The season is now underway for the A team which faced a tough opening match against Newport, losing 3.5-1.5, but managed to hold Priorslee Lions to a 2.5-2.5 draw in the following game.
Graham Shepherd was the only winner in the Newport match with John Whittaker getting a draw.
The first home match was a little unconventional as we shared the room with a pool match. It did get a little noisy at times but hopefully it wasn't too distracting for the players. We did have a welcome visitor, Ian Judd from Chichester chess club, who was staying in Stretton for a week's holiday. Always handy when a 158-grade turns up looking for a game!
At one stage it looked like we would take the full match points. Trevor beat off Bill Bates agressive opening to emerge two clear pawns up and with Bill's king looking distinctly vulnerable in the middle of the board. You don't expect Trevor to cede an advantage like this, and he didn't, clinching the first game point. Gerald was a piece up in his game but got tangled up and then mated by Gary White, always a wily opponent. This was followed by another win for the visitors as Steve Tarr won a king and pawn ending against our guest board three Ian. The final two games finished with John Whittaker getting a draw against Andy Tunks, and Steve Rooney getting the full point against Glyn Pugh after the latter dropped a rook in the final stages.
Next match is away to Shrewsbury A.
*Unfortunately we have had to withdraw the B team this season as we don't quite have enough players for both teams. However everyone is welcome to come along to the club for casual games on Thursdays, but probably best to let Steve or Graham know if you're coming to make sure someone is there.