Dave N finished first. I didn't see anything of his game but he appeared comfortable and got us off to a good start. Tudor finished next and felt as though he had been high jacked by a player who performed well above his grade on the night. I was a pawn up in my game but things were still tight until my opponent went for a tactic which went wrong for him and gained a rook for me.
Keven's version of his game:
"An unusual Trompowsky with Black volunteering for a broken pawn structure, in return for play along the open g-file. In a tricky game I managed to neutralise his king-side threats and break through in the centre to deliver mate."
So, we were 3 - 1 up on the night and looking good on the 2 remaining boards. Jim was a pawn up and cruising and looked like nothing could go wrong. Unfortunately it did. He walked into a knight fork which lost his queen. A pity for Jim who's been in great form recently.
Everything now was hanging on David T's game. He had 5 minutes left and his opponent was down to a minute in an exciting double edged game. Ever the team player, David asked what the match score was. I told him that he just needed a draw. He immediately offered a draw which was quickly accepted and meant we collected the points on the night.
0 - 1 David Campbell (139) v Dave N
1/2 David Boulden (144) v David T
0 - 1 Phil Boyd (130) v Keven
1 - 0 Vasileiros Pasialis (125) v Tudor
1 - 0 Ivan Urwin (122) v Jim
0 - 1 Julio Calcina (114) v Paul
2.5 - 3.5