A third successive 3-2 defeat for
Dunfermline A probably ends any hopes of winning the league this season. All 3 matches could have gone in our favour just as easily. On this occasion board 5 was first finished when opposite side castling led to out and out attack but Tony got there first. Next up was board 1 when Ian got an easy position almost from the start and had a huge winning advantage when Stephen blundered to end the misery. Board 4 was next and Doug looked a bit better but his ambitions to go for the win led to a failed sacrifice of a piece. Iain and Stuart were however by this time doing well but somewhere they each missed best, likely winning, continuations and Stirling held both games to take the match.
The board 1 game
White: Stephen Smith – Black: Ian Robertson
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 h6 4. e5 c5 5. Nge2 Nc6 6. f4 Nge7 7. Be3 Nf5 8. Qd2
a6 9. O-O-O b5 10. Bf2 b4 11. Nb1 Qa5 12. a3 Rb8 13. dxc5 Bxc5 14. Bxc5 Qxc5
15. axb4 Nxb4 16. Nec3 Ne3 17. Qd4 Na2+ White resigns