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  League Knockout Final    -    May 2nd 2012

Bath v Clifton           ( Pulteney Arms, Bath )

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Board One James Sherwin 1 John Curtis 0
Board Two David Buckley 1 Duncan Grossett 0
Board Three James Jackson 1 David Collier 0
Board Four Ben Edgell 0 Gareth Morris 1
Board Five Adam Musson 1 Igor Doklestic 0
Board Six Nils Grotnes 1 John Waterfield 0
Board Seven Andrew Gregory 0 Jody Johnson 1
Board Eight Adam Stirling 1 Alan Papier 0
Total 6   2

The Eight Board League Knockout was won by Bath 6 - 2 at the Pulteney Arms on Wednesday 2nd May.

A strong Bath team took on the league champions Clifton at a new location in the heart of Bath.

David Buckley with the white pieces was first to finish so advantage to Bath.  Adam Stirling quickly followed up with another win after blasting through on the kingside against Alan Papier's Sicilian Dragon.  Jody Johnson then reduced the defecit with a win against Andrew Gregory. Score now 2-1 to Bath

James Jackson then produced some neat tactical tricks to catch David Collier and put the pressure on Clifton - 3-1 to Bath with four boards left.

The remaining boards were in the balance, Nils Grotnes -( Norwegian FM ) Bath's latest recruit was taking on John Waterfield's Benko Gambit and a draw looked unlikely. Adam Musson looked in trouble as Igor Doklestic was applying pressure with the white pieces. Ben Edgell was involved in a double edged Rook & Pawn ending with Gareth Morris.  Jim Sherwin was making maximum use of his advanced 'a' pawn as the game entered a Q & P ending.

Boards 5 & 6 finished in wins for Bath as both Nils Grotnes & Adam Musson made the score 5-1 to Bath.  Nils giving up the exchange to enter a won endgame which ended abruptly after a knight fork. Adam turned defence into a devastating attack in an exciting game ( see Adam's extensive annotations to his game )

Ben Edgell entered a Rook & Pawn ending that may have been drawn but fell for a Rook check and resigned instantly as his king would have been outside the square and unable to prevent Gareth queening. 

Last to finish was Jim Sherwin who enjoys using up his full quota of 1hr 30 min! Jim with the advantage of an advanced 'a' pawn and looking to add a second Queen on the board for the win was allowed to deliver checkmate to end the proceedings for the night.

Well done to Bath,                   Dave Tipper


Boards 4,5,6 deep in thought

James Jackson v David Collier


Jim Sherwin close to a win as the clock times go under 5 minutes

Nils Grotnes v John Waterfield






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