Today was the day when we could put some daylight between us and our main rivals. We were playing the team above and below us in our division. As with all our other best laid plans, we somehow managed to mess things up.
First up we had a team of very good improving and under-graded juniors to play. A win on boards one and five, plus a point squeezed from the other boards would have done. We were nervous and the kids just back from the World Youth games were confident. We got the win on board 5, but only a draw on board 1. We also lost on boards 2 and 3, leaving just me and only a win would do. I had been better, until kids do what kids do and found a good tactic. The game was then a dead draw and I turned down 2 draw offers, as I had to win for us to draw the match. I would have been fine with the draw, if the team had accumulated half a point more. So I ended up gambling, it was like buying a lottery ticket hoping that I could win enough for some food. This did not pay off and he played very well. As usual pushing too hard in a drawn position results in nothing. So a 3.5-1.5 loss to start with.
This afternoon was a simpler, as we only had to beat adults. Though to his credit my opponent despite being very out-graded, played very solidly and gave me few chances. In the end I had to soak up some pressure to get a draw. Gary on board 2 had the same issue and ended up drawing. The rest of the team with the odd small hiccup along the way, managed to win. So a 4-1 win to us and we are in clear 2nd place and we just need to stay ahead of the 3rd and 4th team 1 point behind us to get promoted to div 2. Nect time we should leave the bag of spanners at home.
|Bd||Grade||North Ayrshire Crusaders||(1)||vs||(8)||Dunfermline Knights||Grade||Comments|
|1||1855||MacDonald, Paul H||½||-||½||Robertson, Ian C||2102||Draw|
|2||1715||Deary, David||1||-||0||Forbes, Garry||1837||Home Win|
|3||1619||McCusker, Andrew||1||-||0||Carpenter, Paul A||1833||Home Win|
|4||1649||Deary, Daniel||1||-||0||McBride, John||1858||Home Win|
|5||910||McCusker, Kirsty||0||-||1||Sneddon, Iain D||1835||Away Win|
|Bd||Grade||Dunfermline Knights||(8)||vs||(3)||Forth Valley B||Grade||Comments|
|1||2102||Robertson, Ian C||1||-||0||Anderson, Graham C||1574||Home Win|
|2||1837||Forbes, Garry||½||-||½||Cook, William M||1575||Draw|
|3||1833||Carpenter, Paul A||1||-||0||Gray, William B||1527||Home Win|
|4||1858||McBride, John||½||-||½||Hanlon, Hugh||1459||Draw|
|5||1835||Sneddon, Iain D||1||-||0||Brodie, David||1281||Home Win|
|1||1||North Ayrshire Crusaders||4||3||1||0||7||10||5||4||1||0||0||13½||68|
|5||3||Forth Valley B||4||2||0||2||4||7||5||8||0||0||0||9½||48|
|7||2||Dumfries and District||4||1||0||3||2||4||8||8||0||0||0||8||40|
SNCL Division 3 Crosstable
|1||North Ayrshire Crusaders||X||3½||4||2½||3½||4||13½|
|2||Dumfries and District||1½||X||2||3½||1||4||8|
|3||Forth Valley B||3||X||5||½||1||4||9½|
SNCL Division 3 Match Results