Broadstairs ½ Margate 3½
|1||Andy Flood (110)||0-1||Clive Le Baigue (11)|
|2||Bob Cronin (103)||0-1||Leon Garfield (102)|
|3||Reg Pidduck (101)||½-½||John Clarke (98)|
|4||Michael Doyle (91)||0-1||Ray McAloney (86)|
Capt Mike Doyle writes:
‘It was a drubbing,’ the verdict of Reg Pidduck, president of Broadstairs Chess Club, after yesterday’s loss to Margate. It was a chess disaster! Three of the Broadstairs players lost and only Reg managed a draw. Our captain, Mike Doyle, was the first go down having played a Sicilian Defence against White’s onslaught. Half way into the game I fought back but my queen was en pris and I took my eyes off as the knight pounced to take it off. It was the second match that I have lost my queen! The next player go down was none other than Bob C who lost a bishop early on and resigned the game as it fell apart. On board three was Reg, the only points scorer with a draw, who managed to get his knight pinned against the side of the board and a draw was agreed. Last to go was inimitable Andy, who played a solid methodical game, until a piece down and was forced to resign at the end. Our hopes of winning the Walker Shield are up in smoke unless a miracle happens. As Andy said after the match: ‘We can now relax and enjoy the rest of the season’ not in stress going for the shield. Urrggh!