Thursday, 18 January 2018

Rats! We Had to Play a Chess Match

After consecutive wins in the Coventry League against Nuneaton D (KO Cup) and Rugby A (Div 1) when our opponents declined to field any players against us, Warwick University B went and spoiled our run of 4-0 crushes by turning up with three people last Tuesday. And unfortunately for us, this was enough for them to secure a 2-2 draw and split the points.

This was especially disappointing as Mike won very convincingly on Board 3 to propel us to a 2-0 lead. His opponent gave up a pawn on b7 very early, then another one a few moves later and then a third on around move 20. She played on until Mike had a bishop and about 4 pawns to her 2 before deciding enough was enough.

But that was as good as it was destined to get for us, because on the top 2 boards both Ben and I messed up from good/very good positions and managed to gather precisely zero points. And to add insult to injury we both ended up being mated!

So not the greatest evening's entertainment, but the draw was enough to leave us in 4th position in Division 1 with a rather useful cushion of 5 points over the fifth placed team.

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