Hebden Bridge 2 v Huddersfield 2

2021-2022 Mon 20th Sep 2021
BoardHomeHebden Bridge 2Huddersfield 2Away
1 (B) 2028
B
Clarkson, Andrew A
1 - 0
G
Keely, Leo A
2075
2 (B) 0000
G
Heritage, Jamie
1 - 0
B
Boot, Granville
1863
3 (B) 0000
B
Doody, Nick
1 - 0
B
Gray, Dave
1762
4 (B) 1863
B
Swain, Sam B
0 - 1
B
Ward, Alec
1738
5 (B) 1705
B
Marsden, Chris
0 - 1
B
Charlesworth, Bryn W
1570
Total55963 - 2Total9008

Last update Dave Shapland Wed 22nd Sep 2021 07:44. Reported by Dave Shapland Wed 22nd Sep 2021 07:44. Verified By

Comments

dshapland's picture

This was an absorbing, tense and very close match with the result in doubt right until the last moves were played. Looking at the ratings beforehand it seemed that Hebden Bridge would be favourites primarily owing to their superior strength on the lower boards, but that was actually where they struggled most. Chris Marsden and Sam Swain both made blunders to help Bryn Charlesworth and Alec Ward overturn the odds on boards 4 and 5.

This left Hebden's top three boards to do the heavy lifting. Nick Doody, returning to chess after several years away, demonstrated he was in great shape with a nice win against David Gray on board 3 before Andrew Clarkson finally triumphed over Leo Keely on board 1 in a long encounter that saw Leo go a piece down early on but put up obdurate resistance.

The last game to finish was the one on board 2 between young Jamie Heritage of Hebden Bridge and Granville Boot of Huddersfield. This was a fascinating encounter with a very unusual material balance that kept onlookers speculating about the outcome right to the end. Granville had sacrificed a rook for four pawns in the endgame and caused Jamie all sorts of problems before the 15-year old finally found a way to stop his pawn storm and seal the win for Hebden Bridge at the death.

A great match!