Another tough draw for Horfield C against North Bristol (04/01/18)


Board 4 proved critical to saving Horfield a point after white blundered with f4.  Can you find the move that wins material?

The first match back after the Xmas break and Horfield C were looking to get back on track after two narrow defeats.

Rob got the team off to a good start after making the most of a small advantage to turn it into a win. Mike reached and end game with a queen and pawns against rook, bishop and pawns. It was unclear how to progress and a draw was agreed.

Bob’s game was very close but against a very strong player he could not hold on in the end game and the match was level. Alan had a slight advantage after his opening but then missed a move that allowed his opponent to even up the position and a draw was agreed.

Nigel was under pressure from the opening and the game looking like it was slipping away, but on move 18 he found a move that turned the game around and went a queen to bishop up. There was still a lot to do, but with time running out he broke through with his queen and the game was his.

Tom was earlier offered a draw which he turned down the move before he made a mistake that cost him his knight. He fought on but never recovered and the game was over. Another draw against North Bristol but better than a loss.

(1) Graham Iwi 0.5-0.5 Mike Levene

(2) Dave Herbert 0-1 Rob Attar

(3) Chris Smith 1-0 Bob Radford

(4) Mike Fielding 0-1 Nigel Pollett

Play through game

(5) Steve Woolgar 0.5-0.5 Alan Clarke

(6) Richard Millener 1-0 Tom Holmes


NB: Horfield were black on boards 2, 4 and 6


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