Gambit 2 good for Grantham 1

Jiri Jires                  1   0  Chris Dorrington
Tom Adams            1   0  Nigel Birtwistle
Graeme Jennings .5  .5  Paul Cumbers
Mike Naylor          .5  .5   Steve Prior
Oliver Graham       0  1    Stuart Williams
3  2

Tom finshed 1st, exploiting inaccuracies by Nigel. Then Graeme drew after playing a very good solid game against Paul. Oliver started ok v Stuart but eventually was driven back and Stuart converted his advantage. The other two games went deep into the night.

Steve Prior sacrificed a bishop on g3 to win two pawns but Mike fended off the challenge and posted a very nice knight on e5, which later was able to exploit a mistake by Steve to win an exchange. At the end Mike had Q+R v Q+3 and should have won but after swapping off the queens he was unable to force a win.

Jiri was defending for most of the game but the game looked as if it was going to be drawn when Chris made a critical error to go a piece down and Jiri was comfortable after that. What a fantastic way for Jiri to end his final game for the club and I’d like to thank him for playing for the 1st and 2nd teams this season and wish him all the best in the future.

Apart from Tom, our players were heavily out graded so this is a truly remarkable win.

Meanwhile Gambit 4 continue their charge at the top of division 4 with a 4-1 win over Central 2. John Tassi made a welcome return to action with a win over Ed Robinson. Peter beat Simon Parham and Mick beat Alex Meade, but Gary was taught a lesson by Andy Sutton. Central defaulted board 5.

Finally, everyone at Gambit sends their condolences to Ashfield for the sad loss of Stan Cranmer who died a few days ago, aged 87. Stan was never without a smile and was universally liked. He remained a difficult player to play against even in his advancing years.

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