All, these were our results from Round 8 just concluded.
Games are available here.
Ben enjoyed a snappy quick win when his oppo tried a cunning zwischenzug that stranded his knight. He was done by 20:10 but wasn’t first in the division to finish: elsewhere in the country, this accident happened:
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 h6 5. g4 Bg6 6. h5 Bh7 7. e6 fxe6 8. Bd3 Bxd3 9. Qxd3 Nf6 10. f4 Na6 11. c3 Qc7 12. Nf3 O-O-O 13. Ne5 Rd6 14. Nd2 Rg8 15. g5 Ne8 16. Qh7 1-0
David dominated from around move 25 and it looked to your skip that his win was a matter of time. K cashed in his draw in a tricky R+P endgame to make sure. That’s four wins on the bounce for the firsts and we overtake Arkell’s Angels to move into fifth. Gonzaga A & Anglian Avengers are a point ahead, tied third.
Skip feels Ox2 were unfortunate: we could easily have won 3-1 with great positions on 2 & 3 going the other way. Ox3 didn’t really get off the ground, we were a bit outgraded and Ian’s early draw proved to keep us whitewash-free for the season.
Ox4 dropped into negative equity for most of the match (don’t ask) and it required Tashika’s defensive skills to pull the team back into the black. Just.