TAFCA 20/11/23

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Tayside & Fife Chess Association

Division 1 Round 3

DUNDEE A 3-1 PERTH A

1. JACQUES OPHOFF 2253 1-0 SHUBHAM LAKLIDHAR 2142

2. EDWIN SPENCER 2132 1-0 MARTIN GOURLAY 1888

3. PHILIP COHEN 1842 ½-½ ANDREW SUTHERLAND 1664

4.ALASTAIR DAWSON 1764 ½-½ DAVID HALL 1590

Tayside & Fife Chess Association

Division 2 Round 3

DUNDEE E 2-2 DUNDEE F

1 SCOTT MacKENZIE 579 1-0 JONATHAN BREMER

2 LEWIS BISSETT 0-1 HUGH DOCHERTY

3 JONATHAN WATSON 0-1 GLEN MASSON

4 ANDREW COLLINS 1-0 STEVEN LEABURN JNR

A chaotic start when we thought our downstairs room had been leased out for the night, and we had to move everything upstairs. Still, soldier on. The A Team match took centre stage, literally, as we had them on the raised stage upstairs. Our other teams had to slum it amongst the riff-raff of the general members (kidding, obviously!!)

Two tough matches as you can see, with two spectacular top board performances by the A team. Can’t recall seeing Ed on the white side of an Advance French before, but he handled it supremely. Jacque’s game was a fascinating start, turning into an intriguing unbalanced material middlegame, but our top man pressed his edge with great aplomb. A hard fought couple of draws ensured the two points for the Champions, and our thanks to Alastair for his excellent annotations of his two games here.

Our E and F teams are used mostly to bring on our newer members into the competitive world. and there’s very little between them, as showed.

Alastair in Wonderland (or Benidorm)

This game is 124 gruelling moves from Benidorm. I played in Benidorm at the end of October in a FIDE-rated U-2000 event over 9 rounds. My score was 5.5/9 and I even won a prize. But the toughest game of all was a 124 move draw against an opponent in Round 2 who had won the tournament a couple of years earlier. It is a game of fluctuating fortunes and I hope you enjoy it. The game lasted nearly 5 hours – partly as a result of 30 second increments being used. I don’t think I have ever had to play a game where I was writing moves down on the 3rd scoresheet!