BDCL Div2 Boldmere St. Michaels vs Wolverhampton
K. Thomas (166) 0 – 1 M. Townsend (187)
J. Fagan (165) 0 – 1 P. Sanghera (e185)
A. Hickey (161) 0 – 1 D. Wightman (165)
A. Lake (153) 1 – 0 P. Bull (154)
L. Tsoi (151) 1 – 0 J. Hunt (153)
L. Bennett (146) 0 – 1 F. Wood (151)
2 – 4
Wolverhampton went to north Birmingham for the second match in the 2013 – 14 campaign, still looking for their first points following a narrow defeat by Olton in their first game. Dave Wightman won an early pawn in the centre as black, but all games remained evenly balanced well into the middle game. Frank Wood developed a promising attack on Board 6, while Parminder Sanghera secured a protected passed pawn on the queen side. Frank Wood was able to convert his advantage whereas, on Board 5, Jonathan Hunt succumbed to a sharp combination. Parminder Sanghera went a pawn up, breaking through on the queenside, while Dave Wightman gained a knight but only as a result of a sacrifice which completely exposed the black king.
Mike Townsend edged a pawn ahead in a complex position on Board 1. Dave Wightman managed to weather the onslaught and, once his king was had escaped to the relative safety of the queenside, Board 3 was won. Phil Bull succumbed to a neat mating combination on Board 4, brought about by a rook pair on the seventh rank, to leave the match poised at 2 - 2. Mike Townsend was eventually able to force the extra pawn through to win, but Parminder Sanghera had lost his passed pawn and was facing a seemingly drawn position. However, he battled on and was eventually able to snatch another pawn, which proved decisive as his opponent’s time drained away. 4 – 2 on the night and Wolverhampton’s campaign is under way. Thanks are due to Boldmere for some interesting matches, and good luck to them for the rest of the season.
By Dave Wightman