Friday, 8 November 2013

All square at Telford

The A team shared the points with Telford A this week with the clocks again playing a key role.

Graham chalked up an early win against John Footner, too quick for me to even see much of the game! There was then a long tense gap as the rest of us battled on.

Francis  chalked up a win on board five having been an exchange up and seeing off an advancing pawn before his opponent lost on time. This was followed by Trevor agreeing a draw with Dave Gostelow on board one, he looked a bit better but was behind on time.

Eric was another casualty to the clock when he ran out of time in a very complicated position against Rchard Gillespie. Steve's game against Nazif also ended with time running out as a superior position evaporated in a swashbuckling blitz finish.

Telford A 2.5-2.5 Condover & Church Stretton A
D Gostelow 0.5-0.5 T Brotherton
N Nazif 1-0 S Rooney
J Footner 0-1 G Shepherd
R Gillespie 1-0 E Elwell
T Skidmore 0-1 F Rooney

Next match is our first rapidplay league encounter at Condover on Tue 12 Nov. Should be a fun night with four teams playing a three-match series, spectators welcome.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Our first defeat

We played Newport C away on 5 Nov. and after a close fought game went down 2.5-1,5.Charles  Micallef was the first to finish with a draw against Dave Lovegrove,and I followed with a loss on board 4 against ungraded Micheal Moore.I felt happy with my game until near the end when his knight and Queen found all the good squares.Francis put up a brave fight,but finally fell to Steve Cooper,while Tom Williamson played out a long game,his opponents flag finally falling.Tom had a queen,knight and bishop against both rooks and bishop.