Gambit 1 miss out to Grantham 1

Grantham 1 brought their usual very strong team to Gambit for the title decider, strengthened even further with the addition of Stuart Williams in place of their usual board 5, Nick Payne. At one point it looked as if Peter Mercs might find a way through Paul Cumbers’ defence, John Swain might have chances of winning against Nigel Birtwistle, and Drag Sudar had a chance to making life awkward for Stuart Williams. However, Paul defended nicely and exploited a later error by Peter, Nigel played well to secure a draw with John and Stuart capitalised on Drag missing his opportunity, winning without too much fuss. Mike Barnes was unable to get any joy from Chris Dorrington but Mike Naylor played well and draw with Steve Prior.

That loss left Gambit 1 2nd after an excellent season, just one point behind Grantham 1 who have won the league 7 years in succession. Congratulations to Grantham 1.

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