On the last morning of the congress, John missed a chance for a breakthrough against Scott Hammett’s English Opening, and the players agreed a draw in a position where Black still had the advantage but no clear win. Ian might have trapped Alan Spencer’s queen, but got another opportunity to win a few moves later and made no mistake. Georgina was presented with a gift when Tom Bennett left his queen en prise. Rudy was faced with Bird’s Opening, which he plays himself, and the kind of complex manoeuvering game in which he usually excels, but somehow it didn’t work out for him against Chris Dixon. Julie allowed the game to be opened up with her king still in the centre, and suffered the consequences. I became pessimistic early on in my game against Mal Kingman, although the position was not at all bad; I started throwing pieces at him in a vaguely aggressive way, losing material with no compensation.

Scott Hammett – John Basterfield ½-½

Alan Spencer – Ian Finlay 0-1

Tom Bennett – Georgina Gray 0-1

Chris Dixon – Rudy van Kemenade 1-0

Julie van Kemenade – Johnathon Bourne 1-0

Matthew Francis – Mal Kingman 0-1



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