WSTCC Round 5 / interim Round 6

England 1 beat Thüringen 2.5 – 1.5 today. They now have 11/12, having drawn earlier with Lasker Schachsfit. Endes GM drew with Jon Speelman; Brueggeman drew with John Emms; Casper IM drew with Mark Hebden; Ruether lost to Keith Arkell
Keith has the exciting score of 4.5/5 and none of our players has lost a game. 

Lasker are 2 – 1 against Germany 2. They look like winning the last game. Then they will also have 11/12 and one more game point than us … BUT they still have to play the USA, the highest rated team, who we beat earlier. A fuller report of all our 9 teams and 40 players will appear later. It is very hard to keep track and also play

— Stewart Reuben


50+
England (seeded 4) played Lasker-Schachstiff (seeded 3). All 4 games were drawn. We are joined in round 6 by Thüringen who have the same score, 4 wins and 1 draw, but have met weaker opposition – we play them Wednesday. On the other hand, they have scored more game points. 
England 3 1 – 3 Russian Women; Germany Women 2 1 – 3 England 2; Leichtenstein 1.5 – 2.5 England Women
Sheila Jackson lost, but our two ex-German players won. 
England 4 0.5 – 3.5 Nieder Osterrech 
 
65+
England 1 2.5 – 1.5 Veteranen-Grez; Schachfreunde 2.5 – 1.5 England 2; Sturtebeker 3 – 1 England 4; BSV Chemi Rade 1.5 – 2.5 England 3
Brian Ewart won in 19 moves. It was only during the round that I noticed  how low-rated that team is. In a way, it is like a second bye. Still, England 3 had problems but have overtaken England 4. I play for that team on board 1. I didn’t have a good position, but had equalised at the point where my opponent offered me a draw. I went to look at the other game still continuing and Keith Emerton was totally lost. So I continued, got the better of it and then lost trying to win! 

— Stewart Reuben