie (1340) NKB
Trevor never looked in trouble and two fatal mistakes by Scott (8…..d6? & 16….0-0-0) cost him dear especially when he castled queenside and lost his queen!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “325”
Board 3: Angus Sneddon (1335) NKB 0 – 1 Gordon Thomas (1312) CF
A game where Gordon seemed to have a small advantage out of the opening and into the middle game, only for him to make a couple of bad errors which Angus was only too happy to take advantage of! Indeed Angus had a winning position and Gordon was just hanging on for any scraps! But winning and converting it to a win can be problematic and Gordon got his rewards for being stubborn when Angus blundered and allowed his King and rook to be forked! Gordon did not return the favour and after the game started his new job selling “lucky white heather”!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “326”
Board 4 Marten Kats (1203) CF 1 – 0 Alan Wallace (1074) NKB
Well this was a strange one as Martin Kats had to win this one “TWICE”! The game was well into the middle game, with Marten holding an edge but not yet winning when his opponent unexpectedly resigned? At the time nobody knew why but it turned out, it was not meant to happen. Alan Wallace said Lichess just terminated the game and it registered as resigned! Maybe he unnoannly touched the resign button, who knows. Marten Kats was not happy at winning the game this way and after discussions with his opponent Alan, and Ray Noble, they both decided to play the game out with 30 minutes each and from the position the game ended! It took a little while but they both got there in the end and the game went ahead with the first result null and void! Martin Kats did win in the end and a big congrats to both players for going down the road they did. Two big sportsmanlike gestures in the same week prove chess and the spirit of chess is alive and well in TAFCA!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “327”