Telford v Priorslee lions
Dec 7, 2017, 6:58 AM
This on paper was going to be a very difficult night for ourselves, I was no mood to play chess at all particularly following rapidplay events earlier in the week, things were going to be made worse by the absent Adrian on board 1 and the fact Telford were able to field their first team. A must win match for themselves as they find themselves routed to the bottom of the division, but on paper this was now a match where they became favourites.
Well I was feeling very uninspired with my chess and decided to play a line that i only tend to go into in 3 minute chess and without much sucess, but it was going ok, as I felt Athar seemed a little passive in his approach. Well ironically by the time I had even taken any real notice of any other the games Glyn had lost. I didnt want to watch it as it was a London system but did seem to recount a very simlar game between Dave and Adrian a while back that also ended the same way. I had a quick glance at Tony's game and Steve's they seemed to both be pretty complicated close games and I couldn't bare to watch Steve also play a London, so I sat back down to my own game and thought i would play at a nice slow pace rather than look at the other boards. Next to finish was Munroe I hadn't even looked at his game but I was hoping he was under instruction not to take an early draw, obviously not!!! things suddenly looked very tricky needing 2.5 out of the 3 games to win looked unlikely even the 2 would be tough to achieve. I sat down and calculated about a 10 move combination maybe needed a couple more as it was pretty much played out I missed Ka8 however the plan was strong and should have been leaving me in a won position, it didn't but I was at least better or i thought but my opponent disagreed and offered the draw , which I quickly rejected . Time for a check on the other games Steve had a better position but was still level and was not going to be easy to convert , and Tony was a piece up (no he wasn't , I had missed a knight on the board) however I felt as long as I didn't blunder anything silly Athar would take a draw and the 2.5 would win the match luckily I settled on my own game and finished it in what I thought was a lovely fashion ,particularly pleasing was the fact that my opponent had convinced himself he had seen off the trouble and had given himself an internal fist pump when he played 37.Qc6 . The match all square and Steve had killed a couple of weak moves and was about to deliver checkmate we had our point 2.5-1.5 and at this point I said to Glyn this is in the bag now with Tony a piece up ,he said he is'nt I said he is ,no looked again and he was just trading an exchange down and a poor position. I said that's enough for me I'm off home sure that Tony would lose ,by the time I got home the result had been confirmed 2.5-.2.5 a result that I think we would have taken as we were out graded on the bottom 3 boards and very little in rating between the top 2 . Plus any result against the bottom 2 keeps the gap.
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I should also congratulate Shresbury on a shock victory over Newport