Commons offered a draw on move 1 against Joel Beggs, Joel
declined and a Tim played Philidor’s defence, then
on move 13 Joel offered a draw and Tim accepted. That secures
first place for Joel on 5½ out of 7.
Eldridge and Patrick Cook played an Alekhine’s defence,
Pat gained a strong position when James was holding onto
outstreched pawns and habouring a bad bishop. Pat also had
a nice bishop pair providing sniper cover over the centre
of the board. Jimmie tried to hold on but got too tangled
up and fell victim to a rook fork, which would have lead
to a loss of a bishop or a knight when he resigned. Thus,
Pat finishes equal first with Joel.
John Holmes Memorial Round 7,
Robert Bailey (mulling over his position against Peter Miitel)
Brotheridge won a hard fought game against Michael Schreenan,
also putting him on equal first with Joel and Pat.
The game between Peter
Miitel and Robert Bailey was a kind of Colle system where
Peter got some initiative in the opening and won a pawn
after Rob tried to swap off white squared bishops. Rob fought
back by getting his queen and knight into the game that
created many threats which ended up winning the exchange.
Peter had two extra pasted pawns but later dropped a knight
Shane Sporle played an excellent game against
John Frangakis, John resigned when checkmate was imminent. John
Abson won against Gene Bell. Kevin Perrin got a forfiet against
Michael Taylor and Anthony Reynolds had the bye.
Congratulations go to three players: Joel Beggs,
Patrick Cook and Jamie Brotheridge all sharing first place in
the 2005 John Holmes Memorial.