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
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