TAFCA WINTER LEAGUE ONLINE 2020-21
Castlehill C 1½, Dundee A 2½
This was a big match for Castlehill C and the rest of the league. Sitting in 2nd place, 2 points behind the current league holders, Dundee A, Castlehill C needed something from this match. Off course Dundee A are the league holders, and leaders for a reason. They have some of the best players in the league, a mix of old stalwarts and some recent new blood! Castlehill C out gunned, but not out played, put up a more than valiant effort and I dare say put the wind up Dundee A for a while, but Goliath won this time!
Board 1: Jacques Ophoff CM (2257) DA 0 – 1 Miguel Angel Prieto Alvarez (1650)est CC
What a game and result this was for Miguel and Castlehill. A famous victory against one of the strongest players grading wise in the league!
Jacques took an early advantage out of the opening moves, but failed to capitalise on that. Then on move 20 Miguel started to make in roads as Jacques played the inaccurate 20.Ba2? (f5xe6!). This allowed Miguel to win the exchange and take charge of the driving seat!
On move 28, Miguel played 28….b5!!
What a pawn sacrifice! If Jacques takes the pawn, Miguel invades white’s camp with the rooks and all hell would break loose! That was a class move Miguel! While there was still a lot of play in the game, especially if you ease up against such a strong player as Jacques, Miguel kept his cool and closed out the match! What a game and what a find we have in Miguel! This deserved the accolade “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “226”
Castlehill C 1. Dundee A 0
Board 2: Michael Dugdale (1578) CC 0 – 1 David Findlay (2150) DA
During the opening phase, Michael seemed to be holding his own, but David has a certain style of play that is not the most aggressive, but underneath the surface he is chipping away, creating weakness in his opponents position, getting his forces ready and before you know it, he goes all “Tommy Steele” on you!
‘Old it, flash, bang, wallop, what a game
What a move, what a sacrifice
Poor old Michael, blimey, what a end
Game blown off in a cloud of smoke
Clap ‘ands, stamp yer feet
Bangin’ on the big bass drum
What a move, what a move
Stick it in your chess album!
It was all looking so good for a while, but looks can be deceiving when you are playing someone with a “Casebook”? Yes Dr Findlay? (you will only get it if you are old enough to remember!)
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “227”
Castlehill C 1. Dundee A 1
Board 3: Ed Spencer (2127) DA 1 – 0 Robert Jackson (1575) CC
Playing Ed Spencer can be a nightmare as not only is he a top class player, but he is unpredictable! You never know what you will face and that makes playing against him torture! Robert mind you is in good form of late and was holding his own against Ed, right up to move 28.cxd4 Nxd4??
It happens to us all, but this time Robert “zigged”, when he should have “zagged”! 28…..Nxb4! and keeps the upper-hand!
After Robert realised he was losing a piece, Ed never let Robert back into the game and like the consummate professional he is, he put his sprig of “Lucky white heather” away and finished Robert off!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “228”
Castlehill C 1. Dundee A 2
Board 4: Andy Rowe (1572) CC ½ – ½ Gary Weir (1881) DA
This was a hard game to read? I liked Andy Rowe`s position while watching the game and thought he had chances to win. But taking a closer look and maybe it was Gary who had the chances to win but missed them?
Andy had a slight age when he played 11.Ng5! But he was struggling to break Gary down despite this small edge. Andy was trying to put Gary under pressure, but his time was going down quicker than a cold beer in the Sahara Arms after lockdown was lifted! Mind you, Gary must have been feeling the pressure as he choice the wrong move?
27.Qa2 Bxc5? (A flattered to deceive moment?)
27…Rf3! (oh One moment in time!) Would have been a beauty (the only winning shot I think?) of a move but not so easy to see when faced with threats to your undefended Knight on a6!
The draw was agreed a few moves later and at the time, I think Andy and myself thought he had the better chances, but did he? Great game of chess by both players, but did Gary let Andy off the hook not playing 27…Rf3? Well played Andy!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “229”
Castlehill C 1½. Dundee A 2½
Castlehill C massively out graded on all boards brought the fight to Dundee A and one might say deserved to get something out of it! It was not to be, but what a performance, and the icing on top of the cake was Miguel`s stunning performance against Jacques, especially b5 on move 28! Top class Miguel!
Castlehill C are still in 2nd place having played 6 of their 9 matches. Indeed they will stay in 2nd place no matter the results of the other matches this week! The question is with 3 matches left, can they hold on to it?