OK, we lost to Hoddesdon 4.5 – 0.5 on 17th January (Leon drew, the rest is definitely history)…. So onto the latest match v St Albans 4.
The last match was played hours before the week of snow began. Everything had thawed out by the time we visited the Cathedral City of St Albans (including mental faculties). Dan won in 19 moves, which was a great start and Leon drew. On Board 2, Black’s Caro-Kann did not fare well against the Panov-Botvinnik Attack, but Terry queened a pawn on Board 3 to win the ending. In a tense, nervy Alekhine Modern, White missed a straightforward winning exchange sequence, and greatly took the offered draw as both players ducked out the time scramble in a level position. A 3-2 win giving 6 points out of 14 after 7 of the 12 matches in the 2012/2013 season. Relegation fears are hopefully receding.
Board 1 : Paul Lawrence 141 1/2 Anthony Kent 148
Board 2 : James Palmer 148 1-0 Malcolm Gesthuysen 149
Board 3 : Paul Laskier 140 0-1 Terry O’Sullivan 131
Board 4 : Terry Douse 137 0-1 Dan Marcos 130
Board 5 : David Hatfield 140 1/2 Leon Glouzman 126
Match Score : 2 – 3