Suffolk’s Under 160 team played Norfolk this morning, winning 9½ – 6½, and then in the afternoon drew 8 – 8 with Cambridgeshire. This was the second time this season that Suffolk has drawn against Cambridgeshire.
The morning match always looked good for Suffolk, and the win was achieved before the last few games had been completed.   There were wins for six of our players, with a further seven obtaining draws.
The Cambridgeshire match appeared to be going Suffolk’s way, with the score at 7 – 5 with four games remaining. But two losses and a draw brought the score to 7½ each. It was left to your captain to salvage a draw in an unbalanced position, with Queen against Rook, Knight and a couple of pawns.
There were two wins for ‘new boy’ Steve Lovell, with several scoring a win and a draw: Kevin Greenacre; Martin Fogg; Andrew Donnelly; Colin Roberts and Keith Woodcock.
In the other matches, Hertfordshire lost both their matches, to Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.
The League table now stands as follows:
The final matches take place in three weeks’ time, on Sunday 22 February. So far, 11 players have confirmed their availability.