We knew it would be tough against a strong Holmes Chapel team last night.... but just before 10.00 with 2 fantastic draws already agreed, and well in contention on other boards, it looked like we could actually get something from the match. Alas, it was not to be.
Stuart Clarke (213) 1/2 John
John showed all his class to comfortably hold against his highly rated opponent.
Jon Blackburn (207) 1 - 0 Steve Tr
Steve plays the Dutch to win and sacrificed the exchange for 2 extra pawns in an exciting unbalanced game. His opponent unfortunately got an initiative late on though and Steve ran out of time.
Patrick Bennett (176) 1 - 0 David T
As usual David proved hard to beat but just lost out in a pawn endgame.
John Turner (173) 1 - 0 Tudor
Tudor was last to finish and bravely dug in but eventually John's extra Qside pawns were decisive.
Mike Hancock (161) 1 - 0 Paul
I was in control of this one right from the opening and eventually set up a winning attack..... I'd seen the natural e-pawn push which was crushing but I bizarrely retreated my Q instead, which lost on the spot. What an idiot.
Ian Bates (146) 1/2 Steve K
Many thanks to Steve for stepping in at the last moment and he did us proud. He never looked in any trouble and was even up on time and earned a very credible draw.
Next up is Macclesfield A which also is no picnic. The good news though is that Macc B have lost all their games and are joint bottom with us. The relegation battle will start in the New Year!.