We arrived in arctic conditions at our away venue, and the temperature outside wasn't
Board 3. Dave Brelsforth v Patrick Waller. It was Patrick's first match since
September, and has an impressive record of 16 consecutive undefeated games to date.
It was an interesting, open game but quickly turned flat with cautious play. Patrick
accepted the offer of a draw.
Board 2. Stephen Fryer v Catherine Hiley. I played solidly and I think the
cold must have affected my opponent's concentration as he defended poorly, gifting
me his queen after 20 moves.
Board 1. Sandy Wilson v Dave Amour. Sandy did himself no favours by playing
slowly against Dave, putting himself under considerable time pressure, he failed
to reach the time control, so Dave won with a comfortable board position.
Board 4. Peter Loach v Steve Heath. Steve was comfortable throughout the game
and probably had the upperhand in the end game however I was suffering from hypothermia
and was eager to finish the match, so Steve accepted the draw.
Board 6. A Kent v Tony Meakin. Tony played his favourite move B6, it proved
to be his downfall as his game careered into a lost position, however, credit to
Tony it lasted a lot longer than it should.
Board 5. Malcolm Phipps v Mike Page. Mike played quite well and looked to
secure a draw, however a miscalculaton at a pivotal point in the end game resulted
in Mike blundering away his knight.
A slightly disappointing draw in the end but its another point keeping us
Catherine Hiley, Wolverhampton League Division 2 capt.