Aaaaagh Aaaaagh Aaaaagh
If our loss to Macclesfield A was frustrating then this defeat was a kick in the proverbials.
We managed to throw away 3 winning positions against a strong Chorlton team.
Keven's game was first to finish with Keven being ground down in a Reti / Catalan. David then won his game, winning a piece in the middlegame. This left the match at 1-1 and at least three of the remaining matches were winning for us.
Paul played a great modern defence and was the exchange and pawns up but allowed a swindle.
Sion was easily winning with a strong Kingside attack but in time trouble lost his Queen.
I had my best scalp ever, winning on the Black side of a mainline Sicilian Dragon. Once we had banged out all the theory Hope went wrong quite soon, allowing a piece to be trapped. In bad time trouble I managed to find the right plan to close out the game efficiently.
This left Tudor needing to win to draw the match. As he had Queen against Rook and Bishop this looked achievable. However when all the pawns were traded except for the Kingside ones it became rather technical. Tudor wanted to accept the draw offer but gamely agreed to continue for the sake of the team. I still maintain that he had winning chances but unfortunately Tudor lost.
So two defeats out of two. The good news is that we should have Dave Newall and John back for the next game - away to Denton B in three weeks.
1. Phil Ramsey 1-0 Hope Mkhumba (184)
2. Keven Holton 0-1 Philip Olbison (162)
3. Tudor Rickars 0-1 Alan Beresford (150)
4. David Taylor 1-0 Steve Fogg (150)
5. Paul Bamford 0-1 David Kierman (143)
6. Sion Howells 0-1 Khalid Khokhar (128)