|Nomads B||5-1||Barnsley B|
|Ian Barwick||1-0||K Hunter|
|Geoff Frost||0½-0½||N Todd|
|Arjun Babu||1-0||R F Hall|
|Nick Mahoney||1-0||A Perry|
|Henry Withington||0½-0½||P Lea Kime|
|Steve Withington||1-0||J Stevens|
Standing in as captain for Keith, I was pleased to see what a strong and committed team we had.
First to finish, and playing extremely quickly, was Steve. He won a pawn in the opening and exchanged off to a winning ending where he won a piece.
Second and third to finish were Geoff and Henry. One was a fluid open game and position, one was not…..
Nick wrapped up a win on board 4 with a nice win of Queen, and then mopped up.
So 3-1 everything was fine. Ian had a slight plus in a Q and double rook ending but there were no obvious weaknesses in either position. arjun had his usual complex position and naturally no time. So when he contrived to get his Q trapped and lose it for a Rook, I feared the worst. There was compensation in that he had 2 connected passed pawns on the 5th and two excellent bishops. There was then a flurry of exchanges which left Richard with a Rook and Knight trying to stop the 2 pawns supported by the bishops. It was only going to end one way.
Finally Ian was quietly going about his business. He gave up his passed Q side pawn in exchange for tempi to storm Ken’s King. A nice culmination of a good game by Ian.