Broadstairs 1½ Woodnesborough 3½
|1||David Faldon (175)||½-½||Harry Sharples (156)|
|2||Bob Page (145)||½-½||Robin Bellion (135)|
|3||Paul Carfrae (131)||½-½||Kit Blundell (127)|
|4||Michael Doyle (89)||0-1||David Erwee (108)|
|5||Richard Bowles (52)||0-1||Brian Rodwell (98)|
David Faldon writes:
The match got off to a bad start for us when Mike’s speculative sacrifice met resolute defence. He fought on a piece down, then two, but in vain. Richard (playing black) got in trouble in the opening too, but he recovered well. Just when things were looking up a tactical oversight torpedoed his recovery. 0-2 to Woodnesborough. We now needed 2½ points from the last three games as that would tie the match at 2½ points each and we’d win on tie-break (wins on higher boards). For an hour or so it looked like we’d achieve our goal as Bob got a dominating centre and Paul cleverly won a bishop + knight for a rook. Unfortunately both positions became blocked and two draws were agreed: 1-3. The top board promptly agreed a draw, too, as their result no longer mattered. Congratulations to Woodnesborough and good luck to them in the final against Bridge.