|Nomads E||1/2||3½||Sheffield Deaf|
|Peter Morton (w)||1/2||1/2||Michael Freund|
|Robert Shaw||0||1||Peter Sharpe|
|Jo Woollard||0||1||Mick Simmons|
|Natasha Withington||0||1||David Whiston|
On board 4, David got his queen into Natasha’s position early on, quickly forcing mate. Peter’s game also finished fairly quickly. Playing against the French Defence, he maintained material parity, but was unable to break through, and accepted a draw.
Jo went a knight up in the early exchanges, but slipped back in the midgame, ending up with queen, bishop against queen, rook, and pawns. Jo’s pawns did look slightly better, but this proved insufficient to outweigh the material disadvantage.
Robert began by swapping off minor pieces, trying to weaken Peter’s pawn structure, but went two pans down in the process. Under pressure, he managed to avoid losing further material, and recovered the lost pawns, but was eventually out- manoeuvred, succumbing to a mate he never saw coming.