Last night Wilmslow A had their chance to avenge the defeat they suffered against us last week. Happily for us they didn't take it and we collected another valuable 2 match points.
1. S Shepherd (158) 0.5-0.5 J Reed
John managed to play another Queen's Gambit Exchange and, shock horror, did not win! Steve forgot to follow the script and created some kingside counterplay, forcing John to exchange Queens and force the draw.
2. C Guffogg (126) 0.5-0.5 G Ball
Chris proved that his draw last week was no fluke with another cut and thrust game taking on Graham's Dutch Defence.
3. R Warhurst (122) 0-1 P Ramsey
I continued to ride my luck with another unconvincing victory. I played the opening and early middlegame rather smoothly, trying the Catalan again and winning a queenside pawn. Then in time trouble I played a horrendous move which gave Robin two ways to win a piece. Fortunately he spotted neither of them and I then ground out the endgame.
4. M Palmer (114) 0-1 D Newall
Dave seemed to get the better of things quite rapidly with his Dutch Leningrad and then Mike blundered a piece to bring things to a rapid conclusion.
5. T Flynn (109) 0-1 K Holton
Tony merrily flung his pawns forwards without bothering to castle and Keven eventually made him pay for his bravado.
6. C Jackson (108) 1-0 D Broadbent
Dave once again wheeled out his Cambridge Springs Defence but Chris played well, won a pawn and then unleashed an unstoppable attack.
So 2 more match points and 4 more game points for ECA. Now we just need to win against Denton B and Macc A!