The Dundee A team began the defence of the TAFCA Handicap Knockout Cup in eventually convincing fashion against our friends from Newport. Dundee A’s handicap is usually me, but despite my playing in every round last year, we somehow managed to win the trophy. This was a pleasant first step in this season’s effort.
Dundee A 2-2 Newport Knights B
A Borwell (1836) (B) 0-1 S Finnie (1379)
A Dawson (1806) 1-0 A Sneddon (1332)
F Stevenson (1647) 0-1 A Wallace (1200)
R Flood (1509) 1-0 F Rossiter (1200)
The handicap factor is of course time, and we were giving away quite a bit of it. I had 18 minutes to my opponent’s 42, and I was the best off! Our other boards had about 12 minutes each. This naturally leads to some strange and occasionally frantic play. You can be grinding along quite happily, then a glance at your clock shows you only have a few minutes left. I had convinced myself that my semi-accidental exchange sacrifice would bear fruit, but I had to rely on my opponent’s co-operation! Alan and Frank were not so fortunate, with Frank actually losing on time in a clearly advantageous position. Alan won a piece and then exchanged into the ending, but with only one minute remaining, left a rook en prise!
This kind of thing happens all the time in this competition, but it left us in a tricky situation. A drawn match would put the lower rated team through on tie-break…
Dundee A 4-0 Newport Knights B
A Borwell (W)1-0 S Finnie
A Dawson 1-0 A Sneddon
F Stevenson 1-0 A Wallace
R Flood 1-0 F Rossiter
Dundee A 6-2 Newport Knights B
Fortunately we were able to navigate the second round of games without much incident to get through comfortably enough. A typical adventure, but it’s what makes this cup so much fun(!?) We live to fight again.
Club Championship Rd 2
N Carroll (948) 0-1 S Zdenek (1241)
T Rosazza 1-0 M Wang
The Club Championship rolled along with the two games going to expectations. A reminder that due to the rather loaded nature of the first half of the season and all the events and fixtures taking place, the deadline for this round is extended to the end of January. Round 3 starts on Feb 4
One of those ‘events’ is the 2nd TAFCA Allegro which takes place at our club next Tuesday (26th November). This is a 5 round Swiss competition with each player having 15 minutes on the clock. It’s a huge fun night for those of you who have never taken part before, and we’ll have raffles and refreshments and other goodies on hand too. There will be no Junior club for this night only. Our shindig was the best attended of last season so let’s keep it going. Join in for a 7.30 sign-in on the night. Be seeing you.