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Reivers v Forest Hall Chieftains

Posted by fellman01 on November 24, 2017

This match was played at Corbridge on November 23rd, with the following line-up:

  1. Ian Mackay (137) v Mike Smith (153)
  2. Steve Larkin (116) v Mark Broughton (133)
  3. Bruce Reed (112) v Johnny Wall jr (148)
  4. Derek Blair (112) v Paul Charlton (132)
  5. Christine Moorcroft (92) v John Wall sr (131)

Only Ian, who pulled off a commendable draw on top board, saved us from a whitewash, but at least the other four games were quite closely contested, and we managed to keep our opponents on their toes for two and a half hours or so. Christine’s game, in particular, seemed a close one and, along with Ian’s, was the last to finish. Both Bruce and Derek went a piece down in the middle game and never recovered from that handicap. Steve unwisely sacrificed a knight for two pawns (he had been hoping for three!) to open up black’s king, only to find himself on the end of an irresistible mating attack. So we lost by a half to four and a half to a side which must surely be a contender for promotion to the first division.

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