Club won the Thames Valley Cup last weekend by the closest of margins, watched
by a record biggest crowd. The final score was 3-3, with the away team
nicking the trophy only via the chess version of penalty shootout: the dreaded
board elimination rule!
This is the
second year in a row the TV Cup has been decided that way, showing what a tight
competition it is. Staines had wins from top and bottom board
and, despite the narrow loss, showed their ability to compete with a Division 1
team, which is a good signal for their 2008-09 campaign, their first ever in
on Boards 3&4 and a great win for Staines on Board 6, the home team were
leading 2-1 with half the results in. But a defensive error allowed Amit Sharma (Hayes No. 5) to score a point, levelling the match. Staines
Board 1, Tim Chesters, restored the Staines lead, so Paul Hopper only had to
draw. Unfortunately at the time, he was quite a bit down on material and
had a bad position, and the Peter Ackley duly converted, making the score 3-3.
itself was held in the unusual and rather pleasant surroundings of Sam's Bar
and Grill, Strykers' Field, Egham.
Close to the Thames and with a big garden. We
took over their outside area and had a mini-festival. Most of Staines Chess Club were there to
cheer on the home side, and a couple of others were there for an attendance
total of about 20. Surely a record for a Thames Valley match! Thanks to Sam's Bar
and Grill (http://www.samsbarandgrill.co.uk/)
for hosting the event.
Staines Chess Club