HCA League Division7
16 Jan 2012: St Albans 7 v St Albans 6
|Bd||St Albans 7||Grade||ECF||Result||St Albans 6||Grade||ECF||Resumption|
|1||Colacino, Angelo||108||286406L||0-1||McMahon, Austin||117||115351B|
|2||Colebourn, David||107||266742D||1-0||McConnell, Phil||120||285386D|
|3||Feldman, Keith||102||281985F||½-½||Pines, Chris||116||253269E|
|4||Smith, Andrew||77||282804C||1-0||Hayward, Peter||104||187852K|
|5||McConnell, Tom||76||286407B||0-1||Baker, Peter C||92||233361C|
|Match Score: 2½-2½|
|Number of games incomplete: 0|
St Albans 7 v St Albans 6
16 January 2012
Author: Austin McMahon & Phil McConnell
Date: 17 Jan 2012
The match between St Albans 7 and St Albans 6 was drawn 2.5 - 2.5. For St Albans 7 this was a great result, as they were out-graded by an average of 16 points per board. For St Albans 6, this was a disappointment - losing their 100% record for the season - though they still top the division three points ahead of Little Heath 2 (who have a match in hand).
Board 1: A sharp game developed, but unfortunately Angelo lost a rook in the end game and he resigned a piece down.
Board 2: Phil gained a pawn advantage in the early middle game, but David played very accurately to re-gain the pawn and subsequently gain a further pawn - which was a sufficient advantage to win the end game.
Board 3: In a pawn locked position, Keith won an important h pawn and a draw was agreed with Chris shortly afterwards.
Board 4: Andrew won Peter’s Bishop and remained a Knight up in a pawn ending. Peter found he couldn’t exchange off all the remaining pawns and inevitably had to resign.
Board 5: A tight game came down to Peter's knight and 6 pawns against Tom's bishop and 6 pawns - and which point Peter seriously considered Tom's offer of a draw. However Peter correctly judged that the knight held the advantage on a board congested with pawn chains, and, with Tom's bishop blocked in by his own pawns, Peter's knight eventually broke through Tom's defence.