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Highcliffe Win KO Cup!
Highcliffe won the Dorset Handicap Knockout Cup by beating Purbeck 4-2 in a hard fought contest.
The match took place at Greystones on 3rd June and was a fitting end to a hugely enjoyable season for both clubs with the match itself going right down to the wire. Since we slightly outgraded our opponents, we needed to win the match by the score of 3.5-2.5 and for much of the evening it looked as if we may fall just short.
Ken drew quickly on board 2 and Richard had a comfortable victory on board 4. Andrew’s game on Board 5 was also drawn but we were struggling on both Boards 3 and 6. The situation on board 1 was very unclear with Christian winning a pawn but facing a strong initiative. In end the match turned in our favour, with Tom weaving a mating net on Board 6 and Christian taking advantage of an error in the complications on Board 1. Rob eventually went down on Board 3 but the match was already safe. Congratulations to Highcliffe on a great result and well done Purbeck on playing their part in a memorable evening’s chess!
Ken Smith Wins Club Championship
Congratulations to Ken on winning the 2019 Highcliffe Club Championship with a score of 4/5. Christian Westrap also finished on 4/5 but the title goes to Ken by virtue of a better tie-break score. This was mainly down to Ken’s victory in the key Round 3 encounter with Christian in which he won a fine attacking game. The game is shown below, with comments by Christian Westrap.