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Alsager Match Decided on Board 4

posted 19 Feb 2011, 11:53 by knight moves   [ updated 19 Feb 2011, 12:16 ]
Stafford B hosted Alsager B in a tight Stoke League Division 3 match on Wednesday 16th Feb.
Boards 1,2 and 3 all resulted in fairly non-eventful draws.  Denis Nesbit had played his trademark Caro Kann defense, but after his opponent had exchanged at every opportunity, the game ended up in a level rook, knight and pawn endgame.
Ken Wosniak was pressing hard against a higher graded opponent on board 2, and with an advanced pawn formation, seemed to have left his opponent little space.  However, when his attempts to breakthrough were blocked a draw was soon agreed.
Ken McNulty finished next on top board.  Experimenting with a Dutch defense, Ken developed a rock solid defensive formation, but with no real attacking chances on either side, the game always looked like a draw.

The match was decided on Board 4.  The result of the game was in doubt until the end.  Peter won a Knight early on with an advance of his pawn to d5 followed by a Queen check.  This left him behind in development with little chance of simplification.  His opponent did not castle, but advanced his kingside pawns, supported by both rooks.  This gave Peter quite a few problems, but the Alsager player began to manoeuvre his king away from safety attempting to support his attack.  In the complications Peter was able to get a few checks of his own and he won with a discovered bishop check which would have won him a rook.  At this point his opponent resigned giving Stafford a 2.5 - 1.5 win.