Representing Cumnor were Gareth Stevens, Daniel Varney, Marc Ives and Leonora Ives. Andrew Varney was running a book stall and helping his students in between games.
Gareth lost his first game, against Richard Beckett of Bicester. His second was a draw against Catalin Viscu. Then he went on a run and won the next three (against Christine Coates, Maria Mate and Neil Staples) to put him in with a chance of finishing in the top three overall.
However, in the last round Gareth faced James Cole, from MCS, and also an Oxfordshire county player. Losing a piece there was little hope and Gareth resigned when faced with losing his passed pawns.
Gareth and Daniel both finished joint 8th in the Senior section with 3.5/6. Marc Ives finished with 1/6 with a win against Ian Brooke of Oxford City.
Leonora finished joint 9th in the Junior Major section with 3.5/6.
The next tournament to look forward to will be the Witney Congress next month.
The results can be found here on the Witney Site