After last season's debacle in one of the head-to-head matches where ECB won, ECA made sure of a strong team this time around. This time the match went by the form book and the B team only managed two draws.
1. Phil 0.5 - 0.5 Paul
I played an obscure Benoni system which I am quite familiar with and gained a lot of time on the clock but had a cramped position. When Paul chose to push some Kingside pawns rather than advance in the centre I had the time to break free on the Queenside and free my game. Eventually Paul's attack petered out and I managed to win a piece but did not have enough time to convert my advantage.
2. Tudor 1-0 Nick
Tudor seemed to get nothing out of the opening but managed to win a couple of pawns in the endgame and easily converted his advantage.
3. Keven 1-0 Geoff
Despite having White Geoff invited Keven to attack him and Keven gradually advanced his pawns and pieces to win comfortably.
4. Alan 0.5 - 0.5 Keith
Playing the Queen's Gambit Declined this game looked very even for much of the game. Alan eventually gained an advantage but then had to bale out into a drawn ending.
5. Bill 1-0 Myles
Bill played a strong Nimzo-Indian defence and gradually took over the board.
6. David T 1-0 Ian
David played a solid Reti and steadily won material until Ian had no tricks left to try.
So a 5-1 win for ECA and hopefully a fun evening for all.