We welcomed Mercia A, our last opponents of 2012, we anticipated a challenging evening
and it didn't disappoint.
Board 5. Mike Page v John Phillips. Mike struggled, as he couldn't get open
lines and play his natural game, but he played well and was happy to take the draw.
Board 6. Gordon Attwell v Dave Webb. Gordon's very first competitive match
for Rugeley was to prove to be a tough one, Gordon looked to have the edge in the
opening but took a poisoned pawn and subsequently lost his bishop, valiantly fought
on, but his opponent was strong enough to finish with a win.
Board 3. Catherine Hiley v Barry Smith. I think Barry lost the moment he said
"oh no I'm not playing her", he let me attack and a sudden desperate surge of pawns
weakened his king, and led to his ultimate (and possibly predictable) lost game.
Board 4. Steve Heath v Dave Jeffs. Steve was supremely confident throughout
his game, felt in control but failed to spot the correct order of a killer combination
which then fizzled out into a draw.
Board 2. Rob Fell v Derek Perks. Rob seemed to struggle against Derek, and
tried to get a good attack going, but was a pawn down and played an excellent endgame
to deserve a draw.
Board 5. Dave Amour v Peter Thompson. Dave looked relaxed throughout the game,
but it was clear at the end this wasn't going to finish tonight, an adjudication
was agreed. Dave felt that although he was material down, his pieces were far better
placed than his opponents
Rugeley are poised at 2.5-2.5, so if Dave draws at the very least we secure
a good point, you'll see the result here first!
Catherine Hiley, Wolverhampton League Division 2 capt.