Oxford 1 — Weekend 4

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Tim writes:

All, the second stage of the split Weekend Four has been held at Birmingham Airport, where Oxford 1 recorded a loss by 1½-6½ against Guildford 1 and 3-5 v White Rose 1.

To be honest, we weren't expecting great things from either match — especially when you have skip blundering away merrily on board 4 — but there were some highlights. On Saturday, Aidan tripped up a Spanish IM while Francesca scored her fifth draw of the season, this one by far her most creditable: Black against GM Glenn Flear.

Today, we roped in Robin and Sam from the seconds & thirds for their debuts and I was staggered to see them score 1½ between them, with Robin being commendably alert to a tactical finish when the opportunity presented itself. Sam's solid draw with a 2139 WFM will have him clamouring to be allowed back into the first team sharpish. Who do I drop in his favour?! Between those two boards, there was a tremendous effort from Zoe who held her 2233 opponent in a pawn-down Q+P ending. Skip is mildly jealous of that because he lost a Q+P ending with level pawns! Go figure.

FM Tom Eckersley-Waites

If skip's maths can be trusted, he reckons Tom has gained the necessary 1 rating point to sneak up to 2300 for the first time ever, allowing him to claim the title of FM. Well done to him!

Final Weekend: Div 1 draw

Our Ox1 regulars should note that the pairings for rounds 9-11 are announced: R9, White v Barbican 1, R10, Black v Guildford 2, R11, White v Blackthorne Russia.

Oxford 1

Saturday

Guildford 1 2533 Oxford 1 2176
w Short, Nigel g 2664 1 - 0 Zakarian, David f 2386
b Edouard, Romain g 2612 1 - 0 Rose, Matthew 2291
w Jones, Gawain g 2642 1 - 0 Eckersley-Waites, Tom 2299
b Pert, Nick g 2557 1 - 0 Harvey, Marcus R f 2317
w Suarez Real, Alberto i 2462 0 - 1 Rawlinson, Aidan 2182
b Hebden, Mark g 2491 1 - 0 Dickinson, Tim R 2121
w Flear, Glenn g 2465 ½ - ½ Matta, Francesca w 1918
b Milliet, Sophie i 2377 1 - 0 Hayward, Philip T 1898
6½ - 1½

Sunday

White Rose 1 2351 Oxford 1 2080
w Adair, James i 2436 1 - 0 Zakarian, David f 2386
b Palliser, Richard i 2439 ½ - ½ Eckersley-Waites, Tom 2299
w Wells, Peter g 2441 ½ - ½ Harvey, Marcus R f 2317
b McNab, Colin g 2429 1 - 0 Dickinson, Tim R 2121
w Gourlay, Iain f 2373 1 - 0 Rawlinson, Aidan 2182
b Townsend, Paul 2320 0 - 1 Nandi, Robin 1986
w Weller, Jean-Luc 2233 ½ - ½ Varney, Zoe 1900
b Vrbova, Niki wf 2139 ½ - ½ Bentham, Sam 1450
5 - 3

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