Poole A 2.5 Southbourne B 1.5, B&DCL Div 1; Poole back as league leaders
18 Apr. It was expected to be a very competitive encounter between 2 strong teams and it was! Poole Captain Dave Fuller commented “A close match, some exciting games. You could cut the tension with a wet kipper!” Brian Curran, Southbourne B Captain said “A match decided on the top boards, which puts Poole A in the driving seat to finish top”.
Wins on the top 2 boards for Poole were the foundation for the victory – from Martin Machacek and Michael Duggan. There was a draw on board 3, and on bottom board Len Laker won for Southbourne B. Poole A now lead the table by just 1 point with 2 matches to go and are favourites to become Champions. But special mention to Southbourne B who have enjoyed a superb season and have been in the top places throughout. All the teams have contributed to make it a memorable season of close chess in Division 1. And it is not over yet.