|1||Steven C Ledger||186||1||0||Richard CP Freeman||181|
|2||Paul F Habershon||180||0.5||0.5||Francesca Matta||178|
|3||Ravi Arulnandhy||169||0||1||Phillip Ekhaesomi||166|
|4||Richard T Bodily||178||1||0||Robert Whiteside||160|
|5||Andrew J Chapman||169||0||1||Peter Edwards||162|
This was a match we really needed to win, but MKB held us to a draw for the second time. With Andrew shedding pawns on Bd 5 and Ravi always on the back foot we went 0-2 down. Then Rob Whiteside failed to convert a winning position and Richard wrapped up the point (see game). Steve did not seem to be making much progress on Bd 1 but eventually his persistence paid off. This left me playing the deciding game, but I had already missed a simple exchange into a won pawn ending (see below). I was still a pawn up in a bishop ending but Francesca defended well and it simplified to a dead draw.
Captain misses open goal (Paul is overly hard on himself here but it’s worth a look, what would you play? – Ed)