Saturday, 20 December 2008

A team drop to foot of table

The A team ended the first half of the season at the bottom of division one following a defeat to Telepost B who started the match on the same points as Church Stretton A.

Gerald Link turned down an early draw in his match agains Peter Crean but lost out in a king and pawn ending. Karl Wakefield then fell to a tactical trap by his opponent Bob Simpson having started out with a promising position from a familiar opening. Tom Williamson's game against Steve Kempsell ended in a draw in a position that appeared to offer chances to both sides.

On board four David Williams launched a ferocious attack against John Westhead's exposed king but in the process sacrificed two pieces. Unable to find the killer punch David eventually succumbed. This left Steve Rooney to try and salvage something despite the match being lost. He won an important pawn against John Bashall but this is often not enough in what developed into an opposite bishop's ending. However John's position became very passive and eventually Steve's king invaded the enemy territory and forced the win of another pawn resulting in his opponent's resignation.

Church Stretton 1.5-3.5 Telepost B
S Rooney 1-0 J Bashall
K Wakefield 0-1 R Simpson
G Link 0-1 P Crean
D Williams 0-1 J Westhead
T Williamson 0.5-0.5 S Kempsell

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