Manningtree Chess Club Match Results.

A-Team B-Team Divisional Rapidplay U1800

Tables

 Manningtree B20/04/22Felixstowe B
1Stephens, Robert W17731 - 0Robertson, David1426
2McAllister, John WF17511 - 0Wright, Trevor1316
3Webber, Simon16251 - 0May, Henry1299
4Default0 - 1Ross, Bernard1491
1Stephens, Robert W17731 - 0Robertson, David1426
2McAllister, John WF17511 - 0Wright, Trevor1316
3Webber, Simon16251 - 0May, Henry1299
4Default0 - 1Ross, Bernard1491
   6 - 2
The final score of this match does not reflect the activities over the boards tonight. If truth be told, the final score should have been four-all with Manningtree B scraping through on bottom board elimination.
  In the first round John and Simon had comfortable wins, but Bob should have lost. Having lost the exchange, then getting it back, he played a queen sacrifice thinking he had a back rank mate. He´s lucky his opponent thought the same or he would have faced a queen and pawn ending without a queen.
  In the second round Simon had another comfortable win, and Bob followed suit without any mishaps this time. John however came out of a Scotch game very much the worse for wear, two pawns down and with nothing to show for it. His opponent however failed to capitalise on it and John was very lucky to reverse the imbalance. This puts us through to the semi-final against Saxmundham B, where we are unlikely to be so lucky.

 Felixstowe A12/04/22Manningtree A
1Hopkins, Phil2207½ - ½Lewis, Andrew P2249
2Gemmell, Peter A22021 - 0Hutchings, Philip J1900
3Simons, Conrad19380 - 1Kerr, Rowland1833
4Kirkham, Ed16340 - 1McAllister, John WF1751
1Hopkins, Phil22070 - 1Lewis, Andrew P2249
2Gemmell, Peter A22021 - 0Hutchings, Philip J1900
3Simons, Conrad19381 - 0Kerr, Rowland1833
4Kirkham, Ed16341 - 0McAllister, John WF1751
   4½ - 3½
We started off reasonably OK, especially after Rowland had wrapped up his game before the rest of us were barely out of the opening. Our luck seemed to be in after John lost a piece in an opening oversight, but his opponent went on to lose the game. And while Andy was held to a draw, and Phil wasn't, we ended the first round in the lead.
  The boards finished in the same order in the second round, but the results took a turn for the worse. Rowland's opponent was ready for him this time and turned the tables. John had a much better opening, and was looking good for at least half a point if not the win, but he underestimated his opponent's resources and had to surrender the exchange and not long after that he got mated. Phil was again under the cosh and things got very complicated before his position unravelled. Our Cup hopes were now over, but Andy ploughed on in a very tricky ending. With a clear advantage on the board, although not the clock, he turned down a draw offer and eventually secured a second queen. With just a single queen, his opponent was close to a perpetual, and offered another draw, but Andy manoeuvred his king across the board where the checks ran out.
  Being out of the Cup is a bit of a shame, but it does mean we can now concentrate on the League (as they say in football circles).