A Tale of Two Matches (Cities)

It was easy to summarise how I felt after this match as Dicken’s classic sprung to mind. The black and white film ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ is a classic, must see.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity…. Yah da Yah da you get the point (it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.)

You could audibly hear Southbourne D players recounting legends to Wimborne E of being ripped apart by Jaggard last week. I interjected from across the room, ‘The person you’re talking about is playing over there….’ So Adam is becoming the stuff of legend and his performance this season deserves mention. He is something like 8.5/11 .I’m not checking the exact figures as I have exactly 3.5 minutes to write this report.

The venue – Wimborne’s home – all my team here – ye ha – a win already. Off we go….

 

Board 1

Adam stepped up for the first time for Poole E to board 1 and opened with his usual innovative fianchetto style with white. After a few moves Adam had a cris-cross formation of bishops. His opponent didn’t know which way to look or which bishop to fear more. As a result Adam achieved a nice advantage out of the opening to gain a big space advantage. Pushed into the corner like a boxer up against it this created weaknesses in his opponents position that Adam calmly calculated to gradually accumulate to force a win. A very accomplished performance. (0-1)

Board 3
Chris opened with the solid London System but she was up against the wiley old fox Jim Newman. The position out of the opening looked slightly better for Jim and he knew it.  He used his experience and composure to better his position further, co-ordinating beautifully his knights into attack. I think Chris could see the writing on the wall and while still struggling with her cold eventually resigned. A difficult game and uncharacteristic loss but she’ll be back. (1-1)

Board 4

I was playing Phil Holden who I’ve played before and given him an early Christmas present of a draw in a completely won position for me. It seems like eons ago but at that stage as a new captain in the division I didn’t think for one minute about my own games and took draws when I had clear advantages. This approach is coming back to bite me on the bum now as my rating is hurtling in the wrong direction. So, onto the game. I had a good position in the opening gaining the bishop pair which is always a nice advantage. There were, however, some exposed points in my position that I had to defend correctly. I chose to use my queen as the defender of my bishop on f6. The queen isn’t the best piece to use as a defender. This bad idea cost me as Phil took advantage to attack my queen. I hit back and picked up both his rooks for my queen and a knight. This was the best outcome from a bad situation. Unfortunately I had no open files for my rooks. I’d also burned the hands off my clock, so it was all going south. I created a few nice pins and had some tactics with the rook pair but after just reaching the time control with 30 seconds to go left my bishop all on its own with his queen menacingly ready to eat him. I battled on a little more with a nice double attack on his bishop and queen but he delicately got out of this. I eventually fell to checkmate. There was some light in this tunnel that I later gleamed from Mike. Me hanging for dear life in the game prevented Mike from offering Tony a draw which would have given the match to them.  (2-1)

Board 2

All the tension and focus was now here. Tony opened with a nice solid position and both players had the freedom to expand and attack. Mike Davidson looked like he had the advantage. Tony defended very well and then launched his own ideas and pieces at Mike. The middle game then lurched towards equality. In the endgame a few moves by Mike turned the game to a clear win for Tony which he accurately saw and took full advantage of. Mike resigned. (2-2)

I messaged Mike Jay later that evening stating that although we drew it felt like a loss. I was being honest but this should take nothing away from how Wimborne F played. They created and took their chances, earning a well deserved result.

We’ll come back in style! I said this report would take me 3.5 minutes, its more like 35 but its been real. 

Wimborne F – Poole E (2 – 2)

Tim McCullagh
April 27, 2018