A mixed set of results with 2 wins and 2 deafeats.
Gambit 1’s faint hopes of winning the title disappeared after a 3.5 – 1.5 loss to WN 1. Three draws by Mike B, Graeme and Mike N but Pete M and John S lost to Jonah Willow and Adi Munchi whose new grades added together total exactly 400.
Gambit 3 also lost, 3-2 away at R/B 1. Only Onos won, v George Murfet. Brian and John H drew with Nick London & Marcel Taylor. Gary’s up and down season continued with a loss for the 2nd time this season to Mike Nailard. Keith, after his 100% record before Christmas, lost his 2nd game this year, to Chris Bonnello. There was an unexpected bonus for the 3rd team as their nearest rivals Uni 2 were stuffed 4.5 – 0.5 by Central 1 who finally have their best team out but have probably left it too late to challenge for promotion.
Gambit X had a good 4.5 – 0.5 win at Nomads 1, who were without Dave Flynn. Graham played very well to pick off Mike Swanwick’s pawns and avoid 2 traps that Mike set. Drag won on time an exchange up v Graham Neil and Steve took early control of his game v Dave Griffiths. Mike N built up pressure on the g-file and eventually broke through after Shane Bhayat missed an opportunity to make life a bit tricky for Mike. Florian tried hard to break through Maurice Hill’s solid position but had to concede a draw.
Gambit 4 also had a good win at Ashfield 4, 3.5 – 1.5, in spite of Drag’s thrashing by Andy Flint. Drag misplayed the opening and Andy maintained a vice like grip on the position and, when Drag tried to break out, Andy launched a devastating mating attack. By then Mick H had beaten George Heath and Maggie had drawn with Ric Dawson. Derek was always on the attack v Pete Clarke who gave up an exchange in desperation but Derek calmly won. Peter G-M played well to win with little time left after spending most of the game in a defensive position v Malcolm Jackson.