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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
 
 
 

Welcome to the 2012-13 season!  The GMCC kicked off the Glasgow League with a fixture between the ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams last Thursday (both are now rather inconveniently in the second division).  The ‘A’ team did pretty well for a side apparently without a captain, both in the haggling over players which typically starts the season off, and in the games themselves.

As the ‘B’ team captain, it is too painful to dwell on the night’s play, so I merely reproduce the results below:

Board Glasgow Montrose A 6 0 Glasgow Montrose B
1 Edward Ferry B 1 0 W Chris Perkin
2 Robin Templeton W 1 0 B Roy Smeeton
3 Benigno De Armentia B 1 0 W James Mearns
4 Norman Lindsay W 1 0 B Joe Weir
5 Bahloul Voghouey B 1 0 W Sean Groundwater
6 David Reid W 1 0 B Graeme MacDonald

The ‘B’ team beat Hamilton ‘D’ in last Thursday’s Div. 3 fixture.  Results are as below

  Glasgow Montrose B   3.5 0.5   Hamilton D
1 David Reid W 0.5 0.5 B Stuart Wynne
2 Jim Murray B 1 0 W Moray Lennox
3 Sean Groundwater W 1 0 B Andrew Reilly
4 Graeme Macdonald B 1 0 W Michael Doyle

The ‘B’ Team, playing at home, beat Bellshill ‘B’ in the Division 3 match which took place last Thursday. A hard-fought match, with draws for both Jims on boards one and two, but sadly for the visitors, a bottom board default and a loss on board three sealed their fate.

Board Glasgow Montrose B 3 1 Bellshill B
1 Jim Murray B 0.5 0.5 W Wilson Carnie
2 Jim Mearns W 0.5 0.5 B Andrew Docherty
3 Sean Groundwater B 1 0 W James Cumming
4 Graeme Macdonald W 1 0 B default

Robin Templeton reports on last Thursday’s (10th Nov.) victory over Inverclyde:

Glasgow Montrose triumph

“GM pulled off a come from behind win against Inverclyde at the Novotel. This is the team’s first league triumph on returning to the bigtime and offers hope that it will be one of many.

“The evening started off well with Bahloul opening up the g file to go after black’s king before smartly castling queenside and resuming the attack and bringing home the win. Then Inverclyde struck back with two wins on top boards where the rating difference of 200 points told. I got bashed on the white squares and could not avoid checkmate. Edd almost reached equality with black on top board but the position of the pieces favoured his opponent. Sam played carefully to reach a blocked position with knight and seven pawns each to hold the draw. Kenny slowly built up a space advantage against Stephen who makes light of his visual impairment. Kenny won two pawns before his opponent dropped a bishop.

“The match is now 2.5 each with three games remaining. The tension mounts. George skillfully built up pressure and then when his opponent tried to activate his position, George delivered a two move mate. Norman’s game took a turn for the worse after having the edge in the middlegame. His opponent had a dangerous pawn on the seventh but only 23 seconds left on the clock. A draw was agreed. 4 – 3 to Montrose with one game remaining. Beni on his league debut had the task of pulling off the match win. He did not disappoint. R+3 pawns up against R+2 pawns all on the king side should be a book draw but it still has to be demonstrated. Beni won the game on the flag fall. The match was ours 5 – 3.

“This is a tremendous fightback from 2 – 1 down at one point. This shows a resilience on the bottom boards that bodes well for the future.”

Glasgow Montrose
Inverclyde
E Ferry                                  B
0 – 1
J Montgomery
R Templeton
0 – 1
K McDonald
S Collins
0.5 – 0.5
J Calder
K McCaffrey
1 – 0
S Hilton
B De Armentia
1 – 0
S Doherty
N Lindsay
0.5 – 0.5
S Riley
G Murphy
1 – 0
G McPheator
B Voghouey
1 – 0
D Logue
5 – 3

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