2 October 2012
Leamington have claimed a rare 4 board whitewash in Banbury. The result is all the more surprising as the average grades of the two teams was identical.
- Martin, Nick (144) 0 – 1 Graff, Ben (143)
- Waddell, Mal (140) 0 – 1 Darling, Tom (135)
- Vikanis, Egils (136) 0 – 1 Hodgkins, David W (135)
- Rowan, Daniel (127) 0 – 1 Collins, Andy (134)
Andy set the ball rolling with a comfortable win on board 4, then Tom edged a wild Albin Counter Gambit to make it 2-0. Ben, who had looked in trouble the exchange down, turned it around with both players short on time, his opponent’s clock running out shortly after a blunder. The points were safe, but David, who had no trouble after winning the exchange, made Leamington’s evening even better: 0-4!
This is Tom’s win, featuring a mix of blunders and enterprising attacking play from both sides …