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Winning Finish to Wolverhampton League Division One

posted 17 Apr 2012, 11:11 by knight moves   [ updated 17 Apr 2012, 11:13 ]
Stafford wrapped up the Wolverhampton League Division One season with a home encounter against West Brom, the match having been re-scheduled at Stafford following an abortive trip to West Brom earlier in the season.  The pressure was off for both sides, with Stafford having avoided relegation by defeating Kidderminster and West Brom confirmed in second place having lost the crunch match against Lichfield two weeks earlier.

Stafford enjoyed a slight grading advantage on all 6 boards with West Brom missing their top 3 players, and the match followed a very similar pattern to the previous week's encounter against Kidderminster.  One very short draw (from Stephane Pedder) was followed by two more (Roger Butters having neutralised his opponent's early pressure and Ray Hyde's initiative suffering the opposite fate).  Malcolm Armstrong then gave Stafford the lead, having defended against a rather unsound attack and accurately calculated a sequence which would have led to significant material advantage had his opponent not resigned. 

The remaining two games both went down to the wire.  Pavel Nefyodov was under pressure throughout the game as his opponent's aggressive opening led to a strong attack with well-placed minor pieces.  Pavel did well to steer the game into a rook ending but was a long way behind on the clock.  He made the most of his own passed pawn but unfortunately missed one chance to earn a draw as both his time and position evaporated. 

This left the match all square with the top board game remaining.  Gerald Acey had been better throughout the game and managed to resist his opponent's resourceful but increasingly desperate attempts to complicate the position, eventually crashing through with a kingside mating attack to clinch thematch. 

So, Stafford finish with a total of 9 points, with 4 match wins, 1 draw and 5 defeats (including one default) - having spent most of the season worrying about relegation, this can be considered as a minor success;


Status

Team

P

W

D

L

Points

Board Points

Champions

Lichfield A

10

8

2

0

18

40½

2nd

West Bromwich

10

7

1

2

15

37½

 

Bushbury A

9

6

0

3

12

34½

 

Walsall Kipping A

9

5

1

3

11

28

 

Rushall A

9

4

1

4

9

26½

 

Stafford A

10

4

1

5

9

25½

 

St George's A

9

3

2

4

8

25½

 

Wolverhampton A

10

2

2

6

6

26½

 

Kidderminster A

10

2

2

6

6

25

 

Warley Quinborne A

8

2

1

5

5

22

 

Stourbridge A

10

2

1

7

5

20½

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