Here we go, first time blog for ECB so hopefully this will work.
We knew Marple B had been whitewashed 6-0 by Denton B last week and we outgraded them on every board, so surely this was match was going to be a stroll? Unfortunately, there was a turn up on virtually every board.....
1. Tudor 0 - 1 Andy Jenkins (130)
This was a real see-saw of a game. Tudor made a quiet start against a Colle but then went up an exchange and was on a charge. Andy then some how managed to gain the initiative and even missed a mate but then went on to win a close end game when he was just able to promote a pawn first.
2. David 1/2 - 1/2 Chris Baker (129)
It looked like David's English opening was doing well as he was a piece for 2 pawns up and had the possibilities for winning on time (for a change!). The game then became quite tactical in time trouble with Chris finding a fork to win a queen and then David finding a pin to win back the queen but losing a piece in the process. He held on though and a draw was agreed.
3. Keven 0 - 1 Terry Cowling (127)
Kev set up a solid system against the Catalan but then overlooked a move which gave Terry the initiative and he went on to finish it off well.
4. Alan 0 - 1 David Preen (125)
Alan had a reasonable middle game position but allowed his opponent to swap off queens and then unleash an unstoppable queen side pawn storm.
5. Bill 0 - 1 Jeff Barlow (124)
Bill didn't get much play from his normally reliable Caro Kann and eventually succumbed after putting up a good fight.
6. Paul 1 - 0 Trefor Thomas (100)
In terrible form (not won for the B team for 2 years and lost my last match after being 22.7 pawns up according to Fritz !)I managed to get a bit more activity against a Petrov defence and won a rook ending with an extra 2 pawns.
So, all in all, that was a result that not even Mystic Meg could have predicted. But we'll bounce back from this and I'm sure we'll have a strong second half to the season. See you next year!