Worksop C vs Nomads D

Worksop C 1 3 Nomads D
Ian Barker 1 0 Robert Shaw (w)
Alan Story 0 1 Jo Woollard
Cliff Briggs 0 1 Dave Kesteven
Ross Philips 0 1 Gordon Shaw

We won the toss, and chose white on odds.

Gordon won his game in just twelve moves, mating Ross on his back rank with the queen, supported by the bishop.

Robert’s game also started promisingly, but then he blundered on move 23, allowing Ian to deliver check with a discovered attack on the queen. Robert played on for a few more moves, looking for tactical options, then resigned.

Dave gained material early on, going into the middle game with a queen, two rooks and five pawns against a queen, rook, knight and five pawns. He swapped the queens off on move 30, then forced a rook exchange, which left him with a passed pawn on the d file.

Further exchanges left Dave with a rook and three pawns against a knight and three pawns. After some manoeuvring,  Dave win the knight with a promotion threat, and Cliff resigned,

Jo was the last to finish.  She also gained material in early exchanges, ending up with a two rooks and six pawns against a rook, bishop, and five pawns. Jo doubled her rooks on the e file, then won Alan’s rook with a fork, at which point he resigned.

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