|Home Team: Open University||Away Team: Bedford D|
|1||Graham E Borrowdale||177||0.5||0.5||Qais Karimi||159|
|2||James NO’D Alexander||149||0.5||0.5||John J Harbour||139|
|3||Richard Keane||112||0.5||0.5||Richard McMorran||130E|
|4||Dominic Bartram||111||1||0||Gerry Nolan||130e|
|5||Paul Endersby||107||1||0||R David Cox||63|
Qais maintained a small edge throughout against Graham Borrowdale, but was unable to convert it to the win he deserved.
The advantage ebbed and flowed in my game with James and I finished with a slight material advantage (RR+3 vs RB+4). I offered the draw when the match could no longer be saved.
The two Richards reached a position with an interlocking fence of pawns across the board and each playing in his own garden. I didn’t see the conclusion but the result was not a surprise.
Gerry won’t be repeating his opening, since allowing White to quickly establish a pawn on d6 didn’t work out well. The loss was all but inevitable.
David’s position looked fine early on, but when I next looked he was a pawn down with little compensation beyond a bit of pressure. He fought long and hard, but it was another inevitable result.