Metropolitan won the toss and were White on odds. The teams were fairly evenly matched although Wanstead were slightly higher graded on average.
|Bd||Metropolitan Knights||157||v||Wanstead & Woodford||159.4|
|1||w||Nick Noden||181||1 - 0||D.I.Reynolds||172|
|2||b||Zafer Djabri||161||½ - ½||L Marden||169|
|3||w||Ian Gallagher||151||0 - 1||I Hunnable ||165|
|4||b||Kathy Djabri||154||½ - ½||T Whitton||161|
|5||w||Kevin Lenaghan||138||1 -0||M Murrell ||130|
Board 5 was the last to finish and provided some drama, as the position was
imbalanced (queen and rook vs two rooks, a bishop, and some extra pawns),
and very sharp. It was an advantage to us that the match position meant
the Wanstead player had to win rather than seek a perpetual.
Zaf was in some danger of losing on time, and was relieved to make the time control
with a level endgame: we would have lost the match otherwise. Nick's game, on
the other hand, was the match winner - he always looked better, and won in
fine positional style.
The next round is the Semi Final where we will play Maidstone.
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