We had our last match of the season last night against Chorlton B and we knew that we just needed to pick up one game point on the night (one win or 2 draws) to clinch the League 2 title. Obviously, nothing could go wrong, could it? ..... well, as it happened Chorlton gave us a real run for our money.
Steve Tr 0 Dave Kierman (150) 1
This game ignited into life and became a really crazy affair and unfortunately Dave's runaway h pawn ended up winning the day.
Geoff B 1 Paul Harnett (138) 0
Geoff was up against the Englund Gambit and it seemed a fairly level game until his opponent kindly dropped a piece and Geoff was able to finish it off.
Paul 1/2 Daniel Otto (137) 1/2
I managed to get an attack in (a rarity this season) but my opponent defended well and I couldn't finish it off and had to settle for a draw.
David T 1/2 Phil Bennett (122) 1/2
David maintained his unbeaten record this season, although he was happy to take a draw in this one in what turned out to be an inferior position.
Tudor 1 Howard Hughes (120) 0
Tudor seemed to have the best of the opening but then went a pawn down and was offered a draw. The game continued and Tudor then went on to find a swindle to claim the full point. He's been our trump card this season on the lower boards winning an amazing 8.5 out of 9!
Roy T 0 Joel Prittie (100) 1
Roy looked solid in this until late on when unfortunately he inadvertently lost a piece.
So we managed to draw the match 3 - 3 on the night and that's enough for us to win the title by a clear point. A big thank you for everyone who turned out for us this season. We're normally fighting against relegation so this season has been a pleasant change. This is only the start of it of course and we just need to find a rich Arab benefactor and we'll take Division 1 by storm... !