Suffolk made a strong start to the season last Sunday with a win and a draw. At one point in the morning session we were up 8 - 5 against a strong Norfolk side, a fixture that I would like to be called 'Farmergeddon' in the future. But they closed out the final three games to snatch an 8 - 8 draw.
In the afternoon we managed to beat Bedfordshire 9 - 7 in a closely fought match, mostly owing to a strong performance among the lower boards.
Suffolk's most recent IM, Alan Merry, anchored the side from Board 1 with wins against Mike Harris and Evgeny Tukpetov. Another performance of note was Silas Peck's two wins, the latter of which came when he moved up to Board 7 from Board 9 and smoothly pressed his opening advantage into a fine attack and converted into a winning endgame.
Weighing in with 1½/2 were Graham Moore, Ted Mattewson, Mike Cook and Leon Burnett.
Thanks to everyone for turning out and getting us off to such a good start. As a reminder, the remaining two match dates are Sunday January 8th and Sunday February 19th.