Chess coming home – embarrassing game and pictures added!

After 7 years of hurt, the Cordon Trophy was returned to it’s rightful (?) home.

The Bedford A team of Mindaugas Beinoras (4/4), Steve Ledger (4), Mike Botteley (3) and Paul Habershon (3½) were too good for second place Leighton Buzzard (13).  Milton Keynes A and Bedford E were third equal.

Other performances of note that came to my attention were (apologies for the ones I missed):-

  • Bedford E(!)  with Neil Cannon (ex-BMS and Bedford) scoring 2.5 on top board
  • the Cox’s – 7½/16
  • James Gardner, Callum Shields, Ben Pike, Gabriel Martinez Piero – 3
  • Ben’s father – ½ (the new season promises much!? )

Detailed results may be found here

An excellent season opener with 12 teams (48 players and a dog) from 5 different Bedfordshire League clubs.  The ensuing chaos was ably controlled by Adrian Elwin as ever.  The Bedford venue works very well for this event and the new 10 minute plus 5 second increment time control  is an improvement in my opinion.

One game that the loser was trying to forget has been contributed by Graham Borrowdale – impressively he sent it to me from memory without sight of board or computer , “.. for our mutual embarrassment” – I have marked his comments GB, mine are with the benefit of silicon assistance.


Pictures from our own Tony Lawrence paint the scene (no captions required!):-

One Reply to “Chess coming home – embarrassing game and pictures added!”

  1. Bedford E were originally placed fourth, due to a erroneous result, but actually finished third equal – very well done them!

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