University 2 v Ash 3

posted Dec 10, 2015, 12:44 PM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Dec 12, 2015, 10:37 AM by Steve Bak ]
8/12/15 University 2 v Ashfield 3

The match against University 2 began under slightly strange circumstances, 
since only three games were being played for the first 20 mins. Nigel, who 
came under his own steam, arrived at this point, looking a bit flustered. As 
we discovered later, this was because the venue (room number) was 
changed and as he had arrived a little after the rest of us who came with 
Trevor, he was unaware of the change and was consequently searching high 
and low. A lesson in communication for us all to learn, perhaps? Richard's 
opponent had not turned up either, but as Richard had white and had made 
a move and started black's clock, we couldn't change the board order, so he 
just had to wait....
As Steve Bak was at the London Chess Classic, Richard kindly stepped in at 
fairly short notice, whilst Trevor put himself in the hot seat on board one. 
Stan, as usual, was enjoying looking at the games on either side, as well as 
obtaining a strong position against his opponent! Amazingly, Nigel, having 
started 20 mins later than most of us was the first to finish! According to "the 
bish": "Nigel misplayed the opening but still somehow managed to win, 
although I've no idea how!" I was rather too engrossed in my own game to 
notice much else, although shortly after Stan won I could see that Richard 
was in a winning position a bishop and pawn up and it wasn't long before we 
were 3-0 up. Trevor had a strong looking attack going, but overlooked a 
simple tactic which he described as "astonishing". Yes, bishops can go 
backwards! I've overlooked that one myself. I got a solid position from the 
opening when white overlooked a timely pawn thrust which led to me winning 
a pawn, which swiftly became passed. I managed to get it down to e2 where 
a rook check on d1 threatened to win major material on the back rank, so it 
was a 4-1 win against a team higher than us in the division.(Report by David Woodhouse.)