Last weekend, I was over at Sunningdale, participating in the 4NCL once more. This time e2e4.org.uk 2 had a successful weekend, winning both its match, albeit by narrow margins and perhaps with a little bit of luck.
The first match was a 3.5-2.5 win over AMCA Hippos. Philip Bonafont went down in flames against junior Tarun Malhotra as White in a sharp King’s Indian. We pulled one back in Kumar Dixit – David Flynn, where Black took advantage of White’s loose play. David Coates, John Garnett and I drew with Matthew Shaw, Andrew Marley and Andrew Tart respectively, leaving it all down to John Denton, who ground down Maurice Lawson in a long game.
My game against Andrew Tart was a complex affair. An interesting material balance arose in a difficult middlegame/endgame, and both players ended up short of time. I accepted my opponent’s draw offer on move 38 as I was short of time, and my gut reaction suggested that I had little prospect of doing better, although on reflection perhaps Black did have some winning chances. However, it seemed too much of a risk in a team match, and the overall result justified my decision.