Our 4th team beat Newark 3 3-2 to go two points clear at the top of division 4. John T & Mick H, both out graded, played solidy for draws with Richard Myers & Gary Bosworth. Derek had a solid position but couldn’t make progress so settled for a draw with Jim Wellington. Graham’s pressure eventually caused Nick Spencer to lose his queen. Maggie, a pawn up in the endgame, drew with Charlie Carr to ensure the win.
Our 2nd team lost 1.5 – 3.5 to Newark 1 on the same night. John S tried to create activity on Zoltan Tardi’s castled queen side but Zoltan emerged better and won. Florian built pressure on David Coates’ queen side and eventually won material. Drag began well before a couple of poor moves gave Andy George the advantage. Andy let Drag back into the game before a bad lapse of concentration caused Drag to drop a piece. Jose was outplayed in the opening by Alex Combie and never managed to equalise. Steve was unable to turn his small positional advantage into a win and could only draw with Keith Aiton.