Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Second Team - Update!

Having played five games for our First Team this season, I'm no longer eligible for Second Team matches in Division 3 of the London League - but it looks like my old team mates aren't exactly missing me. The score from the match against Wanstead 2 on the 15th January currently stands at 5-4 to us - with Dave V's oustanding adjournment looking good enough for at least a draw. This edges us to third in the League Table. But with Metropolitan having not played many of the stronger sides, and with so many closely-matched teams half a point behind us - the rest of the season could just about see anything happen, either way.

Talking about seeing anything happen, below you will find Adam W's win from the night on board 2 playing as black. By move 21, his opponent Steven Gilmour had built up a dominating position with the white pieces - and yet seven moves later had to resign after a sacrificial, mating attack sprang out from nowhere. In fact, Adam notes that 21. d5 was too hurried, also writing of move 23 that: "After a long think I decided that 'remplacer pour mieux sauter' was the best plan - better to admit my earlier mistakes and give up the pawn to gain time to target e3." It certainly worked, and the finish is pleasingly reminiscent of Kasparov-Karpov Seville 1987, game 1 - not often you get to say that!

Good luck for the rest of the season, everybody.


Gledwood said...

Ooer, this looks all a bit complex for me... what does "pawn to King 2" actually mean...?

Tom Chivers said...

It means you've made an illegal move, or that you've set up the start position wrong - since pawns should begin the game on the second rank and are only allowed to move forwards!