|Posted on September 9, 2014 at 11:10 AM|
On Wednesday 3rd September 2014 Brewood travelled to Boldmere St. Michaels a chess club from near Birmingham to play the first match of the season away in the 2014-2015 Cannock Chess League division 3. Mark Binfield was the captain and has provided a match report of the evening. First of all here is the matchcard:
Board 1: Arthur F Kent 128 1-0 Mark Keady (154)
Board 2: Gordon Barron (125) 1-0 Peter Crozet (106)
Board 3: Graham Woodward (103) 0-1 Mark Binfield (106)
Board 4: Bill Dixon 98 ½ - ½ Daniel Binfield (69)
Brewood's league season got off to a losing start in the Cannock League away at Boldmere. The July gradings [published in August] appeared to be favourable for Brewood with opportunities to field teams close to the 460 limit. However, on this occasion the home team were able to field a team with a combined total of 453, an advantage of 18.
Mark Keady on board 1 had won a tight tussle as white the previous evening against Peter Crozet who was on board 2. An ideal result according to the new captain in his pre-match pep talk in the Member's Lounge and perfect practice for this match. However, there was to be no repeat as Mark Keady continued his disappointing run in the Cannock League and slipped to defeat.
Peter Crozet was outgraded by 18 points on 2 but managed to fashion an advantage before an unfortunate blunder snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. He was the third to finish and with Mark Keady having already lost on board 1, and Daniel Binfield having drawn on board 4 (see below for his board report) it meant that Brewood were consigned to an opening day defeat.
Mark Binfield does not do quick wins (only quick defeats!) and it was no surprise as the captain was last to finish on Board 3 eventually prevailing in a topsy turvey game for a consolation win.
Daniel was second to finish on 4 and showed increased maturity in claiming a draw in a quiet game against a higher graded opponent.
The skipper Mark Binfield was in reflective mood afterwards: "Tonight was a wake up call for us and showed we can take nothing for granted in this game. I was pleased for Daniel who has proven he can be competitive this season and we have Mark Keady and Peter Crozet back for extra training in the morning!"
Mark Binfield also gave some thought as to the team selection against Lichfield which is tonight [Tuesday 9th September 2014:] "Our fixtures are coming thick and fast early in the season in this league and I'm not into knee jerk reactions although we may consider freshening things up next week."