Friday, 29 November 2013

Dunfermline Minnows vs Stirling Bruce, 27/11/13

No luck for the other Minnows as Ian used up all their good fortune to survive 3 really poor positions.  Minnows had the chances to hold the match in the final round but it was not to be against the defending champions. 

Dunfermline Minnows 7 Stirling Bruce 9

Minnows won the toss and took white in the even rounds

round 1
Jim Webster 1553  0-1  Paul Prescott 1802
Ian Robertson 2189  1-0  John Blake 1657
Iain Sneddon 1715  ½-½  Graham Anderson 1593
Terry Doherty 1407  0-1  Dave Hewitt 1502

round 2
Terry 1-0  Paul-Was this the game with a colourful interlude? ;)
Jim  ½-½  John
Ian  1-0  Graham
Iain  0-1  Dave
2½-1½  /  4-4

round 3
Iain  1-0  Paul
Terry  0-1  John
Jim  0-1  Graham
Ian  1-0  Dave
2-2  /  6-6

round 4
Ian  1-0  Paul
Iain  0-1  John
Terry  0-1  Graham
Jim  0-1  Dave
1-3  /  7-9

Individual scores
Minnows: Ian 4, Iain 1½, Terry 1, Jim ½

Bruce: Dave 3, Graham 2½, John 2½, Paul 1

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Dunfermline A 2-3 Badgers Brook 13/11/2013

Ian Robertson (B) (2149)      1/2      Mark Cooke (W) (1942)  
John McBride (W) (1785)     1/2      Fabio Biancalona (B) (1927)    
Iain Sneddon (B) (1740)        0-1     Kenny McGeoch (W) (1776)       
Bryan O'Rourke (B) (1474)    0-1     Graham Kerr (W) (1629) 
Matthew Stewart (W) (1300) 1-0     Kenny Aiston (B) (1448)

The league table closed up again as Dunfermline dropped its first points.
On top board the computer says it was a fairly accurately played game till move 25 with Ian snatching a pawn and should later have done more with it.  That should have been academic however as, in the rush to the first time control, both players overlooked that Ian could have won a piece on move 28 by advancing his Q one square further along the diagonal.  

Board 2 was fairly closed throughout but John missed an interesting possibility of giving up Kt and B for R + 2 pawns which looked good.  

According to Kenny he thought Iain played too passively and ended up dropping a pawn or two.  Bryan's last move before the time control was a spectacular trapping of his own Q which was unfortunate as otherwise he still had a pretty tenable position.  

Matthew played very solid and took the pawns on offer while his opponent activated his pieces.   Matthew refused to return the material and instead he escorted the soldiers forward for a neat win.