Two matches this week at Church Stretton club. The B team drew against Newport B in their rearranged fixture while the A team went down 3.5-1.5 to title-hopefuls Telepost A.
In the B team match it was the juniors who excelled. For Newport B, Alex Taylor launched a ferocious attack against David Williams on top board and clinched the point, while for Church Stretton B there were good wins for Francis Rooney and Chris Lovejoy on boards four and five. Adrian Thorpe drew a tight game with Steve Cooper on board two and Chris Pimm Jones got into a very tangled position with very little space for his piecs and eventually succumbed to Dave Lovegrove. At the end of the evening the match was sitting at 2.5-1.5 in Newport's favour with Chris Lovejoy's game the last to finish. Chris was behind on time for much of the game but once he created a strong extra passed pawn his opponent Steve Szwajkun was forced to use up a lot of his time. In the end, Chris calmly forced his opponent into further errors and was a rook ahead when he won on time securing the draw for the home side.
The A team were less fortunate but against Telepost's strongest team they did pretty well to get three draws. The first two games went to Telepost with Graham Shepherd losing to Richard Bryant and Karl Wakefield resigning to Nigel Ferrington. John Whittaker then drew with Keith Tabner on board five in a queen and pawn ending and Steve Rooney held county champion Jamie Hopkins to a draw on board one. Gerald Link on board three had been a knight for two pawns down for a long time but eventually managed to hold Dave Bates to a draw.
Church Stretton B 2.5-2.5 Newport B
D Williams 0-1 A Taylor
A Thorpe 0.5-0.5 S Cooper
C Pimm Jones 0-1 D Lovegrove
F Rooney 1-0 R Szwajkun
C Lovejoy 1-0 S Szwajkun
Church Stretton A 1.5-3.5 Telepost A
S Rooney 0-5-0.5 J Hopkins
K Wakefield 0-1 N Ferrington
G Link 0.5-0.5 D Bates
G Shepherd 0-1 R Bryant
J Whittaker 0.5-0.5 K Tabner