Central 1 Fall to Defeat

(Kevin Argyle)

West Bridgford 2 were the visitors on Tuesday evening looking for revenge after our win at their place earlier in the season. Our team was weakened by the absence of both Mark Radford (recovering from a kidney transplant) and Adrian Dibble (moved away). Still we were hopeful of a good result in the gloom of the conservatory.

Sadly for us it didn’t turn out that way. Ben was making a guest appearance on board 3 and both him and Mick fought hard but eventually succumbed to defeat.

I faced an Alekhine defence that my stronger opponent was clearly very comfortable with, blitzing out his opening moves. By contrast I took a lot of time to work out how to navigate to the middlegame and built up a very strong, winning position but took far too much time which my opponent exploited. My game losing blunder came just before my time ran out.

The most exciting game was Alan’s on board 1. In his own words; “I had an epic game where my opponent ran out of time first. Lots of tactics that could have gone either way – and Fritz found lots of (obvious once you see them) wins for both of us (the worst being that I could have avoided all the tactics from the beginning and simply picked up material).”

A 3-1 loss then with one game to go.


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