| ||Manningtree ||12/12/18||Ipswich |
|1||McAllister, John WF ||137 ||½ - ½||Holt, H Roger ||141|
|2||Stephens, Robert W ||135 ||1 - 0||Jones, Les J ||138|
|3||Phillips, Carl ||127 ||0 - 1||Smyth, Pete ||136|
|4||Webley, Mark A ||123 ||1 - 0||Irving, Angus ||113|
| || || ||2½ - 1½ |
This win puts us on top of the table, but unless there's a fortuitous result in next week's Woodbridge v Bury match, we won't be there for long.
And after that, well we will have to wait until April for our final match against Bury, by which time we'll know if that mathematical possibility
of winning this trophy is in any way realistic. |
John finished first tonight, on the black side of a rather quiet Italian Game, and after all the minor pieces came off, it was his opponent
who had the better options while John had to repeat moves to prevent the loss of a crucial pawn. His opponent chose to repeat the threats
rather than find any new ones, so the game was over relatively early.
Mark finished next, and somehow managed to come back from the dead after his King's Gambit was declined and a chaotic looking game ensued.
He was the exchange and a pawn down, and appeared to be soon out, when he suddenly managed to thrust his queen deep behind enemy lines,
and the tables were completely turned. His opponent then did that rather odd thing that some players occasionally do - he spent about
fifteen minutes thinking when there was only one legal move available.
Bob put us further ahead with another solid performance in a double fianchettoed Modern and at one point it looked as though he was going
to get all a, b and c pawns connected and passed. His opponent managed to thwart that plan, and even though he broke them up, the damage
was done and Bob's single advancing pawn proved decisive.
Carl brought up the rear and was beginning to regret not taking the more complicated line in his Sicilian and consequently spent most of
the game a pawn down. He had invested a lot of time considering his options, and consequently spent most of the game considerably behind
on the clock as well (at one point he had less than a minute to his opponent's 25, and would certainly have lost much earlier had we not
been on incremental timing). He was not without compensation for the loss of his pawn, but as the ending approached, and the pieces thinned
out, he was unable to save a second pawn and thus had a 3v2 pawn minority on both wings. No one could accuse him of giving up without a fight,
the game went beyond the normal three hours, and it was about move seventy before he was forced to throw in the towel.