In a topsy-turvy 4th round thriller, St Albans just held on to a draw against the Avengers 2nd Team.
The evening was off to an unpropitious start when Alonso castled into a trap set by his (considerably) higher rated opponent, losing his queen after 14 moves. Michael tamed any bellicose intentions of his opponent, and a peace treaty was signed after 13 moves. Kyan looked under great pressure, with an exposed king in a complex middle-game. Yet it was his opponent who cracked under-pressure: detonating his position with a series of ill-judged pawn captures, in an otherwise fully tenable opposite-bishop endgame.
The scene was set for a notable turnaround when Russell, out-playing the St Albans captain, went a full exchange up after a neat combination. Yet his opponent, under great pressure both on the board and on the clock, somehow clung on. Russell reluctantly conceded the draw on move 76.