Here are the first games of the C and E teams last week. The grades shown are Lichess grades.
A very wild night! Really, all four games could have gone either way, but unfortunately it was our guys who made the last crucial mistake in each game, and allowed their opponents to finish them off.
A sobering introduction for our two debutants. Steven will be particularly disappointed after winning queen for knight early on, only to gradually lose his extra material over the course of play. Keith also went through an extraordinary sequence of moves where he was losing, then winning, then worse, then winning, then… before finally falling into a mate in one, when he could have won his opponent’s queen the previous move.
But it’s a first game, which is never easy, and the next game will be better. The E team is particularly there to give new players an intro to competitive chess, even in its current online version. The important thing is to learn, either from self-study, engines, or at the club where we’ll be happy to go over the games with them.
Dundee C took on a St Andrews team of previously unknown quality. Ungraded St Andrews players are almost always perilous! A depleted but, as quickly became clear, strong side. It was a tad strange that they were only able to field three players even 24 hours in advance, and the default proved crucial. Bruce found himself mugged in the opening by a well prepared opponent whose grade is clearly well understated. Ross found himself in a tough and uncompromising struggle where his command of the 7th rank finally proved decisive for an excellent win. My own game was an equally tough fight, where I recovered from a worse position to equalise. It was again a little surprising that my opponent should offer the half with his team 2-1 down, but certainly the game is drawn.
So a fine start to the C team campaign against a side that will be up there through the season I’m sure.
The first mildly competitive club chess night of the return! A friendly and fun night in which our new members showed up very well. The main thing being that everyone enjoyed it, and we hope to keep this and other activities going, to encourage everyone to play, learn, and most of all to enjoy chess.
In true friendly spirit, four of us decided to share first place! Some really interesting and occasionally strange play, as is typical of 15 minute chess. Hope to do it all again on a regular basis. Come and join in 🙂
The Tafca league starts next week with the first matches
Dundee C versus Uni St Andrews C playing on Wednesday 20th Oct
Dundee E versus Uni St Andrews D playing on Thursday 21st Oct
Captains will be in touch with players soon.
You can find updated teams list and fixtures in a sub menu under TAFCA League Online above.
Hi allThe TAFCA league starts next week and the fixtures for the league are now on the web site at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_pvW41VxQZdsncSxR7VhRl8CJkNbScuQSd6_JQdc7dg/pubhtml#Captains will be in touch soon. Some players have not replied to confirm that they are happy to play this year. If you do not wish to play please let me know immediately. Or if your name is not on the team list below and you wish to play let me know.RegardsJim Andersonchessmad501@gmail.com
The club will now be on a Monday night at St Peters Free Church, 4St Peters Street Dundee from 7:30pm. This will only be for friendly matches. The TAFCA league and club competitions will be still be on Lichess.
Alastair Dawson has been doing some coaching online please see these videos below.
Analysis of one of Norrie Carrols games.
Analysis of one of Thibault’s games.