Events


 Our ‘A’ team correspondent Robin Templeton delivers a round-up of the team’s February matches:

Close encounter

Shettleston B came close to causing an upset in Montrose’s quest for the top spot in division two. Montrose won 3.5 – 2.5 away. Illness and unavailability cost a default on Board six. Newcomer Bob Reid negotiated a tricky opening to find his way to a draw. Montrose’s three wins came in a similar fashion with opponents dropping pieces. My own game came to an abrupt halt after a simple pawn move attacked a knight which had no retreat square. David built up pressure even though opposite coloured bishops were involved. A discovered attack picked up a piece. Sam found a win by pin to pick up a knight and then finished with a mating attack. Bahlool tried hard but was unable to save his game.

Shettleston B
Montrose A
P Anderson
0 – 1
R Templeton
W Toland
0 – 1
S Collins
J McGreechin
1 – 0
B Voghouey
I Robertson
0 – 1
D Reid
M Rogan
0.5 – 0.5
R Reid
T Beattie
1 – 0
default
2.5 – 3.5

Going Up

Glasgow Montrose clinched promotion to Division 1 next season with a 5 – 1 win over unbeaten Crowwood A  putting one hand on the Division 2 title. The only quick finish happened on Board six where Bahlool threw pawns forward opening lines to get successfully at the king. In a complicated position, my opponent overlooked a sacrifice that cost him a piece. Edd built up slow pressure moving relentlessly up the board tying his opponent in knots. Beni was always in trouble from the opening and the loss of the exchange proved too big a handicap. Norman managed to reach an ending a knight up and coolly converted. Last game to finish was a comedy of errors. Sam lost a knight early on but kept in the game to reach an ending still a piece down. In the ensuing time trouble, his opponent missed two mates in one and then lost the thread completely shipping a rook and bishop before losing on time.

A bizarre finish to a successful evening.

Montrose A
Crowwood A
R Templeton
1 – 0
K Mayo
E Ferry
1 – 0
A Campbell
B de Armentia
0 – 1
I Brownlee
S Collins
1 – 0
J Smalls
N Lindsay
1 – 0
J Macrae
B Voghouey
1 – 0
P Thomson
5 – 1

The ‘B’ team lost playing at home against Paisley ‘A’ team on Thursday night’s Glasgow League Div. 2 fixture.  Complete result is as follows:

Board Glasgow Montrose B 2.5 3.5 Paisley
1 Chris Perkin W 0 1 B George Moultrie
2 Roy Smeeton B 0 1 W Douglas McGregor
3 Joe Weir W 1 0 B Alex McFarlane
4 Jim Mearns B 0.5 0.5 W James Crone
5 Sean Groundwater W 1 0 B Colin Macgregor
6 DEFAULT B 0 1 W Roland Fraser

Despite impressive performances by two Montrosians, Glasgow Montrose came off second best in last night’s Dunbartonshire League Knockout with Bearsden A.

Chris, outgraded by some 330 points, snatched victory from the jaws of defeat when his opponent blundered, while Beni displayed toreador-like skills against International Master Andrew Greet, gaining a near-winning position, but in the end allowing his opponent a stalemate in time trouble.  Full score is given below:

Bd Grade Bearsden A (1) vs (11) Glasgow Montrose Grade Comments
1  2505 Greet, Andrew (IM)  ½  –  ½ De Armentia, Benigno  1763 Draw
2  1986 Webb, Jeff R L  1  –  0 Voghouey, Bahool  1651 Away Win
3  1863 Dyer, Michael T  0  –  1 Perkin, Chris  1535 Home Win
4  1789 Burt, J Mel  1  –  0 Groundwater, Sean  1335 Away Win
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Robin Templeton reports (while sunning himself in Alice Springs!) on the ‘A’ team’s drubbing of Phones ‘B’ on Jan 10th:

Montrose started off the New Year the way they finished the last: with a 5-1 victory. Continuing his good form, Bahloul was first to finish weaving a complex web to trap his opponent with tricky decisions in the middlegame. My own game was next to finish. After taking off the queens, my opponent tried to complicate but allowed a central pawn to reach the seventh – costing knight and game. Kenny, making a welcome return to the team, had a big opening advantage but a dangerous central pawn push ensured a share of the points. David was a pawn down but had attacking pressure. After the draw was agreed, David found the winning try. Norman slowly ground down his opponent finishing with a passed a and h pawn which a lone king could not stop. Sam’s game looked a boring draw for a while. Near the end both players sacrificed their knights for pawns. Sam’s was the more deadly leading to checkmate. This keeps the A team’s 100% winning record.

Montrose A Phones B
R.Templeton

1 – 0

A Brown
K McCaffrey

0.5 -0.5

R O’Brien
S Collins

1 – 0

G Stewart
N Lindsay

1 – 0

C Paterson
B Voghouey

1 – 0

D Ferris
D Reid

0.5 – 0.5

T Jankovski

5 – 1

The ‘B’ team drew tonight playing away at Wellington Church vs. Polytechnic ‘B’ team.  Full score is as follows:

Board Polytechnic B 3 3 Glasgow Montrose B
1 John Eldridge W 0 1 B C. Perkin
2 Lewis Brookens B 0.5 0.5 W R. Smeeton
3 David Jenkins W 1 0 B Joe Weir
4 Eric Martin B 0.5 0.5 W Jim Murray
5 Paul McAloon W 0.5 0.5 B Jim Mearns
6 Bob Innes B 0.5 0.5 W Sean Groundwater

We are pleased with this result, as we were somewhat outgunned in terms of gradings on all boards. Well done lads!

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.

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

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