Wantage 2 v Cowley 5 (15 March 2016)

Wantage 2
Score
Cowley 5
1
 Booker, Julian (98)
0.5 - 0.5
 Dalziel, Martin (106)
2
 Mills, Matt (92)
1 - 0
 default
3
 Mahon, Paul (83)
1 - 0
 default
4
 Thompson, Steve (80)
0 - 1
 Rosamonte, Michell (82)
5
 Leake, John (87)
0 - 1
 Morris, Prisciall (76)
6
 Kachkanov, Slava ( )
1 - 0
 default
Result
3.5 - 2.5
Helped by the away team only bringing 3 players we were 3-0 up from the off.

First to finish was John. From what I saw he went a piece down, and valiantly fought on, but was ultimately unable to regain the advantage.

Steve had a strong attacking position at one point, but chose, perhaps unwisely, to exchange queens and lost the momentum. In a move reminiscent of Gordon's victory a few weeks earlier he exchanged a rook for a knight and a passed pawn, but was unable to promote and resigned after making his opponent work hard to promote his pawn.

Julian's match looked to be a drawn position fairly early on with a bishop and 5 pawn endgame, however with 3 defaulted boards his opponent had to play for a win to avoid losing the match. Ultimately he had to concede to a draw to give us a victory overall.

With 3 victories in a row we are now nestled nicely in 5th place in the division.
 
Report by Matt Mills