Our glorious Charnley Cup run came to an end last night in the semi final against Stockport. Well Ok, we'd had 2 byes to get this far but they all count. Stockport are in good form - winning all 6 league games and dropping just 5 boards - so we were unlucky with the draw.. If only we'd had another bye we would have made in to the final.
Having said that, Stockport commented afterwards that it hadn't felt like a whitewash. Indeed every board was strongly contested. I'm sure that if I hadn't lost the toss it could all have been very different.....
John 0 - 1 Allan Beardsowrth (216)
John seemed to be doing OK till a pair of R's came off and then it was lost.
Steve Tr 0 - 1 Andy Reeve (198)
This looked fairly drawish and indeed Steve offered a draw but Andy fought on and got active late on to find the win.
Geoff B 0 - 1 Alan Smith (194)
Geoff put up a really good show in his usual calm manner and this went down to less than a minute each on the clock until his opponent's B pair finally saw some daylight and settled it
Paul 0 - 1 Phil Siddall (189)
I was doing OK in a Stonewall type position but I went astray when I tried to mix it up a bit.
Keven 0 - 1 Daniel Sheppard (170)
This game came to life after some exchanges but unfortunately not in Kev's favour.
Jim 0 - 1 Mike Taylor (166)
Jim was a pawn down in an endgame but had some hope with a runaway pawn which unfortunately eventually got rounded up.
There's always next year.
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Report from Tudor: .....
Pleased to report great result. John Reed suffered unexpected defeat. Default on board six helped but not decisive. (Non playing Chorlton 'gentleman John' Horner stayed to give William a game).
I managed to convert a pawn up into pressure before a blunder gave immediate resignation.
Geoff survived a complex game by mix of strategy and accurate defense
One Steve broke though with monster attack on QS
The other drifted into K and B versus K, Kt, and Pawn ending with distinct losing changes but survived.
Playing conditions up to normal standards ...
Heroes one and all.
Now for Stockport aces.
1 - 0 Hooman Escandari (123) v John
0 - 1 Howard Hughes (120) v Geoff B
0 - 1 James Crawford (100) v Tudor
1/2 Joel Prittie (100) v Steve Tatlock
0 - 1 Anthony Fagan (93) v Steve McCall
0 - 1 DEFAULT v Will
1.5 - 4.5
Altrincam A recently lost to Wilmslow which means that the chance (or do I mean danger) of promotion is now in our own hands. We have 3 league matches left, all at home.