After our exciting match at Marple this home match was a bit of a disappointment. Despite being the stronger team on paper some unexpected defeats meant that we lost the match. Perhaps that talk of promotion was premature!
1. P Ramsey 0 - 1 Y Kolodiy (168)
Yaroslav is a bit of a nemesis of mine. I think my score against him is 0.5 out of 4. This time I played an obscure King's Indian sideline against his Four Pawns Attack. I managed to get a decent position but then allowed him to exchange off into a very difficult endgame for me. Despite my best efforts I was unable to hold the balance.
2. D Newell 0 - 1 K Lockett (160)
Dave had another good Bird's opening and built up a strong attack. However in time pressure Karl started to play some tricky moves and eventually Dave fell for a bit of a trap.
3. L Saar 1 - 0 T Tomkins (137)
This win was probably the highlight of the evening. Lembit played a symmetrical English and had a solid position. He gradually built up an advantage and then finished the time scramble in fine style, outplaying his opponent in the endgame.
4. K Holton 0 - 1 R Clucas (131)
Keven played his usual solid Queen's Pawn opening but was gradually ground down by his opponent and resigned in a position where material was even but his opponent had too many threats.
5. P Bamford 0.5 - 0.5 D Hughes (129)
Paul grabbed a few pawns in the opening and seemed to be consolidating into a winning endgame. However his opponent managed to get a pawn back and draw the game.
6. A Stokes 1 - 0 W McCartney (124)
Alan managed to win a pawn in the middlegame and outplayed his opponent in the endgame for a convincing win.
So not a great match but we have a while to lick our wounds and recover - next match is at home to Wilmslow on Feb 20th.