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Match Result

Season 18/19
Date Mon 22 Oct 2018
Competition:Hillingdon League Division 2
Fixture Ealing 'B' v Ealing '1'
Result L: 1.5-3.5


BoardGradeEaling 'B'
Ealing '1'Grade
1 Theochrasis Symeonidis
Quinn, John M 204
2 Simon Healeas
Ebbett, David 167
3 Alastair Johnstone
Santos, Joao AA None
4 Trevor Bates
Winterbotham, Mark 150
5 Christopher Yapp
Obihara, Jason 138

Captains Comment

David Websdale writes:

Our return match against the A team resulted in the same score as last week and we went down by 1.5 to 3.5. It's disappointing to lose again, but everyone played against higher graded opposition (a mean deficit of 36) and the three who secured draws should be well-pleased. Among these, a special mention for Harry, playing an opponent graded 79 points higher.

On board three, Alastair (thanks for substituting at the last minute) played on the black-side of Joao's Grand-Prix Sicilian. When a white knight attacked his d-pawn, the only way to defend it was to retreat his just-fianchettoed dark-squared bishop. Alastair considered this as too ugly and took the pawn loss on the chin, but it was soon clear that his game had no future and resigned.

Simon's game on board two, again against David, was similar to last week's encounter except David went for a Queen's Indian instead of the King's Indian that he used last week to defend Simon's Catalan. Play was positional - non-contact chess. Simon explained to me afterwards, that it all involved securing control of the e4 square. With no clear opportunities in sight an early draw was agreed.

On board five, Christopher defended against Jason's Bird using a symmetrical system. After one hour's play, material was even, but the positional symmetry broken - Christopher's position was cramped, while Jason was gathering Queen, Bishop and Rook to attack the castled King.

Christopher appeared to have relieved the pressure by some useful exchanges, but his light-squared Bishop could not get into the game and the remaining weaknesses led to Jason winning the game.

Trevor, with white on board four played a Trompowski opening against Mark, that reverted to a London-system position. The extended middle game resulted in few exchanges, neither of pawns nor pieces. Mark assembled Queen and Rooks attacking down the Queen side behind an army of advanced pawns, but Trevor found room to establish an adequate defence and with neither player wanted to disturb this equilibrium, a draw was agreed.

On board one Harry was playing John Quinn, Ealing's top-graded player. Harry played a Meran-Slav and the game was sharp and tactical, with John depriving Harry's King of castling rights at an early stage of the game. Dealing with the tactical complications was expensive in time and approaching the 35-move time control both players had to make many moves too quickly and missed winning possibilities (seen in subsequent analysis - not by me!). The game was ended by John opting to secure a draw by repetition. A fine performance from Harry.