Chandler’s Ford A Team achieved a good result away at Southampton University; Winchester A and B teams both suffered defeats. Malcolm Clarke reports.
Chandlers Ford A had their top two boards available, but nine other players unavailable for their away match with University B who were weakened themselves and it was the away team who emerged 3.5-1.5 winners. Ian Hardwick, Sam Murphy and Keven Lamb the three players playing with the white pieces were Chandlers Ford’s winners, while David Holmes who was the only Chandlers Ford player to play in both matches against University B drew his game.
Hardwick was able to prevent his opponent from castling and took full advantage, Lamb threatened in the same move to check mate his opponent and to win his opponent’s queen with a discovered arrack and the opponent was unable to defend against both threats, while Murphy also won his opponent’s queen. The result moved Chandlers Ford into second place, above Salisbury B on game points.
Winchester B were beaten 3-2 by Salisbury B with Alan Dyos winning his game and Robin Atkins and David Kinsler drawing. The Winchester A team lost 3-2 to Hamble A with John Schonenberger being their sole winner, with Dyos and Atkins drawing.