B Team beaten

Last night saw the B team narrowly beaten (1.5 vs 2.5) by Division 3 leaders Cheddleton C, to put an end to any realistic hope of retaining the title. With just 4 pts from 7 matches the team languish in 7th place with the wooden spoon much closer than the silverware. It was a bit unfortunate as the match could have been drawn if our Board 4 had accepted a draw offer shortly before losing on time, with a position that was unclear holding an exchange advantage for two extra pawns. On top board Karl Lockett won a fine game, with skipper Martin Gill agreeing to a draw.

C Team win at Meir

Last night the C team were victorious at Meir B winning the 4th division match by score of 3-1. There were wins for Doug Barnett on board 1 and James Marshall on board 4, with draws from skipper Dave Price and Steve Ballantyne. This result takes the C team to 2nd in the table trailing leaders Cheddleton E by 2 pts with 2 games in hand, but there will be stiff opposition to join in the title race from all teams down to 6th place where Cheddleton F have games in hand, with Fenton B, Stafford B and Newcastle E sandwiched in between.

 

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Intermediate Cup Success

The U130 Cup team managed a 3-2 win tonight at Newcastle in the semi-final. Draws for Doug Barnett, Dave Price, Mart Gill and Chris Rhodes were just enough as Ola Titiloye provided the solitary win. We will meet Cheddleton at home in the final currently scheduled for 26th April.