Weekend 3

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Tim writes:

All, two more rounds of 4NCL were played at the weekend and Oxford recorded these results:

  • Oxford 1 unfortunately lost both matches 3½-4½ v Grantham & 2½-5½ v WGHK;
  • Oxford 2 beat West Is Best 2 4-2 and drew with Full Ponty 3-3;
  • Oxford 3 scored a tremendous 5½-½ win over Iceni 2, then lost 2-4 to Brown Jack 2.

I’ll start with the best bit, Oxford 3’s fantastic Saturday performance. Iceni 2 put out a similar team to the one that lost 5-1 in round two to Oxford 2, so hats off to Phil N, Seans T & L, Tim F, Graham C and especially Andrew who I thought produced the game of the weekend, sacrificing both rooks for three pieces and a big passed pawn. That win put the thirds into seventh place overnight and inevitably a tough pairing followed which they lost, but without disgrace.

Oxford 2 maintained their top-of-the-table status (despite skip’s best efforts) and end the weekend joint-top with Full Ponty and the dangerous Barnet Knights 1. As a Caro-Kann man himself, skip enjoyed Nick’s win in the “Capablanca” variation: the moment he forked his own B&N on a3 & c3 to the White pawn on b2 is worth looking out for.

Oxford 1’s results could have been much better with more luck: from a cursory glance over the PGN files, skip reckons we might have reversed the Saturday result and might have drawn with WGHK. “Might” isn’t the same as “in reality”, though, and we enter the relegation pool which starts in round 7 with our last Pool B match against Barbican 2. We do take 4 points into it; past history suggests 2 further match wins will be enough for Div 1 safety.

Oxford 1

Saturday

Oxford 1 2325 Grantham Sharks 1 2359
w Zakarian, David f 2378 0 – 1 Pardo Simon, David i 2474
b Martins, David Pires Tavares f 2393 ½ – ½ Ghasi, Ameet K i 2459
w Tan, Justin i 2453 ½ – ½ Roberson, Peter T i 2398
b Eckersley-Waites, Tom f 2321 ½ – ½ Batchelor, Peter J f 2327
w Claridge-Hansen, William f 2284 0 – 1 Rendle, Thomas E i 2359
b Healey, Michael W 2185 0 – 1 Daskalov, Dimitar 2329
w Foo, Zhi Rong Benjamin c 2264 1 – 0 Cumbers, Paul 2170
b Matta, Francesca 1945 1 – 0 Ercsei, Estera-Alexandra 1287
3½ – 4½

Sunday

Wood Green HK 2392 Oxford 1 2347
w Speelman, Jon S g 2522 ½ – ½ Tan, Justin i 2453
b Haria, Ravi f 2413 1 – 0 Eckersley-Waites, Tom f 2321
w Weaving, Richard 2342 0 – 1 Zakarian, David f 2378
b Fitzsimons, David f 2382 1 – 0 Martins, David Pires Tavares f 2393
w McDonald, Neil g 2412 1 – 0 Asenov, Pavel 2335
b Cooper, Lawrence H i 2355 ½ – ½ Gerlagh, Joris 2266
w Arvola, Benjamin f 2320 1 – 0 Claridge-Hansen, William f 2284
b Longson, Sarah N wf 2177 ½ – ½ Matta, Francesca 1945
5½ – 2½

Oxford 2

Saturday

Oxford 2 2005 West is Best 2 1862
w Rawlinson, Aidan M 2199 ½ – ½ Spencer, Douglas 1962
b Dickinson, Tim R 2072 ½ – ½ Davies, Matthew 1949
w De Vogelaere, Robin 1963 ½ – ½ Gregory, Andrew M 1937
b Varney, Zoe 1988 1 – 0 Staniforth, Matthew 1892
w Sheremetyeva, Elizaveta 1937 ½ – ½ Melsom, Jonathan T 1710
b Burrows, Nick 1875 1 – 0 Jukes, Sam 1723
4 – 2

Sunday

The Full Ponty 1959 Oxford 2 2008
w Davis, Lee 2030 0 – 1 Rawlinson, Aidan M 2199
b Adams, Mark 1965 0 – 1 Truran, Michael C 2188
w Fletcher, John 1995 1 – 0 Terry, Sean 1917
b Davies, Peter 2021 1 – 0 Varney, Zoe 1988
w Thomas, Gary 1945 1 – 0 Sheremetyeva, Elizaveta 1937
b Dixon, Chris 1800 0 – 1 Rowan, Daniel 1824
3 – 3

Oxford 3

Saturday

Oxford 3 1812 Iceni 2 1715
w Neatherway, A Philip 1846 1 – 0 Donaghay, Richard H 1874
b Terry, Sean 1917 ½ – ½ Collins, Jonathan 1798
w Foster, Timothy 1864 1 – 0 Pott, Laurie 1798
b Lim, Wei Xinq Sean 1757 1 – 0 Goldsmith, Rory 1712
w Cole, Graham 1829 1 – 0 Balakrishnan, Kathirvel 1571
b Varney, Andrew 1664 1 – 0 Rowles, Sarah 1540
5½ – ½

Sunday

Brown Jack 2 1943 Oxford 3 1729
w Headlong, Timothy c 2072 ½ – ½ Cole, Graham 1829
b Duncan, Patrick C M 2014 1 – 0 Staples, Neil 1867
w Bourne, Johnathan D 1948 ½ – ½ Neatherway, A Philip 1846
b Parker, Francis 1912 1 – 0 Gentry, Alan E 1756
w Shaw, Meyrick 1929 1 – 0 Willis, Graham 1682
b Headlong, Benjamin 1787 0 – 1 Matilal, Tamal 1397
4 – 2

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