D team secure Division 2 title as Harry wraps up the Club Championship and C team win

Last night at St Mary’s was a very successful club night in many ways.

Starting with the D team clinching the NSDCA League division 2 trophy with a sound 3-1 win over Holmes Chapel B. The regular stars all contributed as Chinenye got us off to a flyer and calm the nerves with a swift win on board 4. Then skipper Dave Lambton continued his brilliant run with a smooth win on board 2 to put us on the verge on the title. George Bulbeck was a piece for a pawn up and decided to put the team ahead of his own success and smartly offered a draw which was quickly gobbled up to secure the title. This left Cyrus with a free hit on bd 1 who appeared to be winning but was thwarted by some superb endgame play to be held to a draw. Congratulations to the D team !

Alongside the D team, their C team brothers were in action against Stafford (who recently beat our D team champions) and again all players contributed to the same scoreline of 3-1. This time it was Julian Hawthorne who continued his rich vein of form with another win (on bd 4) as did captain Karl on bd 2. With draws from Andy Raeburn and Gee in the remaining games. This concludes the C team’s campaign who have come into form in the 2nd half of the season, taking vital points away from title contenders to leave the D team sitting pretty.

Division 1 of the Club championship saw Harry add another win to his impressive tally to confirm the title (for the 2nd time) and take his score to a briliant 9.5/10 and a tournament rating of 2150, with one game left to play. Congratulations to Harry !

The club added yet another new member to our growing list as George Bowkett joined us while on a brief break from university with a promise to be back in June to join the Swiss Rapidplay.