In the second round of the junior league cup we played at home to Red Admiral 2 (actually their third league team). Owing to illness, our opponents defaulted a board. The handicapping system gave the Red Admiral a two point bonus, minus one point for defaulting the board, leaving them with a one point advantage. I wanted to play Ray on board 3 rather than myself, since he is playing better, but the rules did not allow this.
John won his game first. Rob sacrificed a couple of pawns early on to lead his opponent's king into the open and then clobbered him. Rob's opponent,Mick, in a hopeless situation for at least the previous half an hour, eventually lost on time. When his flag dropped, he loudly proclaimed 'oh ****! I've lost!'- nobody else was surprised. I thought i had the edge for most of my game against Stan. He turned down my offer of a draw on the grounds that it would lose Red Admiral the match. Stan went on to sacrifice his queen to force mate.
Heathcote Arms (2) Vs Red Admiral (2)
Rob Ensor (135)1-0 Mick Slater (100)
John Manger (134) 1-0 Andy Carter (100)
Colin Ross (112) 0-1 Stan Parsons (83)
Ray Beach (90) 1-0 Default
Rob Ensor Vs Mick Slater
1 d4 d5, 2 c4 dxc4, 3 e3 b5, 4 Nc3 c6, 5 Nf3 Bg4, 6 Be2 f6, 7 b3 b4, 8 Ne4 f5, 9 Nc5 c3, 10 d5 Qxd5, 11 Qxd5 cxd5, 12 Bb5+ Kf7, 13 Ne5 Kf6, 14 f4 e6, 15 Ncd3 a6, 16 Be8 Ra7, 17 h3 Re7, 18 hxg4 Rxe8, 19 g5+ Ke7, 20 Ng6+ Kd8, 21 Nxh8 g6, 22 Rxh7 Nc6, 23 Nxg6 d4, 24 Nxf8 Rxf8, 25 a3 e5, 26 fxe5 Re8, 27 axb4 a5, 28 b5 Nxe5, 29 Nxe5 Rxe5, 30 Rxa5 Ne7, 31 Ra7 dxe3, 32 Rh8+ Ng8, 33 Rxg8+ Re8, 34 Ra8+ Kc7, 35 Rxe8 Kd6,
36 Rxe3 c2, 37 Rd8+ Kc7, 38 Rd5 f4, 39 Re6 Kc8, 40 Re7 f3, 41 gxf3 Black Lost on Time
Well done everyone.
On Tuesday we play at home against Hinckley (the handbook is wrong about the date).
This is followed by a match away against Braunstone 4 on Tuesday 8th December which will be our last match before the Christmas break.