What should have been a pretty evenly contested match became something of a walk-over for Chesterfield. Les lost his queen very early and resigned, only minutes later for Steve’s position to crumble entirely from what should have been a drawn position. Duncan faired little better. A win from Eric and draws from Keith and Henry were not enough to save the day, and Chesterfield C convincingly stopped Nomads C’s unbroken run without defeat.
Steve’s promising early attack floundered and Neil’s powerful queenside counter attack proved swift and lethal. Wins for Henry and Eric, and draws for Les and Keith left Duncan needing only a draw for match victory. Brian was under pressure and in a slightly worse position than Duncan and he eventually resigned.
The Nomads C team 2015 – 2016 campaign continued last night with a good victory against Stannington C. Old Nomad, Ray Trigg fell to Henry after a difficult endgame. A congress weary Woollard suffered a rare defeat, and Steve was two pawns down. But a refreshing pint of Screech Owl (particularly good in the New Barrack Tavern) inspired some deft tactics and the game ended in further triumph for the Nomads.
Wins for Keith and Duncan ensured a four two match score, another excellent result for the C team.
There was a beautiful sunset (picture above) as the Nomads set off for Chesterfield.
Henry lost fairly early on, and Dave turned down a draw from a commanding position only to lose. Les, Peter and Eric all secured wins. Nomads only needed a draw to win from here. Steve was in a queens and pawns endgame with two extra pawns. Despite the advantage, the game was sharp and there were a few times when it looked like Mr Amarnath was going to salvage a draw or even win. In the end he timed out after a very interesting endgame. So a great start to the season for Nomads C.