Somerset New Year Congress ‘Smothered Mate’.

Nicky Bacon 154 v Martyn Maber 109. Somerset v Devon.

Major Tournament DG v PR

I don’t think White ever got going

David Graham v Martyn Maber.

Club Champion is a Bishop

The Club Championship is a contest which Mike Ward runs for the club. This season there was a slightly different format and all the Bishops played each other, and all the Knights played each other. The final was to be between the two top players from each group. Martin easily topped the Knights and John Wilkinson topped the Bishops. Unfortunately John couldn’t attend the final week of the season so Mike Ward decreed that the next ranking Bishop should take John’s place. David Graham was that man. A coin was tossed, Martyn called tails and David chose to play with the white pieces and then pocketed the two-headed coin! (Only joking)

In a tense game of changing fortunes, with chances for both sides David’s passed pawn was strong enough to force a win.

Well done David.

David v Martyn

Matt’s tense draw

Mike Watson v David Graham

A friendly game; though no quarter was given and white ended up in slight time trouble playing his 35th move as his clock fell or was it after? Black’s 35th move made any argument irrelevant.

Black resigns

David Graham v Mike Ward