Wednesday, February 21, 2024

'B' Team Throw It Away

The 'B' team missed the chance to put daylight between them and the teams jusr below them in Division 2, losing 2.5 - 1.5 at home against Crewe 'C' last night. Steve E got us off to a flyer with a win on board 4, followed by a draw for Steve H on board 1. Sean was 4 pawns up on board 3 and his opponent was in severe time trouble and we looked to be heading for a win. Unfortunately, he then had a rush of blood to the head and left his Queen en prise and bringing the scores level. Kas played his usual Gung Ho style of chess on board 2, nor bothering to Castle and pushing his Kingside pawns to f4, g4 and h4. Perhaps unsurprisingly his opponent ultimately took advantage of this and we found ourselves on the wrong side of the score board. We are still joint top of Division 2, but unlikely to stay there much longer as the teams immediately below us have matches in hand.

Click here for laat night's match score card -  https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/190115.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

'A' Team Too Strong For Macclesfield

The 'A' team were too strong for bottom of the table Macclesfield last night. With Gerald, Petru and Kas all winning, to put us 3-0 up, Steve H took the draw on board 3 to complete a 3.5 - 0.5 win. We are now 3rd in the Division 1 table, 2 points behind joint leaders Alsager 'A' and Crewe 'A'. We have a game in hand of Alsager but, unfortunately, Crewe have 2 games in hand of them and a game in hand of us, making them clear favourites to retain the title.

Click here to view last night's match score card - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/league_fixture/190126.


Wednesday, February 07, 2024

'B' Team Share Points With Stafford

The 'B' team held a strong Stafford side to a 2-2 draw last night. With Petru still unwell, and Sean pulling out sick in the afternoon, we had to draft Mycle in from the 'C'.team to play on board 4. Unfortunately, he was outrated by over 140 points and we soon found ourselves 1-0 down. Kas had a brilliant 17 move win on board 2 to level the match, followed by draws on boards 1 and 3 from Steve H and Ray, to ensure we took a share of the points. This result leaves us, temporarily, at the top of the league, but the teams just below us have matches in hand, so that probably won't last too long. Click here for the full match score card - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/190149.


Sunday, February 04, 2024

'D' Team Win At Cheddleton

The 'D' team vastly outrated Cheddleton 'E' on Friday evening by just over 1000 points and, not surprisingly, ran out easy 3.5 - 0.5 winners, and consolidating our second place position in the league. There were wins for Derek, Lea and Ian on boards 1, 2 and 4. Only a draw from Stuart on board 3 prevented the whitewash. Click here for the full match score card - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/190136.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

'A' Team Beaten At Alsager

With Alex having decided to leave the Club, and Petru still quite unwell, it was a much depleted 'A' team that travelled to Alsager on Tuesday evening. Alsager fielded a very strong team, outrating us by around 400 points, and it was unsurprising that we came off second best. Kas lost on board 2 very early on and it was an uphill struggle after that. Draws from Steve H and Ray on boards 3 and 4 made it 2-1 but we had some hope on board 1, where Gerald went into an endgame with the advantage of a Rook against a Bishop. However, his opponent isn't a FIDE Master and ex-Welsh Champion for nothing, and he held on for a draw, giving the hosts a 2.5 - 1.5 win. Considering the strength of the opposition, and the team that we had to field, it was a very creditable team performance. Click here for the full match score card - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/node/190118.



Thursday, January 25, 2024

'D' Team Hold Leaders To A Draw

The 'D' team had an excellent result on Tuesday evening, holding top of the table Crewe 'G' to a 2-2 draw. Draws from Stuart and Ian on boards 3 and 4 put the teams on level pegging, but we fell behind when Derek lost on board 1. However, Phil came to the rescue with a win in an outstanding endgame on board 2. We are still in second place in the league, but just a bit too far adrift to realistically have any chance of catching the leaders. Click here for the match score card - https://ecflms.org.uk/lms/league_fixture/190117.