Having narrowly lost at Rotherham earlier in the season, we were out for revenge in the return match at the Red Lion. A good start was made by winning the toss! Peter faced the French defence from Andy but decided not to play the much discussed Reti gambit. A draw was soon agreed. Both myself and Dave C had not made the most of our openings and were down material. I had hints of an attack but once that was rebuffed by Ed, I played a shocker of a move to lose, albeit being 2 pawns down at the time. Dave had also got a good attack going against Phil. However, one accurate capture of a pawn by Phil proved crucial and we were losing 2.5-0.5.
Over on the other side of the room, Michael was playing well against Michael and found a mating attack to win, maintaining his 100% record for the B team this season. David M was also on top against Mick and once he got his rook and Queen surrounding his opponents King it was just a matter of time. A neat mate with a pawn won the game and left the match score all tied at 2.5-2.5.
As all of the other games had finished relatively quickly, Martyn and Colin played for around half an hour with a big crowd of players watching. Plenty of pressure! A tense endgame resulted with Martyn defending well with a knight against bishop, down a pawn. Both players were running short of time and when Martyn managed to swap his knight for Colin’s last dangerous pawn, a draw was agreed.
Two 3-3 draws in a row now and our season is looking up! Next up is a trip to face Nomads C later this month.