Badgers Brook vs Dunfermline, 15/10/18
Suzy Cooke 1997 1-0 Ian Robertson 2045
Kenny McGeoch (c) 1966 0-1 Calum Smith (c) 1612
Mark Cooke 1964 ½-½ Fred Ossowski 1548
Fabio Biancalana 1705 0-1 Stewart Brisbane 1465
Kenny Aiston 1462 1-0 Peter Horne 1295
Badgers Brook 2½ - 2½ Dunfermline
Badgers Brook had white on boards 3 and 5.
An unexpected draw considering the grading differences, though a sare yin for Ian Robertson as he lost a game that was there to win (or at least not lose).
After an Exchange French with c4, he had good pressure on the kingside with some sacrifice possibilities (e.g. Nxg7). Three of his pieces were still to be developed, however, which discouraged anything speculative. With 18 seconds to the time control Ian had to rush a calculation and an error was duly turned to advantage by Suzy. The computer tells us that with the right move Ian would have retained a 1.50 plus lead, but the move he played put him at minus 2.30. A second error later with bank-rank threats sealed the game.
On Board 2 Kenny McGeoch pressed for initiative but probably over-extended. I had a series of attacks going that put me a rook up in the end. I should have played to simplify the whole thing but, sticking to the plan, strung it out for a few more moves.
In Mark and Fred's Queen's Gambit Declined both parties soon had everything centralised though Fred missed an attack on f2 which would have ended with rook and 4 pawns v rook and 6 to his advantage. A draw was agreed later.
To Board 4, and Stewart Brisbane had a nice bishop sacrifice on h7 which provided a queen for two pieces, and a final combination that left Q vs N.
A brave effort on Board 5 by Peter Horne but he succumbed; a win for Kenny Aiston.