Avengers 1 were close to victory against Oxford, but fell short after a remarkable turnaround.
|Oxford 1||2226||Anglian Avengers 1||2222|
|181||w||Zakarian, David||f||2306||1 – 0||Kanellopoulos, Panayotis||2265|
|182||b||Savage, Ben D M||f||2273||½ – ½||Walker, Martin G||f||2275 e|
|183||w||Cont, Arya||2147 e||1 – 0||Player, Edmund C||2172|
|184||b||Smallbone, Kieran D||2179||0 – 1||Talsma, Paul||2177 e|
|2½ – 1½|
Paul got us off to the best possible start with an emphatic 27 move victory against Kieran Smallbone’s Slav Defense. This takes Paul to a massive 6/6 score in this competition!
Martin laboured to prove an advantage against FM Ben Savage’s unexpected Centre Counter. Ben defended resourcefully and a dead drawn position was reached on move 52.
Panagiotis looked under pressure against FM David Zakarian’s Four Pawns Attack, but seemed to have completely neutralized his opponent’s advantage with a neat simplifying combination on move 23. Nonetheless, Zakarian continued to press in a R+N v R+B endgame, and was rewarded when Panagiotis went wrong in time pressure.
After a complex central struggle, Ed looked close to victory when he seized Arya Cont’s c-pawn on move 34. However, Ed, heavily behind on the clock for most of the game, never stabilized his advantage, and eventually succumbed to a King-side attack.
This result leaves the Avengers 1st team in 3rd place in Division 1 / Group B, 2 points behind Wood Green Monarchs. We will need an exceptional performance (probably 2.5/3) over the final 3 rounds to qualify for the Championship play-offs.