A-Team Lose to League Leaders
Dragons 1, with a weakened team, went down to the league champions elect.
|Dragons A||1‑5||Edinburgh 1|
|Fleming, N. (1913)||½‑½||Bremner, A. (2190)|
|Sloan, E. (1853)||0‑1||Berry, N. (2158)|
|Heron, D. (1847)||0‑1||Brechin, H. (2060)|
|Taylor, E. (1842)||0‑1||Kafka, G. (1953)|
|Kynoch, R. (1839)||½‑½||Rutherford, W. (1935)|
|DEFAULT||0‑1||Antunes, A. (1814)|
Unable to secure a 2nd team player, board 6 had to be defaulted. Richard had Willie Rutherford on the ropes, but his opponent survived the attack and the game ended in a perpetual draw. Ewan and Don both competed well, but eventually fell to Graeme Kafka and Hugh Brechin respectively. Elliot had a battle with Neil Berry who was down to 4 mins for around 10 moves but with a position later evaluated by an engine as +5 (though it didn't look quite as good to a human). Elliot then missed a tactic to take the initiative, and his opponent went on to win. Neil Fleming played a very good defence a couple of pawns down in an opposite bishop (plus queens) ending, and was rewarded with a perpetual in final position. Thus a 5-1 defeat.