|Sheffield Deaf||0.5||3.5||Nomads D|
|Michael Freund||0.5||0.5||Keith Wicks||(w)|
|Peter Sharpe||0||1||Eric McKenna|
|Mick Simmons||0||1||Robert Shaw|
|David Whiston||0||1||Jo Woollard|
We won the toss, and played white on odd boards.
Keith and his opponent swapped off queens early, then continued in the same vein. When they were down to a knight, a bishop, and four pawns each, they agreed a draw.
Robert tried a speculative knight sacrifice, generating significant pressure on Mick’s king, but was unable to force immediate mate. After swapping queens off, Robert won a bishop with a rook fork, then pressed home his material advantage, eventually mating the black king on h3.
Eric began by swapping off minor pieces then, after much manoeuvring , trapped his opponent’s queen on his back rank. They promptly resigned.
Jo was the last to finish. After a quiet start she went into the middle game even on material – queen, two rooks, two bishops and a knight against queen, two rooks, two knights and a bishop. She then won a bishop and pawn for a knight, giving her a slight material advantage, but was unable to break through. Eventually though, her opponent’s flag fell.