Bedford B go top!! (game added)

Home Team: Bedford B Away Team: Milton Keynes B
Board Name Grade Score Score Name Grade
1 Marc ON Obi 166 0.5 0.5 Richard CP Freeman 177
2 Alex Taylor 163 0 1 Francesca Matta 172
3 Richard T Bodily 168 0.5 0.5 Peter C Clarke 170
4 Steve Pike 161 1 0 Phillip Ekhaesomi 165
5 Ravi Arulnandhy 161 1 0 Robert Whiteside 164
3 2
Played: 19/04/18

The B Team played their last match against Milton Keynes B with a chance to secure at least second place in the league. As with all Division 1 matches it was not going to be easy!

Marc completed a superb season with a very easy draw against Richard. The game itself was one of few chances and neither side could really make much progress

For the second week running my game on board 2 was a bit of a disaster. I completely misplayed a Sicilian as white and was routinely crushed.

The action really happened on the bottom three boards.

Steve always looked to have a slight plus in his game against Philip, but there appeared to be nothing telling. Philip then dropped a pawn and the exchange and the game looked very winnable. Steve avoided any swindles and comfortably won the game to level the scores. [Alex is very kind – in reality Steve played in his usual overreaching manner but, just as it looked like the tables would turn, his opponent inexplicably started to give away all his material – Ed]

Ravi’s game on board 5 was an odd affair. Rob sacrificed a bishop for a couple of pawns and an attack in the opening. Ravi looked to have it under control, but the next time I looked he was two pawns down in ending with Rob having a pawn on d6 and active rook and bishop. Ravi is nothing but resourceful and regained the lost material, and declining a draw for the team then activated his rook and knight, created a passed a pawn, marched it to a2 and won the game!  [See below to re-live the miracle! – Ed]

This left Richard to bring home the bacon. His game was another tight affair. Peter seemed to have a slight advantage as Richard first had an isolated d pawn, then an isolated e pawn which both looked weak. Some good defence and perhaps a slight inaccuracy allowed Richard to equalise and reach a king and pawn ending where Richard had a 2-1 queenside majority and Peter had a 3-2 majority on the kingside. The position simplified to that classic drawing position of king v king, giving Bedford B a gutsy and well deserved victory, which had looked unlikely earlier in the evening.

Bedford B is therefore guaranteed second place, having achieved its best ever points haul and will finish above the A team. However, if the A Team can beat Leighton Buzzard A on Tuesday then the B Team could actually win the league! Come on Bedford A – do it for the club! Whatever happens it has been a great season for the team – so thank you all who have contributed along the way.

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points Wins Draws Losses Pen Pts
Bedford B 10 5 3 2 13 19 17 14 0
Leighton Buzzard A 9 5 3 1 13 18 14 13 0
Milton Keynes B 9 3 2 4 8 16 12 17 0
Bedford A 8 2 4 2 8 12 16 12 0
Milton Keynes A 8 2 2 4 6 15 9 16 0
Luton 8 1 2 5 4 9 14 17 0

4 Replies to “Bedford B go top!! (game added)”

  1. I fondly remember one season some years back (writes a former Bedford B captain) where after about a third of the season had elapsed Bedford B were going great guns and Bedford A looked headed for relegation, though this situation didn’t last.
    And none of the players in that Bedford B side would get a look in now, so strong is the current Bedford B team.
    Well played indeed.

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