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Pudsey B v Rose Forgrove C

warren dennison

Match report by Warren Dennison: Rose Forgrove C correspondent

LCA Match Week 9

  • Venue: Halfway House Pub, Pudsey
  • Date: Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Team News
Both teams fielded pretty much full strength line ups with Dennison and Watson renewing their rivalry on top board. .
Match Preview
Rose Forgrove C finished last in the Leeds league division one last season. Pudsey B ended last season second in division two.
Match Report

Pudsey B 1.5   Rose Forgrove C 3.5
Name Grade Result Name Grade
Simon Watson 160 0 - 1 Warren Dennison 157
John Saxton 136 0 - 1 Andy Ross 142
Callum Welsh 101 1 - 0 Keith Riach 135
Nigel Redmond 117 0.5 - 0.5 Martin Blythe 130
Ken Marsden 089 0 - 1 Helmut Auer 110

The big match in Division 2 and a possible title decider was between league leaders Pudsey B and second placed Rose Forgrove C. Both teams were at full strength with Pudsey hoping to gain revenge for their only defeat when the two sides met back in October. The match got off to a flying start for the Rose Forgrove boys with Captain Helmut winning in double quick time. Helmut was in the main upstairs room in the pub while the rest of the team were squeezed into the box room, so we didn’t see anything of his game. However his early victory gave the rest of the team a great boost for their own individual battles. We were 1- 0 up!

Next to finish, about an hour later, was my game on board 1 against Simon Watson. Simon started very, very slowly and I soon built up a very healthy lead on the clock. The position was very even until I managed to pinch a pawn on the a7 square. This left my own pawn on a2 vulnerable so I attempted to swap off both sets of rooks. Simon wasn’t having that and kept one rook which started causing me all sorts of problems on the half open c file. However with 10 moves to make and less than 5 minutes left on the clock, my opponent had to move quickly, while with 35 minutes left I could calculate at leisure. Sadly for Simon he blundered in time trouble, gifting me a bishop and thereafter his position collapsed.

Pudsey B 0 - 2 Rose Forgrove C

 

The pressure was now all on Pudsey to try to turn the match around. On board 3, Keith Riach obtained a very promising position from the opening and looked as if he should convert it into a full point but he over pressed his advantage and pushed a pawn onto the seventh rank when he should have supported it on the sixth. This allowed his opponent to pick off the advanced pawn and, in the ensuing pawn endgame, that extra pawn proved decisive.

Pudsey B 1 - 2 Rose Forgrove C

 

No one will be surprised to hear that Andy Ross decided to play a gambit but he didn’t get things his own way as the gambit wasn’t accepted and so by move three both players were out of the openings book. Both players fianchettoed their dark squared bishops and started applying pressure of the g2 and g7 squares respectively. Andy then gave up his g pawn to open up the file for his rook and, with his queen on the h file, his opponent was forced to castle queenside. Andy left his king in the middle and after a flurry of exchanges, both sides were left with a queen and bishop and an even number of pawns. Although Andy had managed to infiltrate with his queen and could check the black king at will, it was difficult to see how he could make any headway. However there seemed little prospect of Pudsey winning the only other remaining game on board 4, so Andy’s opponent felt that he needed to push for a win if his team were to have any hope of taking anything from the match. Fair play to John Saxton for putting the good of the team first but unfortunately for him the position was a dead draw and by trying to find a way to gain an advantage he instead ended up letting Andy grab the full point.

Pudsey B 1 - 3 Rose Forgrove C

 


Martin Blythe’s match was the last to finish. The game had looked very drawish for a long time with Martin’s opponent playing a ‘come and get me’ type opening where he didn’t manoeuvre much past the third rank. Martin certainly had a space advantage and probably could have pushed his central pawns to launch an attack but, good team player that he is, his mind was on the match score and he didn’t want to risk losing when a draw looked like it would be enough to secure the match. His initial draw offer was declined while the match result remained in balance but, once Andy won his game, both players were happy to conclude proceedings.

 

Final score: Pudsey B 1.5 - 3.5 Rose Forgrove C

 

A great team performance and if we win our game in hand, Rose Forgrove ‘C’ will go 2 points clear at the top of the league and be firm favourites to win the title.

 

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