I suppose chess is usually a game of missed opportunities, especially at amateur level. There were plenty in Round 3. The top board encounter between the two favourites was a case in point. Rudy emerged from the opening with the better position, but misplayed it, losing material. Ian was on top against Scott Hammett but lost his way in the complications. John Florence had excellent chances against Roland Spencer in a very unbalanced position, and even the lowest-graded player present, Margaret Baron, could have had a clear advantage against the much stronger Colin Denham at one point. Paul Orton and I both took it in turns to throw away winning chances, so the only draw of the round seemed a fair result. At the end of the first day, Gerry Heap and Tony Haigh were the only players left on maximum points.

Gerry Heap – Rudy van Kemenade 1-0

Julie van Kemenade – Tony Haigh 0-1

Paul Orton – Matthew Francis ½-½

Jamie Sen – Jan Sendall 1-0

John Florence – Roland Spencer 0-1

Margaret Baron – Colin Denham 0-1

Ian Finlay – Scott Hammett 0-1

Tony Geraghty – John Basterfield 1-0



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