Weekend 2

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After the report on the last round, Seanus goes in search of the lost round.

Dear webmeister

I can’t help noticing the gap in the Oxford archive for January 2010 — has your columnist lost his notebook, last seen here…:

or is there some more subtle reason waiting to be revealed?

Yours etc.

Gary

Dear “Gary”

Normally we’re the first to hold our hands up after getting pasted on both days of a 4NCL away weekend — and the phrase “it’s a fair cop, guv” covers all the relevant nuances of our performance. This time around there were so many possible excuses for defeat:

  • team members at a wedding,
  • opponents using notes (see above),
  • team drinking exercises on the Saturday night,
  • team members returning from a wedding

not forgetting “team member getting married”— that plunging straight into analysis seemed a little bit unkind. And quite difficult also, as we had a fearful hangover and the notebook made no sense after about Sunday evening. So, for the moment, here’s a picture of the team in the days when it cared about physical fitness:

and some game positions will appear in due course. Any player wishing for clemency will know where to send the cheque.

Round 3

  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE 7 - 1 OXFORD 1
1 w Rowson, Jonathan W 2579 1 - 0 White, Michael JR 2227
2 b Hebden, Mark L 2503 1 - 0 Milovanovic, Aleksander 2246
3 w Flear, Glenn C 2497 0 - 1 Rawlinson, Aidan M 2207
4 b Emms, John M 2484 1 - 0 Eckersley-Waites, Tom 2247
5 w Ward, Chris G 2431 1 - 0 Dickinson, Tim R 2151
6 b Grafl, Florian 2426 1 - 0 Tidman, Sophie E 2110
7 w Hunt, Harriet V 2452 1 - 0 Burt, William 2162
8 b Auckland, Elliott 2010 1 - 0 Nitz, Tomos 2090

Elliott Auckland and Claire Summerscale write:

This game was essentially decided by the overwhelming strength of Pride & Prejudice, who heavily out-rated Oxford on seven of the eight boards. The score-line followed the statistical predictions, however, in not the manner expected, as Aidan Rawlinson picking up a strong win against Pride & Prejudice debutant Glenn Flear and I (EA) picked up a rather lucky win to balance the statistics.
This victory pushed Pride & Prejudice to the top of the league, a nice position to be in before the crunch match against WGHK 1.

  KJCA KNIGHTS 0 - 6 OXFORD 2
1 w Clanchy, Nicholas 1858 0 - 1 Stembridge, Ed 2066
2 b Murphy, Conor 1794 0 - 1 Jackson, Gary C 2034
3 w Kalid, Raphael 1786 0 - 1 Scott, David A 2058
4 b Reddiar, Gautham 1746 0 - 1 Rawlinson, Christopher JA 2048
5 w Davis, Alexei 1730 0 - 1 Ludbrook, Matthew 2011
6 b Paul, Barnaby J 1610 0 - 1 Neatherway, A Philip 1922
  OXFORD 3 1½-4½ SUSSEX SMART CONTROLS
1 w Vikanis, Georgs 1978 0 - 1 Oates, David R 2159
2 b Terry, Sean 1867 0 - 1 Grant, David J 2020
3 w Langham, Rod E 1786 ½ - ½ Jones, Chris 2070
4 b Wang, Maria 1677 0 - 1 Michaud, Gerald 2066
5 w Wang, Anna 1698 0 - 1 Payne, Matthew J 1871
6 b Henbest, Kevin B 1746 1 - 0 Burch, Jonathan G 1770

Round 4

  OXFORD 1 2½-5½ CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY 1
1 w Rose, Matthew 2282 0 - 1 Dearing, Edward J 2406
2 b Savage, Ben DM 2296 0 - 1 Pinter, Gabor 2349
3 w White, Michael JR 2227 ½ - ½ Mah, Karl CC 2417
4 b Rawlinson, Aidan M 2207 0 - 1 Bisby, Daniel L 2297
5 w Milovanovic, Aleksander 2246 ½ - ½ Moskovic, David M 2307
6 b Dickinson, Tim R 2151 ½ - ½ Churm, Rohan M 2167
7 w Tidman, Sophie E 2110 ½ - ½ Spencer, Carl J 2136
8 b Nitz, Tomos 2090 ½ - ½ Chevannes, Sabrina L 2062

Elliott Auckland and Claire Summerscale write:

In this varsity match, ratings suggest that the score-line should have been closer, however Cambridge triumphed on the day thanks to their titled players.
Ben was Savaged by Gabor Pintor's Scotch opening! Here Black had probably overlooked 19. fxe5! Qxa3 20. Bxf7+ Ke7 21. Rad1! when all roads lead to mate.

  OXFORD 2 1½-4½ BRISTOL 2
1 w Stembridge, Ed 2066 0 - 1 Humphreys, Jerry G 2082
2 b Jackson, Gary C 2034 0 - 1 Ponter, Ian P 2046
3 w Scott, David A 2058 0 - 1 Schofield, Oliver 1962
4 b Rawlinson, Christopher JA 2048 ½ - ½ Stewart, Joseph 1994
5 w Ludbrook, Matthew 2011 ½ - ½ Hardy, Roger 1999
6 b Neatherway, A Philip 1922 ½ - ½ Bromilow, Edward T 1922
  BEAUTY AND THE BEASTS 2 - 4 OXFORD 3
1 w McCullough, Simon L 1986 0 - 1 Vikanis, Georgs 1978
2 b Carpenter, David J 1983 ½ - ½ Wedge, David C 1954
3 w Davies, Matthew 1956 1 - 0 Zhang, Marco 1938
4 b Foster, William E 1800 ½ - ½ Terry, Sean 1867
5 w Sivakumar, Athman 1818 0 - 1 Langham, Rod E 1786
6 b Corcoran, Gary 1866 0 - 1 Henbest, Kevin B 1746


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