|Home Team: Bedford B||Away Team: Milton Keynes B|
|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|
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.
|Leighton Buzzard A||9||5||3||1||13||18||14||13||0|
|Milton Keynes B||9||3||2||4||8||16||12||17||0|
|Milton Keynes A||8||2||2||4||6||15||9||16||0|