Maidstone 2-4 Hastings
Kent League – County/Lewis Cups
Played on Saturday 13th December 2014, at Maidstone Leisure Centre.
1. Paul Talsma (208) 1 – 0 Ollie Willson (184)
2. Ian Watson (194) 0.5 – 0.5 Howard Tebbs (186)
3. David Munford (176) 0.5 – 0.5 Bob Elliston (181)
4. David Heath (155) 0 – 1 Adrian Pickersgill (178)
5. Robert Lane (149) 0 – 1 John Sugden (177)
6. Ian Clark (121) 0 – 1 Ray Brooks (172)
Total 2 – 4
Board 1: Ollie was pretty much outplayed by the in-form Talsma.
The Maidstone player pushed his pawns to put a clamp on the position, then made a spectacular Rook sacrifice,
bringing a forced mate in four.
Board 2: Howard played a reversed London System against the King’s Indian Attack. The Hastings man was, as usual, granite.
Both players appeared to be happy with an earlyish draw.
Board 3: Bob arrived the worse for some illness, donning a glove to reduce the risk of contagion.
An early draw saw this the first game finished. Get well soon, Bob!
Board 4: Adrian smoothly outplayed his opponent, nibbling away at his pawns.
The Hastings man, two pawns up in a Knight endgame, showed patience and skill to give his opponent no chances.
Board 5: John accepted the Benko Gambit pawn and hung on to it.
Soon, it was the Hastings man with the Queen-side pressure and an invasion on the a-file followed.
The Maidstone player tried to ease his position with pawn breaks on the King-side but this only created weaknesses around his King.
In just a couple of moves, John was attacking both sides of the board simultaneously. Last game finished.
From a Hastings perspective, this was the game of the day.
Board 6: The Maidstone player seemed intent on drawing from the very start, exchanging pieces and pawns at every opportunity,
whilst playing very solidly. Ray had to give ground on two occasions to keep the Queens on the board, in a stale, symmetrical position.
After thirty-odd moves the Hastings player had a slim edge, when his opponent obliged by placing his King and Queen on the same diagonal.
A great result away at our only real rivals in this geographical division, we are now clear favourites to go forward and play for the Kent County Cup.
After twenty-four away games, we’ve only lost three games, winning three matches and drawing one.
We now look forward to four home matches in a row, to complete the regular season.