This was a strange match as nothing much happened for the first two hours when I was offered a draw in a clearly drawn position. On looking around the other boards it was clear that Con on board six was in a lot of trouble being basically pinned and forked out of the game.
Derek Cozens was a piece down, as was Derek Harvey.
The top two boards seemed reasonably equal so I sat on the position for about 50 min. Derek Cozens had somehow managed to win his opponents Queen but it was still unclear as to whether he was winning.
Derek Harvey forced his opponent into giving back the piece in order stop a passed pawn and this was quickly agreed a draw.
By this time Jim Wheeler had gone an exchange down so believing that a draw would not be good enough I decided to play on giving up the rook for four pawns but it was not enough. Derek Cozens had managed to convert his game into a win. Jim Wheeler achieved a draw. Andrew Fleming seemed to have a reasonable position, maybe not winning, and all of a sudden it was over and he had lost.
The second weekend tournament to be held at the club took place on 31 October-1st November.
First prize with 4/5 was won by Ian Comley of Horsham winning four straight games on the trot and drawing his last round game to collect the £100 prize.
Second prize of £60 was won by Henry Cove from Weald of Kent with a score of 4/5 drawing his round 2 game with our own Derek Harvey and his last round game against the eventual overall winner Ian Comley.
Third place was taken by Matthew Britnell of Lewes with 3/5 winning £30 losing only to the eventual winner.
The grading prizes were as follows:
The under 140 was shared by Jeremy Hudson and Adrian Cload winning £12.50 each.
The under 120 prize worth £25 was won by Robert Smart. This was an immensely close affair with Robert just managing to win with five rounds to spare as he was the only one in this category.
The under 100 prize of £25 was won by Patrice Tournier. This was also a close affair going down to his last game against Lona Stewart which he managed to win after some effort.