4th February – Leighton Buzzard B v Bedford D

In order of completion, we lost first on board 3 when Callum failed to turn up having apparently confused the words “Tuesday” and “Thursday”. I (John) had another black against Brian Valentine and got nowhere fast. Ben, in an Evans Gambit, pointed his rooks, bishops and queen at the black king and impressively sledge-hammered his way through. Mark, playing the black side of a Kings Indian, reached the point where¬†it looked like all of his pieces were going to be pushed off the board into his lap. A feisty sacrifice gave him some fun. but it was never quite going to work. Richard got the worst of the opening and dropped a pawn. He finally equalised (as white!) at about move 30, at which point they agreed a draw.

Home Team: Leighton Buzzard B Away Team: Bedford B
Board Name Grade Score Score Name Grade
1 Adrian Matthews 166 0.5 0.5 Richard Bodily 140e
2 Brian Valentine 161 1 0 John Harbour 141
3 Tony Readman 125 1 0 Callum Shields 123
4 Andre Eggenhoffner 125e 1 0 Mark Schofield 114
5 Ross Day 73e 0 1 Ben Pike 80e
Date Played: 04/02/2014 3.5 1.5