Beds earn title win

Bedfordshire’s chess players faced Hertfordshire in the Minor Counties Final and came out 9-7 winners in a hard-fought match.

Luton player Michael Joseph and Bedford’s Steve and Andrew Ledger earned draws as did Alan Brown, Charles Tippleston, Branko Prinanic, Vaughan Griffiths (Northampton), Richard Freeman, Paul Kendall, (Milton Keynes) along with Peter Hunt and Adrian Matthews (Leighton Buzzard).

Bedford’s Paul Habershon earned a fine victory in his clash, as did Graham Smith (Milton Keynes) while Colin Solloway (Milton Keynes) also held his nerve to triumph as Beds edged home.