MSCL Division 2 Hastings & St Leonards 3 v. Brighton & Hove 3 1st March 2014
Andrew Fleming 174 (b) 1/2-1/2 Robin Jones 164 (w) Steve Blewitt 156 (w) 1-0 Oliver Weiss 154 (b) Jim Wheeler 158 (b) 1/2-1/2 Dona Strauss 150 (w) Laurence Butt 153 (w) 1-0 Michael Cain 129 (b) Daniel Lowe 144 (b) 0-1 Michael Hamilton ung. (w)
Laurence was the first to finish after his opponent lost a knight early on. Andrew played an aggressive opening which resulted in a pawn advantage but his opponent recovered to force an agreed draw. Daniel’s opponent was ungraded (and probably under-rated to play on board 5) and with a two pawn advantage put Daniel under sustained pressure to win. The matches on boards 2 and 3 went the full distance: Steve wins the man-of the-match award for not only his play but also putting up with an opponent who played music through an earpiece. However he did not contest Steve’s winning position. Jim played very solidly to create an advantage but to his frustration lost the advantage in the last time control to result in a draw.
Overall, a satisfactory 3-2 win for the team which puts us 4th in the division 2 table.