Poole v Highcliffe A

B&DCL Team Handicap Knockout Cup Wed 17th Apr 2019
BoardHomePooleHighcliffe AAway
1 (B) 192A
Duggan, Michael FG
½ - ½
Willson, Ollie
2 (W) 164C
Fuller, David Michael
0 - 1
Westrap, Christian F
3 (B) 146B
Popovic, P Dragi
0 - 1
Halse, Robert
4 (W) 122C
Jaggard, Adam
0 - 1
Ursell, Richard W
5 (B) 115C
Rider, Seth DR
0 - 1
Ursell, Adam R
6 (W) 102C
Ambrose, Chris JF
0 - 1
Trach, Thomas
Total841 ½ - 5½Total862

Last update Richard Ursell Thu 18th Apr 2019 00:16. Reported by Richard Ursell . Verified By Dragi Popovic


So the eagerly awaited semi-final was finally upon , Sky TV had kindly agreed not to screen the match, as this would have affected the viewing figures for the Champions league, a golden sunset behind us the match began. The grades were very close on all boards so no handicap for either team. The games were all very close Adam on board 5 first to finish against Seth , 1-0 Highcliffe. Board 3 came next Rob edging out Dragi so 2-0. Board 6 Tom managed to win a tight match so 3-0. Adam for Poole saw the team score so had to push for a win, this allowed me to win what should have been a draw, 4-0. Christian ever reliable, ground down David so 5-0. This left board 1 Ollie making his debut had a hard battle against Mikefinishing with a knight and bishop v rook 3 pawns each last to finish with a draw. So on to the final, the score flattered us but we'll take it. Thank you Poole for being excellent hosts, good luck with the rest of your season

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Richard has pretty much summed up the proceedings of the night, but I will add a couple of observations of my own here. He commented that the score flattered Highcliffe somewhat, but I think that it represented a the smash and grab exercise very well executed and reflected the fact that all of the Highcliffe players were very good value for their respective gradings. (Christian is going 200+ this season! He would be my first pick in my Bournemouth and District Fantasy Chess Team... now THERE is an idea... I wonder if that will catch on)

The handicap was flat, although I was worried, as suggested above. Boards 3-6 all progressed quickly showing significant pluses in favour of Highcliffe. Mike and Ollie were having a Benko-ish tactical battle on Board 1, which prompted a time scamble later on. On Board 2, Christian and I had a pretty even game following his Caro-Kann, but I felt obliged to press, perhaps more than adviseable, after seeing the positions on the lower boards (that's my excuse!). In time, the plusses were duly converted B3-6, Christian casually handled my attempts to complicate matters, and Mike/Ollie agreed to share the point.

Congratulations Highcliffe. You will be tough to beat in the final.

I hope readers will appreciate: a) This report in the face of a very poor result, and b) My success in not sinking to the depths of cheap football references... no Spanish Torture or Wing Gambit comments from me.