Thankfully we were able to field a strong team and beat them 4.5 - 1.5!
Here are the details:
1. John Reed 0 - 1 A Soames
John had a great position on the Black side of an Albin Counter Gambit and had Soames on the ropes but then blundered. Bad luck.
2. Phil Ramsey 1- 0 P Cattermole
I was in my normal time trouble but started to get a nice position at about move 30. Cattermole started to think a lot and lost on time just as he made his 36th move! A harsh way for him to lose but I decided to claim the win for the sake of the team (and my grade!) The final position was better for me anyway.
3. Dave Newell 0.5 - 0.5 G Laurence
A solid draw from Dave on the Black side of a Dutch Leningrad. Great to see Dave back in the team again.
4. Keven Holton 1 - 0 V Kumar
A victorious return to 1.e4 for Keven. In an open Sicilian his opponent blundered a pawn early on and Keven pressed home his advantage mercilessly.
5. Dave Broadbent 1 - 0 D Lobo
On the Black side of an advance French Dave won a pawn early on but then had to offer a draw as his opponent had some threats. However his opponent needed a win for the sake of the team and played on - bad idea!
6. Alan Stokes 1 - 0 M Jouannet
Find a name for this opening: 1. d4 c5 2. Nf3 f5! The Benoni - Dutch? Whatever the name, Alan did a good job of exposing its flaws!
Well done guys! Next up Altrincham at home in two weeks.