The A team edged home 2.5-1.5 against defending champions Olton A last night, to take a clear 2 point lead at the top of Division 1. Olton have been somewhat off the pace most of the season, but they are still a formidable team, and it was a great effort to take the two points. While the team was completing the double over our extremely likeable rivals, Paul was completing his own seasonal double over Phil Holt with a terrific counter-attacking win. After cleverly negating a dangerous looking white initiative out of the opening, he played some precise moves to register a surprisingly quick win.
Andy finished next on Board 3, with a draw against Richard Smith, in a game where - yet again - he seemed to play a strategically brilliant game that unfortunately included a number of tactical errors, which should have led to his demise. Thankfully his luck was in again!
Carl then secured the victory, beating Mark Cundy on bottom board. He had launched a dangerous looking attack against the Black King, which went to the queenside in a Dutch type defence, but the climax passed me by completely, I'm afraid, as I was busy being comprehensively outplayed by Alan Lloyd on Board 2, and was pleased to have an excuse to resign at the time control after my team mates had clinched the match.
So two more important points and we remain in the running for our first league title in over twenty five years.