The BP cup semi-final between the Bon Accord Bishops and Peterhead took place on Tuesday 5th May. The Bishops were significant favourites by rating, but Peterhead were fielding a very good (and underrated) ringer in Callum Smith on board 3. The first game to finish was on board 4 where Dominic Troman won fairly quickly against Atharva Dabholkar. On board 3 Callum Smith duly won a complex game against Ian Grieve leaving Peterhead 2-0 up with two games to go. On board 1 Mike Cavanagh had a better position and more time against Chris Rose, and won fairly easily. The most interesting game was on board 2 where Malcolm MacMillan had a very good (quite possibly winning) position against Richard Jennings. Although Richard was in severe time trouble he managed to outplay his opponent and reached a drawish ending where each side had a pawn, a rook and a bishop. Only needing half a point to win the match Malcolm unfortunately put his bishop en-prise, and Richard checkmated him with less than 2 minutes left on the clock.
The 2-2 draw leaves the Bishops going through to the BP cup final on board count.
|Bon Accord Bishops||Peterhead|
|1||W||Mike Cavanagh||1856||1||0||Chris Rose||1435|
|2||B||Richard Jennings||1820||1||0||Malcolm MacMillan||1105|
|3||W||Ian Grieve||1445||0||1||Callum Smith||1057|
|4||B||Atharva Dabholkar||810||0||1||Dominic Troman||1093|