Hastings 2 v Crowborough 1 - Wednesday 9th January 2013
Alan Barton 177 W 0.5 - 0.5 Gareth Anthony 203 B Alfredo Luaces 169 A? - A? B Peter Kemp 200 W Howard Tebbs 167 W 0.5 - 0.5 Robert Elliston 174 B Jerry Anstead 162 B 0.0 - 1.0 Joshua Higgs 153 W Mel Young 162 W 1.0 - 0.0 Chris Dunn 147 B (Ave 167.4) 2.0 - 2.0 (Ave 175.4)
A win at last!?
We got off to a good start when Alan, on board 1, had a relatively quick draw with his 200+ graded opponent and Mel, who was always better, won on board 5. I somehow managed to survive a horrible position against Bob Elliston and drew on board 3 but Jerry, having agreed with his young opponent to play an allegro finish, unfortunately lost on board 4 from an equal ending. The match therefore depended on the result of board 2 where Alfredo stood well having won a pawn in the late opening / early middle game. Unfortunately, with seconds remaining on his clock, he missed a clear win on his final move before the time control. However my initial analysis of the adjourned position ( well Fritz's to be more precise giving Alfredo an advantage of +3.7) suggest we can be very hopeful of gaining our first win of the season.