Another victory last night for the first team means that we now have more points already that we did in the whole of last season! We had a bit of an advantage grading wise, but Denton are always hard fighters and we knew it wouldn't be an easy match. First to finish just after 9pm was Daniel who, I think it's fair to say, chopped Ali Jaunooby into tiny little pieces – especially as Daniel opened 1. ...b5 2 ...Bb7 3...b4. It was a sight to behold and I do hope Daniel will send the game around.
At this stage I had a look at the games and was seriously thinking we might 6-0. Alex had sacked a piece for 2 pawns, only to then regain his piece to be 2 clear pawns up. Alan had got a great position from the opening, was material up and looked to be coasting. Glenn had had the better of the middle game and had then won an exchange. I had a very pleasant position, the type I like, with an easy to play attack and Michael also looked in control of his game.
So when the next to finish was Alan I assumed he had won – but he hadn't. Unfortunately he blundered in a won position which was bad luck having played so well up to then. However, my attack then all dropped into place and my opponent resigned when it was forced mate in 9!
Glenn then drew. Although he might still have been better his opponent had a few knight tricks up his sleeve so Glenn pragmatically took a draw which looked likely to be enough to win the match which we duly did when Alex, with a pawn nicely wedged in on b7 played a pseudo queen sacrifice followed by a pseudo rook sacrifice to win the game. His opponents flag had in fact already fallen but Alex declined to claim it – lest anyone not realise he was winning over the board anyway!!
Which left Michael, who didn't let the side down with a controlled victory in a nice position. Well done all.
Next match is two weeks on Tuesday (28th February) away at Stockport Reds.
|1||B||Daniel Fernandez||1-0||Ali Jaunooby|
|2||W||Alex Longson||1-0||David Toole|
|3||B||Alan Walton||0-1||Paul Cawley|
|4||W||Glenn Trueman||½-½||Anthony Entwistle|
|5||B||Sean Hewitt||1-0||Kamran Ahmadi|
|6||W||Michael Fernandez||1-0||David Holt|