|Posted on October 14, 2014 at 11:45 AM|
On Tuesday 9th September 2014 Brewood played the 2nd match of the Cannock Chess League 2014-2015 division 3 season at home against Lichfield A. Team captain Mark Binfield has supplied the website with the match report. Here is the match card:
Board 1: Mark Keady (154) ½ - ½ David W Fone (130)
Board 2: John Fenby 128 ½ - ½ Bernard Baptiste (Ungraded)
Board 3: Mark Binfield (106) 1-0 Stuart Smitton (87)
Board 4: Daniel Binfield (69) 0-1 Roy K Smith (82)
Brewood secured their first point of the season in the Cannock League with a hard earned draw against Lichfield A.
There was a slight delay at the start as Brewood were missing their top board. When the skipper had called for more hunger after the previous week’s defeat to Boldmere, he hadn’t meant it to be taken so literally with Mark Keady arriving shortly afterwards, having forfeited his tea!
Club Captain John Fenby was drafted in at Board 2 for the rested Peter Crozet and was the first match to finish with a grandmaster draw in fairly short time.
Things were looking promising on Board 4 with Dan’s opponent subject to more pins than Barry Sheene. However, he was unable to press home his advantage and then made a couple of errors leading to a disappointing defeat.
Brewood therefore needed results from the remaining games and it didn’t look very promising in either. Despite his best efforts Mark Keady could not break through and accepted a draw on top board.
Therefore only a win would do on Board 3 if the home team were to emerge with anything from the position. Mark Binfield had managed to equalise the position having been an exchange down but a draw was the best he could hope for and although his opponent offered one twice, the captain decided to soldier on.
In the end, his situation looked lost but an unfortunate time induced error by his opponent allowed Mark to queen with literally seconds left. A mad scramble ensued but Mark was able to achieve mate just in time and secure the half point for his team.
Speaking afterwards, the captain was disappointed with the draw despite his own heroics.
"We had higher grades on 3 of the 4 boards and home advantage to boot. Dan was on top on Board 4 and will be disappointed to come away with nothing. However, it’s part of the learning curve for him and he was the only one of us with a grading deficit. We just aren’t firing but I can’t quite put my finger on why. Even for me, it was a game I certainly didn’t deserve to win although it was much needed.
The supporters are demanding results and have to be disappointed with the start to the season. Certainly, the home game against Sutton Coldfield next month now looks pivotal if we are going to be anywhere before the mid-season break. I’ll be looking hard at all the options in the next few weeks to try and find the winning formula."