Dunfermline A 3- 2 Stirling A
Ian Robertson 1919 1-0 Neil Irving 1879
Stuart Black 1675 0-1 Jim Shemilt 1767
Jamie O'Connor 1661 1-0 Steve Smith 1704
Mike Roy 1660 1-0 Bill Cook 1663Gordon Greig U/G 0-1 Graham Anderson 1622
As a last minute replacement Gordon gave it a good go for the A-team on board 5 but as it was his first competitive game in 13 years it was no surprise when he lost. He brought us luck however as the A-team got its first win of the season. There were particularly complex games with Jamie giving up the exchange for loads of initiative. Steve panicked in time pressure as Jamie’s forces gathered and he blundered back the exchange then next move dropped a piece. Michael’s position was really hard to work out but his opponent had back rank mate issues which allowed Michael to set all sorts of problems which firstly won an exchange and shortly after turned into a whole rook. Once Michael played a final consolidating move it was over. Boards 1 and 2 finished quickly with Neil getting his King caught in the centre after he tried to rescue his leaky queenside position. Stuart unwisely allowed Jim’s bishop to pin knight against queen against king. Something had to fall so brought about a 1-1 score for boards 1 and 2 in under an hour.