Woodseats vs Nomads 400

Woodseats 3 1 Nomads
Kypros Pilakoutas 1 0 Eric McKenna (w)
Michael Mullin 0.5 0.5 Robert Shaw
Stephen Daykin 0.5 0.5 Jo Woollard
Alexander Pilakoutas 1 0 Ashley Rogers

Jo won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Eric castled king-side, put his king on h2, then lost material, finishing up with two bishops and four pawns against two rooks and five pawns. When his opponent forced mate in two, Eric resigned. Ashley swapped queens off, but went a knight down. Further material loss followed, leaving him with a bishop, knight and two pawns against a rook, bishop, knight, and five pawns, so he too resigned.

Robert declined the Queen’s Gambit, gained a pawn advantage. then lost it, ending up in a rook and pawn endgame. After some manoeuvring a draw was agreed in this position.

Jo and Stephen both castled king-side. Jo established a solid defensive position, gaining a rook. More material gains followed, giving Jo two rooks, a bishop and seven pawns against just one pawn, but her opponent managed to find a stalemate.

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