The Navigation was a little spooky last night amid the Halloween decorations but on the upside they now have posh wooden chess boards and the lighting is now excellent. On to the match....
John 1 - 0 Terry Cowling (130)
John flew out of the traps and immediately launched an attack picking up a pawn but Terry played really well and managed to win the exchange. In the endgame John had N and 2 connected pawns against a R and showed good technique in slowly marching up the board as a unit to queen a pawn. It went right to the wire though and the 15 second increment came in useful.
Steve 1 - 0 David Fowler (130)
Playing as black Steve neutralized and settled for an early draw.
Tom 1 - 0 Tony Kay (130)
In a Rossolimo Tom got an early initiative and ploughed in on the Kside with some well placed pieces and an energetic f pawn for an attractive win.
Paul 0 - 1 Chris Baker (124)
In a Carlsbad structure Chris launched a minority attack and in hindsight I should have settled for a draw in an even position. Instead I tried to mix it up in time trouble and Chris kept his cool better than me. Bang goes my 100% winning record for this season (OK, defaults don't count!).
David T 1 - 0 Tony Doust (110)
The Power Taylor had plenty of space in the centre and then pushed through on the Kside with a devastating attack.
Tudor 1 - 0 Paul Horrocks (110)
This looked fairly close for a good while before the Wizard from Woodford found a way to finish it off.