The fixture v League winners was a little surreal as Francis Rayner had forgotten about the rearranged fixture and had arranged a family outing. I advise all players to keep fixtures logged in their annual diary. So I drafted in new member Jeremy Hudson to play on board 5 - unfortunately his opponent did not turn up so board 5 was defaulted.
I won the toss and played white on odds.
1. J. Sugden
2. P. Kelly
3. B. Cafferty
P. A. Batchelor
4. H. Tebbs
5. Jeremy Hudson
Result 3 - 2
Bernard had his usual solid draw though tried to press for the win.
I lost badly to a Sicilian dragon expert who was gracious to review some lines.
Howard found a rich vein of form in a well controlled game.
John Sugden played a well controlled closed Sicilian and forced the draw to win the match.
This means we finish 3rd on the same points as Worthing 1 who have more game points.