Bramhall, one of the weaker teams in the division, were heavily outgraded but they made us fight for the points and we eventually won 4.5 - 1.5.
Here is how it unfolded:
1. John Reed 1-0 Peter Thursfield (134)
Playing his favourite system against the Nimzo Indian Defence John soon won a piece and then the game with a raging attack.
2. Graham Ball 1-0 Nicholas Flaherty (125)
On the Black side of a Torre attack Graham tempted his opponent to over-extend himself and then mopped up a piece.
3. Phil Ramsey 0.5-0.5 Keith Hodgson (108)
I was expecting an easy game against a lower rated player but he played a solid Philidor's Defence - an opening I have very little experience of playing. I built up a good position but threw away my advantage in the time scramble and had to fight for the draw in a rook endgame.
4. Dave Broadbent 0-1 Hartley Oldham (101)
It is hard to beat low-rated players who keep making good moves! On the Black side of an Old Benoni Dave had a slightly cramped position and then loosened his kingside too much allowing his opponent a stinging attack.
5. Keven Holton 1-0 Duncan Chandley (86)
Keven played the Exchange Ruy Lopez and soon won a couple of pawns with some accurate moves.
6. David Taylor 1-0 Geoff Smith (71)
Playing a sort of Queen's Indian Defense David soon had a more active position and then used his pressure to win a pawn and then the endgame. David has continued his good form from last season. Let's hope he has a bad night on Wednesday when he plays me!
Next up our own East Cheshire B this Wednesday.