TAFCA Handicap KO Quarter Final

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We continued the defence of our title with a tough looking tie against St Andrews B. A dangerous assignment, given that these guys are much better than their grading estimates, and we were giving away a fair time handicap on all boards. Alan had 17 minutes against his opponent’s 43, Alastair and Ross 15 v 45, myself 23 v 37.

BdGradeDundee A2vs2St Andrews BGrade
1 1842Borwell Alan  0 –  1  Deighan, Matthew1500 
2 1795Dawson, Alastair G  1  –  0  Cargill, Josh1300 
31790Bremner, Ross 1  –  0  Cohen, Joe1300
41475Flood, Ray 0 –  1  Goss-Pastor, Alexander1300

A tricky situation, since as the higher rated team, we needed to win to go through – St Andrews would win on tie-break if 4-4. Good recovery by Ross from a worse situation. I lost on time after also recovering to be ahead in material. Didn’t see the other two boards as you normally would in a match. No time to spectate! We needed at least 2½ points from the reverse games.

BdGradeDundee A5vs3St Andrews BGrade
11842 Borwell, Alan  0 –  1Deighan, Matthew1500  
2 1795Dawson, Alastair G  1  –  0 Cargill, Josh1300  
3 1790Bremner, Ross 1  –  0 Cohen, Joe 1300
4 1475Flood, Ray 1  –  0 Goss-Pastor, Alexander1300

Down to the wire, as Alan was very disappointed to throw away an overwhelming position. But Alastair again won handily and I converted my rematch comfortably enough. All down to Ross who was coolness personified as he calmly brought the win home.

So through to the semis where Perth A await in the Fair City. Tougher team, less of a time handicap. We go again, as they say.