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Brewood 3-1 Lichfield B - Cannock Chess League

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 8:35 PM

On Tuesday 22nd October 2013, Brewood played Lichfield B in the Cannock Chess League 2013-2014 division 3 season.  After the 2-2 draw against Wolverhampton, Brewood's 2nd match of the Cannock League season produced a fine 3-1 win against a very good Lichfield B side. 

Mark Keady, Paul Wright and Daniel Binfield should enjoy themselves whilst reading this match report.  The board match reports follow below, but first here is the matchcard: 

Board 1:  Mark Keady (Ungraded) 1-0 Alan Fraser (132)

Board 2:  Paul Wright (101) 1-0 Ronald Crellin (119)

Board 3:  David Blower (96) 0-1 Mike Lever (109)

Board 4:  Daniel Binfield (64) 1-0 Clive Morgan (Ungraded)


Board 1:  Mark Keady 1-0 Alan Fraser.  Mark Keady statement:  “It was nice to win with black.”  The chess opening in this match was:  B34:  Sicilian Defense:  Accelerated Dragon, Modern Variation.  The players then exchanged 3 minor pieces and a pawn each, and still equal on material Mark then advanced his c pawn to c4. 


Mark Keady emailed the game to me with the notation of 24... c4?!  I had to look up ?!  Wikipedia describes it as:  "the author thinks that the move may be conclusive."  I think it was fair to say that the moves that followed were conclusive, even if this move in itself was not. 


After an exchange of pawns on b3, Mark Keady then played Rxb3 to go a pawn up in material.  The correct response from Alan would have been to exchange rooks but this was not done.  A couple of moves later Mark Keady won the exchange of his bishop for Alan’s rook. 


Eventually Mark used his queen and rook to trap Alan’s king on the back row, and then Alan blocked one of his escape squares for his king with his own queen, which had now being put on a square unable to stop any checks!  Mark used this to his advantage and had a mate in 2 by the time Alan resigned. 


Board 2:  Paul Wright 1-0 Ronald Crellin.  Paul's game was the last game to finish, eventually deciding the match in Brewood's favour.  I did not see too much of the game at the time, but Paul Wright emailed me with some reaction about his game.  Paul Wright statement:  "I'm happy that I helped Brewood win.  The opening was the Polish Opening (A00.) 


It was initially a very close game with very good play from both sides.  However, I managed my time better and accumulated a 15 minute advantage.  A draw was offered from my opponent at one point, but I refused it since I knew that my opponent was going to be running low on time near the end.  This forced an error from him and he eventually resigned, giving me the win." 


Board 3:  David Blower 0-1 Mike Lever.  The only defeat for Brewood was myself on board 3.  The chess opening in this game was:  A07:  King’s Indian Attack.  In my mind I saw that Mike's queen was trapped, and I had to advance my pawns to then capture it.  Easy!  Apart from the queen of Mike's was not trapped, and the pawn moves meant my knight was now undefended. 


The game was not pretty from here.  I had to move the knight to defend it, meaning that now a pawn was undefended.  I went a pawn down on move 20, two pawns down on move 23, 3 pawns down on move 31, got a pawn back on move 37, and then went 3 pawns down once again on move 41. 


The 3 extra pawns meant that Mike could advance one of his passed pawns to c7, with the queening square on c8 defended.  I was therefore forced to lose my bishop for this passed pawn and eventually another mistake meant I had a pinned rook which was about to be also taken. 


For each pawn I lost by the time I realized what was about to happen there was not much I could have done about it, as other alternative moves would have been worst for me.  At least I had the consolation of watching Daniel’s game on board 4. 


Board 4:  Daniel Binfield 1-0 Clive Morgan.  Clive Morgan is a good player.  At the time of the match Clive was ungraded, hence the matchcard above, but at the time Daniel beat him Clive had an estimated starting grade of 121, eventually getting a grade in January 2014 of 125.  Clive has played for the Staffordshire under 140 County team. 


Daniel's win against Clive was impressive, not just because of how good his opponent was, but mainly because of how he won.  At one point during the evening there were at least 4 spectators watching him, including both players from board 3!  The pressure was on him. 


The opening was similar but with a variation to some of the matches he has played before.  Clive had played Nxe4 to take Daniel's central e pawn, to go a pawn up in material.  But not for long!  Normally the variation is Daniel would play Nxe4, and then Clive would play d5, to fork Daniel's bishop and knight (Daniel's bishop already being on c4.) 


I describe this as the:  "famous pawn fork trick!"  (That might not be the correct technical name!)  It is an opening John Fenby regularly uses.  But it was not quite the same situation on the board as would normally be the case when this pawn fork trick is played. 


Daniel Binfield:  "I've been in this situation so many times before, but I managed to spot a way out of it!"  And he had!  Daniel played Bb5+.  The pawn fork trick was never on for Clive.  Daniel might not have noticed it, but I noticed Clive's mouth drop right open, at the shock of what Daniel had managed to do.  This sort of emotion you can only get in over the board chess. 


After exchanging bishops, Daniel then took the unguarded knight on e4, which had being used to capture Daniel's central e pawn in the first place.  A minor piece up, Daniel developed his other bishop, and rook, and then played a nice bishop fork on his opponents queen and rook, backed up with his other knight defending his bishop. 


Daniel won the exchange, trading his bishop for Clive’s rook.  Clive then won Daniel's knight, and then exchanged rooks.  An entertaining game was in the balance and for those following the match report, via text only, you may now have some idea of the position on the board, but I'll explain the ending in more detail. 


Eventually Daniel had now got queen and rook, and Clive had queen, bishop and knight, and both had an equal number of pawns.  Normally bishop and knight against rook should be a win for the player with the bishop and knight but Daniel had another trick up his sleeve! 


Rd8+.  Clive's king was trapped on the back row.  But he had the bishop to defend it.  Bf8.  Daniel then played Qe7!!  This was a brilliant move taking advantage of the fact that his opponent had a pinned bishop.  Could his opponent defend against the checkmate on the next move, yes with Nd7. 


Daniel knew now he could not go for the checkmate as it was no longer possible, but instead won the knight, and exchanged queens, to now leave the game as rook v bishop, with Daniel having the rook. 


By this time everyone knew he was playing well, and play on board 3 had virtually being suspended, Mike Lever and I were enjoying watching this!  But we were not the only ones.  Peter Crozet and Mike Jarocki were virtually hogging round Daniel's board. 


Rook v bishop should be a win for the player with the rook, but it is never easy.  If the rook is blundered it would be a certain loss.  Meanwhile Daniel had got a passed pawn on the a file, and had advanced it up the board.  Daniel had also put his king in the end game to good use and the importance of this can not be under estimated.  


In the end Daniel gave up his rook, to take Clive's bishop, and Daniel would have had a certain queen 3 moves later, at which point Clive resigned.  There was a nod of approval from both Mike Lever and I as we looked at each other to resume our own match! 


David Blower reaction:  "Well done Daniel, that was excellent!"  "Thank you" said Daniel in reply.  But the reaction was not just from me.  Peter Crozet, David Buckley and Mike Jarocki also congratulated Daniel on his victory. 


Peter Crozet:  "It certainly turned out he knew what he was doing, I wasn't sure at the time but it turned out he was!"  Mike Jarocki reaction as he gave myself a lift home:  "He is quite a useful player to have in the team!"  Indeed.  Perhaps the most telling reaction was from his opponent Clive, who was shaking his head in disbelief at how well Daniel had played. 


The website has reported on this match 6 months later than it happened so I can also reflect on this win with the benefit of hindsight.  I know since the game Daniel has also done well at the Shropshire Chess congress but also had some disappointing defeats.  


Overall though he has improved from when he first joined the club.  It is probably fair enough to say that this was the best win he has ever had. 


So with the 3-1 win against Lichfield B done and dusted, it was off next to Sutton Coldfield, on Monday November 4th 2013 and therefore I already know what happened there.  The drama there started early, and finished late.  Just one question I need to ask John Fenby:  “Where is Sutton Coldfield Chess club!” 

Categories: Cannock League, Lichfield

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