Glastonbury Chess Club
Sedgemoor 3.5  Glastonbury 4.5 After an enthralling evening of closely fought chess last week, Glastonbury narrowly defeated local rivals Sedgemoor to move into the next round of the Somerset Cup. Apart from the presence of Grandmaster Matthew Turner on top board for the Thorns, both sides were very well matched; though it was still a surprise to see that after 90 minutes of play all eight games remained too close to call. Eventually Martin Willis broke the deadlock, skilfully outplaying his opponent in a bishop and pawn endgame.  However, Glastonbury only held this early lead for a short time before Sedgemoor equalised and two draws from Paul Moody and Theo Kirby maintained a level scoreline at 2-2. Then, well into the final hour of the evening, the Thorns struck two blows that looked to be decisive.  First Matthew Turner overcame determined resistance from Ben Edgell before 13 year-old Caspian Fowler produced a brilliant series of moves to gain an exceptionally mature victory. Now 4-2 ahead Glastonbury only needed a draw from one of the two remaining games to ensure the spoils, but once again Sedgemoor hit back to reduce their deficit to a single point.  At this stage frantic calculations revealed that a 4-4 scoreline would result in a tie-break win for the Bridgwater club, so all now depended on the final game where Glastonbury were represented by Tim Wallis. Wallis was down by a rook for a knight and the odds seemed clearly on a win for his opponent, but a succession of subtle defensive moves put the Sedgemoor man under more and more pressure.  Eventually it became clear that the decisive win was no longer possible and Wallis received the relieved congratulations of his now victorious team-mates. Posted 27 November 2017
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