Between HA1's Birstall Cup match and Club Night, we almost had a full turnout of club members at the Heathcote on Tuesday.
Ray was drafted to play board 4 to try and reduce the handicap. We had expected John Pattinson to play, but when Scrappy Valley showed up, he was not on their squad, so there was still a 1.5 point bonus for the visitors.
Not to worry. There was a swift victory for Graham Sharpe on board 1. Ray then triumphed against the much higher graded Mickey Adams on board 4. Mike C then beat Dave Pratt on board 3. Rajan's game was probably the closest. Raj had a pawn advantage in the endgame and, with his opponent in time trouble, forced a pawn roller forwards leaving Dave Pratt's rook with nowhere to go but back to the box.
Heathcote Arms 1 Vs Scraptoft Valley
Graham Sharpe (191) 1 - 0 Bob Collins (143)
Raj Ganger (159) 1- 0 Dave Pratt (125)
Mike Cowley (148) 1 - 0 Mick Busby (120)
Ray Beach (90) 1 - 0 Mick Adams (118)
Bonus 0 - 1.5
Final Score 4 - 1.5
Well done everyone.
On Tuesday 24th August, HA2 play at home in the Harrod to the Red Admiral. Gary and Drew will be making their competitive chess debuts, and Ray and i will be playing against each other in the CCs.
Minor and Challenger Section CCs games at Wigston on the Thursday. Haka Dave will be playing Andy Carter. Good luck.