East Budleigh share spoils with Colyton Grammar School

PUBLISHED: 15:56 05 December 2017

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East Budleigh played the new team Colyton Grammar School (CGS) in an Exeter Championship League fixture, which included some thrilling games, writes Brian Gosling.

This was a good team effort with all the games being well fought, some going to the wire.

The East Budleigh board four player found himself in an ending which, unusually for him, he found difficult to handle.

Our board two player found himself equal out of the opening, but then allowed his opponent to attack his pawn weaknesses.

Unfortunately, his counter-attack was rather too optimistic! Two points down and then real drama!

The East Budleigh board three player was losing his game, but he never gives up! His opponent had become rather complacent. Our player pounced and we had got a point back.

The East Budleigh board one player found himself against an attacking variation in his favourite Dutch defence and for sometime he was under pressure.

He managed to win a piece through a tactic and then he had a won ending.

His young opponent thought he had stalemate and continued to give away all his pieces!

It all left the final score as 2-2 and East Budleigh hope that the school team enjoy their league experience.

East Budleigh were beaten 6-2 by Seaton in another match.

Seaton, the Newman Rapid League champions, decided to play high graded players on their top three boards, which left them with no suitable player for board four because the 600 grading points barrier would have been breached!

To avoid forfeiting the match they decided to play only on their three top boards with their three county players - Paul Hampton, Jonathan Underwood and Steve Dean - and forego the bottom board games.

This all meant that the East Budleigh board four player did not get a competitive match, which was a great pity as the youngster had prepared for the contest playing games against his father! He did, however, get a game in as a Seaton player played him in a friendly.

As for the overall team performance, this was another fine effort by East Budleigh players and one was left with the feeling that perhaps another golden opportunity had gone begging.

The next East Budleigh Chess Club club night is set for Thursday, December 14. It is being held at All Saints Church Hall with a 6.50pm start for an evening that sees the staging of the Christmas Handicap Blitz Tournament.

This is a closed tournament open to members only. It will be a fun event, suitable for both new and experienced players alike.

The tournament will certainly be in favour of the weaker player as the more advanced players will have the handicap of playing with less material.

The first meeting in the new year will be on Thursday, January 18, at 6:50pm. For more information on all things East Budleigh Chess Club, contact Brian Gosling either by email at brigosling@aol.com or by phone on 01395 442060.

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