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RFCC Club Championship 2012

The 2012 Club Championship Underway!

The 2012 Rose Forgrove Club Championship got underway at approximately 1915 hrs on Wednesday 20th June. Although it was a relatively small turnout, mainly due to holiday commitments, there will be no lack of fighting games in the quest for this years’ crown. The club welcomed a new member to the fold as Alex King made his debut in the championship, honing his skills for the forthcoming season.

 

 

 

Round 1
WHITE
RESULT
BLACK
Keith Riach
1 - 0
Clive Davies
Andy Bagley
1 - 0
John Wells
Neil Bolton
0 - 1
Warren Dennison
David Hirst
1 - 0
Alex King
Andrew Parker
0 - 1
Andy Ross
Dominic Gallagher
BYE

 

A victorious Keith Riach!

The top board clash was an interesting affair. Keith had sacrificed (or lost) a pawn but was some way ahead in development with many of Clive’s pieces still on the back rank. However, Clive appeared to be wriggling his way free of Keith’s grip and was beginning to fight for the initiative. Unfortunately, with the lack of competitive chess for players in recent weeks the inevitable time-trouble reared its ugly head. Clive made a serious blunder when taking a pawn and Keith ended up a whole queen up. He had no trouble in converting this material advantage beginning his championship with a key win.

 

On board two Andy Bagley was swimming in acres of space as white as he typically produced a strong pawn frontage cramping John’s position. A calculation blunder from John meant that some pawn exchanges ended with him losing a piece. With a strong positional advantage and now a material one, Andy confidently squeezed the life out of John’s position and collected the point.

 

Neil Bolton On board three Neil was in serious trouble right out of the opening as Warren’s queen and bishop combined to provide nasty threats to Neil’s king. Unable to coordinate his defence or even develop his pieces reasonably, Neil’s position fell apart as Warren coolly pressed home the attack.

 

 

On board four I was facing new boy Alex King. The game went into a standard king’s pawn opening with Alex fairly rifling through his first 7 or 8 moves. I was somewhat perturbed by the speed and seeming confidence that Alex was thrashing out his moves. However, perhaps being over-confident, Alex exposed his castled kingside position with some pawn thrusts. With his pieces directed towards the queenside I was able to crash in to his king position and deliver mate in fairly quickly. Better luck next time, Alex!

 

Andy Ross in action On board five the two Andy's got into what looked a fairly level endgame with Ross having the knight against Parker's bishop. Although Ross was a pawn up it looked like Parker could snaffle this off easily enough. However, for some reason this never happened and Ross gradually showed his dominance in the endgame as his king became much more active than Parker's and effectively decided the game.

 

 

So, five decisive games in the opening round with the shock of the round being Clive’s loss to Keith. Our club officer will have to start producing the goods in the next few rounds if he is to claim back the title from reigning champion Andy Bagley.

 

The leaderboard after the first round was as follows:

NAME
GRADE
TOTAL
Andy Bagley
165
1
Warren Dennison
157
1
David Hirst
149
1
Andy Ross
144
1
Keith Riach
135
1
Dominic Gallagher
93
1/2
Clive Davies
168
0
John Wells
113
0
Neil Bolton
91
0
Alex King
80
0
Andrew Parker
74
0

 


 

 

 

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