|Posted on January 21, 2015 at 3:45 PM|
The Brewood A team continued the Wolverhampton Chess League 2014-2015 division 2 season away to Halesowen B on Tuesday 13th January 2015. Looking to get a win against the team bottom of the division the team travelled to Halesowen looking to make up for a gutting last gasp defeat to the same club's A team earlier on in the season. First here is the matchcard:
Board 1: Andy Ambrose (147) ½ - ½ Derek Laight (163)
Board 2: Robert Grimes (140) 0-1 Mark Keady (154)
Board 3: Don S Curry (136) ½ - ½ Roger Grainger (131)
Board 4: Jon A Asbury (127) ½ - ½ John Fenby 128
Board 5: John Davis (Ungraded) 0-1 Mike Jarocki 118
Board 6: Logan Gregory (Ungraded) 1-0 Stephen Micklewright (112)
Total: Halesowen B 2½ - 3½ Brewood A
Match Report from Roger Grainger
We beat Halesowen B 3½ - 2½. Mark Keady won on board 2, as did Mike Jarocki on board 5. Stephen Micklewright lost on board 6 and Derek Laight, John Fenby and I all drew.
On board 1 Derek Laight faced a dragon and had a fairly even game. He took the last draw on the night to secure a win for the team.
The talking point of the night was my grandmaster draw on board 3 after 11 moves. I was white against Don Curry where the opening was a "book" Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation which both of us knew quite well as per the Bobby Fischer v Svetozar Gligorić match from the 17th chess olympiad in Havana in Cuba in 1966 (see game 56 in Bobby Fischer's book: "My 60 Memorable Games.")
Don Curry offered me the draw after the queen exchanges and I took it. Blame the long journey there and the forecast of snow later, as I hoped to leave early - which did not happen - but I also knew from numerous similar games that I had played over the last 30 years with the opening, that it was a long, hard end-game for both sides!
On board 4 John Fenby sacrificed a bishop early on for an attack which did not happen as he had hoped for and his opponent was about to queen a pawn for a second queen when they agreed a draw due to a lack of time for the Halesowen player.
Overall it was a very good result for the team but it was a bit of a scary drive home in snow, as there was a heavy snowfall in the Birmingham area leading up towards Walsall at around 10:00pm although it thinned out a bit at Cannock. Nevertheless the team got back safely having won the match.
Thanks to Roger for the match report. The next match is also away against Mercia A on Tuesday 27th January 2015. It is looking very good now for the team to stay up.