Horfield D pick up again with solid win over Clifton C (27/02/18)

A well-matched encounter wherein the balance of good fortune fell to the home side.
Jonathan opened up with characteristic initiative, soon having the exposed Black king facing 2 rooks and an advanced pawn spike ; but Oleskii calmly held him off and looked set for a trip to the bank with extra material – until stumbling into a stalemate!

Clifton’s misfortune was compounded later by John Tiplady resigning from a probably drawn position. Elsewhere matters proceeded pretty evenly. Sam stayed commendably cool after the late start to his game; and with the match at least drawn I reached a level position only requiring the move for mate in two. Instead of allowing a draw by repetitive checks I decided to run for cover – fatally overlooking a forced queen exchange. So it goes…

(1) Clarke 0.5 – 0.5 Dinhuber

(2) Millbank 0 – 1 Jankowski

(3) Jennings 1 – 0 Smolka

(4) Turner 1 – 0 Carver

(5) Facey 1 – 0 Tiplady

(6). Zeng 0.5 – 0.5 Novakov


NB: Horfield were black on boards 1, 3 and 5.


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