A new team consisting of players mainly from Coventry Chess Club have entered a team in the 4NCL.
They go under the name "Throw in the Tal". They play in Divison 3 South. The Captain is Dave Ireland.
They have now played over two weekends and have obtained a fantastic 3 points, which is a great achievement considering on every match they have been heavily outgraded on most boards.
The first weekend was a difficult weekend for the team, loosing 5.5/.5 to the Gloucestershire Gambits and then the following day again loosing 5.5/.5 to the team Guildford 4.
However, the next round of matches produced a draw on the Saturday for the team to get there first ever point and then winning comfortably on the Sunday to claim 2 points.
There have been some outstanding performances with Joshua Pink and Ed Goodwin winning 2.5 points.
Special mention must also go to Paul Sweatman who was heavily outgraded on Board 6, pulled off a stunning win to ensure the team claimed the win in Round 4.
A very interesting situation arose in Round 6 with Joshua. In the end game Joshua had a knight and a bishop against his opponents king. He very quickly checkmated his opponent.It is worth all chess players just checking that you know how to checkmate an opponent in a similar situation. You never know when you may need to use the technique!
If you want to see the full results of the team then the 4 ncl website is very informative - have a look here