|Stannington||3 1/2||1/2||Nomads 400|
|James Allen (b)||1||0||Eric McKenna|
|Paul Cheshire||1/2||1/2||Jo Woollard|
|Francis L Kay||1||0||Robert Shaw|
|Glen Marvin||1||0||Gordon Shaw|
Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odd boards.
Playing against the French Defence, Robert lost two rooks in quick succession to knight forks, ending up with a decisive material disadvantage, and resigned. Gordon and Glen both castled king-side, exchanging minor pieces, but after Glen’s queen captured Gordon’s a8 rook he too was faced with a decisive material disadvantage, and resigned.
Eric and his opponent traded off pieces. After 33 moves each, Eric was left with a rook, bishop and three pawns against a rook, knight and five pawns. Recognising his opponent’s pawn majority would be decisive he also resigned.
Meanwhile, Jo and Paul maintained approximate material parity. Jo had a well placed knight, and Paul had doubled pawns, but this did not prove to be quite enough for a win. After both players’ attacks fizzled out they agreed a draw, saving Nomads from a complete whitewash.