Friendly Match - lost to Edinburgh University
7 February 2022
We hosted the University of Edinburgh for a graded friendly match played over 10 boards.
Although the University were stronger on paper, all of the games were very hard fought and in the end we lost 3½ - 6½.
The University plan to invite us for a return match later in the season.
My opponent had prepared a line against me which I did not handle very well and lost a pawn out of the opening! Despite this the extra pawn was in fact doubled which gave really good drawing chances but I failed to play the knight ending accurately and lost.
Charles (white pieces) had an exciting win with his opponent dropping a bishop but having some attack down the g file. White had sufficient defensive resources and in the end it was the black king that became too exposed.
Matt had a good win with the white pieces having not played for a while.
Euan had a good solid draw on board six.
Richard and Sandy both did well to draw endgames that looked like they might be lost!
|Civil Service||Civil Service||Edinburgh University||Edinburgh University|
|1||Crawford T Macnab||1811||0 - 1||Andi Dicu||2130|
|2||Charles Gunn-Russell||1797||1 - 0||Naman Singh|
|3||Allan McDiarmid||1740||0 - 1||Eduard Pruja||1927|
|4||Matt Rounds||1736||1 - 0||Martin Kopernicky||1742|
|5||Eric P Smith||1621||0 - 1||Divyesh Selvaraj||1622|
|6||Euan McDiarmid||½ - ½||Darima Donitova||1666|
|7||Gerry Brown||1435||0 - 1||Nikitas Angeletos Chrysaitis||1608|
|8||Douglas Heatlie||1418||0 - 1||Andrew Bergquist|
|9||Richard Josey||½ - ½||Mateusz Olszamowski|
|10||Sandy Powell||1108||½ - ½||Jan Goede|
|3½ - 6½|