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Promotion and league title!

Posted by fellman01 on March 2, 2017

The Reivers played their penultimate Northumbrian league match, against Morpeth C, on Wednesday March 1st 2017, with the following line-up:

  1. Alan Welsh (145) v Peter Crichton (139)
  2. Jose Grueso (148) v Ian Mackay (137)
  3. Harry Robinson (115) v Alex Ashworth (131)
  4. Barrie Crowther (u) v Derek Blair (119)
  5. Gary Pollard (u) v Steve Larkin (120)

The top three boards finished at much the same time. I saw nothing of Peter’s game and so cannot comment, but it was a respectable result for him against a strong opponent. 0.5-0.5

Ian won the endgame comfortably, sacrificing a passed pawn on one side of the board, while mopping up his opponent’s pawns on the other. 0.5-1.5

Alex seemed to be doing most of the pressing and won by resignation when there was still a lot of material on the board. 0.5-2.5

The last two boards finished much later. Derek’s game was close throughout, but he went from a pawn down to a pawn up and made the difference tell in the endgame. 0.5-3.5

Steve picked up a couple of pawns in the middle game, but have to give one back later. With his King, bishop and four pawns to Garry’s King, bishop and three and with time beginning to run out, Steve offered the draw, which was accepted. 1-4

A fine victory, which left Morpeth’s non-playing captain, David Watson, clearly taken aback. “I thought I’d picked a strong team”, he remarked somewhat ruefully after the match. And he had, but the Reivers rose splendidly to the challenge. As a result of their win, they are clear at the top of division three with one game in hand, and cannot now be caught by any other side. Promotion and the division three title are theirs!



One Response to “Promotion and league title!”

  1. Morpeth C vs Tynedale Reivers
    01 March 2017
    Board 3
    White: Alex Ashworth, Tynedale Reivers
    Black: Harry Robinson, Morpeth C
    Result 1-0

    1. e4 d6 2. d4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 7. gxf3 $2 (7.
    Qxf3 Nbd7 8. Be3 O-O 9. O-O-O) 7… O-O 8. Be3 Nbd7 9. Qd2 Nb6 10. Bb3 Rc8 11.
    a3 Nfd7 12. O-O-O c5 13. Bh6 cxd4 14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. Qxd4+ f6 16. f4 Qc7 (16…
    Nc5 17. Ba2 Qc7 18. f5 Nca4) 17. Be6 $1 Rcd8 18. f5 Nc5 19. Nd5 ({
    Maybe saving the strong bishop on A2 is better?} 19. Ba2 Rc8 20. Nb5) 19…
    Nb3+ 20. Kb1 Nxd5 21. cxb3 (21. Qxd5 Nc5 22. fxg6 hxg6 23. h4 {
    …and white maintains his better position} Nxe6 24. Qxe6 Rc8 25. h5 Qxc2+ 26.
    Ka1 g5 27. Qxe7+ Kh8 28. Rc1 Qxc1+ 29. Rxc1 Rxc1+ 30. Ka2 Rg8) 21… Nf4 22.
    Rc1 Nxe6 23. fxe6 Qb8 24. f4 {Now that the battle in the centre has been
    resolved white can attack on the kingside} b6 25. f5 g5 26. h4 h6 27. Rcg1 Rh8
    28. hxg5 hxg5 29. Rxg5+ {Black resigned because…} Kf8 30. Rxh8# 1-0

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