As usual we were outgraded but put up another fighting performance and were again close to getting something out of the match.
Tudor 1/2 - 1/2 Mike Tunstall (159)
Tudor gave another solid display on board one and was offered the draw in an even looking contest..
Jim 0 - 1 Andy Coe (155)
Jim's Giuoco Piano led to an interesting game where he had the bishop pair and rooks against 2 knights and rooks. It looked like it was heading for a draw but unfortunately the horses won the day.
Keven 0 - 1 Mike Crowther (154)
Kev's Pirc set up was perhaps a bit passive against an Austrian Attack and fell to a blow to his Q's rook.
Paul 0 - 1 Jeff Mason (150)
I played a quick development set up against the Philidor and created some pressure and perhaps should have sac'd a pawn to open up the kingside but Jeff defended carefully and then created some counterplay which turned out to be decisive.
Alan 1/2 - 1/2 Peter Taylor (139)
Alan was black against a particularly slow looking Q pawn opening system and he managed to take the initiative gaining a pawn. Frustratingly, the resulting R & P ending, even with an extra pawn, looked drawish.
Myles 1 - 0 Anthony Prime (112)
Myles played a Dutch opening and looked very solid in a pretty even looking position, but managed to convert a draw into a full point with some clever play. Our only winner of the night.
Next up is against runaway league leaders Macclesfield A at home on March 4th where I get the feeling a major upset could well be on the cards.