Weekend 5

[games, pgn]

Tim writes:

The final weekend of the 4NCL has been completed. Oxford scored these results:

  • Oxford 1 beat Sussex Martlets 1 6-2 & South Wales Dragons 4½-3½, before losing to Grantham Sharks 1 3-5;
  • Oxford 2 scored their first win of the season! beating CSC Rhinos 4½-1½, but then reverted to type, losing to Poisoned Pawns 2-4 and Milton Keynes 2 1½-4½;
  • Oxford 3 sadly lost all three matches: 2-4 to each of Throw In The Tal 1 & West Is Best 2, and ½-4½ to divisional winners Sussex Martlets 2.

All of which means Oxford 1 finished second in the Div 1 demotion pool, Oxford 2 were relegated to Div 4 and Oxford 3 were a whisker below mid-table in Div 4.

An Apology

To our long-suffering players in Ox3. The lowish number of Div 4 teams — exacerbated by two withdrawals — meant that the top teams had to find opponents from the lower half of the table in R9-11, meaning that you had much tougher matches on paper than you might normally have expected at this stage. Nonetheless I was very impressed with your effort against West Is Best 2: I thought we could win that match until things went wrong for Graham and Kev in the fifth or sixth hour of play. This was the first full Div 4 season; I expect that the 4NCL will consider improvements to the draw during the off-season.

Div 1

I was hoping Ox1 would win the R9+10 matches to stay up, or at least get 3/4 points from them. I was not disappointed! Well done indeed Justin, Davids Z & M, Will, Matt, Tom EW, Hans, Francesca & Mike H. My worry was that we’d win one, lose the other two and go down on 8/14 match points, as Spirit of Atticus A found out to their cost. As results panned out, one win would have been enough: skip nerves were much calmer on Monday with two wins in the bank!

Credit to David M, Will & Mike H for scoring 2/2 over the weekend. The only other (technically) 100% players on 1/1 were Mike T — a LPDO combination on Sat — and Nicole Miranda, who I was super-pleased to welcome back into the Ox2 team on Saturday. When I glanced across, she was a pawn down for some counterplay. The next time I looked, an oppo bishop had disappeared! Our other best scorer was Hendrik with 2/3 — he had a 2263 Shark on the ropes on Monday, so could have made 2½.

Drivers

Finally, I want to thank our many drivers who willingly took players to and from venues: Graham, Alan, Phil H, Mike H’s girlfriend, Marcus/Clare, Matt R, Dan, Mike T, David Z. We couldn’t do it without you, chaps. Well, we could, but it would be infinitely harder!

And, really-finally, I’d like to record my thanks to our regulars Hendrik, Oscar, Phil N, Justin and David Z, who were present at all five weekends and played 10 or 11 games. I count that we fielded 41 players over the course of the season, and registered 53(!).

Oxford 1

Saturday

Oxford 1 2296 Sussex Martlets 1 2094
w Zakarian, David f 2393 0 - 1 Tarhon, Brian f 2293
b Martins, David Pires Tavares f 2407 1 - 0 Cumming, Rhys 2162
w Tan, Justin i 2452 1 - 0 Salimbeni, George P W 2068
b Claridge-Hansen, William f 2288 1 - 0 Hoare, Amy B 2102
w Rose, Matthew 2280 0 - 1 Willson, Ollie 2065
b Eckersley-Waites, Tom 2313 1 - 0 Grant, David J 2086
w Hansen, Hans-Peter 2262 1 - 0 Payne, Matthew J 2023
b Matta, Francesca 1975 1 - 0 Blewitt, Stephen 1954
6 - 2

Sunday

South Wales Dragons 2225 Oxford 1 2274
w Chow, Sam f 2336 ½ - ½ Tan, Justin i 2452
b Toma, Katarzyna wg 2307 1 - 0 Zakarian, David f 2393
w Cooper, John G i 2272 0 - 1 Martins, David Pires Tavares f 2407
b Kett, Tim 2184 ½ - ½ Eckersley-Waites, Tom 2313
w Williamson, Roger G 2194 ½ - ½ Hansen, Hans-Peter 2262
b Redmond, John P. 2203 0 - 1 Claridge-Hansen, William f 2288
w Zeidler, Sven P. f 2182 0 - 1 Healey, Michael W 2109
b Jameson, David 2125 1 - 0 Matta, Francesca 1975
3½ - 4½

Monday

Oxford 1 2151 Grantham Sharks 1 2303
w Tan, Justin i 2452 ½ - ½ Pardo Simon, David i 2493
b Zakarian, David f 2393 ½ - ½ Batchelor, Peter J f 2335
w Eckersley-Waites, Tom 2313 0 - 1 Roberson, Peter T i 2377
b Sarantos, Vasileios 2240 0 - 1 Rendle, Thomas E i 2354
w Healey, Michael W 2109 1 - 0 Sanchez Botella, Luis Javier f 2278
b Dickinson, Tim R 2094 ½ - ½ Visa Jordana, Joel 2227
w Brackmann, Hendrik 2044 ½ - ½ Foisor, Mihaela-Veronica wi 2263
b Kularatnam, Kaushalya 1566 0 - 1 Milson, Samuel A 2102
3 - 5

Oxford 2

Saturday

Oxford 2 2051 CSC Rhinos [2] 1880
w Sarantos, Vasileios 2240 ½ - ½ Vlcek, Marek 2000
b Brackmann, Hendrik 2044 1 - 0 Vachtfeidl, Petr 1958
w Truran, Michael C 2117 1 - 0 Homolka, Vincent 1818
b Dickinson, Tim R 2094 ½ - ½ Fowler, David 1888
w Rowan, Daniel 1877 ½ - ½ Cooke, Charlie 1832
b Miranda Gonzalez, Nicole wf 1934 1 - 0 Towers, Nigel S 1789
4½ - 1½

Sunday

Poisoned Pawns 2025 Oxford 2 1957
w Redman, David J 2200 1 - 0 Dickinson, Tim R 2094
b Byway, Paul V f 2071 ½ - ½ Brackmann, Hendrik 2044
w Rosen, Daniel B c 2059 ½ - ½ Cole, James 1975
b Davison, Chris 1976 1 - 0 Idle, Oscar 1840
w McMahon, Paul 2006 1 - 0 Rowan, Daniel 1877
b Judkins, Brian D 1843 0 - 1 Terry, Sean 1914
4 - 2

Monday

Oxford 2 1871 MK Phoenix 2 1976
w Hayward, Philip 2035 ½ - ½ Freeman, Richard C P 2033
b Idle, Oscar 1840 0 - 1 Smith, Graham 2015
w Rowan, Daniel 1877 ½ - ½ Lambourne, Dan M 1990
b Terry, Sean 1914 ½ - ½ Kendall, Paul S N 1958
w Neatherway, A Philip 1823 0 - 1 Valentine, Brian J 1965
b Lim, Wei Xinq Sean 1740 0 - 1 Obi, Marc ON 1900
1½ - 4½

Oxford 3

Saturday

Throw in the Tal 1 1895 Oxford 3 1691
w Nwachukwu, Chino 1946 1 - 0 Neatherway, A Philip 1823
b Pink, Joshua 1938 ½ - ½ Cole, Graham 1818
w Price, Andrew 1892 ½ - ½ Gentry, Alan E 1743
b Ireland, David J 1929 0 - 1 Lim, Wei Xinq Sean 1740
w Ho, Marco 1855 1 - 0 Riley, Adrian K 1611
b Marlow, Ben 1812 1 - 0 Matilal, Tamal 1412
4 - 2

Sunday

Oxford 3 1620 West is Best 2 1919
w Neatherway, A Philip 1823 ½ - ½ Littlejohns, David P 2004
b Cole, Graham 1818 ½ - ½ Homer, Stephen J 1994
w Henbest, Kevin B 1658 0 - 1 Davies, Matthew 1953
b Riley, Adrian K 1611 0 - 1 Gregory, Andrew M 1930
w Tselos, Ross 1399 1 - 0 Griffiths, Hywel 1787
b Matilal, Tamal 1412 0 - 1 Varma, Varun 1847
2 - 4

Monday

Sussex Martlets 2 1799 Oxford 3 1542
w Howell, Chris I 1997 0 - 1 Henbest, Kevin B 1658
b Miller, Dominic 1765 ½ - ½ Biswas, Karl 1701
w Forster, Matthew 1720 1 - 0 Tselos, Ross 1399
b Howell, Oliver W 1795 1 - 0 Matilal, Tamal 1412
w Graham, William M 1798 1 - 0
b Woods, Timothy J 1721 1 - 0
4½ - ½

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