Ashfield 1 v Grantham 1

posted Dec 15, 2016, 3:29 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 3:31 AM ]
Ashfield 1 v Grantham 1  14.12.16

Our team's hopes were boosted by the inclusion of John Molyneux, but this was the only good news of the night with the visiting League champions in  Powerhouse form.
John tried to mix things up in his game v Chris Dorrington, ECF 228 and exchanged 2 pieces for a Rook and 2 pawns. The trade gave him material equality at the cost of the initiative. Chris broke through in the centre, before John could co-ordinate his pieces.
On each board, the Grantham players were acquiring an edge , either by winning a pawn or creating weaknesses, and clinically extending their grip on the game. Derek, Andy and Neil had to give best to Nigel Birtwistle, Jason Dilley and J.S. Williams.
Our captain, Steve resisted the longest, but was worn down in a Rook ending by Paul Cumbers.

Ash 1 v Grantham 1   Result 0-5  This completes a disappointing first half of the season. Ashfield 1, and Ashfield 2, are in a relegation dog-fight, along with Gambit 2 and West Bridgford 1.
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