On the last club night before the Christmas break, we managed to play a couple more games of the rather slow-moving Club Championship. Both were hard-fought but won in the end by the higher-rated player. Rudy played his favourite Petroff against James, resulting in a deep strategic battle where Black’s queenside pawn majority eventually proved enough to win. Tony and I, meanwhile, were fighting it out in the London System; with both players in severe time-trouble, I exchanged two rooks for White’s queen and a couple of pawns, which proved the right decision, especially as Tony got a knight trapped soon afterwards. Next club night will be Tuesday 8th January.

James Cook – Rudy van Kemenade 0-1

Tony Geraghty – Matthew Francis 0-1

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