On board 4, Derek Pugh complicated early with 16. Nxe6. He went on to win in 39 moves.
We’ve been riding our luck recently, and this match probably had a slightly flattering scoreline, but we’re very happy to negotiate another potentially tricky match successfully.
Taking it board by board:
On 1, Aaron appeared to equalise comfortably, but the game remained complex and Attila fought back. In the end it boiled down to a knight ending in which Aaron perhaps could have played for a win, but it was a little risky and he settled for the draw.
On board 2, the two Steves’ opening apparently followed a Botvinnik-Petrosian world championship game. Downend Steve got the edge, but decided not to test our Steve’s endgame technique, and a draw was also agreed.
Alex, on board 3, had the task of trying to find winning chances against the exchange French. For a long time the game looked level, but ultimately Alex managed to get the better minor piece, and that in conjunction with his opponent’s time shortage was enough to take the point.
My game against Mike followed the same opening as in the reverse fixture in the first half of the season. This time I decided to keep the queens on for a more complex game. I won a pawn, but Mike got significant counterplay. I was quite relieved to defend successfully and finally break through to Mike’s king leaving the position won after the dust had settled.
On board 5, Phil prised open Oliver’s h-file, but the break-through happened more quickly than I expected, when a tactical slip allowed Phil’s knight to force mate or decisive material loss.
I didn’t see much of Harvey’s game against Dave on board 6. Apparently Dave got an edge, but couldn’t a find a way to break through and took a draw as time began to run short.
(1) A Guthrie 0.5 – 0.5 A Reznak
(2) S Dilleigh 0.5 – 0.5 S Meek
(3) A Easton 1 – 0 I Pickup
(4) D Pugh 1 – 0 M Brigden
(5) P Nendick 1 – 0 O Stubbs
(6) H Atkinson 0.5 – 0.5 D Tipper
HORFIELD A 4.5 – 1.5 DOWNEND B
NB: Horfield were black on boards 2, 4 and 6