H&D U120 League
14 May 2012: St Albans v Letchworth & Hitchin
|Bd||St Albans||Grade||ECF||Result||Letchworth & Hitchin||Grade||ECF||Resumption|
|1||Feldman, Keith||102||281985F||0-1||Butina, Darko||97||281983B|
|2||Baker, Peter C||92||233361C||1-0||Eva, Harold||98||183207E|
|3||Copner, John||93||266732A||0-1||Heath, David||97||147150J|
|4||Pugh, David||X000012||1-0||Heath, Tessa||63||278639E|
|Match Score: 2-2|
|Number of games incomplete: 0|
U120 St Albans v Letchworth
Author: Keith Feldman
Date: 22 May 2012
On Board 1, Keith (White) played Queen’s Gambit (declined). Queens were exchanged on move 19 and White gained a pawn on move 23. In the endgame, Black’s bishop was constrained to a couple of squares, defending Pawns on the a and c files and the position favoured White – given his additional Pawn and the manoeuvrability of his Knight.
An unforced blunder by White, however, allowed Black to exchange his Bishop for the Knight – which enabled Black’s King to capture White’s Queenside pawns. White couldn’t prevent Black from Queening his a-pawn, so White resigned.
Peter Baker, on Board 2 played Black against Harold Eva. Play during the first 40 minutes was close, with White having a slight edge. Then Black gained a Knight and continued to launch a very powerful piece-winning attack, which led to White's resignation.
On Board 3, John Copner, playing White, had the initiative for much of this lengthy game, with a strong and sustained attack. However, this momentum was lost after Black pinned White’s Bishop against the King. Several checks resulted in the further loss of White’s Knight, his game crumbled and White resigned.
On Board 4, David Pugh as Black mated his opponent after 13 moves.