The thirds were pipped to the honours on Wednesday night by a good performance from high flying Lewes 2 in Division 2.
A brutal dispatch of Peter Weston by Marc Bryant in less than hour in to proceedings set the scene for an exciting match in which Hastings were looking for their first points of the season.
A four pawns attack against Chris’s Kings Indian defence was successful although Chris did come back from the brink a few times during the game, not making it easy for his opponent.
Top board saw Matt Britnell of Lewes lose out to the better technique of Brendan in an exciting opposite castled game.
Man of the match, Jonathan Britnell and the best game of the night saw the youngster take down one of our finest with a speculative single pawn storm that Steve castled into and got into all manner of difficulties. A great attacking game with lots of good ideas from both sides but the spoils finally going to the youngster.
That left Adrian to break the deadlock. A very solid opening with nothing going on and looking good for a draw, suddenly burst into life with a piece sac on h3 and long combination that when the dust settled left Adrian with no cover for his king. Adrian’s opponent then simplified to KvK +3v5 ending which it appears he didn’t know how to play but did get the better of Adrian in the end.
Despite the defeat the Thirds rise of the bottom of the table due to games difference.
|1||169||Ruane, Brendan J||1||–||0||Britnell, Matthew J||a||154|
|2||162||Blewitt, Stephen D||0||–||1||Britnell, Jonathan||a||153|
|3||145||Hann, Chris N||0||–||1||Badham, Duncan R||a||149|
|4||135||Cload, Adrian||0||–||1||Brooks, Daniel DS||a||133|
|5||131||Bryant, Marc A||1||–||0||Weston, Peter||a||120|
Division 2 Results
|4||Brighton & Hove 3||xxx||3||3.5||2||2||6.5||0|
|6||Brighton & Hove 4||2||xxx||2.5||3.5||3||1.5||8||0|
|11||Hastings & St Leonards 3||2||1.5||xxx||2||0||3.5||0|