The Club

John Ripley Handicap Cup, First Round

 

 

 

Skelmersdale 2

 

 

 

Atticus 2

 

1

b

P Massey

136

0

1

A Stancak

198

2

w

R Devonport

107

0

1

S Kee

190

3

b

W Heyes

108

0

1

G Christodoulou

172

4

w

P Temme

106

0

1

B Ewart

159

5

b

S Bullen

107

½

½

M Williams

145

6

w

P Noonan

49

0

1

S Burge

124

 

 

 

 

4

5½

 

 

 

The heavy grading disparity between the teams suggested, perhaps to those uninitiated with the drama of John Ripley handicap cup ties, an 'early nights work'. But if your idea of a comfortable victory is scrambling home the winning goal in the 98th minute of a football match in which you've been under severe kosh then read on..

The evening started brightly enough. Comfortable wins for myself, Steve, Andrej and Brian overturned a -3½ handicap into a 4-3½ lead for us. Mike was struggling against some very solid play by his opponent, who held a two pawn advantage going into the endgame, but then again Giorgos looked to be cruising his way to victory via a king-side assault. However, Giorgos decided to age his team-mates considerably with a sac – but was it sound? Well, our facial expressions didn't seem to exude confidence! Meanwhile, miraculously, Mike had somehow equalised on material and, although his position was still worse, Mike made his opponent sweat it out for 90+ moves before the game finally collapsed in a drawn heap. Phew.. there's one out of the fire. However, Giorgos had reached an endgame in which he had a rook and pawn on the 7th rank for queen – Giogos had skillfully calculated that it was at least a draw, or possibly even a win, but the evenings' drama ended when his opponent ran out of time. One hell of a fight at the end, and much credit goes to our opponents, but we manage to progress to the next round!  

8th August Problem Solving competition.

Hi - just to remind you all that this week there is a problem-solving competition. If you would like to enter, the entry fee is one pound with the winner taking the kitty.

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