|Richmond A||Wimbledon A|
|1||Mike Healey 205||½:½||Marcus Osborne 197|
|2||Julien Shepley 180||Adj||Steve Berry 211|
|3||Chris White 167||0:1||Robin Haldane 191|
|4||Richard James 170||½:½||Ivar Chavannes 198|
|5||Raghu Kamath 168||0:1||Tony Hughes 171|
|6||Bertie Barlow 161||½:½||Ian Heppell 183|
|7||Max Wood-Robinson –||1:0||Nick Keene 165|
|8||Ian McLeod 154||1:0||Paul Barasi 161|
Level pegging at the moment but the adjournment on board 2 doesn’t look good. Nevertheless, an encouraging performance against strong opposition.
Paul Barasi and I have known each other for more than half a century. It’s a standing joke between us that, while Paul prefers losing to drawing, I prefer drawing to winning.
Having outplayed my much higher graded Norwegian opponent with Black, then, instead of trying to find a win I allowed a queen exchange and agreed a draw. I’ll show you the position in another post.
Meanwhile, on board 8, Paul was beating Ian but losing to the clock. Ian sportingly offered a draw, which Paul, even more sportingly, declined. Soon afterwards his flag well. Bertie’s opponent was also generous in offering a draw: Ian Heppell was two pawns up in a rook ending but thought Bertie had enough counterplay.
Congratulations to Max, who is showing impressive form on his return to chess following the completion of his university studies.