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Early Bath in County Title Defence

posted 28 Nov 2011, 13:49 by knight moves   [ updated 28 Nov 2011, 13:49 ]
Defending champions Stafford, had an early exit from the Staffordshire U140(Jackson) Cup on Wednesday with a 3.5 to 1.5 loss to Lichfield.

Peter Evans lost on board 2, when he miscalculated a series of exchanges and lost a piece.  His opponent skilfully pressed home his advantage and Peter was forced to resign. 

Denis Nesbitt equalised the match with a good win on board 3.  He developed his pieces more quickly than his opponent and secured a mate with a queen combination.

James Topp lost on board 4, after losing material and positional advantage in the early middle game.

On Board 1 Andrew Leadbetter, playing a Bishop on c4 and a pawn on f4 against Black's Sicilian Defence did get attacking chances, but he was unable to convert them and was possibly fortunate to come away with a draw.

The game score was now 2.5 to 1.5 for Lichfield and Sumit Raisinghaney's game on board 5 would not have affected the match result as drawn Staffordshire Cup ties are decided on board count.   He was unaware of the board count rule and kept pressing for a win.  Unfortunately he miscalculated, got his pieces out of position and his experienced opponent was able to force a win. 

Congratulations to Lichfield, especially as Stafford outgraded them on the first three boards. 

Incidentally one of Lichfield's players, Ron Crellin revealed after the match that he had been a member of Stafford Chess Club over fifty years ago.