|Posted on June 15, 2014 at 7:15 PM|
It has being a while since we have welcomed Rushall to Brewood. Mark Binfield has taken to captaincy like a duck to water! He also managed to do probably the best announcement of the entire season.
Mark Binfield: "Welcome to Rushall for this Wolverhampton Summer League match, division 3 I believe, it doesn't get better than this!" This is where the title of the match report comes from. It certainly could not have gone any better for the Jarvis family who won both of their matches to win the match for Rushall, after Brewood had being 1½ - ½ up. However first here is the matchcard:
Board 1: Peter Crozet 108 0-1 David Jarvis (120)
Board 2: Mark Binfield (107) 0-1 Alexander Jarvis (113)
Board 3: David Blower (101) 1-0 Peter Turner (95)
Board 4: Andrew Davies (96) ½ - ½ Josh Hennion (92)
Board 1: Peter Crozet 0-1 David Jarvis. This was the last board to finish and decided the match in Rushall's favour.
Peter Crozet: "My opponent picked up his piece and dropped it. Realizing the move he was initially was going to play would blunder his piece the only move he could play without losing the piece turned out to be the winning move. I wasn't expecting it at all." By the end of the game David had a rook and 2 passed pawns against Peter's bishop and 1 other pawn which would not have enough time to queen.
David advanced his central passed pawn to his 7th rank, forcing Peter to give up his bishop as it became pinned to his king by David's rook. David took the bishop, Peter took the remaining pawn with his king, but that pawn was on the a file at the side of the board with David's king in direct opposition against it. David used his rook to deliver a classic rook and king checkmate.
Board 2: Mark Binfield 0-1 Alexander Jarvis. Mark Binfield was on the attack. Mark's queen was on the a file, with Alex as black having a pinned pawn on a7, and his king on a8. Mark's knight looked set to join in with a threat of a fork to win Alex's queen. But Alex came up with a good defence to nullify the threat despite the board and time pressure he was clearly under.
Mark offered a draw to Alex as both players were running short on time. After the Rushall players left with us congratulating them on winning and wishing them a safe journey home this was Mark Binfield's reaction:
Mark Binfield: "I played quite well tonight. I was on the attack and I had the initiative but just couldn't finish it off.
David Blower: "It looked like you had that knight for a lot of useful knight forks but he had a good defence. It looked like he had everything covered. With both of you in time trouble a blunder like that was always a possibility."
Mark Binfield: "Yeah I think if I had more time I would have worked a solution out. I thought he would take a draw and it surprised me that he didn't."
There was still life in the game though but both players ended up having to move very quickly. Somehow or other after watching a series of moves take place (whilst in the middle of a friendly rematch against my opponent) Alex had ended up a piece up! This turned out useful but Alex was still under time pressure.
Almost in slow motion Mark Binfield moved his queen to take Alex's knight. Watching from the next board I kept a straight face although Alex was never going to miss this. Mark had blundered his queen as a result of taking Alex's knight, as Alex's bishop could come back from being on the attack to take Mark's queen. Mark resigned without making another move as his position was now hopeless.
I am not certain that this game deserved such a blunder at the end of it as Mark had put Alex under pressure. But both players were moving quickly which is part of the game sometimes. Alex's main plan once he was a piece up was to simplify and keep his piece advantage with fewer pieces. Alex had played well to win, and this was the 3rd board to finish, setting up the deciding board on board 1.
Board 3: David Blower 1-0 Peter Turner. My own match on board 3 was the first board to finish. Peter really should have at least drawn this match and he could have possibly won it. The chess opening in this match was: C45: Scotch Game: Classical Variation. After move 6 an exchange of queens meant I had to play Kxd8 to take Peter's queen meaning I had lost the right to castle.
As it turned out this did not matter too much! The theory of chess suggests that castling with the king is less important with no queens on the board but it left me with a problem of how to get my rook on a8 involved. Peter played what I considered to be a strange move 10 Ke2 also giving up the right to castle. I notated it as 10 Ke2?
After a long series of moves by move 19 I had doubled up rooks on the only open file, developed the knight for an attack on the kingside pawns and had shifted my king into a useful position. But Peter had also developed his rooks on the same open file and both rooks were exchanged, leaving both of us with 1 knight and 7 pawns and the kings each.
With an interlocked pawn structure looking likely I offered a draw after move 27. Peter rejected it. The computer showed the score as 0.05 After move 33 the computer showed the score as 0.00 Peter believed that although we both had an equal number of pawns, I had doubled pawns on one file and he did not, meaning he thought he had the advantage.
Andrew Davies reaction: "Something went wrong somewhere for him."
David Blower: "Yes he completely messed up interlocking the pawn structure."
Andrew Davies: "He had a passed pawn, but with that knight parked there it became useless."
David Blower: "Yeah I figured out I could afford to give up the knight if needed to stop the pawn as I had already gained his knight."
Peter had indeed messed up interlocking the pawn structure and it allowed me to gain his knight in exchange for a pawn. I then used my material advantage to gain another pawn, which now meant I had a passed pawn on h4. Peter made no attempt to defend this so I gained my queen easily.
Peter chose to counter attack but my queenside pawns were structured in such a way that Peter had no time to advance any of his pawns before I had promoted my pawn to a queen. Game over, a difficult beginning and a tight middlegame had a very easy ending for me. Peter had only played 1 bad move to mess up the interlocked pawn structure ending but it was enough for me to get the victory.
Board 4: Andrew Davies ½ - ½ Josh Hennion. This game also featured an interlocked pawn structure. However neither player messed this one up and with no passed pawns and no way through a draw was agreed. Josh did have an extra pawn though.
Josh wondered if he could advance his knight to a gap in the pawn structure but to do this he would have had to have moved his knight backwards to then go forwards by which time Andrew could have advanced his own pawns to cover this.
Overall then a disappointing defeat for Brewood but credit goes to Rushall. Watch out for the Dudley League announcements next season when I will attempt to outdo Mark Binfield!