Rushall travelled to Rugeley to battle out the first league match of 2019. Board 1. Tony Meakin v John Staniforth. Out graded, the home player with black mustered up a solid opening. Tony found a combination gaining him 2 pawns, but by the middle game it looked to be white who had the active pieces and so a draw was fairly agreed. Board 2. Mike Page v Shane Cooksey. Both players played a steady game. Although white had the winning edge with a piece up, due to time pressure, white had to offer the draw which was accepted. Board 3. Luke Sullivan v Peter Turner. Black went down the black lion route. Luke offered a draw but was declined. Black missed mate in 3 around move 30 and knowing it was this game that decided the outcome of the match, played out another 30 moves to secure the win. Board 4. James Perks v Josh Hennion. Similar in grade this would be a battle of the minds. Both players played solidly. With equal material and no obvious way through. A draw was agreed.
Thanks to all players and Well done Rugeley for their first win of the season.
Luke Sullivan, (Cannock League Div 2 Captain)