Penarth Chess Club
2:16pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
PENARTH Chess Club's second team,the Piers, have been in action twice recently against Caerphilly. On Monday, October 14, they entertained Caerphilly Knights who turned up a man short but, nonetheless, put up a stiff resistance.
Tony Gutteridge became engaged in a very even struggle against Mike Joslin on bottom board and, try as he might, was never able to get any clear edge over the visitor, so a draw was inevitable. Meanwhile, on top board Ben Thomas took on Bob Hurn, a veteran player who always proves hard to beat. A complicated middle game allowed Ben's class to show and he soon gained the victory.
On board 3 Mike Servini appeared to have chances against Steve Lambourne but the game swung back and forth before concluding in another draw. The night's upset was provided when Edd Chwieseni, who had been containing Beryl Hughes, suddenly lost his way and went a couple of pawns down. This proved sufficient for Beryl to gain the win. So a surprising 3-2 in favour of the Piers.
The same team was at Caerphilly on October 21 to meet the Rooks, who have been strengthened by two players new to the League.
Mike Servini met one of them, Chris Kavanna, on bottom board and was comprehensively outplayed. Sam Warburton confronted the other, Ian Burroughs, on middle board and took full advantage of an early error by his opponent to conclude a nice win. Ben Thomas tied up Dave Roberts in their top-board encounter and neatly rendered his position hopeless even though the material difference was negligible.
Tony Gutteridge had problems against Dwain Jones but was never in any serious danger from him, although he had to play out an endgame which reduced to the single pawn on the board being queened. Only Edd Chwieseni’s game against Mike Joslin continued.
For a long time Edd struggled to get the better of a position which seemed destined for a draw until he made an error which let Mike's king in amongst the pawns. Probable draw seemed to have turned into certain defeat but Mike faltered and, although still having a clear win, found that his remaining time was running out. With one minute on his clock he offered a draw which was gratefully accepted. So Penarth came away 3.5-1.5 victors.
Penarth Chess Club meets every Monday at 7.30pm in Penarth Conservative Club. All are welcome. The Junior club meets at the Kymin from 6.30pm to 8.30pm during term time.