This was Ealing D’s final match of a poor season. The team has not managed to win a single point all season and it was beaten 5-1 in this match. However, Giancarlo played an excellent game and managed to win his game from what seemed like a certain draw.
As can be seen from the match card above, the team was heavily out-rated as has been the case all season. The team finished last with 0 points. Fortunately, as Ealing D is in the lowest division, it cannot therefore be relegated.
Andy Glass sent this report on his game:
I should have won my game. Sorry. I was a full rook and pawn up at one point. He played the Smith-Morra gambit where he miscalculated and I was clearly spoilt for choice, though a bit passive. After 17 more moves, where I parried all his threats and computer had me between -5 and -7 ahead, I was slowly getting at his king when he whipped out Rxc6 in the picture below which caught me off guard. I need to keep my queen on the seventh rank or else its mate. Hence I couldn’t take.
Here I should have gone into a deep think as I had plenty of time. But instead I played Qa7+ while logical actually loses. The simple Rxg2+, attacks his queen and king. If he takes with the king, Bxe4 forks the king and rook. If he takes with the queen, Qxc6 with a much better position for black as I picked up a pawn and exposed his king more.
Tough loss but that’s why we play the game.
Roll on next season.