Hampshire hosted Buckinghamshire in the Chiltern League Under 160 competition on Saturday 20th. It was a cold grey drizzly day and perhaps that set the mood for the match. Buckinghamshire asked for the match to be played over 18 boards and one more didn’t turn up.
Despite Hampshire having a fair grading advantage it was a close match and near the end the score was 8-8 with 2 games to finish. Hampshire lost both of those games so the final score was 10-8 to Buckinghamshire.
The Hampshire winners were Curtis Couch, James Chilton, John Upham and Stephen LeFevre. Andrew Kirby won by default.
I would like to thank Ivan Stipcevic for preparing the Basingstoke Club for these matches over the last year or so.