The C team captain had told us we needed to beat Milton Keynes C to lift them out of the Div 2 relegation places. We thought we had failed, but it turns out that a draw was enough to do the job.
Milton Keynes C v Bedford D
|Home Team: Milton Keynes C||Away Team: Bedford D|
|1||Alan Heath||152||0||1||James Gardner||173|
|2||Dave Wells||133||1||0||Qais Karimi||140|
|3||Colin Solloway||133||0.5||0.5||John J Harbour||138|
|4||John McKeon||121||0||1||Robert S Walker||117|
|5||Geir Erik Nielsen||116||1||0||Toby Cox||112|
Toby was first to finish after a bold attack, pushing the pawns in front of his castled king, rebounded on him.
Qais “sacrificed” first one pawn, then another. His position looked poor to me, but I was still expecting him to be explaining later on how he was “always better”. It wasn’t to be…
Robert and John took about 2 hours to exchange any material. I was otherwise engaged as Robert won first a rook and then the game.
James came out on top against Alan in a complicated, tactical affair. When glancing at their game I never felt I knew what was going on.
I got my pieces into a tangle, but after the first exchanges was able to build up a strong-looking king-side attack. This came to nothing, and we entered a R+B endgame with me a pawn down. When Colin offered a draw I nearly grabbed his hand off.