Division 3 Playoff: Forest Hall C v Forest Hall D

Forest Hall C faced Forest Hall D in the playoff for a place in Northumberland Chess Association League Division 3.

Forest Hall C finished in 5th place in Div 3 this year and Forest Hall D were 2nd in Div 4 earning the right to enter the playoffs for a place in Div 3 next season.

The match took place on Wednesday 26th April at Forest Hall Social Club and was featured in this week’s ‘Chess with the Knight’ article in The Chronicle newspaper.


Forest Hall C 2-2 Forest Hall D

  1. Mike Smith 0-1 Raj Mohindra
  2. Jeff Baird 1-0 Ryan Duff
  3. Steve Bowey 1-0 Ian Rook
  4. Jeff Bentham 0-1 John Thomas

The playoff rules state that if the match is tied, the home team wins.

The 2-2 result means that Forest Hall C retain their position in NCA Division 3 and the D team stay in Division 4.

Here is the game on board one between Mike Smith and Raj Mohindra.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 h6 5.Bf4 Bd6 6.Qd2 Ne7 7.Bd3 Be6 8.O-O Bxf4 9.Qxf4 Nd7 10.Re1 Nf6 11.c3 O-O 12.Nbd2 Qc8 13.Ne5 Nf5 14.h3 Nd6 15.b4 Bf5 16.Bxf5 Qxf5 17.Qxf5 Nxf5 18.a4 Rad8 19.b5 Nd7 20.f4 f6 21.Nxd7 Rxd7 22.Kf2 Kf7 23.g4 Nd6 24.Kf3 Re8 25.Rxe8 Kxe8 26.Re1+ Re7 27.Rxe7+ Kxe7 28.f5 h5 29.Kf4 hxg4 30.hxg4 c6 31.bxc6 bxc6 32.g5 fxg5+ 33.Kxg5 Kf7 34.Kg4 Kf6 35.Kf4 Nxf5 36.Nf3 Ne7 37.Ne5 Ng6+ 38.Nxg6 Kxg6 39.Kg4 a5 40.Kf4 Kh5 41.Ke5 g5 42.Kd6 g4 43.Kxc6 g3 44.Kxd5 g2 45.c4 g1=Q 46.c5 Qg8+ 47.Kd6 Qd8+ 48.Ke5 Qe7+ 49.Kd5 Qd7+ 50.Kc4 Qxa4+ 51.Kd5 Qd7+ 52.Ke5 0-1