Saturday, 26 February 2011

Major League Cup 4th Round

The handicapping mechanism led to Spinney having a one point head start - but they had been expecting more. The first result was a loss for John who had struggled to find space for his pieces. Graham B had gotten one of his knights trapped in the opening and was under time pressure, but, in exchange, his opponent's kingside remained undeveloped and with some fabulous pins against the e and f pawns, Graham was able to regain the piece and then some. Mike C was heading into a pawn endgame one pawn down against Steve Wylie, when Steve's position imploded leaving Mike a technical win. In Graham S's game, the centre had been completely blocked with pawns, but as the clocks ran down to their remaining few minutes, Graham converted a game that had been looking very drawish into a win.

22 FebHeathcote Arms 1vSpinney Hill 1GD
3 - 1-56
Handicap0 - 1
3 - 2
1W192Sharpe, Graham1 - 0Potter, Karl161-31
2B156Cowley, Michael1 - 0Wylie, Stephen144-12
3W153Booley, Graham1 - 0Slater, Brian L133-20
4B122Manger, John0 - 1Gurney, Roy1297
The table now looks like this, but bare in mind that HA1 has a game in hand.

1Loughborough 1431057
2Heathcote Arms 1321045
3Spinney Hill 14112-23
4Braunstone 14031-33
5Melton Mowbray 14112-33
6Scraptoft Valley 14022-22


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