TAFCA WINTER LEAGUE ONLINE 2020-21
Dundee B 2½, Castlehill B 1½
This turned out to be a game too far for Castlehill B who has been playing well and still in the running. Just when they needed their full team, it turned into a nightmare as one was working and another had a family bereavement. Still we had cover, but on the day of the match we lost another “B” team player, leaving us with only one “B” team player in the team! Against Dundee B a team of similar strength, this was a disaster! But you know our replacements nearly pulled off what would have been a stunning draw! You just got to love chess! Even online it creates drama!
Board 1: Sam Gregory (1837) CB 1 – 0 Sir Philip Cohen (1870) DB
Sam Gregory took an early advantage out of the opening exchanges and just kept applying the pressure with cheeky moves like 11.Bf5!
Sam continued to improve his position, squeezing the life out of Sir Philips game until he had no moves, except losing ones! That Knight on f6 was a beauty! Well played Sam.
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “230”
Dundee B 0, Castlehill B 1
Board 2: Alan Borwell (1842) 1 – 0 Robert Jackson (1575) CB
The opening exchanges seemed to be fairly even, but gradually Alan began to get a grip on the game and Robert could find no answer OTB. Sometimes in chess there is nothing you can do against an opponent that is stronger than you and just wins because of that fact. They play better; you can find nothing to counter it, full stop! It like waiting for a bus (mistake?), but none turn up and you give up and go home!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “231”
Dundee B 1, Castlehill B 1
Board 3: Andy Rowe (1572) CB ½ – ½ Alastair Dawson (1800) DB
I have seen many chess games that are just “Wars of attrition” and many players who enjoy playing chess like that (including Andy!). For the observer, it is like “Marmite” you either love it or hate it! Both Alastair and Andy cancelled each other out and I can find nothing to add to this story! Of course given the grading difference, this was a fantastic result for Andy Rowe and Castlehill B!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “232”
Dundee B 1½, Castlehill B 1½
It all rested on the last game…
Board 4: John Robertson Jnr (1562) DB 1 – 0 Keith Rose (1515) CB
John Robertson fared better out of the opening, so much so he had the chance on move 12 to win a piece and ultimately the game!
12.Qe4! threatening mate on h7 and attacking the undefended Knight on c6!
Instead he sacrificed his Bishop (12.Bxh7) first to open up Keith’s King position and then played the move that took the Knight on c6 to go a pawn up! I still think it was better to win the piece and not give up your white squared Bishop, rather than just win the pawn! Mind you, John Still had the upper hand, but let it slip away and by move 24 it was all square! Yes John still had an extra pawn, but it was doubled. Keith had two pawn islands to John`s four, so yes equal is about right. Considering Keith was lost at one point, this was outstanding!
Keith had chances like on move 27.Kg2 Keith played Nd2, but Rd3 would have kept the pressure on and the upper hand! This allowed John to get back in the game with Re2! After this John always held the advantage, but not easy to convert to a win. To the observer the game looked to be drifting to a draw, but John was pushing for the win and as they say only the strong survive! Sometimes you need a bit of luck and John got his share here. Playing 40.Ng3? (diagram), John was trying to put pressure on f5 and the chance of rolling connected pawns. Keith on the other hand was running out of time and I think this was the deciding factor as he moved his King back to g7 allowing John to steam roll his pawns forward and 2 moves later fork Keith’s King and Knight and it`s was good ”Knight” from Keith! Had Keith had more time I think he would have seen 40…f5 and held the position?
40.Ng3? f5 41.exf6 ep Kxf6 = . It was one of those games filled with errors and it was a case of who made the last one. I sometimes feel it hurts more when you know you have made mistakes but fought back, only to slip up at the end. C`est La Vie!
Lichess Game “Link”: TAFCA Database No “233”
Dundee B 2½, Castlehill B 1½
Congratulations to Dundee B on their victory and the way they played. Castlehill B in a tough position with three first team players not available, almost pulled it off against the odds, but just fell short in the end. Hopefully Castlehill B can field a full side the next time as it is a formidable line-up!
Castlehill B stay in 3rd place with three games left to play!