Friday, 10 September 2010

Rob Ensor County Champion

Congratulations to Rob on winning the Major Section of the CCs.

First, his fifth round game from Tuesday against John Daniel with annotation by Rob.

1. d4 d5 (John said this surprised him, as I'd played 1. e4 against David...) 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 b6 6. Nf3 0-0 7. Qc2 Nbd7 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Bb5 Bb7 10. Bxf6 Nxf6 11. Ne5 Qd6 12. Bd3 c5 13. Nb5 Qd8 14. dxc5 Bxc5 15. Rd1 Bb4+ 16. Ke2 Rc8 17. Qb3 Bd6 18. Nf3 a6 19. Nbd4 Bc5 20. Bf5 Rc7 21. Ng5 Bxd4 22. Rxd4 g6 23. Bd3 Nd7 24. h4 Nc5 25. Qd1 Nxd3 26. Qxd3 Bc6 27. Kd2 Bb5 28. Qb1 Qf6 29. Rf4 Qe7 30. a4 Bc4 31. b4 Qe5 32. Nf3 Qh5 (John was in some pretty bad time trouble at this point - I think he had less than five minutes for the last 5 moves before the control) 33. g4 Qh6 34. h5 Qg7 35. h6 Qh8 36. g5 (the black queen is now totally useless) Re8 37. Rh4 Rce7 38. Rf6 b5 39. a5 Re6 40. Rhf4 Rxf6 41. Rxf6 Re6 42. Qb2 Rxf6 43. gxf6 1-0

Rob - who was slow to start scoring points in the competition-  followed this up, on Thursday, by demolishing David Reynolds, in the last round, with the black pieces, in the Kings Indian variation of the Pirc Defence.

At this point, i was still playing for a win against John which if it had come off would have forced a play off between myself and Rob. It was not to be, however.


I had the white pieces. John had just played 31...g3. Instead of playing 32 fxg3 - winning a pawn, however, i played 32 f3 putting the pawn on a white square out of reach of John's bishop thinking i would have time to bring my knight to h5 and then take on g3. Instead, John was able to get his bishop to e3, then d2 and things deteriorated for me on the queenside and i did not last much longer.
The final results in the major were: Rob 3.5, David 3.0, John 3.0, Me 2.5
Unfortunately, i did not see any of the other HA players' games. I know that Haka Dave lost, in the Minor, to an in-form Dennis Wilkins. Once i know what the rest of the results were, i will put them in here.
Next Week
HA1 compete at home in the last round of the Wylie and stand an excellent chance of winning the cup.
There may be some friendlies, too.
HA2 competes away at Loughborough in the last round of the Harrod where we have an excellent chance of winning the wooden spoon.

The second to last round of the Minors, at Wigston,  in which Ray will be playing with the black pieces against Guy Closs. There will be a lot of interest in this one.
Well done Rob,

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