The first team went to Lewisham on the 28th Oct for their second fixture in the En Passant league, with a slightly different team to the first match.
Lewisham fielded quite a weak team based on grading, for some reason, so we were heavy favourites on paper. However 3 of their team were estimate grades, and these tend to under estimate the opponent. Anyway despite things not looking at all clear for a long way into the match we came away with a convincing 5.5 to 0.5 win.
Ken Smith got in front on material early on, but then conceded the advantage. However he eventually won convincingly.
David Gilbert and David Helps played solid games and eventually ground out a good wins.
This left Robert, Ian, and Gary.
Robert’s game was very interesting, in that he deliberately allowed his queen to be trapped, but was convinced he’d picked up enough material on the way to that to be in front. I can’t say I agreed with that view and nor did others, however surprisingly Fritz does agree with his view, although the handling of his position from that point had to be played very accurately. Which he did.
However I was convinced that he could have saved his Queen by giving up a piece, and Fritz also agrees with this, and he could have won the game far easier than he did. I’ve attached the game and my analysis comments below. It’s worth a look if only to become familiar with Blacks very odd opening, which despite 3 pawn sacrifices, would have been in front if he’d played the correct move following Robert’s unorthodox QF3.
Ian’s game caused great controversy after his flag fell at the first time check, and neither player had recorded the last moves to know if 35 had been reached. There was also a further dispute about whether the clock was faulty, and the flag had fallen early. In the end Ian refused the offer of a draw and the game was replayed and the missing moves recorded to work out if 35 moves had indeed been played. It turned out that 35 moves had been played and Ian was safe. He then went on to win the game, playing the end game accurately, and making a very late night of it.
Gary eventually agreed a draw to a game which was very locked up by pawns. He had the better position, but unfortunately any way to open things up just played into his opponents hands and equalised the game.
So we now stand as – played 2, won 1, Lost 1.