Scotland 1.5 Slovakia 2.5
Sadly Colin McNab lost to Ftacnik, the other three all drew.
S.V, Forchheim e.V. 1 England 1 3
England 2 1 Germany 3
Hessen Mix 1 Thuringen 3
England 1 made some progress and are ranked second, while England 2 are ranked seventh.
Berliner Schachverband 3 England 65+ 1
Geoff James and Ian Reynolds drew, Ken Norman lost, and newcomer Gareth Jones lost on board 4. This is his first appearance in one of these events.
England 2 lost a well-fought match against the second seeds Germany by the score 3-1.
On board one Glenn Flear obtained pressure with bishop against knight and furthermore his passed a-pawn gave Black some difficult moments. However Bischoff found some fine defensive moves to save the game.
James Plaskett had a kingside initiative in compensation for his isolated d-pawn. However Volke coped with the threats and managed to win the d-pawn. A rearguard action from Jim, who kept his pieces active, enabled him to hold the draw despite the pawn deficit.
Shawn Tavares obtained strong pressure on the queenside, and could it seems have won a pawn for virtually no compensation. However Tischbierek was able to confuse the issue and turn the tables.
Chris played creatively with a temporary piece sacrifice, which after a tactical flourish led to equality. Later Chris didn’t find the best way to simplify and utimately shed a pawn. The rook endgame might be tenable, but there were significant technical difficulties.
Flear-Bischoff (2495) ½-½
Volke (2470)-Plaskett ½-½
Tavares-Tischbierek (2420) 0-1
Gauglitz (2393) – Fegan 1-0
Nigel Short 4.5/5; John Nunn 4.5/5; John Speelman 4/5; Keith Arkell 3.5/5; Terry Chapman 2.5/5
Glenn Flear 4.5/6; James Plaskett 5/6; Shawn Tavares 1.5/6; Chris Fegan 3.5/6
Geoff James 3.5/6; Ken Norman 3/6; Ian Reynolds 3/6; Roger Scowen 2/5; Gareth Jones 0/1
- Glenn Flear, Stewart Reuben