Last night, the Templars took on Lowestoft A whose players outgraded us by an average of 29 points. Despite this, we fought hard and gained valuable points. Brian had had his arm twisted to work last night so Trevor came in for his first game for the Templars.
Edward was first to finish on board 3. His opponent, Leon Hines, offered the draw after about 15 moves and Edward accepted. He later told me that Leon thought that Edward had strong pressure but Edward did not believe it to be decisive.
Trevor was next to finish on board 4, falling to Sam Gaffney. I took on Terry Tripp and I lost my C pawn after 17 moves. Terry eventually managed to queen his passed C pawn and I resigned.
Nathan played superbly on board 1 to overcome Andy Hartland. Andy seemed to have the better of the opening but then Nathan managed to get a pawn ahead, albeit with doubled pawns, and was in the ascendancy. At the end Nathan’s 2 passed queenside pawns proved decisive with Andy down to less than 4 minutes.