Broadstairs  2½         Folkestone 4½ 

1 David Faldon (175) ½-½    Jim Bayford (181)
2 Trefor Owens (167) 1-0    Martin Cutmore (173)
3 Shany Rezvany (163) 0-1    Kevin Smyth (165)
4 Arnaud Wisman (155) 1-0    John Atherton (163)
5 Bob Page (144) 0-1    Tayfun Demirbilek (153)
6 Paul Carfrae (141) 0-1    Matthew Cussens (152)
7 Richard Clement (128) 0-1    Alex Nicol (136)

David Faldon writes:

Broadstairs were excited to land a whole netful of new members for the new season, and we took three of them to Folkestone for the first of our Millar Cup matches. Fielding the strongest team we’d ever raised in my time as captain, we were still outgraded by Folkestone on every board. Despite this overall (slight) mismatch, each individual game was closely fought with the match result in doubt until near the end of play. The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the board two clash where Trefor sacrificed his queen for two, three or four minor pieces (the situation was different every time I looked). Provided that Trefor hasn’t lost his scoresheet I expect to see his effort featured as Game of the Week on this website in the very near future. Look out for it! Most of the other games saw tricky tactics too, apart from the game on board four where the queens and all four rooks were hoovered off early. Still, endings can be fun too with the right attitude and Arnaud persevered and his patience was rewarded. Regrettably, most of the other games didn’t end so well for Broadstairs, but at least we gave it a real go this year. Many thanks to everyone who played and especially to those who drove such a long way. Congratulations to Folkestone on their victory. As usual, they made us feel very welcome and even provided tea, coffee and biscuits.

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