Another excellent week as far as results are concerned started with the B team playing at Kidsgrove on Tuesday. This opposition has always pushed the B team all the way and skipper Martin Gill was pleased as the team emerged with both points in a 2.5-1.5 win. A draw on top board by Neville Layhe with white was the only point achieved with the white pieces as the other 3 boards all won with black as Rick Renegade continued his rich vain of form on bd 2 and Chris Rhodes likewise on bd 4. The Bees sit 2nd in the Div 3 table with 2/2.
Wednesday saw the “A” team host Macclesfield in Div 2 and the E team host Cheddleton G in division 5. Karl Lockett set the “A” team on their way to a 3-2 victory with an early win on bd 2, as Neville took a comfortable draw on bd 4 before Rick Renegade won again on bd 5 to ensure the “A” team would get a least a share of the points. Ola Titiloye secured the necessary draw on bd 1 when managing to fend off an exchange deficit as his two bishops proved an equal match against Rook and bishop with other major pieces still on the board.
Centre stage in the AMAL was given to the “E” team as they gained a 4-0 win over Chedd G. It was no surprise to see wins for Chris Rhodes, Amy Lovatt, Steve Ballantyne and captain Nigel Gardner as the oppostion team were approx 100 grade pts lower than their previous match when they defeated our “F” team. This win makes it 3/3 for the “E” team as they opened up a temporary 2 pts gap at the top of the early season Div 5 table.
The “F” team went to play Cheddleton “I” on Friday with the host’s riding high in div 5. Two evenly matched teams produced a 2-2 draw as skipper Dave Price picked up a draw on top board as did Nigel Gardner on Bd 3. However the starring role fell to junior Harry Gardiner who was first to finish with a win as he gained 2 pieces before making no mistakes to put the team 1-0 in the lead.
The postponed match between our D team and Cheddleton F has been re-arranged for next Friday (3rd Nov).
We start another busy week on Monday as the C team play at Fenton. The B team go to Alsager on Tuesday. The “A” & “E” teams are at home on Wednesday before the D team play Chedd’s F team on Friday.