On a sweltering evening we managed to keep our cool last night and came up with some good finishing in a tense match. The scoreline flattered us a bit and at one stage it looked like we were going to be lucky to draw the match at best.
John Reed 0 Andy Jenkins (140) 1
It can happen to the best of us. An oversight by John let his opponent in for an unstoppable attack.
Geoff B 1 Terry Cowling (131) 0
Geoff got off to a flier and was 2 pawns up but then it became awkward and he had to give a pawn back before finishing it off.
Paul 1 David Preen (129) 0
In a tight game it looked like it was an even endgame but I managed to fix a weakness on his b pawn then come up with a tactic to force my a pawn through.
Keven 1 Chris Baker (126) 0
As usual Kev varied his opening and this Sicilian led to a very exciting game. Kev was a pawn down but had more activity, particularly with his R's, and was eventually able able to sac a R on the h file to set up an unstoppable mate.
Jim 1 Tony Kay (124) 0
Jim also was a pawn down but had a strong "dragon" B. He was later able to create an advanced passed pawn which caused his opponent to panic and Jim won easily at the end in a time scramble.
Tudor 1 Jeff Barlow (101)
Our secret weapon on board 6 gives us a 1 - 0 head start every match (no pressure on the next game Tudor!) This time he created pressure and then struck with a N fork winning a Q.
So, we're sitting pretty at the top of the table and just need a draw from our last match to clinch the title - and if Altrincham drop any points in the meantime in their last 2 matches we've won anyway.