Thursday, 8 March 2018

E Cheshire 0 - 6 Stockport

Our glorious Charnley Cup run came to an end last night in the semi final against Stockport.  Well Ok, we'd had 2 byes to get this far but they all count.  Stockport are in good form - winning all 6 league games and dropping just 5 boards - so we were unlucky with the draw.. If only we'd had another bye we would have made in to the final.

Having said that, Stockport commented afterwards that it hadn't felt like a whitewash.  Indeed every board was strongly contested.  I'm sure that if I hadn't lost the toss it could all have been very different.....

John  0 - 1  Allan Beardsowrth (216) 
John seemed to be doing OK till a pair of R's came off and then it was lost.

Steve Tr  0 - 1  Andy Reeve (198)
This looked fairly drawish and indeed Steve offered a draw but Andy fought on and got active late on to find the win.

Geoff B  0 - 1  Alan Smith (194)
Geoff put up a really good show in his usual calm manner and this went down to less than a minute each on the clock until his opponent's B pair finally saw some daylight and settled it

Paul  0 - 1  Phil Siddall (189)
I was doing OK in a Stonewall type position but I went astray when I tried to mix it up a bit.

Keven  0 - 1  Daniel Sheppard (170)
This game came to life after some exchanges but unfortunately not in Kev's favour.

Jim  0 - 1  Mike Taylor (166)
Jim was a pawn down in an endgame but had some hope with a runaway pawn which unfortunately eventually got rounded up.

There's always next year.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Chrolton B 1.5 - 4.5 ECB

Report from Tudor: .....

Pleased to report great result. John Reed suffered unexpected defeat. Default on board six helped but not decisive. (Non playing Chorlton 'gentleman John' Horner stayed to give William a game).

I managed to convert a pawn up into pressure before a blunder gave immediate resignation.

Geoff survived a complex game by mix of strategy and accurate defense 

One Steve broke though with monster attack on QS 

The other drifted into K and B versus K, Kt, and Pawn ending with distinct losing changes but survived.

Playing conditions up to normal standards ...

Heroes one and all.

Now for Stockport aces.

1 - 0  Hooman Escandari (123) v John
0 - 1  Howard Hughes (120) v Geoff B
0 - 1  James Crawford (100) v Tudor
1/2    Joel Prittie (100) v Steve Tatlock
0 - 1  Anthony Fagan (93) v Steve McCall
0 - 1  DEFAULT v Will
1.5 - 4.5
Altrincam A recently lost to Wilmslow which means that the chance (or do I mean danger) of promotion is now in our own hands.  We have 3 league matches left, all at home.