The A and B teams kicked off their TAFCA campaigns with a match against each other. The B team were heavily outgunned grading-wise, but ready to fight the good fight.
As so often, the scoreline belied the hard fought contests that were played out. Unusually, the games finished neatly in board order! Frank went slightly astray in a sharp Sozin Sicilian and David took the first point. Jim’s trademark Trompowsky was solidly rebuffed by Stephen’s King’s Indian setup, and Jim was left with a lost ending. Ed and Laurenziu fought out their second Sicilian in a matter of weeks, a closer contest this time, but Laurenziu’s weak e pawn proved fatal in a tough struggle. Your correspondent also got into a tough ending against Alastair, but managed to hold with a bit of good fortune.
So a 3.5 – 0.5 win for the A team to kick-start the defence of their title, but a hearty performance from the B team.
Dundee B 0.5 – 3.5 Dundee A
F. Stevenson 0-1 D. Findlay
J. Anderson 0-1 S. Hogg
L. Archip 0-1 E. Spencer
R. Flood 0.5-0.5 A. Dawson
Elsewhere, plenty of friendly chess being played, so much so that your pessimistic correspondent had to set up an extra table(!) even though the juniors were still on hols. We also had a visit from our old friend George, who will hopefully return.
Hopefully everyone is getting plenty of practice for the Dundee Congress at Castlehill’s Chaplaincy at the weekend, and good luck to all participants.