I drew a couple of games this week that I really should have won. In the first, I was a pawn down and facing likely defeat. I spotted a way of getting the pawn back, and was so elated after doing so that I missed winning a piece the next move.
The second game was against a stronger opponent. I was black defending mating threats in a fiery Chinese Dragon. With about ten minutes to go in a quickplay finish, I found myself chasing the opponent’s King into the middle of the board, and had to keep checking him or would be checkmated myself. I missed a pawn check that would have facilitated this and had to agree a draw with 2 minutes left.
1) If your circumstances in a poor position suddenly improve, don’t get over euphoric – they may be able to improve even more
2) If you have at least a draw by perpetual check after a tough game, and a few minutes to spare, keep calm and look at the wider picture to see if you have something better.
Getting a bit twitchy with team only winning 3 and drawing 1 out of 8 league matches, but we did the ‘double’ over Stevenage 3 to banish all fears of relegation. Board 1 saw white misplay a Grand Prix Attack, and try a double piece sacrifice to open Black up. It did not work. A nifty Queens Gambit Declined on board 2 led to a won endgame, with White’s a and b pawns trundling like a juggernaut towards the 8th rank. A couple of other good wins, and it is all smiles again.
HCA : Herts League – Division 4 Monday 12-March-2012
Stevenage 3 Borehamwood 1 (Stevenage White on odds)
Board 1 : Trethewey, Frank 137 0-1 Kent, Anthony R 160
Board 2 : Bogucki,Andrzey 126 0-1 Gesthuysen, Malcolm 149
Board 3 : Bogucki,Michal 137 1-0 Sear, Kevin 148
Board 4 : Lean, Chris 138 0-1 Glouzman, Leon 141
Board 5 : Belton, David J 132 0-1 O’Sullivan, Terry J 129
Match Score : 1 – 4
Oh dear. Turn up at Welwyn after (yet again) getting confused by local roundabouts, a modern version Dante’s seven circles of Hell. Match going well. 2-2 after a good win by Terry. Your truly on board 1 made a pigs ear of some defensive origami, and was lucky to emerge three pawns for a piece broadly, if not deservedly, equal. Trying too hard because I outgrade opponent, and make a blooper in time scramble. As Kellee Patterson famously sang “If it don’t fit, don’t force it”. My new chess motto.
HCA : Herts League – Division 4 Tuesday 06-March-2012
Welwyn Hatfield Chess Forum 2 v Borehamwood
Board 1 : Fisher, Jim 139 1-0 Kent, Anthony R 160
Board 2 : Sims, Tony J 138 1/2 Gesthuysen, Malcolm 149
Board 3 : Ruddick, Gary 134 1/2 Glouzman, Leon 141
Board 4 : Stefanovski, Miro 132 0-1 O’Sullivan, Terry J 129
Board 5 : Read, Matthew 132 1-d default –
Match Score : 3 – 2