Exmouth’s first match of the season was a home encounter vs Tiverton. It involves 4 players whose grades total U-640, and on this occasion the teams could hardly have been more closely matched.
Exmouth lost the toss, and it went downhill from there on. First, Simon Bartlett, who has been having an excellent spell in recent months, overcame his opponent in 26 moves. Steve Murray lost a piece on move 15 and Duckham gradually got a stranglehold on the position, not allowing his opponent any counter-play. This left Abbott and Gosling trying to rescue the match without having any positional or material advantages, much too tall an order given the strength of the opposition. Eventually, both did well to hang on for a draw at about the 50-move mark.
|Devon Div. 2||Mamhead Cup|
|1||Meyrick Shaw||172||0||1||Simon Bartlett||174|
|2||Mark Abbott||165||½||½||Brian Hewson||165|
|3||Brian Gosling||151||½||½||Ivor Annetts||152|
|4||Steve Murray||148||0||1||Jon Duckham||146|