John 1/2 Adam Tyton (169)
No fireworks from John this time in a Slav and an early draw was agreed.
Steve 1/2 Paul Doherty (139)
Steve's opponent has a modest grading but actually plays in many Open tournaments and with some success. Steve seemed to have a decisive advantage though but time pressure and stubborn defending held. (I actually "beat" Paul in a Stockport Rapidplay a couple of years ago in a ridiculous swindle which still gives him nightmares; and I like to remind him every time I see him!)
Geoff 1 - 0 Mick Connor (147)
Older members will remember Mick who was one of 4 or 5 "country members" from Bolton who played for us many years ago. His return wasn't a happy one for him though as his Grunfeld led to a tricky tactical game where Geoff's attacking pressure became decisive.
Tom 1 - 0 Francis Moan (140)
Francis's Colle was hunkered down passively as Tom ground him down impressively.
Kev 1/2 Michael Carroll (134)
A Jadoul Gambit!? Kev's return to e4 ran into a rare line but eventually turned into an easy R&P draw
Paul 1 - 0 DEFAULT
This now gives us a 2nd round match (round of 8) away at Urmston - date TBC.