Oxford University 3 v Wantage 2 (27 October 2016)

Oxford University 3
Wantage 2
 Brearton, Richard (-)
0.5 - 0.5
 Litwiniec, Miroslawa (-)
 Kurlekar, Arthan (-)
1 - 0
 Mills, Matt (100)
 Weis, Christoph (-)
1 - 0
 Cordon, Ray (76)
 Croghan, Thomas (-)
0 - 1
 Kachkanov, Slava (42)
 Wu, Fan (-)
1 - 0
 Stubberfield, Derek (8)
0 - 1

3.5 - 2.5
We started the match one to the good as their 6th board failed to turn up.

Thanks to George who kindly drove to Oxford and offered to miss the game.

I saw little of the start of the rest of the games, but when I made it over to the other games Slave was in a commanding position and a checkmate looked inevitable. Derek was behind considerably and was ultimately checkmated.

Ray found himself with an isolated Queens pawn after the opening, and this seemed to be his downfall, although it took his opponent sometime to take full advantage. Some analysis of the game showed that Ray missed a pretty devastating bishop move early on which could have caused his opponent huge amounts of trouble!

Mirka (who kindly stepped in at the last minute) was a pawn down when I first checked, but had managed to regain the lost pawn later on. After a lot of tactical play defending against 2 strong bishops the game was drawn with only a minute or so each left.

I once again found myself defending against a Ruy Lopez. I surprisingly managed to eek out a fairly even position into the end game, but an overly aggressive attack on my part left me with a weakened defence, and a panicked pawn move cost me the game.

Report by Matt Mills