Crowborough ‘B’ 2-2 Hastings ‘C’
Mid-Sussex League Division 2
Only the second outing for the third team, but an anticipated close victory for us. Hastings white on odds:
Jan Lawrance 1 0 Mel Young
David Liu 0 1 Paul Kelly
A Aluwahlia 1 0 Steve Blewitt
Michael Redman 0 1 Marc Bryant
Caroline Campion A A Gary Willson
Marc finished first with a neat sequence: foregoing castling as black, he advanced his king side pawns and ripped open whites defence, opening up for a neat Epaulette’s (spelling) mate delivered by his queen sweeping across the dark squares. His opponent totally missed it.
I was offered a draw when I had a slight positional advantage, but declined as on inspection of the remaining games, saw that Mel was struggling to hang on from an inaccuracy in the opening, Paul’s king was looking very exposed to white’s attack, and Steve was looking a comfortable draw.
Steve saw the same and tried to push for a win, but lost in doing so to a strong up and coming junior. Mel fought on but did eventually capitulate when out of nowhere Paul turned his game around a got a win.
Having declined the draw, I won a pawn by a forced tactic, but reaped further rewards when she voluntarily swapped of pieces and I won a second pawn by force. At the close I had two extra passed pawns and the dominant attacking rook. Rather than resign she wanted to check, but my Fritz assesses the position as a clear win (+5), and the only win for white in the match.
A good win for the team, and we are off the mark.
Gary Willson reports