After 2 successive wins, we were faced with an under strength Marple B and had high hopes of making it 3 on the bounce. Unfortunately Marple played much stronger than their grades, on all boards, and we got turned over.
David T 0 - 1 Chris Baker (134)
David seemed ok out of the opening but ended up losing a pawn and the exchange and couldn't find a way back
Keven 1/2 Terry Cowling (133)
Keven's drawn game became very tactical as he explains:
"My game was a Philidor Defence . Terry had worked through the lines
with Alex Longson !! I got a lot of pressure but wasted a lot of time
fantasizing about winning combo’s that each agonisingly had a single flaw.
In the end, I opted to exchange down but overlooked the loss of my e4 pawn.
However, I had sufficient play & pressure to win it back and had marginally
the better position but probably not enough to win."
Tudor 1/2 Tony Doust (107)
Tudor was a pawn up but when the queens came off Tony played a really good endgame and with opposite colour bishops a draw was agreed.
Bill 0 - 1 Toby Brown (100)
As seemed to be the nature of the night, Bill was up against an inspired opponent who played well above his grade. In a Grand Prix Sicilian, it started to get tactical and with pins on both sides it was Toby who came out the better and netted an extra rook.
Paul 1/2 Neil Dainty (112)
I played a quiet line of the French and whilst it gave me a solid position it didn't really give me much else.
Nick 1/2 Trefor Thomas (100)
Nick had active pieces and applied pressure but his opponent defended well. With only queens and pawns left a draw was agreed.
So, too many draws and no wins for us on the night. We'll have another go next Tuesday away at Stockport B.