Southbourne B v Poole B

B&DCL Div 2 Fri 12th Nov 2021
BoardHomeSouthbourne BPoole BAway
1 (B) 1863
Catchpole, Jon F
½ - ½
Smith, Richard
2 (W) 1878
Lima, Antal
1 - 0
Fuller, David Michael
3 (B) 1675
Litchfield, Michael J
0 - 1
Popovic, P Dragi
4 (W) 1593
Harris, John E
0 - 1
Joyce, Tim
Total70091½ - 2½Total7309

Last update John Harris Fri 12th Nov 2021 22:49. Reported by John Harris Fri 12th Nov 2021 22:49. Verified By David M Fuller Sat 13th Nov 2021 19:33


Board 1 Jon came out of the opening ahead, but after a combination from Ritchie things evened up with a drawn position.
Board 2 Well done to Tony (Antal) on a good win on his first outing for Southbourne.
Board 3 Dragi won, but afterwards it was shown that Michael had winning chances.
Board 4 John kept making errors and by the endgame it looked like a lost game for him. However he managed to open up Tims Kings position and could have won Tim's queeen and a rook for a rook, but did not take the right course.

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Well John beat me to press, so here is my take on the evening's events.

My game (B2) first (I am the captain and I can do what I want!). Tony had an excellent game. I felt that I had equalised in a Classical Dutch but then slowly got suffocated while not being aware of making any mistakes, with a few cheapos at the end being avoided. A post mortem didn't clarify matters for me, but quickly passing the game through Fritz actually showed a completely level assessment after 27 moves. A slight inaccuracy by myself led to a slight pull for Tony which was converted. As I said an excellent game with zero errors by my opponent. Well done.

Tim v John (B4) was a topsy turvy affair. Tim had a won position but allowed an opportunity for a turnaround which was not taken. Chess is a funny game and it ain't over till it's over. Tim gaining the full point evened the match up.

Dragi v Michael (B3) was a tough, even game dissolving down to Dragi's favourite 'Rook Ending with a load of pawns'. With Richie's game looking positive a draw would seem enough. Both sides had connected passed pawns but Dragi seemed to have everything under control and Michael graciously conceded. A group post mortem demonstrated how tricky such Rook and Pawns endings can be.

And so to Richie v Jon (B1). Another tipsy turvy affair which ended in a strange fashion. Jon seemed completely winning about 18 moves in but was then caught by a tricky combination which reversed the situation. Much later a N+B+ap+hp vs R ending was reached. An unlike-Richie error dropped the a-pawn and allowed a RxN leaving Bishop and Rook pawn of opposite queening square colour setup. A draw was agreed (ensuring a Poole match win) and then it was noted that the queening square was actually the right colour. Bemusement all round.

So another narrow win again for Poole B who are starting the season a bit like Arsenal winning 1-0 all of the time. Boring.

We all decided to move to the Riverside Pub to discuss the strange Richie-Jon game outcome; Richie was puzzled and amused. Drinks were bought and everything was ok again.

Thanks Martin for the excellent covid-aware set-up including the table service for the mid-game cuppa. It was great to meet up with old friends and adversaries after all this time. A close match.