Robert Shaw got his bishop trapped early on, so was a piece down for most of his game. When his opponent forced a mate in 2, Robert resigned.
Peter and Tim both castled kingside. Peter gained a pawn. After further manoeuvring left Peter a s rook up, Tim resigned. Robert Nield gained a knight, then mated Brian.
Jo and Barry traded off the light-squared bishops, castling king-side. After further exchanges left Jo with a queen, rook and single pawn against a knight, rook and five pawn Barry resigned while Eric’s game deadlocked.
Keith ended up with two rooks and two bishops against two rooks, a bishop and knight, but resigned once David forced promotion.
Eric and his opponent both castled kingside, then traded off minor pieces, leaving Eric with two rooks, a bishop and seven pawns against two rooks, a knight and six pawns, then Eric won a rook for a bishop, which proved decisive.
Jo won a queen with a bishop fork fairly early on, ending up with a rook and seven pawns against just four pawns, after which her opponent resigned.
Robert won a rook for a knight early on, but at the cost of positional weakness. His opponent soon won the lost material back, then forced mate.
Sam had good early development, tried a sacrifice which worked well enough, then attempted a second sacrifice which didn’t go so well, and resigned in the face of inevitable mate.
Robert Nield castled kingside, establishing a solid defensive position, then swapped down to knight, bishop and six pawns against two knights and four pawns, a slight material advantage, but sufficient to force mate.
Robert Shaw lost material to a fork early on, but then won a rook with a knight fork, leaving him slightly ahead. Once it became clear he couldn’t be prevented from swapping down to a won endgame, his opponent resigned.
Jo and her opponent began by swapping off the light-squared bishops. Exchanges of knights and queens soon followed. After much manoeuvring the game deadlocked. Eric also began with an early queen exchange. With neither player able to gain a clear material advantage this game too deadlocked.
Les castled queenside. In a complicated position he missed a pin, and was mated. Afterwards, he said he’d just been outplayed.
John emerged from the middle game with a rook and three pawns against a rook and four pawns, a slight disadvantage, but not enough to force a win. Instead, a draw was agreed.
Nomads won the toss, and chose white on odd boards.
Robert emerged from the opening with a bishop and five pawns against a bishop and four pawns. After much manoeuvring, he miscalculated, ending up in this position:
Seeing no way to prevent his opponent forcing promotion, Robert resigned.
Eric’s game began well, but eventually deadlocked, ending in an agreed draw. Duncan went a pawn down, and never quite recovered. Francesca also lost material early on, and eventually resigned.
Jo maintained material parity, ending up with a queen, two rooks, and seven pawns against a queen, two rooks, a knight, and four pawns. However, he defended well, holding Jo at bay until her flag fell.
Meanwhile, Les emerged into a bishop and pawns endgame two pawns up, with a clear time advantage. Before long, his opponent resigned.
Robert and his opponent lost their queens in quick succession. Eventually, his opponent forced material gain with a promotion threat. Robert played on for a while, but eventually resigned.
Eric castled kingside while his opponent developed his queen early. Eric gained material, then exchanged queens, leaving him with two rooks, a bishop, a knight, and six pawns against two rook and five pawns, a decisive material advantage. Mate soon follow.
Gordon soon gained a knight, then swapped down, ending with a queen, two rooks and three pawns against a queen, single rook, and three pawns. Faced with the forced capture of his queen Gordon’s opponent resigned.
Jo and her opponent both castled kingside, swapping off minor pieces and reaching this position on move 36.
The game was looking drawish, but Jo had a few minutes less on the clock so eventually ran out of time.
After a quiet opening, first Robert then his opponent gave away a rook, ending up in a rook and pawn endgame with Robert two pawns down. Once Roy forced promotion Robert resigned.
Gordon and Pete swapped off queens early, with Gordon gaining a bishop then winning a rook with a knight fork, a decisive material advantage. After some more manoeuvring, Gordon delivered this mate on move 30:
Coming out of the opening, Les had a dangerous looking knight on e5, but his opponent traded off minor piece. Both players were left with a queen, a single rook, and pawns, but Les had a four pawn advantage which proved sufficient for him to win a queen outright. Andrew then resigned.
In a quiet opening Jo and Michael both castled kingside. Jo won a queen for two pieces, but then Michael pinned her rook, gaining a rook for a bishop. However Jo won a knight with a queen fork, leaving her with a queen, rook and five pawns against two rooks and two pawns. After much manoeuvring, mate followed.
Robert traded two minor pieces for a rook and pawn early on, then after a misstep won a knight outright before eventually mating.
Jo and her opponent both castled king-side. Jo quickly developed both knights, positioning a bishop on g2, then exchanged two knights for two bishops and won a rook for a knight, ending up in this position:
Facing mate, her opponent resigned.
Keith stated with a knight for bishop exchange, then gained a bishop, leaving him with two rooks, a bishop, and six pawns against two rooks and six pawns, but then David won a bishop back, before swapping off all the pieces. With just pawns left, David promoted, and Keith resigned.
Dave and Martin exchanged off minor pieces, castling king-side, but then Dave gained material, going into the endgame with a rook and five pawns against a knight and four pawns. After some manoeuvring Dave forced promotion, and mate soon followed.
Gordon and Graham swapped queens off early. After some more exchanges he lost a rook for a knight, ending up with a knight and five pawns against a rook and four pawns, then put up a solid defence, reaching this position.
Here, with under 10 minutes left on both clocks, Graham offered a draw, which Gordon quickly accepted.
Robert pinned Steve’s knight against his queen, trying to set up a pin on the queen itself, but when the exchanges were resolved both players were left with a rook and four pawns., so a draw was soon agreed.
After some early exchanges, Gordon gained a queen, then traded his queen for a mate.
Dave and David both castled king-side, swapping off minor pieces. Dave generated promising mating threats, but David manoeuvred through them to mate him.
Eric went a bishop up early on, trading off both knights for a clear material advantage. After some manoeuvring, he mated Robert’s exposed king with his queen, supported by a distant bishop.
Keith swapped down to queen, rook and 7 pawns against a queen, rook and just five pawns, then forced promotion. Once he had two queens, mate quickly followed.
Jo and Martin both castled king-side. Jo established a strong defensive position, then won both rooks, gaining a pawn in the process. Once the minor pieces were swapped off, she advanced a pawn to the sixth rank, forced a queen exchange, then promoted, leaving her with a queen, two rooks, and six pawns against just three pawns. There was still a chance of stalemate traps, but Jo avoided those and forced mate.