Hastings & St Leonards 1 v Lewes 1 27 February 2014
1. 199 Francis Rayner 1-0 Barry Maufe 163 2. 183 John Sugden 1/2-1/2 Barry West 160 3. 181 Alfredo Luaces 1/2-1/2 Richard Welford 141 4. 177 Bernard Cafferty 1-0 Daniel Brooks 147 5. 174 Andrew Fleming 1-0 default Average grades 183 v 153 Result 4-1
====== Further details (14 March):
A weakened Lewes team turned up with only four players. Unfortunately they did not notify us in advance so Andrew, who had who rushed to make the start, arrived to find that he didn't have a game. The match itself was fairly uneventful. Francis's opponent misplayed the opening, lost the exchange, and soon resigned. Bernard had a nice positional advantage on the white side of a Dutch Defence. His opponent should probably have gone 'all in' for a dangerous, but probably insufficient, attack but instead went on the defensive and overlooked the loss of a piece to a neat tactic. Both John and Alfredo tried hard to make something of their positions but had to agree to draws following resolute defence by their lower rated opponents to give us a 4 - 1 match win.