Barking grab a win despite a default

Ilford 2 v Barking 3, Monday 28 November 2022.
5 board match, G80 + 10
Tom Barton, captain.

Having conceded home advantage Barking returned to Ilford last night for the second match in Essex Division 3. Having lost 3-2 first time around Ilford were looking to improve and Barking arrived with only four players gifting a default point start to Ilford.

On board four, Euan played the London system against another junior, Raj, who countered using the Kings Indian defence and Euan was doing fine but on move 9 missed the only equality move (Bg5) and instead fell for a trap, dropping a bishop, which proved terminal.

Position after 8 c3 e5 when White has to play 9 Bg5 to avoid dropping a piece. White played 9 exd5

Dan was getting outgunned on board one by Barking’s strong Igor and so we were a point down. Biel played the opening to gain a better position but then disaster struck as he blundered a piece. Rayyan, who is in fine form for the second team, restored respectability to the result with a good win over Vladimir and now has 4 wins from 4 appearances!

The final score was once again 3-2 to Barking. Full match details here: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/125111

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