All, our Division 3 semi-final has finished. Oxford 3 recorded this result:
Our four games are available for perusal here.
Chris took a relatively quick draw in a French Defence that turned turgid. Neil refuted his opponent’s speculative rook sacrifice; the crowd (aka Chris) were baying for mate in six with 25. Qxg6+ followed (if Chris & I agree) by Qf6+ and Qxh8+. Neil chose to hand some material back to swap queens and reach an endgame a bishop up with a HUGE passed pawn on e6. That was enough for his opponent who promptly resigned.
For a moment we were 1.5-0.5 up but Tashika’s Dragon had gone wrong somewhere – skip thinks swapping queens was the problem – and Dimitrios’s opening gambit had also gone awry. All over by 20:45 and we are OUT, but at least we took as many game points off Uxbridge A in one match as they’ve conceded in their seven previous matches!
I’ll take this opportunity to give you complete final player stats for Season 3 (including tonight’s results):
|Evans, Chris J||4||1||1||4½||6|
|Smallbone, Kieran D||2||3||0||3½||5|
|Savage, Ben DM||2||2||2||3||6|
|Cole, Graham L||2||1||3||2½||6|