The East Anglian team consisted of four players based in Suffolk: Edmund Player (1/2), Graham Moore (1/2), Silas Peck (½/2) and Alex Sheerin (1½/2). Manningtree’s Andy Lewis (1½/2) who regularly plays chess in the Suffolk League was the Avenger’s top-rated player on board 1. The second match against the ADs looked like it was heading towards a draw, but in the last game to finish Silas managed to dig deep with only two pawns as compensation for a minor piece against a very experienced WGM to secure a 4½-3½ victory. Alex also recorded a solid draw on board 8 against Marcus Walsh, whose FIDE rating is 2191.
On Monday Captain Paul Talsma wrote:
“The team got on really well (good team spirit, good curry …), we had three juniors playing which is good, and we got very good results, winning both our matches!
We beat Warwickshire Select 5-3 on the Saturday which actually could have been more since at some stage we had four wins in the pocket. Their average grading is 2165 making them one of the stronger teams in the pool (2A), so very good result!
When I left on the Sunday there was still one game ongoing against the ADs: Silas’. Before that Daniel had an excellent win managing to beat his opponent in a 4 vs 3 pawns rook ending. The score at the time was 4-3 in our favor. But I assumed with certainty that Silas was going to lose. He had refused a draw offer and then lost a piece so was a piece down against Jana Bellin. But only this morning I found out he managed to draw his game, making the final score a 4.5-3.5 win for us! Well done Silas!
Thanks everyone for a very nice weekend and good results.”
Two of Suffolk’s Masters played for other teams in Division 1b: Dagnė Čiukšytė (IM) (1/2 for Guildford 2) and Adam Hunt (IM) (½/2 for Blackthorne Russia).
The Iceni teams begin their campaigns this weekend.
Dagnė is organising more tournaments in Martlesham, the first of which is due to take place on Sunday 16th December 2018:
There’s also a Woodbridge Junior Tournament on Sunday 2nd December, which Adam is organising:
More information about up-and-coming tournaments based in Suffolk will be published soon.