WSTCC Round 7 – tension mounts …

Round 7 was very tense indeed in the 50+. John Emms, the English captain had a very easy win against David Cummings of Canada, due to an elementary blunder on his part in a difficult position. Mark Hebden and Keith Arkell won handily enough. Keith won a rook and pawn endgame that I thought was quite difficult, but he said was easy. He now has 5.5/6. But James Plaskett had rook and f and h pawn against rook. That is a notoriously difficult endgame for both players. Eventually James won in 88 moves.

Thus England have 13/14. Unfortunately Lasker also won 4-0, so they remain one game point ahead of us with two rounds to go. We still have Germany 1 to plan; Lasker have the USA, the top seeds who we beat earlier.

England 2 won 3 – 1 against Eppingen; England Women lost 0.5 – 3.5 against Oranje 1; England 3 lost 1.5 – 2.5 against Sweden South; England 4 finally managed a result, drawing 2 – 2

65+
England 1 3 – 1 Eppingen – Nigel Povah was again last to finish, grinding out a win; Stiftung 3 – 1 England 2; England 3 1.5 – 2.5 Oranje 1; England 4 2.5 – 1.5 Sweden 2

— Stewart Reuben