Thursday, February 02, 2023

Another Disappointing Night For 'C' Team

It was another bad night for the 'C' team on Monday, as they went down by 3-1 against Cheddleton 'D', leaving them rooted to the bottom of the Division 3 table. A win for Lea on board 2 was all we could muster on the night. Click here for the match score card - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/117604.

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Stockport Rapidplay Congress

Congratulations to Phil Smith on being joint winner of the Minor Section in this weekend’s Stockport Rapidplay Congress, with a brilliant score of 5.5/6. No doubt he’ll be buying everybody a drink out of his winnings on Monday evening !!
Chris Hankey scored 2/6 in the Open Section, but was outrated by at least 200 points by everybody in the Section, so a very creditable performance.
Dylan scored 3/6 in the Intermediate Section, where he was outrated by at least 100 points by everybody in his Section, bar one. So another excellent performance from him.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

'A'' Team Slip Up At Crewe

The 'A' team travelled to Crewe on Wednesday evening, where a win against 2nd placed Crewe 'A' would have taken us to the top of the table. We outrated Crewe on 3 of the 4 boards, so had high hopes of winning the match. Unfortunately, these matches don't always turn out the way you hope or expect, and this was one of those nights.

Petru made a mistake early in his game on board 3 and succumbed to a loss against his highly rated young opponent. Gerald was unable to make any headway in his game on board 2 and it petered out into a draw. Next to finish was Chris Hankey on board 4. Both he and his opponent had 2 Rooks in attacking positions and the draw was agreed as the likely outcome was going to be a perpetual check. That left us relying  on Alex on board 1 to pull something out of the fire. Unfortunately, he was in a losing position and, with both players on less than 10 seconds remaining, his flag fell, giving Crewe the win. Congratulations to Crewe, who now move to the top of the table.

Next up for the 'A' team is another trip to Crewe on the 8th February, when we take on 2nd placed Crewe 'B', in what will be another tough match.

Click here for the match score card for Wednesday evening - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/117588.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

‘C’ Team Beaten Again

The ‘C’ team entertained top of the table Alsager ‘B’ on Monday evening and, not surprisingly, came off second best. A draw for Steve on board 1 was all we could muster in a 3,5 - 0.5 defeat. Click here for the match score card - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/117594.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

‘B’ Team Still Winless

The ‘B’ team are still without a win in Division 2, following a 2-2 draw at Cheddleton ‘B’ on Friday evening. Despite being outrated on 3 of the 4 boards, the team put in a creditable performance to share the points. Wins on boards 1 and 2 from Chris and Jay ensured that the team did not go home empty handed. Click here - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/117563 to view the match score card. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

'A' Team Start 2023 With A Win

The 'A' team scored a terrific win in Division 1 last night, beating Cheddleton 'A' by 3-1, the first time in the Club's history that we have ever beaten their 'A' team. We were able to field our strongest possible team for the match and they did not let us down. On paper we had the slightly stronger team but their top 2 boards outrated us so it was always going to be a tough match. Gerald got us off to a winning start against Simon Edwards on board 2, although he thought he had a lost position after about 10 moves. Petru made it 2-0 shortly afterwards with a win on board 3 against Bill Armstrong. This left us needing just a draw from one of the two remaining games. Alex played a brilliant game on board 1 with the Black pieces, beating Jacob Boswell, to put us in the lead by 3-0 and guaranteeing us the win. The last game on board 4 was one which you would probably have put your house on Kas winning as he outrated his young opponent, Joe Alcock, by over 320 points. However. it was not one of his best nights, and with less than a minute on his clock he found himself 2 Rooks down and resigned. We are now joint 2nd in the table with Crewe 'A', who are our next opponents on the 25th January. We sit just behind top of the table Crewe 'B' by 1 point but with a match in hand. 

Click here to view last night's match score card.