|Posted on March 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM|
A full match report follows below, but first here is the matchcard:
Board 1: Roger Threlfall (145) ½ - ½ John Fenby (119)
Board 2: David Jarvis (115) ½ - ½ Stephen Micklewright (103)
Board 3: Alexander Jarvis (106) ½ - ½ David Blower (95)
Board 4: Josh Hennion (105) ½ - ½ Mark Binfield (Ungraded)
Whoever invented the phrase: "you win some, you lose some" probably never ever played chess. It is possible to draw a game of chess, and there are various ways to do it. All 4 boards between Rushall B and Brewood were drawn to give a match score draw of 2-2. Some of the Brewood players might be more disappointed with their draws than others. Here is what happened:
Board 1: Roger Threlfall ½ - ½ John Fenby. John Fenby's match was the last match to finish. Near the end of the game he looked like he had an advantage, but could not force it home within the time limit. Up the exchange from earlier which I did not see, he was left with queen, rook and knight and two pawns, v queen and two knights.
The queens were exchanged and then John's opponent used his king and knights well to take the two pawns, which left John with rook and knight and his opponent with two knights. John was playing moves as quickly as possible but there was to be no way through against a solid defence.
With time running short both players agreed a draw, as although John Fenby had the advantage, he could not see a way through and with both players running short on time it looked a fair enough result. This secured the draw for Brewood.
Board 2: David Jarvis ½ - ½ Stephen Micklewright. Stephen was the most disappointed of the Brewood players, as he got a draw by stalemate. The last time a draw by stalemate happened for a Brewood player was the David Buckley stalemate, from the last time we played Rushall. This is the 3rd draw of the season for a Brewood player via a stalemate, after Daniel Binfield's draw at Rugeley.
Reaction from Stephen Micklewright after the match: "I snatched a draw from the jaws of victory! I fell into a trap." This is indeed true. The Rushall player left his rook to be taken, knowing that if it was took then he would not have a legal move in the game, whilst not being in check. David Jarvis had two pawns which were blocked from going forward.
Stephen Micklewright had some further reaction: "I should have just took the pawn with check really. I was playing too quickly whereas if I had slowed down just a bit, I would have done that." It was disappointing for Stephen, but at the same time it was clever from David, although it was not a forced stalemate, it did rely on an error from Stephen.
Unlike the previous two stalemates this season though, where both of them came from clear errors under no pressure from the opponents, the move to take the rook from Stephen might seem like the obvious move. David Jarvis admitted he had played for it, but looking out for a stalemate trap is always worth doing.
Board 3: Alexander Jarvis ½ - ½ David Blower. My own match on board 3 was the first to finish. The chess opening was: B17: Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation. Last time Rushall played Brewood, Stephen Micklewright played Alex, and was thrashed by him. This time David Blower found out how good a player Alex is.
The game was equal in material all the way through, but I did think Alex was on top for most of the game. I had to play accurately to defend against his threats. My dark squared bishop had got into a bad position which I was happy to exchange for Alex's dark squared bishop.
Alex's light squared bishop took control of the centre diagonal. I did manage to get my light squared bishop on the centre diagonal later on for an exchange. Eventually with possible forks on my rook and queen, my rook was moved to the side of the board, two diagonal squares away from Alex's knight, a textbook position in which the rook dominates the knight.
This meant that Alex was going to find it difficult to continue using his knight for an attack. At this point the draw was agreed, offered by Alex as he was running short on time. I felt he was probably winning the game, not by much, but just about, so accepted the draw. After the game we discussed it with each other, it was interesting both of our thought processes of a few alternative moves.
Board 4: Josh Hennion ½ - ½ Mark Binfield. Queen's Gambit Declined was the opening in this one. On the way back home, Mark said he felt it was: "the most defensive game I have ever been involved in." It was only his 2nd draw in competitive chess, and his 1st one by agreement. Mark was a pawn down and Josh had the initiative.
With black Mark said that he felt Josh had a weekness on d6, and Mark managed to get the pawn back. This was the 3rd match to finish on the night, Mark asking captain John Fenby whether it was ok to accept a draw given the match conditions. John assured him it was, so it was accepted, and with equal material with no pawns been advanced that much up the board a draw looked fair enough.
The final score of Rushall B 2-2 Brewood was a good result for us, considering that Rushall B were higher graded on all 4 boards. The final match of the Cannock League season is against Cannock on Tuesday April 2nd.