It was a dark and stormy night. . . .
No it wasn't. . .
I traveled to the King's Head at Coltishall. Dave, Dave and Ollie were being conveyed as a group under the auspices of Dave Elsey. The car park was busy and spaces were at a premium. Time was also marching on and I was the only one present. Dave and Dave duly arrived. They informed me that Ollie had got the date/day wrong. I had defaulted my game against the Harriers last year due to a home emergency and it looked like another default was due.
But. . .
The Harriers had a similar experience. Tony Arnold, their Board 2, was stuck by roadworks and had 'phoned ahead. Dave and Dave got confirmation from Ollie he was on his way. So, Paul Coppard stepped into Board 2 for them Harriers. Heather was content to wait on Board 3.
Ollie arrived by taxi by his own expense! 14 minutes gone, well done Ollie. Man of the match!
And so, to Battle!
Board 4: Martin Griffin v Dave Knave
Martin gained so much space against Dave's double fianchetto defence.
Second visit. Tense position with central pawns locked.
Last Look. Dave's pawns in front of his king had gone. The End was Nigh.
Board 3: Ollie Nelson v Heather Wells
A QGD set-up.
Second visit saw a battle for the e4 square with Heather's piece dynamics giving me cause for concern.
The game finished soon after Dave Knave's.
Board 2: Paul Coppard v Dave Elsey
DElsey gave Dave May a lift to the venue and took Dave May and Ollie home. I thank him for that. I think that's all he wants me to say.
Board 1: Charlie Neil v Adrian Cornell
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Mr Cornell moved g6 I had written Nf6 on the scoresheet. How presumptuous!
5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Be2 0-0 8. Qd2 d5. . . whaaaat! Big think time! By move 19 disaster struck! I won a pawn. Always a bad thing. Lot's of piece play and then a bishop check on my King on c1 finished the game.
The Broadland players named were the only ones present from their club. We were made very welcome and they were prepared to wait for Ollie to arrive without complaint.
One question, had Ollie won the match for us could he be reimbursed his taxi fare?
I paid 27/- for a soda and lime! (allaboutme)
So, a 0-4 result. And we out graded them on every board!
Knaves are yet to win a match.
So it goes.