Hastings & St Leonards v Tunbridge Wells 17 November 2013
Hastings won the toss and chose White on odd boards.
Time control: 36 moves in 90 minutes each, followed by a 15 minute quick play finish.
Board 1: First game to finish. John found himself in an equal middle-game but short of time, when his opponent offered the draw.
Board 2: Last game to finish. Ollie's position was passive but solid, the whole game. His opponent immediately offered the draw, once Tunbridge had already lost the match.
Board 3: Bob had a nice position, that after a mass exchange, simplified to a clearly worse ending. His opponent was not equal to the task and a draw ensued.
Board 4: Ray chose the wrong plan against a move he'd never seen before, on the Black side of the Najdorf. His opponent illogically forced a repetition when ever so slightly better.
Board 5: The Tunbridge man played a middle-game lemon. Jim latched onto this and smoothly outplayed him, with a nice finish. Game of the day.
Board 6: Daniel snatched a gambit pawn and hung on for dear life. His opponent didn't pursue his advantage with enough vigour, and after the exchange of Queens, found himself with a lost endgame. The Hastings' junior showed good technique to prosecute the win.
All in all, a good result against an able team.
Hastings have won the first two matches with very agreeable results: P12/ W6/ D6/ L0.