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|Falmouth & Truro||4 - 7||Lewisham|
|1||2065||Lloyd Retallick||0 - 1||Madara Orlovska||2125|
|2||2050||Jeremy Menadue||½ - ½||Mark Robertson||2088|
|3||1942||Mark Hassall||1 - 0||Peter Wood||1990|
|4||1983||Robin Kneebone||1 - 0||Tim Gluckman||1885|
|5||1750||Manuel Patiño||0 - 1||Andrew Craig||1773|
|6||1643||Beatrice Steele||0 - 1||Cam Tat||1700|
|7||1607||Bryan Jones||½ - ½||Tony Foreman||1570|
|8||1525||Ian Renshaw||1 - 0||Cris Marchettini||1405|
|9||1412||Peter Doubleday||0 - 1||Henry Butowsky||1550|
|10||1390||Maria Evdokimova||0 - 1||Jim Barber||1308|
|11||1345||Hugh Brown||0 - 1||Iain Hunt||1255|
Out of the blue, we were challenged to a match by Andrew Craig, secretary of the large and enterprising in SE London. The plan was to field the maximum number of boards both clubs could find, keeping ratings roughly balanced. In the end, the match was fought over 11 boards. Lewisham had white on the odds.
We had just 3 wins, and 2 of those were against the run of play; we had 6 losses. Mark (board 3) was lost but fought back in fine style to deliver mate. Ian won when his opponent suffered a mouse slip and lost his queen. Robin (4) was able to play a standard line against the ..b6 ..e6 ..f5 setup and obtained a fine position which led to the win of a piece.
On board 1 Lloyd faced Madara Orlovska (ELO 2125) and the complicated game swung to and fro. In this position white blundered with Nc3, but Lloyd played the wrong sacrifice, missing the winning reply.
On 2, Jeremy gained an edge but agreed a draw as time trouble approached in a difficult position.
Lewisham won on board 5 when Manuel overlooked a bishop skewer winning the exchange. Despite stiff resistance, the material advantage told eventually. Beatrice (white on 6) lost her first game back after a long summer break. She lost a pawn from a little combo; but Stockfish reckons the resulting position is better for white. However, Bea did not keep the initiative and the material advantage gradually told.
Bryan played a typically solid game to equalise then repeat moves as black on 7. On 8, Ian was gifted a queen, and the point, due to a mouse slip. On board 11, Hugh played fast in a complex position and lost material. His opponent played well and saw through the tricks.Boards 9 and 10 were interesting. On board 9 Peter lost narrowly after a hard fight. The game shows Peter fighting back after a poor opening, then going astray again but battling on. Board 10 was the last to finish. Maria (white) didn't know the opening and got behind, but by move 32 was winning. However, as the clocks counted down, black's pressure increased and Maria went astray, losing in 61 tense moves.
The final score of 7-4 to Lewisham reflects their greater experience of league chess. At least our “Trelawny's Army” foursome came out ahead of the 4NCL Division 2 team on the top 4 boards, thanks to Mark's fightback. Thanks to Lewisham for the ideas, and the match; and to Andrew Craig for his efficient organisation.