Today the Suffolk Under 160 team lost both their matches. In the morning, against Hertfordshire, Suffolk were a player short because one player was ill. So, starting with a 0 – 1 deficit, things went from bad to worse. With just two games remaining, Herts led 10 – 4. But excellent finishes by Phil Hutchings on Board 4 and John Feavyour on top board, helped to make the final 6 – 10 result a little more respectable.
Hopes were high for the afternoon match, where Suffolk outgraded Norfolk by an average of five grading points per board. But again, things went badly for Suffolk, and with just one game remaining (mine!) the scores were tied at 7½ – 7½. Despite being a hard-earned pawn ahead, it proved too difficult to keep my king protected and I eventually succumbed to hand Norfolk the win by 8½ – 7½.
Congratulations are due to Phil Hutchings, the only Suffolk player to win both games. On 1½ points were Andrew Shephard and Vivian Woodward. Many thanks to Anita Somton for turning up for the afternoon match – and winning!
To see the full results on Dave Wild’s website, click here.