Newark 2 v Central 1

(From Steve’s report)

The First Team’s last match of the calendar year saw Central 1 travelling to Newark for what promised to be a tricky encounter against a strong Newark side.

As it turned out, Newark were missing some strong players and this gave Central the opportunity to move up the table after a disappointing start to the season.

John was still searching for his first win after returning to the club but was frustrated by Ian Burrage who took a perpetual check for the draw. Andy’s opponent did not seem up for the fight and lost tamely. Steve was playing well and in control but instead of playing straightforward moves to maintain the advantage, he tried something different that didn’t work. A pawn down and with a worse position he was offered a draw by his opponent who was low on time. Draw accepted gladly.

Alan agreed a draw with Keith Alton in an unbalanced position. In Graham’s game with Nick Spencer, nothing happened in the first 30 moves as is normal for Graham and the position looked very drawish, equal material and opposite coloured Bishops. However, Graham continued to try and find something in the position and was rewarded in mutual time trouble when his opponent blundered and allowed a Knight fork losing the Bishop.

So an enjoyable night out for the First Team in a spacious and warm venue. Not even Alan’s flat battery could dampen spirits. Luckily Steve had some jump leads and the evening ended well.

Central 1 won 3.5-1.5

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