Our final match of the season was the rather tricky matter of Marple A away. With relegation already certain all we could do was hope for a good battle and overall I think we achieved that.
1. A Longson (222) 1-0 John
John played a solid Colle System against his titled opponent but allowed Alex to snatch a Queenside pawn and was then ground down.
2. A Walton (202) 1-0 Phil
My King's Indian faced a kind of Veresov Attack which then transposed into a sort of French Defence position! I was cramped but played the classic f5 break and according to the computer I was doing OK until I rashly gambited a pawn for an open file against his King. I then managed to release my bad White square Bishop and things became interesting but I had no time to find the best moves. A fun game in any case.
3. J Bentley (202) 1-0 Steve
In a sharp game Steve won material but his King was vulnerable. His opponent managed to penetrate with Queen and Knight with a decisive attack.
4. J Horton (190) 0-1 Tudor
In what must be one of his finest wins Tudor played the tricky Alekhine's Defence and got a playable middlegame. He then outplayed his opponent to win a pawn and the endgame.
5. I Lentzos (192) 1-0 David T
David's trusty Reti only yielded a passive position and his opponent gradually advanced and took over the board.
6. G Trueman (163) 1/2 Paul
Paul equalised out of the opening with a solid French Defence. He managed to get a pawn ending with Bishop against Knight but was not able to find a winning plan.
So there ends a challenging season with one win, one draw and eight defeats. We didn't win a couple of matches that we could have won and paid the price. However we are all ready for some easier matches next season!