Our 3rd team suffered a 5-0 battering by Newark 2 this week. John H was checkmated by Alex Combie when Alex had just 1 second left on his clock. Brian, in a tricky rook & knight & pawns ending, lost material when short of time and ended up losing on time to Daniel Jazdzewski. Keith could not defend his rooks & pawns ending against Richard Myers. Peter G-M started brightly against Graham Ladds but then began to retreat and lost his knight after an oversight. Gary found himself two passed pawns down to Keith Aiton and could not prevent one of them getting promoted.
This is the 3rd team’s first ‘proper’ 5-0 loss (i.e. not involving any player defaults or any game point penalties) since ‘records began’ (based upon the NCA website which shows match details going back to 2005-06). As a club, we have ‘properly’ won 5-0 7 times and lost 8 times, with our 4th team losing 5 times. In total, there have been approximately 70 ‘proper’ 5-0 wins since 2005-06. 7 of these wins were between teams from the same club (Ashfield twice, Grantham twice and WN three times). Beeston have already recorded their first 5-0 win, at WB3 in September. Apart from them, Grantham are the only club not to have ‘properly’ lost 5-0 to any other club, while Long Eaton have never ‘properly’ beaten any other team 5-0. Navigation 2 (now Central) did the 5-0 double over WB 3 in 2008-09.
Our 1st team had a good 3.5 – 1.5 win at WN 1 on Monday. Mike B gained a useful draw against Jonah Willow. Tom also drew, with Shabir Okhai, Pete M beat Anthony Clare. Mike N could only manage a draw with Susie Wang who developed a good position but ran short of time. Graeme had an easy win over Rob Willoughby.