Glastonbury Chess Club
Glastonbury 2.5   Wellington 1.5 In a dramatic evening of chess last week Glastonbury defeated close rivals Wellington to take the Somerset League Division 3 trophy by the narrowest of margins. At the start of the evening the Thorns knew they needed a win to become 2017- 18 champions while their title-chasing opponents only required a draw.  A closely-fought battle was always likely and these expectations proved fully justified as after two hours of play all four games remained in the balance. Then Wellington struck a major blow as Glastonbury team captain Barry Thornley was forced to resign despite a brave rearguard action.  Shortly after the visitors moved even closer to their goal when Haroon Symonds agreed a draw in a game in which both players gave no quarter. Though this result gave Wellington a 1.5 - 0.5 advantage, the half point secured by Symonds later proved to be decisive. The first evidence of a real turning of the tide came when top-board Edward Small finally broke through his opponents defences to equalise the match score.  So the Thorns' fate now depended on Roger Fenton in the last game to finish. Fenton was in a strong position but the Wellington man, knowing that a draw was all his team required, maintained stubborn resistance.  However, a small miscalculation eventually settled the contest in Glastonbury's favour and the very last move of a long season delivered a triumphal result. Somerset League Division 3                                         P  W   D   L    Pts Glastonbury   12 5 5 2   15 Wellington 12 5 4 3   14 Yeovil       12 4 6 2   14 Taunton Knights 12 4 4 4   12 Taunton Bishops 12 5 2 5   12 Weston-s-Mare 12 5 1 6   11 Sedgemoor 12 2 2 8    6 Posted 22 May 2018
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