Radcliffe & Bingham completed a clean sweep over Gambit last week as their 2nd team thrashed our 4th team 4.5 – 0.5. Derek prevented a 5-0 scoreline with a solid but uneventful draw against Mike Nailard. John T lost a pawn v Chris Bonnello and failed to hold the endgame. Mick H lost an exchange and then allowed Barry Redburn to invade his position, although Barry did miss a mate in 3. Graham misplayed an equal B v N endgame v Len Morrell. Maggie lost on time against Philip Erentz.
On the same night our 1st team drew with WN 1. Mike B played a clever and solid game to draw with Jonah Willow. Mike N drew with Antony Clare after an interesting battle. Graeme drew with Simon Scott, who was an eligible last minute substitute, after Simon forced a draw in a game that became very unclear. Pete M dropped his ‘a’ pawn against Shabir Okhai and that was all that Shabir needed to convert to a win. John S beat John Bamford for the 2nd time in 9 days after John Bamford turned down a draw and then tried to expand on the queen side.
Last night our 3rd team bounced back from defeat to RB 1 last week to beat WB 2 3-2. Wins by Brian & Keith over Steve Wootton & Tomasz Adamski (who came 2nd in the Minor Section at the 4NCL South Normanton congress this weekend) were complemented by draws from Peter GM & Gary against Dylan Meyer & Chris Budd. Only John H lost, to Matthew Bubis. WB appear to have established a good relationship with Rolls Royce CC in the Derby & District League as 4 of their team (all but Chris) are members of RR along with Saurav Sunny.