East Cheshire have lost every match against a Stockport team that I have been involved with and last night the run continued against a weakened Stockport C. Dave B got us off to a good start with a quick win as Black and then Dave N won to keep us in the lead but things went downhill after that. Here is what happened:
Andy Coe (148) 1-0 John Reed
Andy played a strange kind of Queenside Scandinavian Defence and John built a very strong position. However the wily Coe got a sniff at John's King and duly built a winning attack. Ouch.
Peter King (146) 1-0 Graham Ball
Peter played the Catalan and gradually built up an overwhelming position.
Mark McNulty (144) 0.5-0.5 Phil Ramsey
In a Classical King's Indian I never found a way to build an advantage and in the end was glad to take a draw a pawn down in the endgame.
Vic Rushworth (139) 0-1 Dave Newall
Playing his favourite Accelerated Dragon Dave won a pawn with a clever tactic and then won Vic's queen.
David Preen (131) 1-0 Keven Holton
Keven inadvertently invented a new gambit, losing a pawn on move four. He had insufficient compensation and eventually had to give up his bishop to avoid a back rank mate.
Ray Bradney (80) 0-1 Dave Broadbent
Ray fell into an opening trap against Dave's Cambridge Springs Defence and lost in 12 moves. Well played Dave!
We out-rated Stockport on every board so a disappointing result. Maybe we will do better against Wilmslow next Wednesday?