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Alwoodley C v Rose Forgrove C

warren dennison

Match report by Warren Dennison: Rose Forgrove C correspondent

LCA Match Week 6

  • Venue: Alwoodley Social Club
  • Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Team News
Rose Forgrove C fielded their regular five with Dennison leading from the front. Alwoodley C presented a solid team with Dave Aldous hoping to teach Dennison a lesson! .
Match Preview
Rose Forgrove C finished last in the Leeds league division one last season. Alwoodley C ended last season joint third in division two just missing out on promotion.
Match Report

Alwoodley C 3   Rose Forgrove C 2
Name Grade Result Name Grade
Dave Aldous 130 0 - 1 Warren Dennison 157
Mike Dow 126 0 - 1 Andy Ross 142
Pete Brennan 127 1 - 0 Keith Riach 135
Pete Saunders 115 1 - 0 Martin Blythe 130
Mark McGinty 089 1 - 0 Helmut Auer 110

With league leaders Leeds ‘A’ not playing this week, Rose Forgrove ‘C’ had the chance to go top of Division 2 by winning their game in hand against Alwoodley ‘C’. The Rose Forgrove boys had the white pieces, outranked the opposition on every board and were unbeaten this season. So a stroll in the park was on the cards, or was it?......

Let’s start this match report with an apology. In the report on the Yorkshire League Division 2 match against Netherton, I was quite disparaging about Eddie Hurwitz’s Rat Defence. Well, sorry Eddie, your entry for worst opening of the season has been surpassed by the following contribution from Helmut Auer, (Helmut is white): 1. d4 .. b6 2. e4 .. Bb7 3. Nf3 .. Bxe4 4. Ng5 .. Bb7 Helmut said afterwards that he picked up the wrong knight on the third move but that doesn’t explain the fourth move!! Anyway, the gauntlet has now been thrown down, can anyone do any better, erm I mean worse? Entries to the webmaster please, marked “Worst Opening of the Season Competition”. To be fair to Helmut, he did play reasonably well after his bad start but it must have been preying on his mind. The game went on for more than 60 moves but Helmut was always a pawn adrift. Then in the endgame with same coloured bishops, Helmut had once last chance to force a draw but, in time trouble, he didn’t spot that his opponent’s bishop was the wrong colour for the rook pawn’s queening square and so the game was lost.

Alwoodley C 1 - 0 Rose Forgrove C

 

On board 3, Keith Riach was in for a nasty surprise. His opponent, Pete Brennan, normally plays the Slav defence but, having lost to Keith several times with this system, he decided to play Chigorin’s defence instead. This was an excellent tactic as Keith was completely thrown by having to face this rarely seen opening. In the bar afterwards, Pete said that Keith had followed a book line for the first nine moves but thereafter his position looked awful. Keith ended up with his king on the b2 square, his pawns scattered hither and thither and most of his pieces on their home squares. Meanwhile Pete’s bishops were causing havoc and it wasn’t long before Keith started losing material with his rook on h1 hemmed in by the knight which was still on g1. With a bad position and material down, it wasn’t long before Keith was forced to capitulate.

Alwoodley C 2 - 0 Rose Forgrove C

 

Martin Blythe was hoping to bounce back after a poor game against Leeds ‘A’ and indeed he looked to have garnered the best position of all five boards from the opening. However from a comfortable position he decided to sacrifice a pawn and from there things started to go pear-shaped. I didn’t see the finish of the game but things moved very quickly after the pawn sacrifice and the next thing I knew was when the Alwoodley captain was handed the scorecard with a point for their side.

Alwoodley C 3 - 0 Rose Forgrove C

 

On board 2, Andy Ross faced a Pirc type opening from Mike Dow. Mike finachettoed both bishops and didn’t move anything past the third rank, while Andy, on the other hand, marched his pawns up the board sensing an opportunity to crush his opponent. However things didn’t turn out quite the way Andy had foreseen. Despite having his pieces boxed in on the seventh and eighth ranks, Mike defended tenaciously and created a few threats of his own against Andy’s now exposed king. An exchange of material left Andy with a rook and a pawn for a knight and a bishop. At first this looked like it would favour Andy, given the poor position of Mike’s pieces but Mike managed to get his queen in behind Andy’s defences and pretty soon gained the upper hand. By now, however, both players were running short of time. Then Andy laid a cunning trap into which Mike unluckily blundered. A discovered check with the bishop cost Mike his queen. From winning to losing in a few seconds, Mike lost heart and resigned straight away.

Alwoodley C 3 - 1 Rose Forgrove C

 


Dave Aldous offered the Portuguese variation of the Scandinavian against me on board 1 but I was having none of it as black always seems to get good play for the sacrificed pawn. So we sidestepped book theory and ended up in an asymmetrical position with white castled king side and black castled queen side. Then I got sidetracked by the fanciful notion of trapping the black queen, which allowed Dave to launch a kingside attack by opening up the g file. Multiple mating threats made my position look precarious but if I learnt one thing from last year’s battering in Division 1, it’s how to defend and when Dave pressed his attack too fast, I counterpunched prompting a flurry of exchanges which left me the exchange for a pawn to the good but still with an exposed king. However a strong pawn centre allowed me to push back the black queen and then invade on the g7 square with my own queen. By now we were both short on the clock and also some way from the 35 moves time control. Dave tried desperately to avoid an exchange of queens and in doing so, missed a line that would have given him at least a draw. Meantime I picked up his knight and then checked him forcing the queen exchange. This left black a clear rook down and so resignation was tendered.

 

Final score: Alwoodley C 3 - 2 Rose Forgrove C

 

So what should have been a walk in the park turned out to be a hobnail boot up the backside, with only lucky escapes on the top two boards preventing a whitewash. Next up, the Rose Forgrove ‘D’ team who, no doubt, will be looking to bloody our noses. Can the boys of the ‘C’ team regain winning ways? Watch this space to find out.

 

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