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MATCH RESULT - EVENT: Division A DATE: 2017-10-05
BoardHomeLytham 1VMorecambe 1Away
1 (W) 163Gallagher, Rob0 - 1House, Glenn L206
2 (B) 162Cooper, John G0 - 1Heald, Carl165
3 (W) 144Aspinall, David E0 - 1Lyth, John D160
4 (B) 135Raynor, Philip N0 - 1Jameson, Nick160
5 (W) 119Tinton, RobertDrawBlade, Norman T155
Total7230.5 - 4.5846

Last updated by Malcolm Peacock at 2017-10-11 08:55 Verified By


Lytham's new player is Rob Gallagher, formerly from Oldham, and he put up a terrific fight against Morecambe's star player, Glenn House on top board. In fact Rob enjoyed an advantage on the clock during the allegro but Glenn managed to convert his single pawn advantage in an ending with Queen, Bishop and pawns despite finishing with less than a minute left. On board 2 Carl played solidly and had some pressure on the queenside as a result of the opening. I tried for a tactical solution to break the pressure but only succeeded in reaching an endgame with all major pieces left on the board and a pawn down, and Carl won before the time control. On 3 David gambitted a pawn against Morecambe's captain but had little compensation in a queen less middle-game. However, he made John's task in converting the pawn advantage far from simple by sacrificing a piece for the extra pawn in the ending. In the end John's extra piece and remaining pawn enabled him to prevail. I saw nothing of Board 4 which was over before mine and just saw the conclusion of Bob's draw v Norman, our sole success and a fine result against a much higher graded opponent. The games were not as straightforward as the result suggests.

I am pleased to add to John's report. I quite agree that the scoreline was flattering and the match was not as one-sided as the final result suggests. On board one, at one stage Glenn had less than three minutes to complete the game against eleven for Rob and at that point I doubted that the Morecambe player would win even though he was clearly better. Board two was a tense game; in the end it was that John Cooper had the more vulnerable King position that decided the result, rather than the extra pawn. In my game, I played David Aspinall and it was some 32 years after our previous encounter (at the Morecambe Bank Holiday Major in 1985); but opening line we played dates from nearly 132 years ago, a sideline of The Danish Gambit. David didn't find the best reply and I seemed to be a safe pawn up in a Queenless middlegame. But after a couple of over-passive moves on my part David had some pressure and it took a fair bit of untangling by me to sort my position out. Perhaps David should have avoided the exchange of rooks. In the end, a mistake while under pressure by David dropped a piece - it would have been better to keep playing just a pawn down.

On board four, Phil Raynor offered a piece sacrifice for the attack but I think that Nick Jameson could have accepted the piece immediately without facing any great danger. Nick instead allowed a piece sacrifice in more favourable circumstances but even here he was probably better and eventually converted despite missing a forced trapping of Phil's Queen towards the end.

On board five, Norman Blade was worse from an early stage against Bob Tinton but he defended resiliently and the game was virtually level by the time a draw was agreed.