Last Thursday, our Fuller team started the same way as they finish off last season with a good win playing away to Gravesend 5.
The evening started well with Ken Smith (115) playing on board 1 and whom could not quite replicate his good win at the end of last season managing a draw with Lee Phillips (126).
Lee Brockwell (playing on board 2) (109) never looked like losing after coming out of the opening with a very strong central pawn formation and had a good win over Peter Belka (119) (See attached game).
Then Keith Thompson (93) played a strong game and was never in any serious trouble when his opponent – Paul Loadsby (76) – made blunders on move 17 and 18 and allowed Keith to trap his Knight on the edge of the board. From then on, it was only a question of time when Keith wanted to take this Knight, managing to finish the game with a win after losing a won position for the Harvey team a few weeks ago (see attached games).
Our newest member of the team – Sarah Walker-Buckton (97) – fought well and went down against the astute John Fowers (115) only resigning when John had a much superior endgame and passed pawns which Sarah could not stop.