Ash 1 v Grantham 2

posted Jan 21, 2016, 5:17 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Jan 25, 2016, 8:47 AM by Steve Bak ]
20/1/16 Our first team were given a stern test by an under-strength Grantham team. Derek had a commanding win on Board 2 with his Rooks on the seventh rank and his Queen joining the action.My opponent, Chris Cumbers, a late stand-in, played very well and it was deep in the endgame before I extracted his losing error.Andy Toothill was close to winning. His opponent found an ingenuous defensive resource. Andy found an apparently clever, flawed response which could have conjured an amazing loss. His opponent missed this and a relieved Andy was happy to take the draw. Neil and Steve were both under pressure in their games. Neil made a pig's ear of the opening but recovered to attain a draw. Steve's position was under strong pressure, and he had to play some accurate defensive moves to reach the sanctuary of a drawn Rook ending. We made winning use of the White pieces, and drew the 3 games as Black. Result  3.5- 1.5  Ashfield 1 move above Mansfield 1 into third spot in D1.