As has become traditional, Chris and I took on all-comers in an end of season simultaneous.
Before the simul started, Club Champion David Oates popped along to say goodbye, as his new job will see him move to Darlington. Good luck David, and thank you for all your support for the club over the years; you willl be sorely missed.
17 members lined-up to play – a great turnout and thanks to you all. After a steady start, Chris and I started to get on top in most of the games but not without some ups and downs.
The juniors all put up sterling resistance – Cassie, Ben and Morgan lasting into the 3rd hour of play, but it was Matt Payne who took away the junior book prize for his excellent draw.
Fortunately, Chris and I play the same, sharp openings and we were able to catch out a few opponents with some opening tricks. However, once we have an advantage in a game we play very differently – I look for simplification into an ending while Chris continues to play for mate. This led to some amusing moments, particularly against Don Banks, where I’d offer an exchange of pieces, Chris would turn it down and then I’d offer it again on the next move !
Keith Guinness can count himself very unlucky – after going a solid pawn up early on he fell victim to a do or die attack.
Colin Parker was full of his usual tricks and was winning a fluctuating game before a last ditch trick from Chris saved us from our first ever simul defeat.
Book prizes went to Colin Parker and Dave Pople.
I hope you enjoyed the evening, we certainly did.
NB. Check back soon for a position from one of the games.