Ash 2 v Ash 1

posted Sep 15, 2016, 12:09 PM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Sep 22, 2016, 3:32 PM by Steve Bak ]
14.9.16  Our top two teams met in the opening Division 1 League fixture. Last season the 2 meetings were drawn by 2 makeshift teams. A1 now seemed closer to full strength with 4 regulars. A2 fielded 2 reserves, giving the first team  a healthy grading edge. The biggest grading edge was on Board 3 between Andy Toothill and Alan Robinson. Andy 's rook penetration on the seventh rank won a piece and in due course the game. Other boards were tightly contested. Nigel Wright made an assured first division debut to hold Neil Graham. Derek Jarvis missed a winning line against me which led to a holdable ending for the second match draw.
The Evergreen Stan Cranmer levelled the match for us (A2) with a win against John Shaw in a game in which both players had winning chances
The final game to finish was the Board 1 game between Steve Burke and Jerry Herrington. Steve was pressing for a mating attack. There seemed to be a time scramble. Jerry's nerve and position held. He repeated his win from the corresponding fixture last year, clinching the match for the second team.

Ashfield 2 v Ashfield 1  3-2    It promises to be an interesting season. The lucky boxer shorts did the trick again.