Cumnor 1 kicked off the season with a draw against Bicester 1 on Thursday night.
On board 6, Chris was playing his first game for Cumnor, even though he lost the game he did say he enjoyed it. I was the next to finish and the final position found been seen right after a Bishop sac on h6. Daniel and Mark finished shortly after, both picking up wins giving Cumnor 1 a 3-1 lead.
Andrew went a piece down after some good play from Tony and Gareth was forced to carry on playing as a Bicester win would draw the match while any other result would lead to a Cumnor victory.
Mike after the match admitted that he would have accepted a draw if the result had already be confirmed.
Unfortunately, Gareth missed a Knight fork and went an exchange down which gave Mike enough material and time to win the game.
The early table can be found here on the Oxfordshire chess website. Our next game is on Monday against Cowley 3 which should be another exciting match. This weekend is the Forth Witney Congress at Cokethorpe School more information can be found here, currently 4 Cumnor Players are amongst the other 65 players.