Ian Robertson (1919) 1-0 Kenny McGeoch (2054)
Stuart Black (1675) ½-½ Fabio Biancalana (1746)
Jamie O’Connor (1661) ½-½ Graham Kerr (1562)
Michael Roy (1660) 0-1 Dave McGilvary (1430)
Gonzalo Forero (u/g) 1-0 Dylan Gillies (1361)
Dunfermline were white on boards 2 and 5
On top board black’s accidental drop of an exchange surprisingly led to me getting a very active and slightly better of the position. Some frantic time trouble antics eventually led to Kenny getting 3 pieces for queen but with his knight stuck in the corner and a repetition on offer he probably should have settled for the draw. He went for mate instead and got to within one move but alas it was not his turn and it was Ian who downed the white king first. The Stuart and Fabio game was pretty uneventful with any early initiative Stuart had quickly petering out. Although Fabio later declined a draw progress was not possible. Jamie probably should have won having accumulated several extra pawns but all credit to Graham for creating the one chance that led to Jamie’s time dwindling (again!) and a draw was agreed. Dave did well matching Michael’s solid middle game play and eventually gaining an outside passed pawn. After avoiding late cheap tricks Dave was going to convert when Mike’s flag fell saving him the trouble. Gonzalo played a lovely attack getting all his pieces aiming at his opponents semi-exposed king and sacrificing a rook to crash through.
Badgers were unlucky with the scheduling of this match as both Cooke’s were missing from the line-up due to other commitments. The result makes it more likely that Grangemouth with retain the league title.