Bedford B played their last game as defending champions in the finale to the season against Milton Keynes A. Nothing was riding on the match with both sides being in mid-table.
Marc was up against Gary Kenworthy. Despite initially having a solid position Gary opened up Marc’s kingside and his attack proved to be overwhelming.
Qais again had a solid position against Graham Smith and if anything had a slight advantage. Ultimately an oversight by Graham lost a piece and the game (game added).
Jame was always under pressure against Graham Borrowdale after accepting a pawn sacrifice. The exchange of queens did not help relieve the position as Graham’s bishop pair and active rooks ultimately proved decisive.
On board 5 Nick won an early pawn out of a French , and never really looked in trouble. He won another pawn, and then another and although there were opposite coloured bishops on the board, the result was never in doubt.
My game against Adrian was a scrappy affair. The position opened up in the middle game, and short of time Adrian shed a pawn. I made very heavy work of winning the endgame, missing lots of easier ways to win, but managed to! (despite a scuffle on the terraces – Ed!)
The 3-2 victory was a good way to end the season.
Many thanks to all who contributed to the effort over the year!