Wantage 2 v Didcot 4 (1 November 2016)

Wantage 2
Score
Didcot 4
1
 Richards, Simon A (120)
1 - 0
 Druzas, Domas (109)
2
 Leake, John (80)
0 - 1
 Uski, Ville (108)
3
 Mahon, Paul (76)
0 - 1
 Brampton, Alan (-)
4
 Cordon, Ray (76)
0.5 - 0.5
 Vincent, Jim (-)
5
 Kachkanov, Slava (42)
1 - 0
 Bizzell, Paul (87)
6
 Stubberfield, Derek (8)
0 - 1
 Kiely, Julia (35)
Result
2.5 - 3.5
First to finish was Derek. After a fairly strong start a mistakenly touched Queen cost Derek the piece and inevitably the game.

Slava seemed to have no real trouble on his board, having acquired large material gains (possible a queen to the good if I remember correctly) and taking another win (2.5/3 for the season so far).

Paul was the next player to fall. I missed the key moves, but he lost a rook to a knight fork, but was already behind by this point.

Simon scored the next win, a pawn up early on and a strong knight pair causing much of the damage.

John’s match looked the most tactical. His opponent seemed to have a strong queenside attack which John defended against well. A knight down in the end game made John’s task hard against a much higher rated opponent, but John had several advanced pawns putting pressure on his opponent.

Ray played the Ruy-Lopez and was a pawn up for all the game. Unfortunately he was unable to press home the advantage and offered a draw.
 
Having given the league our customary early head start(!), with 2 games to go this year we will start to think about putting some points on the board to begin our comeback! With 2 tough teams to come, this is going to be no short order!
      

Report by Matt Mills