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Rose Forgrove C v Leeds A

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Match report by Warren Dennison: Rose Forgrove C correspondent

LCA Match Week 5

  • Venue: Roundhay Parochial Hall
  • Date: Wednesday, 07 November 2012
Team News
Rose Forgrove C fielded their regular five with Dennison leading from the front. Leeds A were lining up with a strong side with James Hunt not in pole position but as low down as board 3! .
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  • Rose Forgrove C finished last in the Leeds league division one last season. Leeds A ended last season third from bottom in division one but opted to relegate themselves due to struggling with fielding a strong team.
Match Report

Rose Forgrove C 2.5   Leeds A 2.5
Name Grade Result Name Grade
Warren Dennison 157 0.5 - 0.5 Mark Szymanski 163
Andy Ross 142 1 - 0 Khalid Mohammed 163
Keith Riach 135 0.5 - 0.5 James Hunt 163
Martin Blythe 130 0 - 1 Dave Summerland 116
Helmut Auer 110 1 - 0 Jon Mahoney 116


The two teams relegated from Division 1 last season were both sitting pretty in first and second place in Division 2 and both were defending unbeaten records heading into this match, so a real Clash of the Titans was on the cards. Leeds ‘A’ somewhat controversially requested to be relegated from Division 1 last season, despite not finishing in one of the relegation places, because they were going to lose some of their players. Not much sign of that having happened though as they boasted three players graded above 160 in their line-up. So with Rose Forgrove ‘C’ having the black pieces a tough challenge lay ahead. The match got off to a fairly bizarre start on board five with Helmut Auer’s opponent resigning by mistake after only 13 moves. He thought he was going to lose a piece not realising that he could re-capture! Subsequent analysis however showed that he was going to lose a different piece and so perhaps the resignation wasn’t so premature after all.

Rose Forgrove C 1 - 0 Leeds A

On board 4, Martin Blythe played a game he’d probably rather forget. Normally when Martin concedes the centre he undermines his opponent’s pawn structure but this time he was totally swamped and when he then went a piece down there was only one possible outcome. Martin played on for a while but the cause was hopeless.

Rose Forgrove C 1 - 1 Leeds A

 

On board 1 a very dull game was unfolding with Warren Dennison being forced to defend and having very little scope for initiative. Fortunately his opponent wasn’t feeling particularly ambitious and despite having a better pawn structure and a good bishop against a really awful bishop, he offered Warren a draw. Warren couldn’t shake his hand quick enough.

Rose Forgrove C 1.5 - 1.5 Leeds A

The game of the night was on board 2 where Andy Ross played his favourite gambit against Khalid Mohammed. Andy always seems to get into the most outrageously complicated positions when he plays this line and tonight was no exception. However, early on, it looked like he’d overreached himself as his knight was pinned on a diagonal against his queen and king and he was forced to give up a second pawn while trying to extricate himself from the pin. Nevertheless with all his pieces actively placed, Andy created loads of threats and his by now unpinned knight teamed up with its counterpart to harass the exposed white king. Then his rook infiltrated on the back rank and started picking off the queenside pawns. Khalid tried to create counter play on the kingside with a passed pawn but a deft combination of checks allowed Andy to pick it off. At this point Khalid sportingly resigned despite Andy being quite short of time.

Rose Forgrove C 2.5 - 1.5 Leeds A

 


The final match to finish was between Keith Riach and James Hunt on board 3. James played 3.Bb5 against Keith’s Sicilian and was able to exchange off on the c6 square so doubling Keith’s pawns. Subsequently James won another pawn and then the game moved into a rook and pawn ending. Keith had a passed pawn on the ‘a’ file which seemed to be tying down his opponent and so offered a draw which was declined. Play continued with Keith using his king to blockade his opponent’s own passed pawn and with his own passed pawn still looking troublesome on the ‘a’ file. At this point Keith offered a draw again, which seemed to infuriate his adversary who rejected the offer and asked him to desist from further requests. The rest of the team members watching the game were itching for Keith to offer another draw just as a wind-up but sadly he didn’t do so. Having been so riled by two draw offers, James Hunt proceeded to ruin his own king side pawn structure thus giving Keith an opportunity to move his rook up the ‘a’ file and snaffle up some pawns across the board. Sadly Keith didn’t spot this option and he proceeded in turn to wreck his own king side pawn structure. James then finally realised how to manoeuvre his king and rook to capture the ‘a’ pawn with the rook and thereafter he managed to mop up on the kingside and so secure the win.

 

Final score: Rose Forgrove C 2.5 - 2.5 Leeds A

 

So both sides remain unbeaten but, with a game in hand, Rose Forgrove ‘C’ can go top of the league with a win against Alwoodley ‘C’ in the next match.

 

Rose Forgrove 1
Match 1 Leeds A v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 2 Rose Forgrove 3 v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 3 Rose Forgrove 1 v Copperworks A Report
Match 4 Leeds CCCC 1 v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 5 Rose Forgrove 1 v Alwoodley A Report
Match 6 Alwoodley B v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 7 Pudsey A v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 8 Rose Forgrove 1 v Leeds A Report
Match 9 Rose Forgrove 2 v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 10 Copperworks A v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 11 Rose Forgrove 1 v Leeds CCCC 1 Report
 
Rose Forgrove 2
Match 1 Rose Forgrove 2 v Rose Forgrove 3 Report
Match 2 Rose Forgrove 2 v Leeds CCCC 1 Report
Match 3 Alwoodley A v Rose Forgrove 2 Report
Match 4 Alwoodley B v Rose Forgrove 2 Report
Match 5 Rose Forgrove 2 v Pudsey A Report
Match 6 Leeds A v Rose Forgrove 2 Report
Match 7 Rose Forgrove 3 v Rose Forgrove 2 Report
Match 8 Rose Forgrove 2 v Rose Forgrove 1 Report
Match 9 Leeds CCCC 1 v Rose Forgrove 2 Report
Match 10 Rose Forgrove 2 v Alwoodley A Report
 
Rose Forgrove A
Match 1 Rose Forgrove A v Harrogate A Report
Match 2 York RI A v Rose Forgrove A Report
Match 3 Alwoodley A v Rose Forgrove A Report
Match 4 Calderdale A v Rose Forgrove A Report
Match 5 Rose Forgrove A v Wakefield A Report
Match 6 York RI B v Rose Forgrove A Report
 
Rose Forgrove B
Match 1 Rose Forgrove B v Harrogate B Report
Match 2 Huddersfield v Rose Forgrove B Report
Match 3 Calderdale B v Rose Forgrove B Report
Match 4 York RI C v Rose Forgrove B Report
 
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