Fantastic Foxes in surprise win against League leaders

An unexpected result in Northumbria League Division 2 sees Forest Hall Foxes leap into the playoffs position. With only their second victory this season The fantastic foxes who were outgraded on every board won by 3½ points to ½. Gosforth Salters who currently lead Division 2, had a total combined grade of 7744 compared with Forest Hall’s 7243. Excellent wins by Robin Nandi, Raj Mohindra and Morgan French together with a hard fought draw from Mike Smith made it a memorable night for the Foxes.


To view full details of the match click on this link: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/league_fixture/200180


The Division 2 table can be found here: https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/league_comp/200064/table


Here is Morgan’s spectacular win on board 4.

1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.exd5 Nxd5 4.d4 Bf5 5.Nf3 Nb4 6.Bb5+ Nd7 7.Ba4 e6 8.O-O Bd6 9.a3 Nd5 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.Re1+ Be6 12.Ng5 O-O 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.Rxe6 Nb6 15.Bb3 Bxh2+ 16.Kf1 …

Morgan now sacrifices a rook to bring the white king into the middle of the board.

Black to move

Rxf2+ 17.Kxf2 Qh4+ 18.Ke3 Qf4+ 19.Kd3 Qf5+ 20.Kc3 Qxe6 21.Bg5 Rf8 22.Qh5 Bf4 23.Bxf4 Rxf4 0-1