While Cumnor 2 played an away game against Cowley 5 (see the report here), the first team took on top of the table Bicester 1.
The match was close but Cumnor came out winners 3.5-2.5.
|Cumnor 1||Bicester 1|
|1||Terrington, Simon (173)||1/2-1/2||Matta, Francesca (-)|
|2||Glenn, Liam (147)||1/2-1/2||Marlow, Mike (161)|
|3||Varney, Andrew (147)||1/2-1/2||Hepworth, Nicholas J (142)|
|4||Varney, Zoe (149)||1-0||Morton, Iain (142)|
|5||Sayers, Mark (139)||0-1||Beckett, Richard (141)|
|6||Varney, Daniel (137)||1-0||Burcham, Anthony (123)|
|Match played on 30 Oct 2014.||3.5-2.5|
Liam and Nicholas (Andrew’s opponent), both offered draws within a minute of each other which after a quick look at the boards were accepted by both players.
Daniel’s game (which I would like to point out wasn’t the first to finish) looked to be heading towards a draw, four pawns and a knight each with the pawns creating barrier to stop the Kings getting in behind.
A moment of controversy happened when Tony thought he had gained a draw with a three fold repetition, however Daniel had triangulated his King which meant the King was not in check when the Knight came in nor was it the same position for the third time. This allowed Daniel to take a pawn and Tony resigned.
The last three games went down to the final few minutes…
Zoe won her game with an extra pawn and a nice tactic as the her opponents clock ticked down. Mark lost his Queenside pawns and had to sack a Rook for a pawn which was about to Queen.
Simon’s game was a great game which swung back and forth.
Francesca got a pawn on to the seventh rank but Simon managed to deflect one of its defenders to win it. The game looked to be heading towards a draw, both players with 4 pawns and Knight each until Simon ended up defending the position and he had to sack the knight for a pawn.
Simon’s King ran into the corner blocking the H pawn, which was the last pawn on the board, and managed to force a stalemate (King, Knight, pawn on 7th rank vs King) with only 15 seconds left on the clock.
The result still keeps Bicester top and puts Cumnor into 5th in this very open league, see the league here.