Good evening fellow St Johnsians,
I have finally had time to sit down and write about the last two Templar matches! Starting with the now ancient history, we played the Wymondham Eagles at home on the 11th, where myself, Edward "The King" King, Brian "The Beard" Cunningham and Olly "P" Nelson took to the boards.
I was playing black in my Ruy Exchange game and a single inaccuracy left me on the back foot in a tactical position against the wily Cor Dekker, with queen sacrifices and counter queen sacrifices being thrown at each other, but when the smoke cleared I had an advantage with the bishop pair, a good amount of space and material equality. Cor found himself low on time and I was in the driving seat, but I ultimately liquidated my advantage and we agreed a draw in a pretty drawn-looking endgame. Thankfully the computer didn't give me a mating attack at any point but agrees that I had a couple of pawns worth of advantage at my peak.
Ed tells me that he should probably have lost his game vs Hamish Lyall, and I know very little beyond that, except that he didn't, and managed to secure a draw!
Brian had this to say about his game vs Neil Hickman, which has been on the website for a while: "I missed a tactic on move 18 but was quite pleased to have held the bishop/knight endgame (though with errors on both sides). The end position is dead drawn but is quite instructive as to why."
Olly faced the Benko gambit on board two against Robert Rickard and fought bravely, but unfortunately his bishop was trapped and he couldn't quite get enough counterplay on the attack, so succumbed to the material advantage. Both mine and Olly's games are now also on the website for browsing!