Date: 29-01-2020, Division 2 at Citadines Hotel. Ilford White on odd boards
|Board||Home Player||Result||Home Player||Difference|
|one||Paolo Casaschi es170||0-1||Andrew Gilfillan s187A||-17|
|two||Anthony R Kent s158A||0-1||Simon Randall s180C||-22|
|three||Gary Thurston s152C||1/2-1/2||Conor O’Shaughnessy s175D||-23|
|four||Venkatesh Subramanian es150||1-0||Alex Bourke s155B||-5|
|five||Gideon Vecht s142B||1/2-1/2||Peter Grant-Ross s138A||4|
|six||Jason W Klimach s145C||1/2-1/2||WK (Bill) Osborne s135C||10|
|seven||Jeffrey Page s128B||1/2-1/2||Richard A Balatoni s122A||6|
|eight||Taha Undre es100||1/2-1/2||Faye Ainscow s113A||-13|
|nine||Walk Over||1-0||For Feit||–|
|ten||Walk Over||1-0||For Feit||–|
|Mean grading||Home team: 143.1||Away team: 150.6||Δ = 7.5|
Although we were 2 up to start with, Kings Head were stronger than us on top 3 boards and teams broadly level below that. Paolo’s Queens gambit accepted gave him some initiative but he lost material. Anthony’s hedgehog was going well but he missed a tactic for his opponent.
Gary Thurston, Jason Klimach and Jef Page agreed draws in even fairly positions and things looked in the balance. Gideon Vecht had a Knight for 2 pawns in a rook ending but had to settle for a draw as his opponents pawn reached the 7th rank. Venkatesh won material and saw through our only win on the night in a tense open board. Now 5-4 to us. Taha Undre and Faye Ainscow had 7 pawns each in a fairly locked position. Taha lost his a pawn but got active play with his knight as both players started running out of time. An honorable draw was agreed to give us the match. We now have 2 wins from our last 2 matches, after suffering 4 defeats since the season started.
Our next match is against British Bangla Chess Association on Wednesday 19 February.