In a rather inauspicious end to our season ECA were well beaten by a strong Stockport B side. Things looked quite promising after an hour or so with John, Paul and Nick having good positions but Paul blundered and Nick only drew. This combined with defeats for myself and Dave meant we lost heavily.
1. M Taylor (160) 1-0 Phil
If I had done my homework for this game I would have known that Mike is a bit of an expert in the Queen's Gambit Declined and I would have played something else. Unfortunately I am not an expert in it and I got strategically outplayed and then missed a nice combination that won a pawn and an exchange. One of those horrible games where you have no threats and no fun.
2. M Crowther (160) 0-1 John
John defended actively against the tricky Max Lange attack and eventually kept his pawn and won the exchange.
3. J Mason (152) 0.5-0.5 Tudor
Tudor played a slow sort of Catalan system and seemed to have the better of things but never found a way to win.
4. M Tunstall (147) 1-0 Dave B
Dave seemed to have an opening disaster against the obscure 2. Qe2 system against the French Defence. He soon lost a piece and was not given a way back into the game.
5. D Preen (136) 1-0 Paul
Paul opponent seemed to be prepared for Paul's Danish Gambit and countered it effectively. Paul still had a nice position and found what looked like a winning pin but it instead turned out to be a losing move as his opponent found a strong rebuttal.
6. V Rushworth (135) 0.5-0.5 Nick
Nick had a nice Sicilian Defence with various threats on the Queenside and no counterplay to worry about. However he couldn't find a way to win against solid defence.
So all in all a good season for ECA. With the addition of Lembit to our ranks and an incredible run of results from Tudor we topped the table for a while but in the end Marple B were just too strong for the division.