It was wonderful to be part of another Woodseats success story after a testing season. Rotherham certainly didn’t roll over and our victory was down to the remarkable calm of Andrew and Mark on our top boards. With everybody else (especially Peter) flinching nervously around the corner of the room the leading Woodseats players were robotic in their delivery. Mark’s position grew stronger and stronger and it was his point which delivered the Plate but Andrew’s game drew just as much attention and I think all Woodseats members felt very proud of their talisman when he courteously accepted a draw when all he had to do was make literally any half dozen moves to win on time. I know the Rotherham players present appreciated this sportsmanship which I have noticed lacking in some other clubs and it was humourous to point out to Andrew that he managed to steal the show even after the result was already decided!
With one exception (the Nomads B match) I think this was the first time this year that I’ve played in a Woodseats team that outgraded our opponents. I found it liberating to know whatever my result we should (on paper) win and I took the opportunity to create an open game.