Oxford University 3 v Wantage 2 (16 November 2017)

Oxford University 3
Score
Wantage 2
1
 Rockiwicz, Nils (-)
0.5 - 0.5
 Morris, Stephen (120)
2
 Holdsworth, Oliver (97)
0.5 - 0.5
 Richards, Simon (117)
3
 Croghan, Thomas (78)
0.5 - 0.5
 Mills, Matt (109)
4
 Wu, Fan (-)
1 - 0
 Litwiniec, Wojciech (-)
5
 Langton, Thomas (-)
1 - 0
 Cartmell, Stephen (-)
6
 Weck, Max (-)
0 - 1
 Barker, Richard (-)
Result
3.5 - 2.5
Well done to Richard who managed to beat both the A34 traffic and his opponent. From the little I saw of it Richard was a rook up relatively early on.

Stephen Cartmell, on his first outing for the club, was a pawn or two adrift, and this was enough for his opponent to clinch the win in the end game.

I saw almost nothing of Wojciech’s game, other than he was down a piece.

Both Stephen Morris's and Simon's games were even throughout, although again, I didn’t see much of them.
 
In my own game I had a strong attacking position early on, but an ill-conceived attack resulted in the loss of a knight. Fortunately my opponent was left with no developed pieces, so I was able to maintain an attacking position, and a blunder by my opponent allowed me to regain my lost knight, and eventually pick off both his remaining pawns to force a draw.
 

Report by Matt Mills