Cumnor 1 had a tough away game on Monday night, playing against a strong City 2 side.
|City 2||Cumnor 1|
|1||Lee, Anthony (168)||1 – 0||Stevens, Gareth (143)|
|2||Biswas, Karl (149)||½ – ½||Glenn, Liam (129)|
|3||Yates, John O (141)||1 – 0||Alvarez, Francisco (118)|
|4||Brindley, Malcolm (137)||1 – 0||Cluley, Graham (118)|
|5||Brooke, Ian R (131)||1 – 0||Jones, Michael (117)|
|6||McLeod, Peter (133)||½ – ½||Bennett, Steven (108)|
|Match played: 4 Mar 2013||5 – 1|
If you look at the grades, Cumnor 1 was outflanked on all boards, and we were suffering from two of our top players – Andrew Varney (143) and Mark Sayers (141) – not being available to play for us on the night.
Nevertheless, Steve and Liam performed well, capturing draws. Meanwhile, in what could have been a winning position, Graham made an unfortunate blunder ensuring the loss of a piece and forcing his resignation.
Although it’s never fun to lose 5-1, it looks like Cumnor 1 will escape relegation to division 3 as Cowley Workers remain a fair few points below us, and it seems unlikely that they will manage to bridge the gap.
This would mean that, for the first time in its history, Cumnor 1 will be remaining in the same division rather than yo-yoing up and down.
Here’s the latest standing of the OCA Division 2 teams: