Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Badgers Brook 2.5-2.5 Dunfermline A-27/04/2015 Very nearly but only second place

In their final league match of 2014-15 Dunfermline came so close to winning an unlikely Division One title.  Three and a half points were needed against the defending champs but the match ended in a tie after Fred turned down a draw but then lost in the last game to finish. A draw would have won the match for Dunfermline but also would have lost the title by a half game point.  Fred rightly chose to play on but ultimately could not fend off Fabio’s attack.  Many congratulations to Badgers Brook on their successful defence of the title.

In the earlier games a crushing win on top board was cancelled out by a careless loss on board 5 but Stuart then restored Dunfermline’s lead after John did not get sufficient compensation for the loss of a piece.  Alas no progress could be made on board 4 which started fairly blocked and continued that way thereafter and then came the gallant effort by Fred.

All in all a decent effort by Dunfermline who were missing a few of their higher rated players in several matches over the course of the season.

Badgers Brook 2.5-2.5 Dunfermline A

  1. Kenny McGeoch 0-1 Ian Robertson
  2. Fabio Biancalana 1-0 Fred Ossowski
  3. John Smith 0-1 Stuart Black
  4. Stuart Ward 1/2-1/2 Stewart Brisbane
  5. Graham Kerr 1-0 Douglas Rew  

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Dunfermline 3.5 - 1.5 Cumbernauld 8/4/15

Dunfermline 3.5 - 1.5 Cumbernauld

  1. I Robertson 1/2 - 1/2 M Monaghan
  2. J Webster 1/2 - 1/2 R Stirrat
  3. S Brisbane 1/2 -1/2 G Thomson
  4. B O’Rourke 1- 0 S Monaghan
  5. win by default 1-0 loss by default

Sadly a late call-off left Cumbernauld short-handed.  Glynis now has 2/2 default wins after a similar situation against Cumbernauld in the KO a few weeks previously.  As for the games played it was a weakened and tired Dunfermline team who were rather gifted the points after Bryan grabbed an early piece and was always winning thereafter despite trying to keep Steven in the game for longer than he should have!  Then a surprising draw offer from George on board 4 was gladly accepted. George thought the position was a bit too blocked to make progress in the allegro finish but on further reflection it seems he was winning .  Ralph considered playing on after a fairly equal position arose following middle game exchanges but accepted a repetition.  On top board Ian won queen for rook and knight but Mark was able to set up a blockade where progress was problematic in the time left and a draw was agreed.