November 2012


The third of Robin’s reports on the ‘A’ Team’s triumphant progress through the first half of the 1012-13 season:
Top of the table battle
The clash of the two teams on three wins ended decisively in favour of home team Montrose. The final 5 – 1 score was a bit flattering. My game on top board finished first with a pawn threat on the seventh. Norman won equally well with an exquisite middlegame pawn move. He gave his opponent choice of which of his two knights to lose. Bahloul was unlucky to lose on time. Afterwards, opinion was that he was probably winning a very complex game if he could get through the various mate threats. Beni had an adventurous game going a bishop down before finishing a rook up. Looking for the point to secure the win was delayed until the final few minutes. David took full advantage of his opponent’s queen going walkabout. A rook sacrifice allowed checkmate and resigns. Sam took the final point with both players going for a queening pawn. Sam edged in first to complete a memorable win.
Montrose A
Polytechnic B
R Templeton
1 – 0
J Eldridge
B de Armentia
1 – 0
R Innes (sub)
N Lindsay
1 – 0
G King
S Collins
1 – 0
E Martin
B Voghouey
0 – 1
P Clarke
D Reid
1 – 0
P McAloon
5 – 1
This leaves the Glasgow Montrose A team sitting pretty atop division 2 with eight points after four matches going into the Festive season.
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Robin continues his roundup of the ‘A’ teams progress so far with the 14th Nov. match against Paisley:
 
Montrose cruised through what appeared to be their toughest fixture against Paisley in a clash of the titans.
David Reid survived a caveman attack when his opponent ran out of pieces to toss on the fire. Sam created a mating net that forced the issue. My own game was level after I let slip opening pressure. My opponent made his first freeing move of the match threatening a back rank mate in one. Unfortunately, his king and rook were on the same file and a check from behind cost the rook and game. Montrose were three zip up and seemingly cruising. Paisley fought back. Beni was under the cosh all night with black and ended up losing. Montrose then secured the match when Bahloul accepted a draw offer. The final game was academic. Norman had winning chances at the end but missed a tactic in time trouble that lost a rook. 3.5 to 2.5 was a good result against a very strong top order team.
 
Paisley A
 
Montrose A
W Buchanan
0 – 1
R Templeton
G Moultrie
1 – 0
B de Armentia
P Maiolani
1 – 0
N Lindsay
A McFarlane
0 – 1
S Collins
J Crone
.5 – .5
B Voghouey
S Connor
0 – 1
D Reid
 
2.5 – 3.5
 
 
 
In the first of a serious of fixture reports, Robin Templeton  describes the 22nd Oct. tussle between the ‘A’ Team and Bellshill ‘A’:
 
After two matches Montrose are the pace setters in division two. A weakened Bellshill A team held their own on the top boards but were unable to contend with Montrose’s strength in depth. Bahloul led the way with a kingside attack. David used his extra pawns to push home the win. Sam picked up a piece and the game. Beni took a grandmaster draw with black in an unbalanced position. Boards one and three finished with opposite coloured bishop endings which were unwinnable.
 
Bellshill A
 
Montrose A
H Glen
.5 – .5
R Templeton
K Campbell
.5 – .5
B de Armentia
D Potts
.5 – .5
N Lindsay
D Lafferty
0 – 1
S Collins
A Kane
0 – 1
B Voghouey
W Carnie
0 – 1
D Reid
 
1.5 – 4.5
 
 
 

Dalmuir visited Glasgow Montrose last Thursday night for a Div. 2 fixture tussle with the ‘B’ Team.  Sad to say, the evening did not go to well for the plucky Montrose lads: Mearns and Groundwater held to draws fairly comfortably on boards 3 and 5 respectively, but the rest succumbed to the Dalmuir onslaught.  Result is as follows:

Board Glasgow Montrose B 1 5 Dalmuir
1 C. Perkin W 0 1 B I. Aird
2 R. Smeeton B 0 1 W A. Wright
3 J. Mearns W 0.5 0.5 B T. Tait
4 J. Weir B 0 1 W F. Taylor
5 S. Groundwater W 0.5 0.5 B J. MacDonald
6 B. Elder B 0 1 W J. McCartan