Tuesday, 19 February 2019

18 February 2019 - Central League Division 2

Stirling C   v   Grangemouth B
Craig Manson

Tom Wallace

Gordon Allcock

Kenny MacPherson

Tom MacKay
1436

1385

1226

 

766
½ - ½

0 - 1

1 - 0

½ - ½

0 - 1
1720

1620

1351

1337

1104
Duncan Glassey

Ian Mason

Crawford Welsh

Hugh Hanlon

David Fowler
    2 - 3    

Monday, 18 February 2019

18 February 2019 - Central League Division 1

Badgers Brook A   v   Stirling A
Suzy Cooke

Kenny McGeoch

Mark Cooke

Fabio Biancalana

Mark Brown
1997

1966

1964

1705

1483
½ - ½

1 - 0

½ - ½

1 - 0

1 - 0
1771

1712

1667

1576

1488
Jim Shemilt

Steve Smith

Graham Anderson

Bill Cook

Brad Duthie
    3 - 2    

With nearly as many as call-offs as the Scotland squad, we travelled in hope more than expectation. Bill and Brad finished pretty much together, at 1-1, then Jim finished with a draw on the top board. I offered a draw with both of us down to three minutes - I had hoped that my passed a5, b5 and c5 pawns would win the game, but see below. In time trouble at the very end, down to seconds, Steve blundered his Bishop (which was waiting to take Kenny's last remaining pawn and thus secure the draw) to give Badgers Brook the victory.


Anderson - Cooke

Thanks to Brad for the game and (heavily edited) analysis below, where he had Black against Mark Brown.


Brown - Duthie

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

11 February 2019 - Central League Division 2

Stirling B   v   Badgers Brook B
Bill Cook

Brad Duthie

Dave Hewitt

Tony Pitson

Tom Wallace
1576

1488

1550

1456

1385
½ - ½

½ - ½

½ - ½

1 - 0

1 - 0
1673

1547

1144

 

 
John Smith

Dave McGilvray

Gordon Walker

Peter Woollven

Craig van der Heever
    3½ - 1½    

Thursday, 7 February 2019

4 February 2019 - Central League Division 2

Stirling D   v   Stirling B
Kenny MacPherson

Martin Pringle

Idris Benwell

Alex Brimlow

Gordon Bowie
 

 

522

427

 
0 - 1

0 - 1

0 - 1

0 - 1

0 - 1
1576

1488

1550

1456

1456
Bill Cook

Brad Duthie

Dave Hewitt

Richard Warcup

Tony Pitson
    0 - 5    

The juniors conducted themselves perfectly, and I was very proud of them. Idris lost the exchange early on, but through the middle stages of the game this didn't matter much. Dave's passed d pawn made steady progress up the board, and on promotion to a second Queen Idris resigned. Alex lost a pawn early on to Richard, but continued to fight on until he blundered the exchange, and with Richard's Rooks getting to the seventh, he was eventually checkmated in the corner. Gordon started brightly, looking to practice the pawn storm ideas we'd discussed over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately he forgot to wait until Tony had castled to start advancing the pawns...

Thanks to Kenny and Martin for taking the harder games on boards 1 and 2. Martin in particular was unlucky not to finish with a draw, in a tricky Knight and three pawns ending.

30 January 2019 - Central League Division 2

Badgers Brook   v   Stirling C
Dave McGillvray

Gordon Walker

Peter Woolven

Craig Van Der Heever

 
1430

1175

 

 

 
½ - ½

1 - 0

1 - 0

0 - 1

0d - 1d
1436

1385

1228

 

1224
Craig Manson

Tom Wallace

Robert Togneri

Nikolai Hermann

Gordon Allcock
    2½ - 2½    

Monday, 4 February 2019

28 January 2019 - Thornton Cup

In the Thornton Cup, the following game was played between Robert Togneri (White) and Gordon Allcock (Black). I'll let the moves speak for themselves...(because they have a lot to say)


Togneri - Allcock

Hopefully the replay will be an easier game to transcribe.

Monday, 21 January 2019

21 January 2019 - Central League Division 1

Stirling A   v   Dunfermline A
Steve Smith

Graham Anderson

David McAlister

Bill Cook

Tony Pitson
1712

1667

1634

1576

1456
0 - 1

1 - 0

½ - ½

½ - ½

½ - ½
2045

1612

1468

1434

1396
Ian Robertson

Calum Smith

Stewart Brisbane

Gonzalo Ferero

Gordon Greig
    2½ - 2½    

I was first to finish (see the game below, where I had Black), then David and Stewart agreed a draw, followed by Steve losing on board 1. Bill and Tony were both winning, but very short on time. Tony's clock ran out as his Queen and King hunted down Gordon's King - this finished a draw as Gordon had no material left. Bill was two pawns up in a Queen and Pawns ending, but with less than two minutes left didn't have enough time to convert this to a win, and a draw was agreed.


Smith - Anderson