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Rose Forgrove C v Rose Forgrove D

warren dennison

Match report by Warren Dennison: Rose Forgrove C correspondent

LCA Match Week 7

  • Venue: Parochial Hall, Roundhay
  • Date: Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Team News
Rose Forgrove C team fielded their best line up and Rose Forgrove D welcomed back the grand old campaigner Roy Catlow who returned to the fold for the first time this season. Stan "The Man" led the line for the D team. .
Match Preview
Rose Forgrove C finished last in the Leeds league division one last season. Rose Forgrove D ended last season fifth in division two.
Match Report

Rose Forgrove C 3   Rose Forgrove D 2
Name Grade Result Name Grade
Warren Dennison 157 0 - 1 Stan Aleksandrowicz 144
Andy Ross 145 1 - 0 Roy Catlow 127
Keith Riach 135 1 - 0 Peter Clark 117
Martin Blythe 130 0.5 - 0.5 Steven Wright 111
Helmut Auer 110 0.5 - 0.5 Alan Hughes 097

With league leaders Leeds ‘A’ having a bye again this week, Rose Forgrove ‘C’ had another opportunity to go top of Division 2. However the last time the ‘C’ team had a chance to go top they blew it by losing to Alwoodley ‘C’. Surely they couldn’t blow it again by losing to the Rose Forgrove ‘D’ team? Read on to find out what happened.

Keith Riach faced the dangerous Peter Clark on board 3. Peter usually plays a very decent game but unfortunately for him doesn’t seem to get the results that his play warrants. This match was no exception. Peter looked to have a strong rook on the sixth rank, pressurising Keith’s doubled pawns and when he went a pawn in front it looked as if Keith was in trouble. However, as many higher ranked players have discovered to their cost, Keith is a tenacious defender and by generating counter play with his own rooks on the seventh rank, he was able to turn the match around and secure a win against the odds.

Rose Forgrove C 1 - 0 Rose Forgrove D

 

On board 1, I decided to play the Najdorf Poisoned Pawn variation against Stan Alekzandrowicz. With hindsight, this probably wasn’t the cleverest choice of opening, given Stan’s well-known attacking propensities. Nevertheless Stan avoided the opening’s main lines and played quite conservatively by his standards. This allowed me to win another pawn and I was feeling quietly confident that if I could get the queens off, then I should be able to hold on and win the endgame. Then on move 25 I blundered by re-capturing with the queen instead of a pawn. Accurate defence is paramount in the Najdorf Poisoned Pawn, so in a matter of seconds I went from a fairly comfortable position to being hopelessly lost. Stan, to his credit, finished me off mercilessly for a well deserved victory.

Rose Forgrove C 1 - 1 Rose Forgrove D

 

Andy Ross faced Roy Catlow on board 2. Owing to ill health, this was Roy’s first outing for the club since January but he certainly looked up for the battle with a strong showing in the opening, aided by a slightly dubious pawn sacrifice from Andy. As the game unfolded, however, Andy gradually started applying pressure on the king side, marching his h and g pawns to the sixth and fifth ranks respectively. Roy had the bishop pair against Andy’s knight pair but the bishops were hemmed in by their own pawns and once Andy got the queens off, he started menacing Roy’s pawn on h2 with his knight, forcing the white king onto the h1 square. Andy really had the bit between his teeth now and he maneuvered his knight onto the f3 square, effectively imprisoning the white king on h1. Then he brought his rooks into the fray and Roy was unable to counter the mating threats on the bank rank as well as on the h2 square and so offered his hand in resignation.

Rose Forgrove C 2 - 1 Rose Forgrove D

 

Helmut Auer’s match against Alan Hughes on board 5 started in explosive fashion. Alan, with the white pieces, opened up the h file and ended up with a pawn on g7. Unfortunately for Alan, he wasn’t able to hold onto this pawn and the game soon settled down into a fairly sedate affair with neither side making much inroads into the other’s position. Knowing that the score was 2-1 in his team’s favour and seeing that Martin was the exchange up on board 4, captain Helmut sensibly offered a draw which Alan was happy to accept.

Rose Forgrove C 2.5 - 1.5 Rose Forgrove D

 


The final match to finish was Martin Blythe’s game against Steve Wright on board 4. Martin chose to castle queen side despite having already pushed a pawn to the c5 square but this didn’t seem to be holding him back as he managed to win the exchange and then started applying pressure on his opponent’s king’s bishop’s pawn on the f2 square. Steve had sufficient resources to protect his pawn on f2 and by now was creating his own threats with a powerful bishop along the h1-a8 diagonal. Meanwhile, Martin was getting increasingly short of time and with barely 30 seconds to the time control he pushed a pawn in front of his king thereby allowing Steve to infiltrate with his queen and threaten to blast away the king’s remaining pawn cover. Sensing that his king was about to be driven out into the open, Martin offered a draw which Steve inexplicably accepted.

 

Final score: Rose Forgrove C 3 - 2 Rose Forgrove D

 

So, at the end of a bad tempered match, a victory for Rose Forgrove ‘C’ sees us finish the year at the top of division 2. The big news of the night, however, was the defeat of the Leeds ‘A’ team at the hands of Pudsey ‘B’. Leeds ‘A’ were only able to field 2 players in that match and so, with four defaults so far this season, they not only lost the match but incurred a 2 penalty point deduction, leaving their title challenge in disarray. That win takes Pudsey ‘B’ to second place in the league only a point behind Rose Forgrove ‘C’ but with a game in hand. The next match for Rose Forgrove ‘C’ isn’t until 30th January but what a match it promises to be as we take on Pudsey ‘B’ in what could well prove to be a title decider.

 

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