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– from Chris Howell
A very exciting day in prospect with England narrowly/jointly leading 3 of the 4 events and with an outside chance of overtaking Ireland in the fourth – so all to play for!
Round 5: Wednesday 22/7/2015 am versus Scotland
A quick note on each of the games:
- Omeet surprised his opponent with the Sniper, netted 2 pawns and solid defence netted a great win as his opponent’s time and position deteriorated.
- Oli misplayed the opening slightly and wisely took a quick draw in a potentially difficult position.
- Ben also had a quick draw where his opponent’s doubled pawns gave him some useful open lines in compensation.
- Tim played an enterprising piece sacrifice in the opening and won his piece back with a won ending which he converted neatly.
- Max saw his kingside collapse under a vicious attack, sacked material to survive, nearly grabbed a draw a rook down, won some material back but went down in a close ending
- Teddy played a good steady game and took advantage of a suicidal king advance by his opponent to get a winning ending and duly won it.
- But Wales’ fine win against Ireland put them half-a-point ahead of us going into the final round!
- Harry drummed up a strong king-side attack for a slight material deficit but could not quite break through and went down in time trouble.
- Alfie developed a slight initiative on the black side of a Benko but could make no headway and the endgame was always drawn.
- Jake played a nice game but could not win a slightly better ending as black.
- Elliot tried everything to win his ending but also had to settle for a draw.
- Matthew lost control of the c-file early on resulting in a lost pawn and despite stout resistance eventually went down in an endgame.
- Alex won a classic queen-side majority endgame efficiently, a really good performance.
- The Irish extended their lead to six points meaning that a good second place was now the realistic aim for our Robinson team.
In the Glorney:
- Ollie had a typical king’s Indian Attack game where black’s queen-side activity balanced white’s king-side attack and a draw was the result.
- John broke through with a lovely sacrificial attack and consolidated his extra material to win convincingly.
- Daniel played a brilliancy on the black side of the King’s Indian – “the best game of my life!”
- Michael neutralised a slight initiative for his opponent and gained a comfortable draw.
- Joseph had a nice plus throughout and finished with a neat tactic for another win.
Despite this superb 4-1 win the Irish edged up to us with a 4.5 – 0.5 win themselves.
In the Gilbert:
- Katherine won another long game in fine positional style to move to a superb 4.5/5.
- Emily obtained a lovely attacking position with a choice of good continuations and won nicely with a winning rook sacrifice.
- Zoe achieved a solid draw on the black side of the Gruenfeld.
The excellent score of 2.5 was matched by the Irish to leave it all square in this tournament too!
– thanks to Anna Gallagher