|Posted on November 21, 2013 at 3:30 PM|
Board 1: Mark Keady (UG) 0-1 Geoff Rosser (115)
Board 2: Paul Wright (101) 1-0 Gordon Sands (120)
Board 3: David Blower (96) 1-0 Barry Lewis (106)
Board 4: Daniel Binfield (64) 0-1 Lewis Clarke (105)
Total: Brewood 2-2 Wolverhampton
Although it was some time ago now, Brewood started off their Cannock League season with a 2-2 draw on Tuesday 1st October. Here is the full match report, as wins on the 2 middle boards for Brewood were canceled out by two wins for Wolverhampton on the two outer boards. Apologies for the delay to the match report, however it is here now, better late than never!
On board 1 Mark Keady lost against Geoff Rosser however a detailed match report is unavailable from this board. If Mark or if Geoff wants to provide me with details about the match they are welcome to do so.
On board 2 Paul Wright had a good win against a very experienced player from Wolverhampton, Gordon Sands. Gordon usually enters the individual competitions that the Wolverhampton Chess League runs, winning the Bidgood Trophy in 2011-2012, and being a semi finalist in the Rock Cup in 2012-2013. The opening in this match though was: E61: King's Indian Defence.
Paul had moved his bishop to e3, his rook to c1, and then his queen to a3, all focusing on a pinned pawn of Gordon's on c5, pinned to his queen behind on e7. Paul took the pawn on c5 with his bishop, by which time he was now attacking, a pinned knight on d6 with Gordon's own queen still on e7. Paul then took the knight on d6, directly attacking Gordon's queen, with his bishop also defended by his queen.
By this time the rook on c1 had an open file as Gordon's pawn from c5 had being removed, backed up by the other connected rook on d1. Faced with the huge loss in exchanges Gordon resigned, Paul winning within 20 moves.
Board 3 was David Blower v Barry Lewis. It is fair to say the webmaster was pleased with his own game!! The opening was: C68: Ruy Lopez: Exchange Variation. Barry had got my central e pawn with his knight early on after I had left it undefended to go a pawn up in material. This led me to putting my kingside dark squared bishop onto d6, and I had already developed my kingside knight onto f6.
With the e pawn gone I could see a pawn fork on knight and bishop was on for Barry. The knight had to be moved round to d7, and after castling and moving my rook to e8, my knight was then moved onto e5 itself, twice defended by my bishop and rook. Both of us had castled kingside, and Barry had developed his queenside pieces.
After taking my e5 pawn with the knight, after my move to d6 with the Bishop to attack the knight Barry had moved his knight back to f3. Barry had the chance to exchange knights on the e5 square, but he didn't. My dark squared bishop, light squared bishop, and queen were on 3 successive and unopposed diagionals, the knight had been moved round attacking Barry's knight, and my rook was on an open e file.
What followed as confirmed by the computer was almost perfect play from myself. The light squared bishop was moved to pin the knight to the queen, whilst Barry's now pinned knight was still being attacked by my knight. By this time Barry had realised he was already in trouble. But could I force home my advantage?
Move 12 was the most important move of the game. Clearly an exchange on f3 looked likely. But with which piece? Looking at the board after the exchange with him likely to play gxf3, the h2 square would be undefended. Moving the knight from e5 cleared the diagional of the dark squared bishop, and with Barry being forced into gxf3 to maintain material, the path was clear with no g pawn for the queen to go staight onto h4.
Barrys only way to defend the checkmate was with a pawn move to e5, easily taken by the bishop. Barry was then forced to defend the checkmate with his Queen taking my bishop on e5, which was followed up by moving my rook on e8 to e5. It is not often a player will lose their queen for a bishop, but Barry didn't blunder into it, he was forced into it.
I still had my light squared bishop supporting my queen and a rook now not only on an open file, but also on an open rank! Barry took the bishop and it was left for me to use the queen and rook on an open file, along with an open diagional to get checkmate within 18 moves, taking less than 45 minutes.
I was pleased with my win, not just though because of the win, but because of how I had won. The computer said I had made my last 11 moves of the game perfectly. Chess has a habit of coming up with bad defeats, so it can only be right to enjoy the good victories, that I certainly did in this game for my first ECF graded win of the season.
Board 4 was two juniors facing each other. Daniel Binfield opened up with the Italian Opening. Having gone through the game with him, Daniel played very well at the start and had a slight advantage in the opening. A comblicated move order in the series of exchanges in the middle game followed, but Daniel had played these well enough, managing to end up a pawn up in material.
Lewis then attacked Daniel's knight and Daniel blundered it moving it too quickly to allow Lewis to capture it with his rook. After that Lewis consolidated his advantage eventually achieving a knight fork on Daniel's King and rook to end the game. Daniel had played well but he had made one bad move which had decided the game.
Overall though this was a decent enough result for Brewood, with two good wins on the two middle boards to start the season in the Cannock League. Games against Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield, Rugeley and then Rushall have also already happened in the Cannock League by the time of this match report being written, and I already know there have been some interesting games in that period! Those match reports will follow shortly.