Wantage 1 v Cowley 3 (12 April 2016)

Wantage 1
Cowley 3
 Piggott, Roly (150)
0 - 1
 Hameed, Asif (153)
 Bekris, Nicolas (144)
1 - 0
 Weston, Richard (154)
 Hemming, Peter (141)
0.5 - 0.5
 Robson, David W (143)
 Morris, Stephen (137)
0 - 1
 Panicker, Rajagopal (141)
 Spalding, George H (112)
1 - 0
 Keeling, David (136)
 Mills, Matt (92)
0.5 - 0.5
 Stanley, William (Bill) (130)
3 - 3
Roly had the kind of opening disaster we all get from time to time.

However it was not long before this visitor lead was cancelled out when your scribe won.  White played a very insipid line versus my Scandinavian Defence and I dominated early stages, emerging a pawn ahead.  But I overlooked a check that won him his pawn back. Having got back into the game, however, White committed a stupendous blunder that was costing his queen to a knight check.

Cowley regained the lead when Stephen lost, being finally unable to cope with his opponents far advanced h-pawn, despite stubborn resistance. If the bishops had been of opposite colours he might have got a draw.

Peter contributed crucially.  He reached a knight and pawn ending a couple of pawns adrift.  But active play of the kind he is good at saw him secure the draw.

Matt also played well to draw.  There seemed to be a lot of play left in the position, but in reality there was no prospect of either player managing to break through.

That left only Board 2 to finish, with us 2 - 3  down.  But Nicolas was in a superb  position.  His opponent was in a horrible situation with one useless rook and also a fatal back rank weakness.  He had to resign, giving us a match draw.
Report by George Spalding