Our 1st team beat Ashfield 1 4.5 – 0.5. Mike B won an exchange and, after avoiding one or two potential tricks by Glenn Halfpenny, mated with a neat sequence of moves. Pete had the edge v Steve Burke and swapped off into a won endgame but then dropped a pawn and drew. Mike N took control of his game v David Levens and forced a swap of pieces on the king side, enabling him to win pawns on the queen side and to win the endgame. Graeme built up pressure on Phil Morgan’s king, played a lovely exchange sacrifice on h7 which allowed his pieces to pour into Phil’s position, and mated. Florian converted a seemingly equal looking position into an endgame against Neil Graham.
Our 3rd team beat Ashfield 3 4-1. There were wins for John H, Keith & Gary against Bob Taylor, Paul Kelman & Trevor Lewis, and draws for Peter GM & Brian against John Shaw and Nigel Wright. This win moves Gambit 3 up to 3rd, level on points with WB 2, and 2 points behind Beeston.