Wantage 1 v Bicester 1 (9 May 2017)

Wantage 1
Score
Bicester 1
1
 Litwiniec, Miroslawa (152)
0 - 1
 Marlow, Mike (160)
2
 Langham, Rod (141)
0.5 - 0.5
 Beckett, Richard (146)
3
 Hemmings, Peter (131)
1 - 0
 Hepworth, Nicholas (137)
4
 Spalding, George (121)
0.5 - 0.5
 Burcham, Anthony (130)
5
 Mills, Matt (104)
0 - 1
 Earl, Chris (135)
6
 Kachkanov, Slava (45)
0.5 - 0.5
 Hawaert, Jacques (80)
Result
2.5 - 3.5
First of all, a sad tale to report about board 6.  Slava  dominated his adversary so much that he ended up with a huge material edge, including two queens and a bishop.  You may guess what happened, he allowed a stalemate.

Your writer dropped a pawn fairly early on but kept going.   In the  major piece ending, Black saw no means of progress so offered a draw that I was  happy to take..  Matt got into trouble and had to resign for the first time playing for Wantage1.  A good win for Peter,  recovering from early problems, he ultimately checkmated his opponent. 

For once, Mirka had an off night, versus the strong Mike Marlow, one time member at Wantage, finding herself material down with no compensation . Finally Rod's opponent made a safe draw offer to give his team the narrow win.
   
Report by George Spalding