10th Oct Newport knights B versus Dundee D.
Dundee D travelled across the water to Newport to play their first match of the 2018/2019 season. The players were A Laurentiu, M Whisson, H Meadows, and A Ramsey. Jean Chalmers was non-playing captain/chauffeuse.
One of Newport’s players had been delayed as there had been a derailment at Stonehaven and he was stuck on a train in Edinburgh. Alex,playing on board 4, won his game very quickly so we were off to a good start. The other 3 games were neck and neck for a while. Max was a bishop down but had 7 pawns, and was advancing one of his pawns. However, the bishop was too strong and he eventually succumbed. The game was lost but he had played very well. Next was Henri who had also had a tight game. We were now 2-1 down. Lauria on Board 1 eventually wore his opponent down and we finished at 2-2. Excellent result for the team’s first outing of the season. Many thanks to Newport who created a friendly and welcoming atmosphere plying us with tea and coffee and the customary hot pies. Very nice touch.
9th Oct Dundee A versus Kirkcaldy A.
Dundee A started the new season defence of the Championship by hosting Kirkcaldy A. All the matches were keenly contested. First to finish was Ed Spencer on Board 2 against Stuart Blyth. Then Alastair Dawson was next on Board 3 with a win over Terry Doherty. Then Jim Anderson overcame Euan Henderson who had earlier sacrificed the exchange to improve his position. The last game to finish was on Board 1 between David Findlay and Russell Kynoch. David ended up with a passed a-pawn and a bishop but since the bishop was not of the same colour as the queening square the game was drawn. So overall the match score was a win by 3.5-0.5.
8th Oct Perth A versus Dundee B.
Dundee B travelled to Perth tonight to play their first league game of the season. It was going to be a tough night as they were out-graded on all boards. Jim Anderson lost first to Martin Gourlay. Then Raymond Flood lost to Mike Roth. Gordon Robertson then had a fine win against Gwenole Le Feuvre. This left all to play for on board three Frank Stevenson against David Hall. Frank lost in a very good endgame.