After a long break following the COVID-19 pandemic, it was great to see everyone down at the club again for the first league fixture of the season.

Atticus 1 will need to adjust to life without their top board for the first half of the season, but in spite of the scoreline, the games were very evenly contested.

Luke and Nick Martin were first to finish.  An interesting line in the Caro leading to a draw by repetition.  Dave Stuttard and James Rothwell also shared the spoils before the first decisive result came as Brian won well against Nick Griffin, making his competitive debut for the club, in an aggressive line of the King's Indian.

Andrej then extended the advantage with a fine win against Dave James, and Derek and Sanjoy agreed a draw in a tight game in the Cambridge Springs.  The match was sealed when Steve Kee and Charlie agreed a draw, in a game where Steve looked to have a slight advantage.  And Steve Burge rounded off a good evening for Atticus 2 by edging out Steve Philp in an interesting game where both players were on the front foot, but white was ultimately stronger.

Atticus 1
1896 2.0 : 5.0 Atticus 2 1921
1
Kennaugh, Charles W
2155
0.5-0.5
Kee, Steve
2155
2
James, David J
2140
0-1
Stancak, Andrej
2080
3
Martin, Nicholas E
1968
0.5-0.5
Boumphrey, Luke S
2118
4
Rothwell, James P
1885
0.5-0.5
Stuttard, David
1825
5
Griffin, Nick
1800
0-1
Ewart, Brian R
1825
6
Rooney, Derek
1698
0.5-0.5
Banerjee, Sanjoy K
1728
7
Philp, Steven
1623
0-1
Burge, Steve J
1713