Nomads 400 vs Ecclesall

Nomads 400 1 3 Ecclesall
Robert Shaw(b) 0.5 0.5 John Speck (w)
Jo Woollard 0.5 0.5 Ken Scott
Dave Kesteven 0 1 Ivan Basarab-Horwath
Sam Humphrey 0 1 Safdar Alam

Ecclesall won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Early on, Robert won a queen, rook, and two pawns for a queen, bishop, and knight, a small theoretical advantage, but was unable to capitalise. Eventually, John Speck trapped Robert’s remaining rook, giving him a definite material advantage, but he was under time pressure with no clear route to mate, so a draw was agreed.

In a quiet opening, Dave and Ivan both castled king-side. After much manoeuvring Dave suffered decisive material loss, and resigned. Sam also resigned, after losing his queen to a knight fork.

In Jo’s game, her opponent castled first, then they exchanged knights and bishops, eventually reaching this position, in which a draw was agreed.

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