League Weeks 3 & 4 Roundup

Gambit 1        1-4   Grantham 1
Grantham 2  4-1   Gambit 2
Ashfield 1      2-3   Gambit 3
Central 1        3-2   Gambit 4
Gambit 5     2.5-1.5  WN 4

Grantham did the double over our 1st and 2nd teams. In the 1st team match Tom & John S managed drew with Nigel Birtwistle & Francis Bowers, while Mike B, Florian & Mike N lost to Chris Dorrington, Steve Prior & Paul Cumbers respectively. For the 2nd team, Steve & Florian drew with Peter Cusick & Francis Bowers but Drag, John S & Onos lost to Paul Cumbers, Chris Holt & Andy Hebert. John, a pawn up and trying to get into Chris’ position, made the only move that allowed a mate in one. Oops.

Our 3rd team had a nice win at Ashfield 2 even after Brian kindly gave Bob Taylor his queen. John H succeeded with his mating attack on Phil Morgan. Peter G-M fell to solid play by John Shaw. Gary withstood an attack from Peter Brace, who sacrificed a piece, to eventually win. Nigel Wright was two pawns up against our Keith but couldn’t make progress and was eventually ground down.

Our 4th team played at Central’s new venue, the Vat & Fiddle. John T & Graham were outplayed by Kev Harvey & Mark Radford. Derek fell to Andy Sutton. Mick & Maggie beat John Dell & Mick Frings.

Our 5th team beat WN after Keith & Ronnie beat Arjuna Mendis & Mankaran Punglia, and Alan drew with Chris Hurst. Ken was beaten by Jonah Tomsett. Will this Jonah one day reach the heady heights of the club’s other Jonah?

In other news, Mike B scored 3 points in the Open section of the 4NCL FIDE rated congress in Nottingham, which GM Keith Arkell won. In the Major section (U2050 & U175) Drag got 3 points while Florian could only manage 2,5 points, losing to Long Eaton’s Julian Cast in round 5. Radcliffe & Bingham’s recently qualified ECF arbiter Marcel Taylor controlled the Minor section. After many years with just two ECF arbiters (Neil Graham & John Swain), Nottinghamshire now has 9, after Somton Ukken & Anita Somton also qualified to join Phil Beckett, Mike Nayor, Simon Scott and Drag.

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