Colchester B drew and won their last two matches to finish the season unbeaten and finish in 1st place in NECL Division 2, improving on their 2nd place last season. They were 5 points clear at the top of the table (from Clacton A, Chelmsford B and Baddow B), this was a larger margin than that achieved by the A team in this division last season.
The team's final match was a 3-1 win against Chelmsford B. Felix won the exchange after the opening (an open Sicilian), but an inaccurate move and his opponent's strong bishop resulted in a draw by repetition. Mike held onto the gambit pawn in the Milner-Barry variation of the French Defence, he won a further pawn and was comfortably winning from then on. Mark got a strong position after the opening and converted this into an extra pawn. However, this wasn't quite enough to force the win in a rook and minor piece endgame. Nathan comfortably equalised as Black but then blundered a pawn when trying to open the game up. As pieces came off it looked like an outside chance of a draw at best, until his opponent blundered twice as time started to run out - once to a completely level endgame (it would have been knight and 3 isolated pawns against a rook with no way of stopping the rook being exchanged for the three pawns) and then into a mate-in-one.
|NECL Division 2|
|Brd||Col||CHELMSFORD B||Result||COLCHESTER B||Col|
|1||w||David Chandler (177)||0||1||Nathan Barnes (146)||b|
|2||b||Elliot Cocks (159)||½||½||Felix Schnell (167)||w|
|3||w||Ed Porter (147)||0||1||Mike Wagstaff (148)||b|
|4||b||Peter Brander (125)||½||½||Mark Johnson (104)||w|
Ten matches were played by the B team, with seven wins and a draw (against Clacton A) in the league; a win and a defeat in the knockout (against two division 1 teams). The player statistics (by board) are:
|Board 1 (Total 8/10)|
|Board 2 (Total 8.5/10)|
|Board 3 (Total 7/10)|
|Board 4 (Total 5.5/10)|