Our side of the cookie crumbled more than theirs, which was a shame because we had a strong side out last night. Unfortunately so did they........ Like us they would like to avoid relegation
Glenn agreed an early draw with David Knox, who is still a tough opponent. David and Chris, lost and won, respectively but I didn't see their games so can't comment. I was reasonably pleased with my opening, once again, the
Budapest gambit bemused my opponent and I
achieved good development. I thought I should
manage a draw with black at least.
Initially I was behind on time but I managed to complicate matters and
regain the deficit. We were playing a straight 90 minutes for all moves, I
really don't like the cliff edge nature of this time control, it seems to
ignore the benefits of digital clocks. The skirmishing started before either
side had completed development. The position looked innocuous enough, but my
opponent managed to whip up an attack which I underestimated and led to a win
in all variations, though I have yet to consult with Fritz.
Marple were now losing 2.5 - 1.5 with two boards to be decided. Paul, playing black, had a large time advantage and latterly was a pawn up. It looked like he just had to untangle his pieces to get a favourable position. His opponent, seemingly very relaxed about the time deficit, mounted a king side attack which I thought was defendable but I failed to spot a zwischenzug queen check, which was decisive.
Alan had 2 knights vs 2 bishops (and major pieces) and the knights weren't well placed. From there I think he did very well to get a draw, which was agreed when both players had very little time left.
1. D Knox 0.5-0.5 Glenn Trueman
2. A Elliot 1-0 Paul Kirby
3. R Nurse 0.5-0.5 Alan Hall
4. A Cowan 0-1 Chris Baker
5. A Beswick 1-0 David Preen
6. H Manassian 1-0 Jeff Barlow