Oxford University 2 v Wantage 1 (29 October 2015)

Oxford University 2
Score
Wantage 1
1
 Fanning, Matthew (170)
0.5 - 0.5
 Piggot, Roly (151)
2
 Kozera, Aleksandra (166)
0.5 - 0.5
 Hemmings, Peter (149)
3
 Henbest, Kevin B (133)
0.5 - 0.5
 Ashford, Martin (144)
4
 Simsek, Erik (135)
1 - 0
 Morris, Stephen (139)
5
 West, Michael ( )
1 - 0
 Brown, Gordon D (133)
6
 Souza Pinto, Juan ( )
0.5 - 0.5
 Spalding, George H (115)
Result
4 - 2
Game reports from the players themselves:

Roly:  My game was a Ruy Lopez, which followed the book for 14 moves.  I then carelessly shed a pawn but regained it at the cost of getting my queen into an uncomfortable position.  He sacrificed a pawn to try to exploit this but I was able to give it back to reach a drawn ending.
 
Peter: Said he regretted allowing all four rooks to come off, but still had no trouble in holding the minor piece endgame.
 
Martin: I lost a pawn on move 11 by mistake and then went on to lose another pawn on move 20.  However this meant that my opponent had now got his Queen stuck on the fourth rank and all he could do was move it back and forth as I attacked it with two bishops.  So a draw by repetition on move 25 with nearly all the pieces still on the board…
 
Stephen: I played the Sicilian Defence, but was too passive in the opening.  As a result, my opponent got a king-side pawn-storm going without me having any counter-play.  In the end mate was inevitable and I resigned.
 
Gordon: My game was slightly bizarre and one at which I felt like I was a spectator rather than a participant. Annoyingly, my opponent kept surprising me with moves even though I felt I covered the situation. We had a full complement of pieces and a very complex middlegame for a long time and this drank plenty of time. I was always slightly behind and yet felt I had winning chances if only I could make a break through. In the end, our friend Fritz confirmed I was always on the back foot until the end when I had a certain draw despite dropping my knight! Sadly I made the wrong choice (left rooks on) and quickly succumbed to another defeat. Bah.
 
George: Playing a lot better than recently, perhaps I had the best chance of a win. My opponent unwisely grabbed the b7 pawn - so often not a good idea. I developed a queenside attack. A rook move idea proposed by Stephen would have more promising. Even after my opponent was forced to swap queens, two passed pawns should have given me good chances of a win. But as so often this edge was frittered away We played 50 moves and were down to just two pawns each when the draw was agreed