4NCL-O Season 3 Round 2: results

All, these are our results for Round 2:

Our games are available for scrutiny here.

Mayhem was to be found in David & Neil’s games, particularly the former. Skip wondered if David was planning to offload both rooks at move 22 (Qxd5 Qxc3 23. Bxc4 Qxa1+ 24. Kc2 Qxh1 25. Bxc5 and maybe mate with those raking bishops?). Ironically just as his bishops got involved, a mate happened at the wrong end of the board. Neil won handsomely, but skip was screaming for … Nxa3 to be played a bit sooner. When it was played, resignation immediately arrived.

Ox2 scored a long-overdue win – it seemed fairly smooth although Edgar’s game featured the exchange being handed back and forth. His pair of knights ultimately proved too strong for White’s rook.

Ox3 and Ox5 both maintained their winning ways – particular kudos to the fifth team who could well have made it 8/8 for the season but Kev became bogged down in a R+P endgame where his opp had enough activity for his pawn minus. Ox4 have three match points from four and are well-placed in the division, Asif making up for last time’s lone draw by scoring our lone win.