Broadstairs 3 Bridge 1
|1 ||Richard Clement (129) ||1-0 ||Peter Blundell (118) |
|2 ||Chris Stampe (124) ||1-0 ||Tim Spencer (118) |
|3 ||Gary Hilleard (118) ||0-1 ||Graeme Boxall (93) |
|4 ||John Couzens (117) ||1-0 ||Ian Redmond (80) |
Richard Clement writes:
John Couzens was heard to exclaim “What have I missed?” as he accepted a bishop sacrifice and not long after his opponent resigned. As John put it, “He came at me with all guns blazing and it just did not work”. Gary won a knight early on but his opponent spotted some resources and turned the game around so at this stage the match was in the balance. Chris won the exchange of a rook for a knight and his pair of rooks drove his opponent to resignation. Mine was the last game to finish. I managed to tie my opponent up in knots but when it came to making progress in the position I played a few moves which lost all my advantage. Luckily for me, his cramped kingside led him to lose most of his pawns and he resigned and the team won 3-1. No sweat.
Broadstairs 2 Folkestone 5
|1 ||David Faldon (175) ||0-1 || Jim Bayford (181) |
|2 ||Trefor Owens (167) ||½-½ || Martin Cutmore (177) |
|3 ||Shany Rezvany (163) ||½-½ || David Shire (169) |
|4 ||Arnaud Wisman (155) ||0-1 || Kevin Smyth (165) |
|5 ||Bob Page (142) ||1-0 || John Atherton (161) |
|6 ||Paul Carfrae (141) ||0-1 || Matthew Cussens (152) |
|7 ||Richard Clement (129) ||0-1 || David Erwee (100) |
David Faldon writes:
Two strong teams fought out a close match, and in the end the better team won. What’s not to like, apart from the fact that the better team on this occasion was Folkestone. The first result in was a hard-fought draw on board 2, then came a win for Broadstairs on board 5 when Bob calmly took advantage of his opponent’s time pressure. Unfortunately, that was as good as it got for Broadstairs as the next four results were all wins for Folkestone. Shany’s stubborn defence an exchange down (bishop for rook) on board 3 saw him save the draw, but that was too late to turn the match. A clear three point margin sounds a lot, but we were very close to winning on boards 1 and 4, which would have been enough to turn the match in our favour. Still, we have to congratulate Folkestone who have thereby taken what looks to be a decisive lead in the race for the Millar Cup. Folkestone have 3 wins from 3 games, we have 2 wins from 4, Bridge have 1 win from 3 and Margate just the 2 losses so far. Folkestone only need one win and a tie from their last three matches (one against Bridge and two against Margate).
Broadstairs 2½ Margate 1½
|1 ||Bob Cronin (103) ||0-1 ||Leon Garfield (102) |
|2 ||Reg Pidduck (101) ||½-½ ||John Clarke (98) |
|3 ||Michael Doyle (91) ||1-0 ||Roy McAloney (86) |
|4 ||Michael Jenkinson (78) ||1-0 ||Cameron Plater (49) |
Capt Mike Doyle writes:
To stay in the running for Walker Shield, we had to beat Margate who had won both their matches. Captain Mike was the first winner against a tricky opponent. He finished a pawn up and Roy resigned before the pawn changed to a queen. Our next winner was Michael Jenkinson, who on the 14th move took his opponent’s queen with a rook: 2-0. It was hunky-dory until then but then came a blow – Bob lost to a formidable opponent in a tight game: 2-1. It was then down to Reg who was last to finish. He was up against John Clarke, who had one or two tricks up his sleeve. It all came down to a white rook and knight against a rook and bishop. In the end a draw was agreed and Broadstairs won 2½-1½. Well done, boys! We are second in the league now and that’s a winning start to the New Year. Next on our calendar is Bridge at home. Go for it!
Broadstairs 2 Folkestone 2
|1 ||Andy Flood (110) ||1-0 ||David Erwee (100) |
|2 ||Bob Cronin (103) ||1-0 ||Andrew Haycock (96) |
|3 ||Michael Doyle (91) ||0-1 ||Robert Twigg (77) |
|4 ||Fredy Reber (58) ||0-1 ||Mike White (62) |
Michael Doyle writes:
Heading into the Christmas break on a cold winter’s night, Broadstairs had high hopes of victory in the Walker Shield with a long drive to Folkestone and with the home team outgunned on three of their four boards. But it was not to be! First up on Board 2 was Bob Cronin who won after a blunder by South African Andrew Haycock following a middle game battle. Bob was the first to notch a score: 1-0. It went downhill from there when much-improved Fredy Reber blundered a rook after going to the washroom in a hurry: 1-1. Captain Mike Doyle hoped to ease Broadstairs into the lead again with a queen and knight breaking through, preventing his opponent from castling. But no! It was a calamity! By trapping my queen with trickery, Rob captured it with his queen for a knight check on my king. 1-2. It was down to Andy Flood, the last to finish, to save us from disaster. In the middle game it was even until David Erwee blundered a bishop and resigned. After a hard fought battle, the match ended in a draw 2-2. Broadstairs will be hoping that Christmas proves a turning point in our Walker Shield campaign. Many thanks to Andy for driving and we look forward to the Christmas Dinner on Monday. A Merry Christmas to all our fans.