Round 4:

Atticus A  2-2  Shropshire 1

  Atticus A 2219 Shropshire 1 2053
w Redmond, John P. 2327 e 0 - 1 Cooper, Gavyn 2230 e
b Kennaugh, Charles W f 2249 1 - 0 Zabrocki, Philip 1997 e
w Kee, Steve 2155 e 1 - 0 Gostelow, David W 1990 e
b James, David J f 2147 e 0 - 1 Archer, Richard 1997 e

Although we should probably have done better, in this match we did collect our first point of the competition. The format seems to induce odd opening-decisions and for no good reason I left my repertoire around move 7 - I ended up thinking for ages and then blundering in the tactical-exchanges. Steve and Charlie had nice voctories while Dave James's good run in the competition came to an end.

Atticus B  1-3  Battersea Howitzers.

  Atticus B 1776 Battersea Howitzers 1899
w Boumphrey, Luke S 2020 e 1 - 0 Buanne, Luca 1922 e
b Banerjee, Sanjoy K 1720 e 0 - 1 Kolani, Arjun 1937 e
w Burge, Steve J 1675 c 0 - 1 Dupuis, Denis K 1870 e
b Blasczyk, Martin 1690 c 0 - 1 Mellor, Jessica 1870 e

 

Atticus B were outgunned by the Howitzers.

 

Round 5:

Atticus A  1-3  Oxford

  Atticus A 2219 Oxford 1 2173
w Redmond, John P. 2327 e ½ - ½ Savage, Ben D M f 2273
b Kennaugh, Charles W f 2249 0 - 1 Cont, Arya 2147 e
w Kee, Steve 2155 e 0 - 1 Smallbone, Kieran D 2179
b James, David J f 2147 e ½ - ½ Nataraj, Nakul 2095 e

On paper, we were reasonably matched but got soundly beaten.

 

To Be Decided  4-0  Atticus B

  To Be Decided 1757 Atticus B 1776
w Gurner, Jem 1975 e 1 - 0 Boumphrey, Luke S 2020 e
b Chadha, Sambhav 1706 1 - 0 Banerjee, Sanjoy K 1720 e
w Vanjare, Aditya 1705 e 1 - 0 Blasczyk, Martin 1690 c
b Jaberansari, Daniel 1645 e 1 - 0 Burge, Steve J 1675 c

Again, on paper, this should have been an even contest. However, we got steamrollered.

Round 6:

Anglian Avengers 3-1  Atticus A

  Anglian Avengers 1 2240 Atticus A 2219
w Walker, Martin G f 2275 e ½ - ½ Redmond, John P. 2327 e
b Kanellopoulos, Panayotis 2265 ½ - ½ Kennaugh, Charles W f 2249
w Talsma, Paul 2177 e 1 - 0 Kee, Steve 2155 e
b Lewis, Andrew P f 2243 1 - 0 James, David J f 2147 e

We were a little out-rated in this match but could have hoped to do better.

 

Atticus B  2-2  Phone Pals

  Atticus B 1798 Phones Pals 1586
421 w Boumphrey, Luke S 2020 e 0 - 1 Bozinakis, Pavlos 2216
422 b Rothwell, James P 1892 e 0 - 1 Shah, Dipen 1501 o
423 w Wadsworth, Mark S 1660 c 1 - 0 Narang, Vishal 1487 o
424 b Wiseman, Jim K 1622 e 1 - 0 Sharan, Kartike 1140 o

Atticus B finally got themselves a match-point. This was mainly thanks to Jim Wiseman's timely debut and Mark's return. Luke had a challenging assignment on Board 1 and came off second-best. James Rothwell appeared well-placed in a closed position but then fell victim to a tricky Queen-trap. Mark had a fairly wild-looking game where he held his nerve to bring home the victory. Jim won a piece relatively early and duly converted.

 

 

 

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