Wantage 2 v Cowley 5 (21 November 2017)

Wantage 2
Cowley 5
 Spalding, George (118)
0 - 1
 Wills, Graham (133)
 Mills, Matt (109)
0 - 1
 Riley, Adam (122)
 Kachkanov, Slava (59)
0 - 1
 Shapland, James (-)
 Litwiniec, Wojciech (-)
0 - 1
 Courouble, John (114)
 Stubberfield, Derek (13)
0 - 1
 Courouble, Martyn (112)
 Harvey, Zack (0)
0 - 1
 Morris, Priscilla (82)
0 - 6
Given the significant rating disadvantage perhaps it’s not surprising!
Once again I saw little of the other games. Slava was a piece down and facing several passed pawns in his end game when I first checked in. George looked to have the best chance for the home side, being only a pawn down, but having perhaps a slightly better position(?). Unfortunately after a major swap off of all the remaining pieces his opponents pawn advantage was enough,
In my match I inadvertently blundered a knight whilst trying to save a pawn! I was able to create some counter play, with a serious threat of mate with a pawn on h6/queen combo. I had to abandon the h6 pawn to prevent a promotion, and my king was too close to the action for any perpetual checks to stick. I ran out of moves just before I ran out of lines on the score card, and resigned after being forced to exchange queens.

Report by Matt Mills