“Ymosodiad Dewr; Amddyffyniad Sicr”


Report for Cardiff by Stuart Hutchings

Round 3

 

Round 3

Bo.

52

  CC Pristina

Rtg

-

43

  Cardiff

Rtg

3 : 3

24.1

 

Bujupi Bajram

2227

-

FM

Cobb Charles

2410

Ѕ - Ѕ

24.2

 

Makoli Perparim

2246

-

FM

Cobb James

2395

0 - 1

24.3

 

Murtez Hondozi

2318

-

 

Kett Tim

2234

Ѕ - Ѕ

24.4

 

Sahitaj Naim

2248

-

 

Trevelyan John

2228

0 - 1

24Ѕ

 

Elezi Egzon

0

-

 

Spice Alan

2205

1 - 0

24.6

 

Berisha Enver

0

-

 

Harle Bill

0

1 - 0

 

On paper this was a match we should have won, but there was no doubt that all their players were stronger than their ratings e.g. their board 1 had drawn with 2 GMs in the previous rounds. And as it turned out, with just one game left to finish, it was a match we should have lost.

John Fletcher dropped out unwell after I had handed in teamsheet (John instead of Bill being the only change), but I was able, courtesy of John's car, to rush back and change the team within the 30 minute window.

It was a really fluctuating struggle with most results possible on boards 2, 3 and 5, which we will need to analyse in detail before reaching a definitive conclusion. In order of finishing, Bill lost (0 - 1 to Pristina), Charles drew (0Ѕ - 1Ѕ), Alan lost, but he was probably winning at one stage, then missed a stone cold draw (0Ѕ - 2Ѕ), John won (1Ѕ - 2Ѕ), which left us needing to win both games to win the match.

James had been better for a long time, and was pressing with his extra pawn in a Q+R+B against Q+R+N (4 v 3 pawns) position, but Tim (who had probably been winning), was now down to a B+P against N+P ending. His opponent won the pawn and was trying to pressurise Tim who was now playing 30 second moves, but Tim held firm for the draw (2 - 3).

Meanwhile, James had broken through (with queens coming off at the same time) to get connected passed d and e pawns, only for his opponent to sacrifice his N for both these pawns to reach a clearly drawn position with R+B+'b'pawn against R+'b' and 'c' pawns. However, James' opponent blundered terribly to allow a temporary winning sacrifice. In the position W: Kb4, Rh6, Bd3, pc3, B: Kb6, Rc5, pb5, pc6, black played Rd5(?? - re5 or g5 draws easily) allowing Rxc6+ (1 - 0, in view of Kxc6, Be4 Kd6, Bxd5 Kxb5, Kxb5 and wins).
So the end result was 3 - 3.

Unfortunately Nidum went down again, this time 2-4 to Aarhus, with Richard Jones and Robert Moore drawing, and Robert Saunders chalking up their 1st individual win.


Regards, Stuart Hutchings
Captain, Cardiff Chess team