This week Crewe took on cheddleton twice. The first game was at home Under 130 Cup.It was a hard fought match on all boards. It could have gone either way at various times. A particularly impressive performance by Amy who continues her great performance. Crewe won 3 – 2 We will now face Newcastle in the Intermediate Cup Final on Wednesday 11th April.
Our Division 4 team Crewe D took a trip to Chedddleton to play the top team in division 4.This time we were not so lucky and lost to Cheddleton 2.5 – 1.5
Wednesday, Crewe hosted 3 teams all captained by Dave P the Under 150 Cup, E team and F team.
Crewe faced Newcastle in the U150 cup, Board 3 was the first to finish and no surprises as Doug and John agreed a draw. Board 1 fell to Newcastle and shortly after Dave P was happy with a draw. Newcastle secured the win after a draw on board 5. Nev played on but after a long game a blunder gave Newcastle 3.5-1.5 win
Crewe E played against Meir C and and as always fought hard. Amy had another good win. Chris was the last to finish and a very good game to watch but despite his efforts the team only managed a draw as Meir C being the first team to steal a point from Crewe E.
Crewe F faced Cheddleton G. Thanks to Josh who played his first game for our F team. Tough games all round for our team and we only managed 2-2 draw. But it was nice to see Harry use his time wisely and secured a good win on board 2.
Crewe have faced Cheddleton in four matches this week, and thanks to our division 5 teams we have managed two wins each. Wednesday night saw our D team play high-flying Cheddleton F in division 4 and our “F” team playing Chedd H. Chedd F proved too strong for our D team where skipper Les Hall was our lone victor and Neville Layhe gained a top board draw. The F team gained both points thanks to big grading advantages on bottom two boards with Steve Ballantyne and Phil Wright picking up wins and backed up by captain Dave Price’s draw on top board.
Friday night saw Crewe “A” take on Chedd’s C team and our division 5 table topping “E” team take on Chedd G. The “A” team came away disappointed after a loss by 3.5-1.5 as only skipper David Hulme could muster a win and Neville gained his second draw of the week. The “E” team had a near 100 point grade advantage and did just enough to keep up their 100% record. Draws from Doug Barnett, unbeaten pair Steve Ballantyne and captain Nigel Gardner left the match in the hands of junior Amy Lovatt on bd 2. Amy played maturely to win a battle of very promising junior players which took her tally to an impressive 6/6 for the “E”s who extended their lead at the top of the table to 5 points. Harry Gardiner played an extra graded game on bd 5 and managed to win another game between two more promising youngsters.