Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Cumbernauld V Dunfermline A, Dunfermline's final league match of the 2009/2010 season.

This match was played Monday the 19th April at the Muirfield Community Education Centre, Brown Road, Seafar, Cumbernauld. 

After a round tour of Cumbernauld's roadworks, the Dunfermline team arrived to find that  Cumbernauld had split their strength over two teams. Cumbernauld were trying to win their Lanarkshire league match and so had 3 of their A team players diverted to that team. The team left to face Dunfermline contained 3 regular Central League players and were out graded on every board. Unfortunately, one of those players failed to turn up and Cumbernauld were very soon 1-0 down.    

Half way into the match it looked like a 5-0 victory was on the cards, however, good play and mistakes on both sides resulted in a 3.5-1.5 victory to Dunfermline. Cumbernauld did manage to draw their other match 2-2.

Bd   Grade   Cumbernauld            vs            Dunfermline A  Grade
1      1795    Stephen Kelly         Def - 1       Ian Robertson    2078
2      1666    Jack Parkes              1 - 0        Gavin Saxton     1849
3      1647    David Bonella        0.5 - 0.5     John McBride     1769
4      1248    Robert Kelso            0 - 1         Garry Forbes     1689
5      1203    Craig Fulton              0 - 1         Stuart Brisbane  1569
                                               1.5 - 3.5

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Grangemouth Lions V Dunfermline Minnows Allegro League (Score-5.5-10.5)

The Allegro league title decider was played on Wednesday the 14th of April at Grangemouth. This was the Minnows final Allegro match for this season and only a win would do for them. As the Lions had a one point advantage in this league and a draw, or better would see them win the title.

As it was, the Lions 4th team member failed to turn up, giving them an insurmountable handicap. However, if he had turned up, he would have had to have scored 2.5/4, or more to have won the league for the Lions. A tall order for someone graded 1528 playing against a very strong Minnows team. 

As opposed to last year in the same fixture, when rooks were given away by the Minnows left, right and centre, the Minnows only gave away a free queen in the 1st match. Starting each match 1-0 down the Lions found the match had gone against them by the end of match 3. The only bright spot for the Lions being Ian Mason ending Ian Robertson's unbeaten run in the final allegro league game of the season, his 1st loss in some 28 games.

Jim Watson (1526) (1 point) beat George Webb (1482), lost to Ian Robertson (2170), John McBride (1706) & Jim Webster (1589)
Ian Mason (1850) (3 points) beat George & Ian, drew with John and Jim
Doug Will (1839)  (1.5 pts) beat Jim, draw with George, lost to Ian and John                         

Well done to the Dunfermline Minnows, who are now the 1st div league and allegro champions for 2009/2010. Just the knock-out cup to go and they will have the treble.

Dunfermline C V Stirling B

Monday the 12th of April 2010.

Bd   Grade  Dunfermline C          vs          Stirling B        Grade
1     1578   Douglas Rew        0.5 - 0.5     Dave Hewitt     1519
2     1273   
Bryan O'Rourke      0 - 1        John Blake       1495
3     1234   Glynis Grant           0 - 1        Robin Hayles    1443
4     1243   Charlie Stewart      1 - 0        Nicholas Blake  994 J15
5      U/G    Joe Connelly           0 - 1        Jonathon Blake 890 J13
                                             1.5 - 3.5

Friday, 9 April 2010

Central League KO 2009/2010

Cumbernauld were unable to field a team against Dunfermline A on the 7th of April. They therefore conceded the match, as their fixture congestion is ongoing. Dunfermline go straight through to the final, which is to be played at Dunfermline on Wednesday the 5th of May.

They are to be joined by Grangemouth, who overcame an out-graded but stubborn Stirling side 4.5 - 2.5. The final is going to be a tough match for both the sides. Certainly a fitting finale for the 2009/2010 season.

Bd   Grade   Grangemouth A        vs         Stirling A               Grade
1      1961    Alan Bell                 1 - 0         Kenny McGeoch        1698
2     1864    Ian Mason             0.5 - 0.5      Steve Smith            1660
3      1858    Douglas Will            1 - 0         Graham C Anderson 1592
4      1649    Mark Monaghan       0 - 1         Harvey Kelly            1514
5      1640    John Smith              1 - 0         Dave Hewitt            1519
6      1555    Jim Watson             1 - 0         David Brodie           1413

7      1506    William B Gray         0 - 1         Robert G Togneri    1360
                                               4.5 - 2.5