Ashfield 2 v Mansfield 1

posted Feb 23, 2017, 2:44 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Feb 23, 2017, 2:48 AM ]
Ash 2 v Mansfield 1     22.2.17

The night started well. Mansfield 's captain, Jon Tait, was absent. Peter Ackley was late and I started to contemplate the benefit to us of a Mansfield default on Board 2. Peter's arrival brought us back to reality, and the vigour of his play soon had my position under pressure. Mansfield were too strong for us on the top 3 boards. Boards 4 and 5 were more closely contested. Nigel Wright claimed a draw by repetition in his game with George Wagenbach. George contested this. Clocks were stopped and moves played out on a different board. The issue was clouded by recording discrepancies, but after a 'conflab' the draw was agreed.

The final game to finish between John Shaw and Kevin Simpson could have gone either way, and had a dramatic climax, linked to John's time pressure. John picked up the wrong piece to recapture a Rook. His King and Queen were on adjacent squares. The Queen was the only legal recapture. He picked up and captured with the King, moving it four squares in the process. Kevin could have insisted that John make a legal move with the King, which would have cost him a whole Rook and prompted immediate resignation, but sportingly allowed him to replace the King and make the Queen recapture. A few moves later with his time running down, John made a move but forgot to press his clock. Kevin immediately and instinctively prompted him to press his clock* At that stage the game could still have gone either way, although John did eventually lose on time, by which time Kevin had reached a winning position. 

Result   Ash 2 v Mansfield 1      0-5 - 4.5

 Chess Ethics  *How do you  respond if you spot your opponent makes a move and forgets to press the clock? Do you point this out ( immediately or later), stay quiet and take all the time in the world over your next move, or does it depend on the game, opponent and context? This seems to me one of the clearest indicators of sportsmanship in chess. I'm not sure many of us would have acted as Kevin did. Indeed the previous evening, after making moves, I twice forgot to press the clock. My opponent was under no obligation to point out my errors , and nor did he!.