As a member of Chandlers Ford club I am able to give more detail on matches I have seen, but I hope to resume my regular articles
Two local derbies were played this week to start off 2019. Southampton A beat Southampton B 4-1 to move above Ringwood A and University A at the top of the division 1 table, although Hamble A are bot completely out of the equation.
In the other Chandlers Ford C obtained their first win of the season when they beat Chandlers Ford B 2.5-1.5, but they fielded probably their strongest team of the season and on the three boards where both players had actual rather than estimated gradings it was the C team player who had the higher grade.
However as pleasing as the victory was the sight of C team captain Keven Lamb being present at the match having been absent for several weeks as a result of undergoing hospital treatment which he has dealt with great fortitude and positivity, but while absent he has had to leave selection of the team to Don Creasey, although but hopefully Keven can resume his normal duties for the team’s next match.
Maha Chandar beat the in form Simon Kay to put the C team 1-0 ahead, but Sam Murphy’s second win of the season against Rob Sims levelled the scores. Maha’s son Manoj built up a good attack against Dick Meredith, but although he missed a winning combination the threat of the move he missed was still there and it could not be defended against. This left just the board 1 game between Peter Przybycin and Rob Bird which produced an enthralling end game which was eventually drawn leaving the C team 2.5-1,5 winners.
A match between the two captains for the night Don Creasey and Nobby George played for grading purposes only resulted in a win for Creasey.
Southampton A 4 Southampton B 1 (D Cordner 1 R Williams 0, F McLeod 0.5 D Ramos 0.5, G A Jones 1 G Moore 0, D Nother 1 P Hurn 0, D Agostinelli 0,5 T Chapman 0.5)
Chandlers Ford C 2.5 Chandlers Ford B 1.5 (R Bird 0.5 P Przybycin 0.5, Manoj Chandar 1 R Meredith 0, R Sims 0 S Murphy 1, Maha Chandar 1 S Kay 0)