Broadstairs     2½                Bridge B     4½ 

1 David Faldon (175) ½-½         Richard Eales (202)
2 Bob Page (145) 0-1         Alan Atkinson (175)
3 Paul Carfrae (131) 0-1         Shani Rezvany (168)
4 John Couzens (118) ½-½         James Essinger (154)
5 Bob Cronin (112) 0-1         Patrick Burns (142)
6 Andy Flood (111) 1-0         Tim Spencer (123)
7 Reg Pidduck (106) ½-½         Joe Mooney (e120)

David Faldon writes:

A match full of opening experiments from the Broadstairs players, some good, some bad and some just pug ugly. For example, one of our guys played 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Bd6 and then lost his bishop for nothing on move six. Don’t do it again! Some of the other experiments weren’t much prettier but John’s unusual idea was interesting. I won’t provide details here because I might try it myself. Our Bd6-artist didn’t last long (0-1 to Bridge) and John soon joined him on the sidelines after a flurry of tactics. First John won a pawn with a nice trick, then another, then he turned down a draw offer … what could possibly go wrong? A neat counter-trick was the answer, resulting in a perpetual attack draw. Still, this was a very good result for John against a strong opponent. A few minutes later Andy levelled the match with a clever finish (1½-1½) and we were in with a chance. Not much of a chance, given that three of us were hanging on for a draw at best, but at least Bob P’s game on board 2 looked promising of more. Sadly for us, Bob wasn’t able to repel a determined counterattack and one of our draw hopes disappeared too, leaving us 2½-4½ down with none to play. A shame, but at least we put up a good fight against a team that outgraded us heavily all the way down. Something to build on. After this match the updated Millar Cup standings are: Bridge A 5/5, Bridge B 4/5, Herne Bay 1½/4, Broadstairs 1/5, Folkestone 1/3, Margate 1/2 and Ramsgate ½/4.

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