|Nomads E||1||3||Rotherham B|
|Simon Nicholson||0||1||Chris Willey (b)|
|Dave Kesteven||0||1||Philip Sharpe|
|Robert Shaw||0||1||Michael Snowdon|
Rotherham defaulted on board two, due to a family emergency.
Dave and Philip both castled king-side, swapping off minor pieces, then Philip doubled his rooks on the d file, generating a strong attack. After losing significant material, Dave resigned.
Simon played an obscure variant of the Caro-Kann defence. Early on, he forced Chris to retreat his knight back to g8, but Chris soon recovered. Just as the game was starting to look like a draw, Simon’s flag fell, before move 30.
Robert gained a rook early on with a knight fork, but eventually blundered it away, leaving him with a lone knight against three pawns. While he was struggling to find a way to prevent promotion, his flag too fell.