It was great to see so many players along this week, with a two-year attendance high for the club making for some exciting match-ups as the Winter Cup moved into Round 4.
David Scott was lucky after grabbing a poisoned pawn that should have cost him a piece, ended up being the hole his own pawn eventually could push through for the win. He now leads, 4 from 4. A chasing bunch of 6 players are all sitting second equal on 2.5, and with 3 rounds to go, nothing is yet certain. Full results can be found here.
This position shown arose in one of the games this week, that between Mike O’Rorke (playing white) v Geoffrey Gunawan. Black has just grabbed what looks like a free knight on a3, but this is a losing move. Black gets away with a draw 7 moves later but how should he be punished? The full game can be found here.
A second game from this week, Brandon Holman v David Paul can also be found here.