It was a mixed week for the two Cumnor teams this week with one win and one loss between them.
On Wednesday, the first team travelled to Didcot still looking for their first league win of the season.
Didcot, the team who were in division one last season, had a very strong team and when I say very strong I mean very very strong. Their fourth board being graded 171!
|Didcot 1||Cumnor 1|
|1||Olehnovics, Andrejs (189)||1 – 0||Stevens, Gareth (149)|
|2||Gough, Nicholas L (179)||1 – 0||Glenn, Liam (140)|
|3||Crockart, Scott (173)||1 – 0||Bennett, Steven (114)|
|4||McInnes, Graham (171)||1 – 0||Cluley, Graham (113)|
|5||Cooper, Bernard D (157)||1 – 0||-Default-|
|6||Harkins, Sam (122)||1 – 0||Steel, Robert (87)|
|Match played: 6 Nov 2013||6 – 0|
The Cumnor 1 team fell to a 6-0 loss but that doesn’t tell the whole story.
Gareth Stevens looked to have made it to the endgame with a draw – however his opponent managed to force a win. Liam Glenn should have also picked up something from his game after gaining a tremendous amount of counterplay against his opponent’s king.
Meanwhile, Graham Cluley lost rapidly to his 171-graded opponent, at the hands of the Staunton Gambit.
Cumnor 2 had a better night on Thursday, with a 4-2 win over Witney 4.
|Cumnor 2||Witney 4|
|1||Varney, Zoe (136)||1 – 0||Flory Mark (114)|
|2||Sayers, Mark (134)||1 – 0||Gilders Ian (113)|
|3||Carr, Robin (126)||1 – 0||Sheremetyeva, Elizaveta (114)|
|4||Cluley, Graham (113)||0 – 1||Coburn, Matt (101)|
|5||Ives, Marc ( )||0 – 1||Blackwell, David ( )|
|6||Steel, Robert (87)||1 – 0||Murray, Jon (85)|
|Match played: 7 Nov 2013||4 – 2|
Zoe Varney had a great endgame against her opponent on board one with minutes left. Mark Sayers and Robin Carr both won their games.
Graham Cluley is kicking himself endlessly over a blunder he made, giving away his Bishop – which he never recovered from.
Robert Steel picked up a win on the bottom board.