Weekend 5

[games, pgn]

Tim writes:

All, the final three rounds of 4NCL for 2016-17 have completed. Oxford’s teams scored these results:

  • Oxford 1 lost 3-5 & 2-6 to Kings’ Head & Blackthorne Russia, then bashed Celtic Tigers 6½-1½;
  • Oxford 2 drew 3-3 with both Brown Jack 2 & Wood Green Midland Monarchs 2, then beat Milton Keynes Phoenix 2 4-2;
  • Oxford 3 had only one match v Sussex Martlets 3 and lost that ½-5½.

Oxford 1 flirted dangerously with relegation as we lost the Saturday match to Kings’ Head on a day when all four teams in the bottom half of the relegation pool beat the four teams in the top half to blow the pool open. Happily we were able to win today’s match v Celtic Tigers. One of the players was confident enough to assert pre-match “we’re not going to lose, let alone by 6-2” (which might have seen us go down). Thankfully, he was right!

Oxford 2 were not as strong as previously this season but the players we put out did very well indeed to maintain our unbeaten record (+8 =3 -0 in the end) – particular mentions for Ian & Ross who scored bottom-board wins on their second-team debuts. Unfortunately that left the door ajar for Barnet Knights 1 to overtake us and they took the title by the narrow whisker of 1 game-point. Still, Oxford 2 are promoted [“for the first time in 14 years” – Kieran] and we take a cash prize of £200. Well done to everyone who who contributed this season. One of you suggests we spend the prize on a team kit of “yellow & blue onesies” … hmm. Perhaps not?

Our player of the weekend was undoubtedly Zoe: after requiring arbiter intervention to salvage a 3-fold repetition on Saturday, she scored back-to-back wins on Sunday & Monday for 2½/3. Yes, yes, skip scored 2½ as well but his best game was his 14-move draw on Sunday: his Lopez wins were streaky. Oddly, skip’s last three 1. e4 games have all been Ruys after many years of not having a single one of the things.

So ends another season – my thanks to all 43 players who played for us during the course of it, particularly to Phil N, Aidan, Zoe & David Z who played all 11 matches, and to Pavel, Graham C & David M for their ten appearances. Nick & Zoe were our highest-scoring players with 7½/9 & 7/11 respectively. Zoe splits as 6/9 in Div 1 and 1/2 in Div 4s; if we add in Francesca’s Div1 1½/2 , board 8 contributed 7½/11 to Ox1, so kudos to both Zoe & Francesca. Mike T had the highest percentage of players playing more than one game with 4½/5 – spoiling his 100% record today!

Oxford 1

Saturday

Kings Head 2137 Oxford 1 2216
w Kwiatkowski, Feliks J c 2223 0 – 1 Martins, David Pires Tavares f 2386
b Tukpetov, Evgeny 2199 ½ – ½ Zakarian, David f 2365
w Sun, Xinyue 2129 1 – 0 Asenov, Pavel 2335
b Guthrie, David 2163 1 – 0 Aguiar, Henrique Rui Neves 2186
w Foord, Dominic 2081 1 – 0 Rawlinson, Aidan M 2188
b Davey, Mark 2095 0 – 1 Dickinson, Tim R 2072
w Gilfillan, Andrew 2072 1 – 0 Hayward, Philip 1982
b Disu, Kayode 2087 ½ – ½ Varney, Zoe 1976
5 – 3

Sunday

Oxford 1 2269 Blackthorne Russia 2310
w Martins, David Pires Tavares f 2386 0 – 1 Gormally, Daniel W g 2465
b Zakarian, David f 2365 0 – 1 Ledger, Andrew J i 2371
w Asenov, Pavel 2335 0 – 1 Bates, Richard A i 2369
b Foo, Zhi Rong Benjamin c 2271 ½ – ½ Ansell, Simon T i 2355
w Hansen, Hans-Peter 2270 0 – 1 Webb, Laurence E f 2271
b Rawlinson, Aidan M 2188 0 – 1 Ledger, Dave J f 2207
w Dickinson, Tim R 2072 ½ – ½ Ledger, Stephen C 2132
b Varney, Zoe 1976 1 – 0 Atkins, Rita wi 2101
2 – 6

Monday

Celtic Tigers 2098 Oxford 1 2265
w Hoffmann, Hendrik f 2317 ½ – ½ Asenov, Pavel 2335
b Maciol, Ryszard 2139 0 – 1 Zakarian, David f 2365
w Pedersen, Carsten 2153 ½ – ½ Hansen, Hans-Peter 2270
b Haussernot, Cecile wf 2107 0 – 1 Rose, Matthew 2248
w Mitra, Roman C 2099 0 – 1 Gerlagh, Joris 2255
b Stevenson, James 2057 ½ – ½ Truran, Michael C 2194
w Larter, Nick J. 1815 0 – 1 Rawlinson, Aidan M 2188
b Buttell, David 1758 0 – 1 Varney, Zoe 1976
1½ – 6½

Oxford 2

Saturday

Brown Jack 2 1888 Oxford 2 1887
w Girdlestone, Paul C 2100 1 – 0 Matta, Francesca 1963
b Shaw, Meyrick 1944 ½ – ½ Terry, Sean 1917
w Tomboline, David 1943 1 – 0 Neatherway, A Philip 1858
b O'Byrne, Daniel 1742 0 – 1 Burrows, Nick 1889
w Headlong, Benjamin 1787 ½ – ½ Cole, Graham 1842
b Tombolis, Christopher 1817 0 – 1 Bush, Ian 1855
3 – 3

Sunday

Oxford 2 1881 Wood Green MM 2 1844
w Matta, Francesca 1963 0 – 1 Grigoryan, Meri wf 2057
b Cole, James 1982 0 – 1 Guha, Chirag 1922
w Cole, Graham 1842 ½ – ½ Metcalfe, Charlie P 1750
b Burrows, Nick 1889 ½ – ½ Lovell, William Pm 1817
w Neatherway, A Philip 1858 1 – 0 Gogna, Aman 1727
b Tselos, Aristotelis 1757 1 – 0 Gogna, Avi 1795
3 – 3

Monday

MK Phoenix 2 1909 Oxford 2 1937
w Lambourne, Dan M 1989 0 – 1 Healey, Michael W 2163
b Valentine, Brian J 1943 0 – 1 Dickinson, Tim R 2072
w Adebajo, Olufemi 1918 1 – 0 Neatherway, A Philip 1858
b Meichel, Eric B 1922 0 – 1 Terry, Sean 1917
w Matthews, Adrian M S 1858 0 – 1 Staples, Neil 1855
b Whiteside, Robert 1824 1 – 0 Tselos, Aristotelis 1757
2 – 4

Oxford 3

Monday

Oxford 3 1713 Sussex Martlets 3 1590
w Hameed, Asif 1802 0 – 1 Neale, George 1671
b Panicker, Raj 1795 0 – 1 Samworth-Calvier, Juju 1633
w Rowan, Daniel 1828 0 – 1 Woods, Timothy J 1645
b Gentry, Alan E 1750 0 – 1 Bennet-Stevens, Lucy 1643
w Langham, Rod E 1709 ½ – ½ Hedger, Alec 1517
b Matilal, Tamal 1397 0 – 1 Kaya, Batuhan 1432
½ – 5½

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