Our 4th team beat Central 2 4.5 – 0.5. John T won comfortably against Lucasz Kacprzak. Derek’s pressure eventually told with his d pawn breaking through Mick Frings’ defence. Graham’s solid game caused Simon Parham to drop a piece. Maggie established a mating attack on the K-side which Mike James couldn’t prevent. The other game was drawn by Mick H who let slip a good position against John Moore. This result leaves the team in 2nd place, one point behind WN 3.
Our 2nd team was crushed 0.5 – 4.5 by Grantham 1. John S tried to play positively against Nigel Birtwistle but eventually had to concede. Florian misplayed the opening and Paul Cumbers is too good a player to hand him even the smallest advantage. Drag, distracted by captain matters, played too loosely and Stephen Prior took advantage, smoothly avoiding the last gasp trap Drag set which much lesser players may have fallen into. Steve began ok against Stuart Williams but a misjudgment resulted in his centre collapsing. Onos played very well to draw against Peter Cusick after being delayed for 20 minutes due to traffic.