The first match of the year saw the A team return to form last night with a comfortable win over Denton.
Geoff 1 - 0 Dave Holt (137)
This game had everything - illegal moves, missed illegal moves (do we need VAR for next season?) but Geoff's strong position held it together and his 2 extra pawns at the end were decisive.
John 1 - 0 Phil Boyd (121)
John always seemed very comfortable and was the first to finish on the night.
Tom 1 - 0 Martin Murphy (113)
Tom went a pawn up fairly early on and his opponent threw in the towel when he was unable to stop a runaway pawn.
Jim 1/2 Ivan Urwin (112)
You always get an interesting game against Ivan and his quirky style of play had Jim in a slightly awkward position and time trouble before a flurry of checks saved the day for Jim.
Paul 1 - 0 Stan Bradley (109)
After a slow build up I eventually got an advantage for the space on the Qside and built up a decisive attack in the endgame.
Tudor 1 - 0 Pete Shaw (102)
Tudor came out of the opening in good shape with a pawn up and went on to win another and was careful to avoid giving his opponent any drawing chances with opposite coloured bishops.
In grading terms this was a match that we would have hoped to win and it has put us back on the top of the table at the halfway stage.