Match Details

HCA League Division7

12 Mar 2012: Royston 4 v St Albans 6

Bd Royston 4 Grade ECF Result St Albans 6 Grade ECF Resumption
1 Adams, Alan 130 105473K 1-0 McMahon, Austin 117 115351B
2 Andrews, Arthur 114 253254C 0-1 McConnell, Phil 120 285386D
3 Johnson, Steve 93 164419B 1-0 Pines, Chris 116 253269E
4 Hopkinson-Hughes, James 85 256033B 0-1 Hayward, Peter 104 187852K
5 Sale, Chris 83 274483B 1-0 Baker, Peter C 92 233361C
Match Score:  3-2
Number of games incomplete:  0

Royston 4 v St Albans 6

St Albans Lose 2 - 3

Author:  Team Members

Date:  12 Mar 2012

A disappointing defeat which severely dents our chances of finishing top of the Division.

Board 1: Austin had an even game until move 33 when his opponent made what looked like a Bishop sacrifice on h2 , but in fact the bishop couldn’t be taken. This allowed Black’s knight and queen to join in the kingside attack. Mate was inevitable, and Austin resigned.

Board 2: Phil got his pieces active slightly quicker than his opponent, and was able to gain first one pawn, then a second and then a third. White resigned with a rook and a pawn facing Phil's rook and four pawns, one of Phil's pawns being on b2 with White's rook tied down on b1 to prevent it from queening.

Board 3: Chis had a slight positional advantage after the opening exchanges, with material equal but his opponent having two sets of doubled pawns (c.f. Chris' connected pawns). However Chris tried to press home his attack too quickly, over-reached himself and eventually his opponent was first to queen a pawn.

Board 4: Peter Hayward's opponent had a slight advantage for most of the game due to a superior pawn formation. However he lost his positional advantage on move 17, blundered a knight for a pawn on move 20 and resigned after move 21.

Board 5: In a very even match Peter Baker (White) was down a pawn at move 45, at which point Peter sacrificed a bishop for 2 pawns and an apparently much stronger attacking position. However his opponent succeeded in forcing the exchange of queens, a pair of rooks and a pair of minor pieces, thereby negating Peter’s attack and leaving Black with a winning material advantage.