|06 Mar||Wigston 5||v||Melton Mowbray 3|
|3½ - ½|
|1||B||129||Chalashkanov, Nikola||1 - 0||Farquharson, Ian||138|
|2||W||110||McKiernan, John||1 - 0||Martin, Steve||100|
|3||B||111||Winterton, Paul||½ - ½||Poolan, Peter||71|
|4||W||109||Hammond, Grant||1 - 0||**DEFAULT**||?|
Peter Poolan, the Melton captain, rang me just as I was leaving to get to the club, to say that they were a player short due to illness that was sprung upon him at 6:30 that evening. Having spoken about it, he conceded that he'd have to default a board. Thanks to Grant for being the one who actually volunteered to be the one spare player. (He wanted to get home to the wife, which I understand).
To the games now, Paul was first to finish with the luckiest draw that I have ever seen. (To put it mildly Paul!) In an almost totally busted position with pieces en prise, Paul's opponent offered a draw. Immediately he said 'Why did I do that?'. Paul shook his hand much to his opponent's dismay!
Nik finished next. I felt Nik was maybe ever so slightly down position wise but after being greedy and 'winning' a pawn, Nik found a nice combination that forced his opponent to 'sac' a rook for nothing or else face a back rank mate. Well played Nik - you're having a good season!
Last to finish was John. A fairly even game but John's opponent's queenside pieces were being dominated by John's advanced pawns. John had more active pieces, missed a Rook that was en prise but thankfully won through when three pawns up. His opponent thought he could march a passed pawn down the board and John mobilised his pieces to defend and forced a resignation. Well done John.
|13 Mar||Wigston 5||v||Red Admiral 1|
|3 - 1|
|1||B||120||Eastlake, Charles||½ - ½||Findley, Paul||130|
|2||W||114||Goldsmith, Rory||1 - 0||Wylie, Paul||121|
|3||B||107||Cooper, Barrie||1 - 0||Carter, Andy||105|
|4||W||109||Hulford, Frank||½ - ½||Findley, Laurence||110|