After the close match earlier in the season we were hoping for more excitement tonight but all we got was a gradual grind down against a strong Macc. team. At least we don't have to play them again this season!
1. D Risley (171) 0.5 - 0.5 J Reed
Playing against a Bogo-Indian John had the better of things and built up some useful Queenside pressure but Dave managed to exchange pieces for a draw.
2. D Lobo (153) 1 - 0 P Ramsey
In a topsy turvy game I started off better, then was losing and was finally easily winning. The problem was that we were in the allegro finish and my flag was about to fall. In a fluster I made a ridiculous move when I actually had a bit more time than I thought. Someone get me a digital clock for Christmas!
3. V Kumar (155) 0.5 - 0.5 D Newall
Dave played his favourite Colle / Birds system and gradually built up some Queenside pressure but Vijay managed to hold.
4. G Laurence (150) 0.5 - 0.5 D Broadbent
Dave played actively in the opening and had a very comfortable position but not enough to beat his solid opponent.
5. J-P Taylor (146) 1 - 0 P Bamford
Paul played a closed system against the Sicilian but his Kingside pawn pushes backfired as J-P ended up eating one of the Kingside pawns and winning the endgame.
6. P Cattermole (138) 1 - 0 S Howells
Sion played a positional gambit but didn't seem to have enough compensation for the pawn and was gradually ground down.
So not a very fun night for East Cheshire.
Next match is away to Altrincham on Feb 6th. Let's hope for some fireworks then!