Here is Izzie's
game against Alvaro Rey of Wantage 2. She was
very happy with the eventual checkmate at 9.45pm
when she was feeling absolutely exhausted, and
struggling to keep her wits about her. Alvaro
was just one move off checkmate himself she
tells me, so she couldn't put a foot wrong in
the last sequence - Catriona Hauer.
Joseph was Black against another up and coming
junior in the shape of Kirill Lasis, and again
found himself significantly outgraded.
Nonetheless, he found a very nice 11th move to
win a pawn. Kiril however maintained significant
counterplay, mainly the result of Joseph's
injudicious and loosening 9th move, but Joseph
defended well. After White missed at least a
draw with 23. Rd6!
Joseph gave the pawn back and transposed into a
slightly better ending which Kirill might have
held by going on the defensive. Instead he
counter-attacked and Joseph found a nice
sequence to take advantage of White's vulnerable
king and transpose into a winning endgame. A
hard-fought game reflecting credit on both
Here are two games from
Monday's match between Witney 4 and Cumnor 4,
which Witney 4 lost narrowly despite a valiant
effort - MT.
Game 1: Despite a couple of wobbles (7.
......b5 was an unintentional but possibly quite
good sacrifice for active play, and 24.
......Rac8 simply overlooked that f7 was
hanging) Black kept his nerve well as White's
pieces swarmed around his king's side. So
happily neither wobble was as terminal as
White's on move 12.
Game 2: Maria plunges into the Ulvestad
Variation of the Two Knights Defence, which is a
minefield for White if you don't know the theory
(moves provided courtesy of Bob).