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New face at Mercia

posted 3 Mar 2011, 16:32 by knight moves   [ updated 3 Mar 2011, 16:58 ]
Stafford B team were once again in the unfortunate position of being one player down in this rearranged Wolverhampton league division 3 match at Mercia.  If it wasn't for James Topp putting in his first team match appearance for Stafford, things could have been even worse.
 
Guy de Visme was first to finish with a draw once both players had done all they could to neutralise each others chances.  Peter Evans, playing black against a Giuoco Piano opening was able to capture his opponents kingside bishop, and despite some valiant fightback attempts from his opponent, Peter took the board 2 win, to effectively pull the match score level.
 

James Topp, in his debut match for Stafford on board 4, did not start well.  Having lost his queen early on, he did get a piece back and kept on fighting until he was able to capture his opponent’s queen with a rather neat fork combination. He made good use of a knight to win further material and forced the Mercia player to resign.

 

The match could not now be lost and Andrew Leadbetter was unfortunate not to break through for a win with a rook attack down the H file.  This file was the only open area and his experienced opponent was able to manoeuvre his king to safety and a draw was agreed.

 

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