BDCL Div 2 Individual Final – Dave Wightman (165) vs David Gardiner (155)
Dave Wightman met David Gardiner in the final of the Birmingham League Division 2 Individual competition at South Birmingham. Winning the toss, Dave Wightman chose the white pieces, but was unable to gain any advantage out of the opening. A tactical game led to few openings, but black slowly gained a space advantage by virtue of incremental pawn advances. When the break came, with the opening of the d and then h files, black was able to make a well timed queenside castle to get the king to safety, while white was left with a king trapped in a rapidly opening centre. Black sacrificed a knight to pull the white king forwards and into a mating net from which there was no escape. So, congratulations to David Gardiner for a well executed game, well played.
By Dave Wightman