20th February – Bedford B v Bedford A

The A team were comfortable winners in the derby match.

Steve Ledger won efficiently, an exchange sacrifice obliterating Pike’s position.  This gives Mr Ledger 8/8 in the league which is outstanding by any standard.  Ravi never looked in trouble against Joe who suffered on the clock after a late arrival.  Alex and Paul fought out a hard draw.  Nick’s welcome return to league chess was spoilt by finding Neil in good form – the only winner for the B team.  Chris capped his first game for the A team this season with a rather amusing smothered mate (with a Bishop!).

This result leaves the A team out in front of division 1.  Leighton Buzzard and MK with matches in hand  have dropped fewer points but still have to play each other twice.

Home Team: Bedford B Away Team: Bedford A
Board Name Grade Score Score Name Grade
1 Steve Pike 170 0 1 Steven C Ledger 188
2 Giuseppe Valerio 156 0 1 Ravi Arulnandhy 183
3 Alex Taylor 158 0.5 0.5 Paul F Habershon 191
4 Neil Hickman 150 1 0 Nick P Collacott 167
5 John J Harbour 141 0 1 Chris Hill 134
Date Played: 20/02/2014 1.5 3.5

(random notes by SCP)