|Home Team: Bedford A||Away Team: Milton Keynes A|
|1||Steven C Ledger||186||0||1||Gary Kenworthy||192|
|2||Paul F Habershon||180||0||1||Graham Smith||182|
|3||Richard T Bodily||178||0||1||Adrian G Elwin||179|
|4||Andrew J Chapman||169||0.5||0.5||Graham E Borrowdale||177|
|5||Qais Karimi||159||1||0||Peter Edwards||160e|
No excuses, on the top three boards Bedford were comprehensively outplayed.
Steve and I both reached inferior Q and B versus powerful Q and N positions and duly succumbed.
Richard lasted longer but reached a rook and pawn ending one pawn down and Adrian proved that not all rook endings are drawn.
The last time I saw Board 4 it had a double-edged middlegame position but I didn’t see how it ended.
Qais arrived nearly half an hour late, but clocks do not faze him and he was the first to finish after a dominating position led to material gain.
Unfortunately one win wasn’t going to save the day. Milton Keynes A maintained their 100% score, including a win v Leighton Buzzard, so a lot depends on the return matches.
Paul Habershon, 8th December 2018