Essex D3 match – Thurrock 2 v Ilford 2 – Wednesday 4 January 2023.
5 board match, G80 + 10
Tom Barton, captain.
With none of the juniors playing we had a stronger team for this return match against Thurrock. Average grades of 1435 to 1599 suggested we should win the match but not without resistance.
A quick win for Muhammad with his opponent blundering his queen in the middle-game saw us an early point up. Jef made it two up with a checkmate against his junior opponent. They had gone for opposite side castling in a Caro-Kann that had morphed into a Sicilian type setup when Jef’s opponent strayed. See the diagram for the final moves:
Taha was a passed pawn down which if his opponent could liquidate the queen and rooks would be winning so a difficult position and that pressure told and he lost.
Adhar started mopping up pawns in his game and Biel reached a very interesting middle-game. Adhar won to secure the match. Biel’s game was see-sawing but eventually he went pawns up and also won – a bit of a grind with opportunities missed to conclude the game more quickly. So the final score was a 4-1 win to start 2023.
1 1522 Baig, Huzaifa 0 – 1 Page, Jeffrey 1644
2 (B) 1550 Waszkielewicz, Mariusz 1 – 0 Undre, Taha 1575
3 1589 Lawrence, Drew 0 – 1 Jaiswal, Adhar 1556
4 (B) 1411 Sandu, Silviu 0 – 1 Obiols, Biel 1618
5 1100 Waszkielewicz, Oscar 0 – 1 Faheem, Muhammad 1600L
Full details on the LMS here: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/125103