Suffolk started off their bid to retain the EACU Under 160 shield with comprehensive victories today against Hertfordshire and Norfolk.
In the morning, Hertfordshire were only able to field 12 boards, so Suffolk were 4 -0 ahead before we even started! The match finished 12 – 4 in our favour, so even on the boards Herts did fill, Suffolk won 8 – 4. The other morning match finished with Cambridgeshire narrowly beating Norfolk 9 – 7.
Photo (right) shows St Mary’s Church, next door to the Turner Hall where the matches were played.
In the afternoon, Suffolk faced Norfolk. James Pack on Board 9 finished his game in less than five minutes, forcing resignation in just eight moves (it was mate in one) – see below for the game. He, Phil Hutchings and Bob Stephens won both their games. Results went mainly Suffolk’s way and we ran out winners by 10½ points to 5½. In the other match Herts, with only 13 players, managed to beat Cambridgeshire!
So after this first round of matches, Suffolk have four points, Herts and Cambs have two points each, and Norfolk are on zero.
James’ game went:
1. e4 d6
2. f4 e5
3. fxe5 Qh4+
4. Ke2 Qxe4+
5. Kf2 dxe5
6. d3 Bc5+
7. Kg3 Qg6+
8. Kh4 Be7+
And White resigned with mate next move.