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Match Result

Season 18/19
Date Thu 13 Dec 2018
Competition:Hillingdon League Division 3
Fixture Harrow '3' v Ealing 'C'
Result W: 3.5-1.5


BoardGradeHarrow '3'
Ealing 'C'Grade
1145Jensen, Soren
Jason Obihara
2123Marshall, Alan R
Carlo Paglialunga
3NoneHadi, Abdul
David Websdale
482Dilukshan, Manoharan
David Housego
568Maddock, Roy E
Michael J Smith

Captains Comment

Our last match before Christmas was away against Harrow C. Similarly graded our team won 3 ½ - 1 ½, which puts us third in Hillingdon Division 2, behind Harrow Juniors A and Hatch End A.

On Board 2, Carlo played black. His opponent, playing white, opened with 1.e4....so Carlo played his favourite response ...d6, opting for a Philidor’s Black Lion Defence, which went to plan with quick central pawn exchanges leading to a drawn game. At this point white sportingly offered a draw and although perhaps black seemed better the draw offer was accepted.

On Board 5, Michael playing white opened with e4. His opponent played the Sicilian and white replied with the Smith Morra Gambit. Black didn't really accept the gambit. He did take the first pawn offered, but refused to take the second. And he allowed white to get the pawn back a few moves later. Neither player had much of an edge until move 25. By then white had managed to build up a small advantage as black had doubled pawns on the b file after an exchange of knights around moves 19-20. That gave white something to target. Black now seemed to be playing very passively and white won a pawn on moves 24-25.  Then black blundered by playing 25....Nd7 which allowed white to win either his knight or his bishop. Although white did not see it immediately black also overlooked it on his next move allowing white to fork both knight and bishop with his rook. White was now clearly winning and, rather than lose a piece, black resigned.

On Board 3 David, also playing white, opened e4 and met the Philidor. David commented “I like to play against this as black's d6 pawn often becomes a target - as it was in this game. I was able to capture the pawn, at the same time skewering queen and rook with my bishop. Black found counterplay with queen and remaining rook against my castled king, and in serious time trouble, I sought to avoid complications and exchange pieces as quickly as possible. Following another material gain by forking queen and rook with my knight, I reached the time control and now, free from the ticking clock, it was straightforward to confirm the win.” The score was now 2 ½ - ½ to Ealing.

On Board 4 I played as black against a similarly graded player. The Ruy Lopez opening was uneventful, with white attacking black’s kingside castled king and black advancing his pawns on the queenside. Although black had more space in the centre, white was able to win a pawn on the kingside. Black then allowed a queen exchange, which gave white more space. At this point white switched his attack to black’s advancing queenside pawns. An oversight on my part lead to the loss of two further black pawns and then an exchange of black’s rook for white’s knight, when black resigned.

Finally on Board 1 Jason played white against a slightly stronger opponent. He played a Bird system, opening with f4. His opponent decided to try something which was quite ambitious, opting to push his king side pawns in preference to quick development. However white continued development and at the right time castled queenside, his opponent castling queenside immediately also. The game became quite dynamic, with black coming forward and bringing a rook to the fifth rank. He didn't see white had a tactic, thereby winning the rook. From here on white kept the pressure on exchanging the dangerous black bishop in the middle of the board and setting up good positions with white pieces. Neither player had made their 42nd move when black resigned, with the threat of another piece lost and mate thereafter.

The match result was thus a good win for us.