Thursday, 7 November 2013

BDCL Div 2 28/10/2013: S Birmingham A v Wolverhampton A

BDCL Div 2 – South Birmingham A vs Wolverhampton
Martin Smyth (162)                1 – 0     Dave Wightman (165)
Tim Lane (159)                      0.5 – 0.5  Phil Bull (154)
Simon Williams (158)             1 – 0      Jonathan Hunt (153)
Aloysius Lip (148)                 0.5 – 0.5  Frank Wood (151)
Paul Swatridge (140)            0.5 – 0.5  Phil Porter (136)
Derek Stockhall (134)           0.5 – 0.5   Gordon Sands (120)
                                               4 – 2

South Birmingham A and Wolverhampton were both sitting comfortably in mid-table prior to this encounter.  Frank Wood was the first to break ranks, with a complex position in the centre seeming to give both sides some sharp attacking chances.  Phil Porter suffered the embarrassment of having his mobile go off during the game but, in another display of good sportsmanship, his opponent did not claim the game and a draw was agreed shortly afterwards.  Gordon Sands went a pawn down, but built a strong attack against the white king.  Jonathan Hunt succumbed to a well executed mating attack, putting the match score at 1.5 – 0.5 to the home side.  Frank Wood’s position grew progressively more complex, while Gordon Sands recovered the pawn and Phil Bull drew.  Frank Wood reached the end game a rook for bishop and pawn up, but with shattered pawns on both sides and facing lots of counter play.  Dave Wightman’s centre collapsed, putting the match position to 3 – 1, but Wolverhampton were unable to convert either of the two remaining games, agreeing draws in both cases.  Thanks to South Birmingham for some interesting games, and good luck for the rest of the season.

By  Dave Wightman

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