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Pudsey A v Rose Forgrove 1

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Match report by Rich Archer Rose Forgrove 1 correspondent

Match Week 8

  • Venue: Halfway House, Stanningley
  • Date: Wednesday, 04 January 2012
Team News
Yet again Rose Forgrove 1 went into battle with an unchanged line-up and understandably so with the team now 7 wins from 7 matches! Pudsey A were without regular Matty Webb and so in came Chris Bak on board 5 for this encounter
Match Preview
  • Rose Forgrove were holding a 100% record this season. Pudsey had won 5 of their matches so far conceding a draw to Leeds A and also a loss to Copperworks A
  • In the last four meetings between these teams Rose Forgrove had won three of them to Pudsey's one with their last duel being a close 3-2 win to Forgrove.
  • Last season both these teams performed somewhat under par ending up third and fourth in the league, leaking 11 losses between them
Match Report

It was big match time again! Up against Pudsey A away. This one had all the makings of a really close encounter and could well be the crucial decider for the title! So, another top of the table clash and yet another 5 blacks for the Rose Forgrove team. It almost feels like we have been playing with the black pieces for an eternity! We must be due some whites at some stage this season. For their part Pudsey A were hoping to be the Webbless wonders, as they were missing young Mattie and they didn't have the Singapore Candidates Master Winston Williams to bolster them. So, Chris Bak made his seasonal Leeds league debut against captain Clive.

Pudsey A 0.5 Rose Forgrove 1 4.5
Name Grade
Result
Name Grade
William Somerset 192
0 - 1
Taka Chipanga 194
Andy Bak 165
0 - 1
Rich Archer 177
Ihor Lewyk 178
0.5 - 0.5
Mike Round 174
Mike Bramson 170
0 - 1
Roger Jennings 175
Chris Bak 116
0 - 1
Clive Davies 168


First to finish was my good self. Up against a British rapidplay champion I prepared for a tactical onslaught. However, this was a serious off day for Andy Bak as he blundered a piece for nowt as early as move 14. Not Andy's finest moment, he consoled himself by drinking lots of Copper Dragon and watching the footie downstairs.


Pudsey A 0 - 1 Rose Forgrove 1

Next to finish on board 3 was Roger Jennings. The Pudsey boys were desperately needing a win and were galvanising themselves to break out into deafening roars of "bring out the Bramson!" to engulf the Halfway House. Unfortunately, Mike seemed to get himself into a proper "pickle" from the opening. No cheers materialised as Roger got a clear advantage leaving Mike the choice of a losing ending two pawns down or a dodgy cheapo which would work if Roger misplayed his hand. Bramson went for the latter option but Roger didn't misplay it and cleaned up.

Pudsey A 0 - 2 Rose Forgrove 1

It was left to Captain Fantastic Clive to extinguish all Pudsey hopes on board 5. This he covincingly did when Chris Bak played stright into Clive's beloved Dutch. Although Chris seemed to have a decent position he then went on the offensive and over stretched his attack. Davies didn't need a second invitation to fire in the counterblow as he put his opponent away with clinical precision.

Pudsey A 0 - 3 Rose Forgrove 1

 

An interesting clash on top board had reached the following position with White to move.

Taka had temporarily sacked his bishop for rook, but was guaranteed a draw, since after Kh1 Qf4 White's only viable move is to repeat. However, perhaps swayed by the dreadful state of the match situation William tried to find a way to play on. Therein, he found Kf1?? Taka could not believe his eyes and duly played ...Nxh2 mate! It was a shame for William as he had Taka under the cosh for large parts of the game.

Pudsey A 0 - 4 Rose Forgrove 1


Oh dear, oh dear! The Pudsey players stared incredulously at their pretty four duck eggs sat on the scorecard. The only question now was whether this was going to be an embarrassing whitewash. Aware of this, Pudsey stalwart Ihor Lewyk decided to dig deep. My old mate had played a very lack lustre English which even Mike managed to get a good position from. Effectively, Mike had Ig tied down (something I don't want to think about too much, unless there's a rapidly approaching train - I doubt it will be a Northern Rail train - they do nothing rapidly).

However, Ig found some resilient defensive moves. Mike (not having a Scooby Doo how to attack an opponent) accepted that the game seemed to be heading for a draw. The Pudsey Yoda turned down Mike's draw and decided to reach deep inside the force. Ig unleashed his light sabre and with this vision in my head I decided to leave. The game was eventually agreed a draw as both players were short of time.

Final score: Pudsey A 0.5 - 4.5 Rose Forgrove 1

Another tremendous result for Forgrove. Beating Pudsey's best is never easy especially with the black pieces. As Norwegian football commentator Bjørge Lillelien said after Norway's 2-1 victory against England in the infamous 1981 World Cup qualifier -

"Your boys took a hell of a beating! Your boys took a hell of a beating"

 

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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