After their triumph against the D Team the C Team travelled to the Open University full of hope.
Things didn’t start well when Richard McMorran on Board 3 got behind on the clock (who doesn’t against George Ward?), forgot to castle and succumbed to a crushing attack. However the Walkers hit back in style. Nigel’s young opponent set off playing plausible moves but when things got a bit complicated he started to leak material with an inevitable mid evening finish. Robert, facing a Sicilian defence, appeared to reach a double edged position. He was a piece up but had to be careful about his opponent’s threats. Richard and I were puzzled when he appeared to give up his piece, as was his opponent who promptly took it, only to resign a move later when Robert, still with mating threats of his went a rook up.
So 2 to 1 up and the old codgers on Boards 1 and 2 still very much in their games, both with dour Bishop and Pawn endgames. I had spent the whole evening thinking I was struggling to equalise, managed to steer into what I thought was a drawn ending, only to blow it by a succession of feeble moves and one complete lemon. Actually Hiarcs (Apple’s Fritz) reckons I was better throughout until I opted for an ending. Joe was our last hope but he lost a pawn or two and was finished off (with time running short – when doesn’t it for Joe?) by competent endgame technique.
|Home Team: Open University||Away Team: Bedford C|
|1||Peter C Clarke||170||1||0||Giuseppe Valerio||154|
|2||James NO’D Alexander||147||1||0||Peter S Gill||134|
|3||George Ward||147||1||0||Richard McMorran||130E|
|4||Lau Gainpaulsingh||78||0||1||Robert S Walker||117|
|5||Dominic Bartram||ung||0||1||Nigel B Walker||86|
Peter Gill, 3rd November 2017