We had 1 min silence for Richard Almond. Almond slices from Sainsbury's for refreshment.
1. F Rayner 0-1 Alex Therrien 207
2. J Sugden 1-0 David Graham 205
3. P Kelly 1-0 Chris Jones 189
4. H Tebbs 0.5-0.5 Matt Payne 172
5. S. Blewitt 0.5-0.5 Keith Homeyard 164
Mine was a quick miniature after my opponent blundered on move 9 resigning on move 12. [1.e4 g6, 2.Nf3 c5, 3. c3 Bg7, 4. d4 cd, 5.cd d5, 6. e5 Nc6, 7. Nc3 Bg4, 8. Be2 e6, 9. Qb3? Bf3!, 10.Qb7 Nd4, 11. Nb5 Rb8!, 12. Nc7+ Kd7! 0-1]
Howard had a solid draw.
Mid match Steve Blewitt looks to have a lost endgame yet drew against a passed pawn with bishop v knight
and J Sugden is pressing for the win though he found a nice tactic to swap off a pair of rooks and remain 3 pawns up the win was not trivial.
Francis looks to be coasting to a draw then it got complicated. when Francis sacrificed a knight for 2 pawns and opened up the h file against the king on h1. It is looking like adjudication for Francis game however Francis resigned. But we win the match.