Bedford D lose narrowly

 Bedford D   Milton Keynes C 
1Steve C Pike18400.50.5George Ward1759e
2Theo Jenkins15760.50.5Colin Solloway1593
3Ramsey Dairi1500e01John McKeon1585
4Andy Evans158510Michael Page1600e
5R David Cox131301Sumit Bhalla1250e
Played: 24/02/22      

Bedford D fell just short last night, despite some good individual performances.

Making his debut for the season, David played a Dutch and his game looked suitably wild. When I looked, both sides were attacking on opposite sides of the board with little or no thought to defence! Sadly, David’s attack finished second.

My own game went from a very dull blocked up QGD to a rather sharp position where George moved his king from e1 to h2 instead of castling! He then proceeded to threaten mate in one a few times which was a bit awkward. After the queens were exchanged, we were left with an opposite coloured bishops dead drawn endgame. If this description of the game doesn’t make much sense, I have accurately conveyed my grasp of the situation.

Ramsey also played the Dutch but his opponent quickly got a strong attack. Despite some resourcefulness, he ended up three pawns down in an endgame with the the inevitable result.

Captain Andy was also making his long overdue debut for the season. He showed what we had been missing by winning a pawn, swapping queens, winning another pawn and converting an endgame efficiently.

Theo continues to play interesting chess. He gained a space advantage against Colin’s French but dropped a pawn. Everything got complicated and it looked like a piece might follow but Theo used tactics to simplify into a rook and pawn ending. Despite still being a pawn down, it was not enough and it ended peacefully.

A collective loss but definitely some positives to take.