Gambit 4 drew with WB 2. John T, Graham & Derek drew with Dylan Meyer, Steve Wootton & Chris Budd. Mick H lost to Frank Hill. Maggie reached the Lucena position, where her king was on the 8th rank ahead of the pawn on the 7th and her rook had cut off Bob Abrahart’s king, and she showed good technique to promote the pawn.
Gambit 2 travelled to Ashfield 1 in what could already be described as a relegation 4 pointer. Steve had a solid but uneventful draw with David Levens, albeit the last game to finish. Drag messed up the opening against Glenn Halfpenny and struggled to equalise, but then allowed his queen to be lost for a rook and lost. Onos looked as if he had let Phil Morgan’s rook into his position but was able to get his rook into Phil’s and emerged victorious after his c pawn proved more powerful than Phil’s a pawn. Graeme had played nicely to win a pawn and reached a good rook + pawns ending but, short of time, allowed Jerry Herrington to draw.
So to the epic struggle between John S and Steve Burke. In the previous 3 league seasons John and Steve had identical records of 20 draws from 42 games, 48%. By comparison, Gambit players’ draw percentage was 29% over the same period. Therefore the only surprise is that their draw took as long as 13 moves.