Wantage 1 v Oxford University 1 (16 January 2018)

Wantage 1
Score
Oxford University 1
1
 Robbings, Andrew (177)
0 - 1
 Martins, David (235)
2
 Litwiniec, Miroslawa (154)
1 - 0
 Scott, Gordon (211)
3
 Piggott, Roly (153)
0 - 1
 Gerlagh, Joris (205)
4
 Hemmings, Peter (140)
0 - 1
 Rogozinski, Andrew (-)
5
 Ashford, Martin (139)
0.5 - 0.5
 Sutton, Dan (164)
6
 Brown, Gordon (119)
0 - 1
 Hardwick, Alexander (168)
Result
 0.5 - 5.5
Andy was particularly up against it in facing a player who won the Oxon Div 1 medal for two years running.   Martin's adversary had apparently the disconcerting habit of moving practically instantaneously. However, the other 4 games were more closely contested.

Roly lost to a snap mate on the back rank involving an obvious temporary queen sacrifice by his opponent . Gordon had lost a minor piece but had two pawns for it  and I entertained hopes of his getting something from the  game, but his opponent  played correctly and was able to convert. Mirka had queen for two rooks, but her adversary was able to  generate pressure and eventually
won.


It fell to  Peter, who has the best record of all our players in the team this season, to save the whitewash with a well worked out draw, ultimately taking Black's last pawn in the knight and pawn ending.


Report by George Spalding and Stephen Morris