Southbourne 1.5 Poole B 2.5, County Div 3; Southbourne compete strongly, but Poole now 3 points ahead & championship beckons

Southbourne 1.5 Poole B 2.5, County Div 3; Southbourne compete strongly, but Poole now 3 points ahead & championship beckons

26 Apr. Poole came through this test against a Southbourne team, who challenged them all the way. Dragi Popovic & Richard Smith both won for Poole & Paul Sandy (Southbourne) beat Adam Jaggard on board 4. It was drawn on board 2. John Harris, Southbourne’s  Captain commented “I played a 153 on board 1 and made him work for his win!” Tarik, Poole’s Captain has put  an excellent and comprehensive report on the Poole website, which includes analysis plus diagrams and the link is: http://poolechessclub.org.uk/dorset-league-southbourne-v-poole-b/

The Poole team are now very close to being champions in Div 3 after a superb season. They lead the field by 3 points and have just 1 match to play – against Dorchester D. Nearest challengers Wimborne C have 2 matches in hand, so are still in with a chance. But they would need to win both those and probably rely on Dorchester doing them a favour by beating Poole, or at least holding them to a draw