Published 30 January 2011
Staffordshire - Worcestershire
Played 29 January 2011 at Bushbury Community Centre, Wolverhampton, Staffs. Staffordshire players on odd-numbered boards had white. Result reported by Giles Stanton.
Match report by Giles Stanton
This match was one of the keenest fought contests. There was never more than one point between the teams with the totals seesawing from one side to the other.
Staffs scored first with an early win on board 7 when the Worcs player lost his queen.
Boards 1, 8 and 11 agreed early draws, but Worcs restored equality when Dave Spowart recorded his 3rd win for Worcestershire this season. He won a bishop, and left no counter play for his opponent.
John Day Staffs captain had to stand in to play board 16. His junior opponent, Joseph Friar, played an excellent game winning the exchange but the Staffs player had counter play with an active knight and queen so agreed a draw. Big brother James Friar (Worcs) also played well to go a pawn up then got passed pawns on both wings which was too much for his opponent to survive.
Rob Bricknell played a very assured game never letting his opponent have any play and his dominant Knight won him the exchange. Later, with pawns going to fall the Staffs player resigned.
Just when Worcs neeed a point, Ian Truscott converted his superior position to a winning one.
Near the end of the match, with the scores 7½ all, Brian Birchall had rook for two minor pieces against Jason Cole and Worcs players were relieved when the players agreed a draw.
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