Round 2 saw the first draws of the tournament. Tony’s game against Scott Hammett was a close-fought encounter; Tony was an exchange up but ultimately unable to break through. John and I were both lucky to survive. Ian missed a mating attack against John and agreed a draw in a position where he was still winning, while I was two pawns down against Julie but got one of them back, with opposite-coloured bishops discouraging her from playing on. The decisive games once again followed the ratings, though Jamie Sen held his own against Tony Haigh for quite a while, and Rudy’s exchange advantage didn’t seem to guarantee a win until Paul Orton slipped up.

Colin Denham – Gerry Heap 0-1

Rudy van Kemenade – Paul Orton 1-0

Matthew Francis – Julie van Kemenade ½-½

Tony Haigh – Jamie Sen 1-0

Roland Spencer – Margaret Baron 1-0

Scott Hammett – Tony Geraghty ½-½

Jan Sendall – Georgina Gray 1-0

John Basterfield – Ian Finlay ½-½

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