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Match Result

Season 18/19
Date Mon 11 Feb 2019
Competition:Hillingdon League Division 3
Fixture Ealing 'C' v Hatch End '1'
Result W: 3-2


BoardGradeEaling 'C'
Hatch End '1'Grade
1 Jason Obihara
Salisbury, Ian W 154
2 Tony Braine
Breed, Greg J 151
3 Alex Lushpa
Phillips, William 150
4 David Housego
Cross, Ian K 142
5 Neville T Rowden
Hayali, Laith 141

Captains Comment

David Housego writes:

In our match on Monday evening in the Hillingdon League Division 2 we played a much stronger team from Hatch End A. However everyone played well and against the odds we won 3 – 2.

On Board 1 Jason as white played the Bird system, opening with f4. He had the better position from the opening and created a dynamic position. He missed a couple of tactical chances of going a piece up, choosing to slowly increase pressure. However his opponent during the course of play was able to make exchanges and to create a draw from a poorer position.

On Board 2 Tony played the Dutch as black against Hatch End’s captain. Despite an unfamiliar move order, Tony found himself in a fairly standard position after a dozen moves. White then decided to spice things up by castling long and launching a king’s side attack. This was strategically suspect as black’s kingside was well defended and his queenside pawns further advanced. Black managed to lodge an irritating knight on b3 which white only managed to remove at the cost of black taking control of the open f file with his rooks and black’s queen taking a dominant position on e4. Now the game was tough for white although material was still even, but he had to make very accurate moves to hold the position. Instead he blundered, lost queen for rook with mate soon to follow.

Alex played white on Board 3 and opened with his favourite King’s gambit. His opponent accepted the gambit and played a classical continuation with g5 protecting the f4 pawn. White immediately challenged this with typical h4 move. White then decided to play in the spirit of the gambit and sacrificed his knight on f7 leaving black’s king vulnerable in the centre. White captured the f and g pawns and castled queenside. White had open files for his rook and his opponent’s position was very precarious. Later in the game white found a tactic winning back the piece. Unfortunately, white was running out of time and made a few inaccuracies in the endgame and it looked as if his position was lost when his opponent created a passed pawn. However, white played very precise moves for a draw and surprised his opponent when white got his king into a stalemate position with just seconds left on his clock.

On Board 5 Neville also played white and opened with the Queen's Pawn Opening: London System. Black responded defensively at first but eventually exchanged a couple of minor pieces to open serious gaps in White's defence in the centre of the board. At this point, black was playing much better than white and he was able to bring his queen into play by attacking white's king, gaining a pawn and preventing white from undertaking a short castle. White defended desperately with his queen and two knights which eventually allowed him to castle long. From this position, white's queen was able to free itself and mount a feeble attack. Black pressed further bringing a knight and bishop into his attack. However, black was unaware that his queen was slowly becoming trapped. By feigning an attack on black's king with a knight, white was able to position himself to take black's now totally trapped queen.  In order to do this, white had to sacrifice his queen for black's queen and black’s rook. White was then able to exchange rooks which left white in an unbeatable position (viz. white with 7 pawns, a knight and a rook against black's 7 pawns and a bishop) from where white could easily have picked off black's pawns. At this point, black resigned. So we were 3 -1 up.

David playing as black on Board 4 defended against a Queen’s pawn opening with a Semi Slav system. With neither side gaining the advantage pawns and pieces were exchanged evenly. However deep into the endgame white was able to capture one of black’s pawn on h7. Although his knight was then trapped, by adroit play he was able to bring up his kingside pawns to support it. Soon after the knights were exchanged leaving only black-squared bishops as the remaining pieces. Although black defended successfully for a while, white was able to get his bishop onto f6 where it could support his advanced passed pawns on the g and h files and with play for the night coming to an end black resigned after 54 moves.