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Match Result

Season 18/19
Date Wed 06 Feb 2019
Competition:Hillingdon League Division 2
Fixture Uxbridge '1' v Ealing 'B'
Result L: 1-4


BoardGradeUxbridge '1'
Ealing 'B'Grade
1166Walters, Peter D
Simon Healeas
2155Hughes, Colin
Amr Khalil
3150Lord, Peter R
Alastair Johnstone
4142Knight, Daniel
Christopher Yapp
5137Colter, Nigel
David Websdale

Captains Comment

David Websdale reports:

Last Wednesday night we played away v Uxbridge A. A last minute loss of a key player from the team meant that I needed to play. As a result I saw only the late stages of games, so my report lacks details, except where provided by team members.

Christopher was first to finish. With the white pieces on board four, he played solidly throughout the opening and middle game. Neither player could find any weakness to exploit and a draw was agreed. David, on bottom board played an Old Indian defence in which he soon found himself with a cramped, albeit safe, position. But his decision to open up the game with a d5 pawn advance proved premature and it was his opponent that exploited the opening of the centre very effectively, soon gaining material and a clear winning advantage.

Alastair was on the Black side of a Moscow Sicilian (1.e2 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5) and emerged from the opening with a somewhat cramped position, but no major weaknesses.  He unwisely opened lines on the king-side that gave his opponent a clear advantage, but Peter then missed a combination which would have given him a decisive edge.  The position was then exchanged down to an endgame with 4P vs. Alastair's 2P but crucially with opposite coloured bishops. With all the pawns on the right squares Alastair found it relatively trivial to defend although his opponent kept on trying for a further 25 moves before accepting the position was drawn.

Simon, with black on board one, reported that he was unhappy with his passive and incoherent play, while his opponent took advantage of opportunities presented to forge a win - although it was a long struggle. Finally, on board two Amr had played well to secure a clear advantage. He had eschewed opportunities for perpetual check, particularly as his opponent was in bad time trouble. With the win already in sight an uncharacteristic blunder on Amr's part resulted in an immediate check mate.

So we lost by 1-4, a disappointing result, though compatible with the average 25 grade point deficit.