Ash 2 v Gambit X

posted Dec 14, 2017, 2:28 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Dec 15, 2017, 4:15 PM by Steve Bak ]
Ashfield 2 v Gambit X   13.12.17

Bob Taylor    0   1   Mike Naylor
Alex Webster 1   0  John Huthwaite
Phil Morgan   0   1  Steve Hunter
Neil Graham 0   1   Drag Sudar
Alan Robinson 1 0  Graham Gibson

2-3  We tasted our first defeat of the season at the hands of the Div.2 leaders. We started brightly with a win for Alex., who developed a strong initiative. His opponent traded off pieces, but Alex cleverly set up a Zugzwang in a King and Pawns ending which enable his King to penetrate.. Gambit hit back strongly. Mike Naylor and Steve Hunter built up strong attacks causing too many defensive problems for Bob and myself. Alan and Graham had their usual exciting game, with the usual result. A clock malfunction meant that the increment failed to be added on. A manual solution was applied and thankfully Graham resigned in a losing position to resolve the procedural mess. Shortly before this, Drag  check-mated Neil to clinch the match for Gambit. Neil had pressed on the King-side. Drag blocked his pawn advance, and gradually took control of the board. Neil fiddled while Home burned

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