Ealing C played against Harrow Juniors B at Harrow in a Division 2 match on 3rd February. Again, as David Housego was not able to play in this match, the team was captained by Neville Rowden. Ealing C was out-rated 640 in total and the team was beaten 3½-½ in the match.
Ealing C played White on Board 1 with the results being:
|Harrow Juniors B||Rating||Result||Ealing C||Rating|
|Austin Ivan||1789||½-½||Alex Lushpa||1563|
|Daniel Evans||1554||1-0||Geoff Richards||1392|
|Naavya Parikh||1432||1-0||Neville Rowden||1279|
|Bodhana Sivanandan||1289||1-0||Andy Glass||1190|
These are the available match reports:
- Neville Rowden: A total mess of a game but, to be fair, my concentration level was low as my daughter-in-law about to give birth and I could have been called away at any time. I was never in the game (see game below), and I never had a chance to get a foothold in the game. My position was a mess but giving away a Rook and a Bishop on move 20 was totally unacceptable. My opponent played very well and deserved to win.
- Andy Glass: My apologies – I should have won last night. I was up a piece for 15 moves and had the attached position:
The winning move is Qxb2, which I actually saw, but started seeing ghosts, like Ne6 or even Qe6. I decided for the horrible Qc6 keeping my queen on the sixth rank while also threatening mate. Unfortunately, this allows Rxg7 which I missed which leads to mate for white. Key was to keep the queen on the diagonal not the rank! Up to that point I had played a clear game with but two inaccuracies, no mistakes, or blunders.
Qd4 was another good move for black in this position. Until next time. . .