Ringwood 1.5 Poole A 2.5, Historic Fixture – Dorchester B 2 Weymouth A 2, both County League Div 1

Ringwood 1.5 Poole A 2.5, Historic Fixture – Dorchester B 2 Weymouth A 2, both County League Div 1

18 Dec. First time ever the 2 clubs have met in the County League Div 1. On aggregate grades Poole were 667 to Ringwood 646 and they made this grading advantage count effectively scoring 2/2 on boards 3 & 4, with wins from Dave Fuller and John Weatherlake. John continues to be in irrepressible form and Dave Fuller has been playing well too, winning crucial games for Poole A teams. Here it was closer for Ringwood on boards 1 & 2. On board 1 Martin Simons, 193 (Ringwood) beat Martin Machacek 192 (Poole). On board 2 Martin Clancy (Ringwood) battled it out with Ciprian Stanciu (Poole) and comments, with typically forthrightness “In the final position I took a perpetual with 29 seconds left, which given they are so strong is actually a credible performance by us, but a draw would have been nicer still. In my game I think I played pretty well, until I lost my way towards the end trying to be flash. Stockfish gives the piece sacrifice for a pawn as fairly equal….seemed to get a good advantage….. before losing my way”. Well done to Poole A who top the table after 2 games from Dorchester A and were deserved winners in this match v Ringwood

14 Dec. Dorchester B & Weymouth A shared the points with all 4 games drawn. County Div 1 is so close this season. Of 6 matches played, 4 have been drawn and the 2 wins, both by Poole A have been 2.5-1.5