Board 1 - Gordon Attwell v Noel Brown. Two evenly matched players, soon exchanged queens and minor pieces to leave a rook each, and pawns, Brown being a pawn up advanced his king deep into white's position. By placing his own rook on Attwell's second rank Gordon's king could not advance and just had to sit there and be passive, so after a long battle, the game concluded with Gordon's resignation.
Board 2 - Mike Page v Rob Marks. Mike, with white, had to face the Sicilian dragon, always a daunting prospect, but with an aggressive queen side castling move, managed to exchange blacks well-placed, powerful, fianchettoed, black bishop. Mike advanced his king side pawns, and with an open file for his rook, his queen and knight soon brought a look of anger to Mark's face. As the game continued an unexpected exchange rook "sacrifice" had black's king and queen forked by a well placed knight the ending came swiftly.
Board 3 - Bob Edgar v Blasej Radzimirski. Bob used the "French Defence" to face his younger opponent, and played a good steady game building up a better position with every move, the ending soon came. There was a very aggressive combo, perhaps winning, on move 14, however Bob proceeded with caution and recorded his first win for the club after his opponent fell for a trap. Well played Bob.
Board 4 - Dave Hadley v Des Green. With white, Dave played a cautious, steady game building up to a good position. His opponent, though out-graded, played confidently. Des agreed to Dave's offer of a draw, on the time control, the half point helped to gain the win for Rugeley.
Thanks to all who played.
Mike Page, (Cannock Div 3 Captain)