|Posted on March 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM|
Here is the matchcard for the Warley Quinborne v Brewood match:
Board 1: Pauline Woodward (96) 0-1 Stephen Micklewright (115)
Board 2: Aaron Vitarana (102) 0-1 Paul Wright 108
Board 3: Martin Draper (94) 1-0 David Blower (101)
Board 4: S. Berry (Ungraded?) 0-1 Andrew Davies (96)
The webmaster (and Dudley League team captain) can confirm that the Dudley League team won their Dudley Chess League Division 3 match away to Warley Quinborne 3-1. Stephen Micklewright on board 1, Paul Wright on board 2, and Andrew Davies on board 4 delievered the goods.
David Blower was the only defeat for Brewood on board 3, but although disappointed with his own loss, he thanked his team for their efforts on the way back home, and said by email later on in the evening that he was proud of his team. He was pumped up after the team had won the match.
This victory moves us up into 5th place in the league. There is no chance for us to win the league, but the captain was pleased with this win. The final match is against Kynock on Monday 24th March.
David Blower's first year as captain is almost at an end. He wants to be the captain next year, and has being proud of his efforts all thoughout the season. But Andrew Davies, Paul Wright, and Stephen Micklewright if they are all being honest with themselves will say he proved himself as a true captain tonight.
On board 1 Stephen Micklewright was the first to finish and a detailed board match report is unavailable. "I had a very good win," said Stephen Micklewright, in the car on the way back home, for some post match reaction, that caused us all to laugh. Everyone in the car was guilty of not discussing Stephen Micklewright's win on the way home. Sorry Stephen!
For completeness I will try and nag Stephen for some technical chess analysis of his win, but it was not the main story of the night. The blog entry will be updated with his match report, should it become available.
On board 3 David Blower was winning, but eventually lost. In his post match reaction to Andrew Davies he said: "I think I played the wrong move for the right reason. I had a plan, but did not consider my opponent's plans. I was quite comfortable with what I was trying to do, but obviously not with the end result from it."
Various alternative moves I could have made were probably better, and they were considered at the time. That is not to take anything away from Martin Draper my opponent though. It was the type of error that an amateur player makes from time to time, and why I have to earn my living from a normal job, and not from playing chess!
Anyway the opening was: D00: Queen Pawn Game: Mason Attack. (For anyone wondering I always have to look up which opening was used in my match, and I don't actually know them!) Early on Martin had advanced his h pawn. I will be honest and say at the time this puzzled me. On reflection it was defended by the rook on the h file, which hadn't moved from the start of the game.
I went an exchange up, when Martin missed a pin on his knight, which was pinned to his king. This allowed me to exchange knights and also get his rook in exchange for my bishop. I also gained another pawn as I had worked out if he took the pawn back, I would eventually be able to win his knight. However Martin had also worked this out, and avoided the temptation to take back my pawn.
Meanwhile Martin had advanced his h pawn to h6, and I had not done anything about it. But by move 20 I was still easily winning. By move 25 he had checkmated me! I had advanced my queen to give check. Andrew Davies later was going through variations of my moves. Andrew Davies reaction: "You didn't really have anything to follow it up with."
Martin responded to the check with Kf2. Even though there was nothing to follow it up I did not move the queen back. I thought I could use it in combination with my knight for an attack. The knight was on f5, and the plan was to move it to e4, via d6. A great plan! His queen was on c2. If only he hadn't responded with Qxh7+ (my king was on f7) Kf8, Qg7#, the plan might have worked.
"Checkmate" said Martin to me. I sat there open mouthed before looking at the board. It was. I hadn't even noticed I was in checkmate, and would have probably carried on playing had Martin not accounced it! Afterwards Martin was sporting enough to go through my game with me, as we went through variations of moves, and then Andrew Davies went through variations with me.
I was disappointed with my defeat, as any chess player would be, after they had lost a game they were winning. But the game was far from over, and was definately not a won game. Martin did well to avoid taking back my pawn which he could have easily fallen for. "Ouch," said Andrew Davies as I was explaining exactly how I lost! I'll console myself by reminding myself that there is always next week.
On board 4 Andrew Davies won a tight endgame. Andrew had an extra pawn, but it was an opposite coloured bishops endgame. I had already finished my match, and could at least watch the ending of this one, for the website. It was an interesting game in its own right, although it was not the main talking point of the match. More on that later though.
The famous endgame concept of opposition was in play here. Andrew played his King on the squares of his own coloured bishop meaning that his opponent had no useful Bishop moves. Andrew also played accurate waiting moves when he needed to. Eventually he was able to force his King almost round the back of his opponent's defences (I hope that makes sense to everyone.)
Therefore he managed to get his King to help support the advancement of his own pawns. But it still needed accurate play. Andrew's opponent had managed to advance his King to threaten taking Andrew's pawns, and Andrew needed to make moves with his Bishop to defend the pawns. Andrew had a passed pawn, and he forced his opponent to give up his bishop for the passed pawn.
Watching Andrew's match was probably easier to see what moves Andrew should have been making, than me being able to see what moves I should have made in my match. Anyway a King foot race was almost taking place as Andrew and his opponent had to move their King's to the side of the board to win pawns which had being undefended.
After this foot race, Andrew and his opponent both had a passed pawn each. But Andrew had a bishop which he used to control the queening square, and a King which was free from any piece being able to give check. With Andrew about to queen, his opponent resigned. He had played every move that I would have done, but chess is easy when you are watching someone else play!
Well done Andrew for winning your match. And with both mine and Andrew's matches finishing relatively early, we had both relaxed, and we were playing through variations in my own match. Stephen Micklewright had also already finished and was wondering round the room looking at other chess matches, as Warley Quinborne had 2 competitive matches that evening.
At this point there was no hint of the drama to come. What happened next was to test my captaincy skills to the extreme limit, and I certainly made up for my loss. There was always going to be a time for the website's first ever cliffhanger. If you could all hum or maybe even sing the song to your favourite soap on TV, your be getting into the spirit of it! I am a tease aren't I! However here is a hint:
Coming up in part 2:
I was going to have to deal with my first crisis as a club captain... As captain you have to deal with the unexpected, ... everyone was watching me... I was clearly going to have to make a decision there and then. We had a massive problem on board 2. I took a deep breath, and took a gulp of my throat. I was thinking that I don't need this! But I was just going to have to deal with it as best as I could.