8 November 2017
Our teams were all playing leapfrog tonight.
Team B consolidated their mid-table position in Division 3 with a good win against Rose Forgrove F, who they will leapfrog in the table as a result.
The team brought home wins from Chris Tatham, Philip May and John Light and a draw from Paul Masiak (playing his second game for Limewood). Admittedly the team outgraded their opponents at most boards but it was reassuring that there was no slip-up.
Team C had a tougher assignment against a Leeds C team that was headed by a 153-grader. Here our stars were Barry Fulthorpe and Bela Lugosi (playing his 3rd game for the club) who each pulled out a draw against an opponent some 40 points or so higher. Great performance Barry and Bela! Sadly, that could not save the team losing the match 4 – 1 and being leapfrogged in the table by their opponents.
Up in Division 2, our A Team were facing Leeds B. The top 4 boards were quite well-matched gradewise, so it was anyone’s guess who would come out on top. (The only major grade disparity was at Board 5 where Bob Maltby had a fairly easy task against a relative novice.)
In the event, Tom Leah and Paul Johnson both achieved draws at the top two boards but losses further along the line gave a narrow victory to Leeds C by 3 points to 2. This result probably meams that Team A’s nearest rivals, Rose Forgrove B will leapfrog them to occupy top spot in Division 2. But, given their newly-promoted status, the team can still feel pretty happy about their overall performance to date.