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.