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Wood Green I retained the lead of the 4NCL after the third round was completed at the Paragon Hotel, Birmingham. The defending champions overcame The Ads in what was, in keeping with this year’s results so far, a much more competitive match than the ratings of the respective teams would have suggested.
Wood Green included 6 GMs to their opponent’s one but Bernard Cafferty outplayed Matthew Turner and Mark Broom upset John Emms after the latter had established a winning position but then missed a concealed path to checkmate.
|Wood Green I||5.5-2.5||The Ads 1|
|1 Speelman (w) 2539||1 – 0||Chandler 2537|
|2 Gormally 2566||1 – 0||Anderton 2267|
|3 Baburin 2511||1 - 0||D Wheeler 2239|
|4 Ward 2475||1 - 0||Snape 2258|
|5 Turner 2495||0 - 1||Cafferty 2207|
|6 Emms 2502||0 - 1||Broom 2189|
|7 Martin 2433||1 - 0||Graham 2224|
|8 Sedina 2390||draw||J Bellin 2170|
Guildford ADC I kept up the pressure on Wood Green by defeating the Londoner’s second team 5.5-2.5.
Emms had sacrificed his queen to reach a winning position given below and now rejected the move he must have planned 30…Ne3 and instead played 30…gxf5 31.Qxc4 and White won. Emms must have feared 30…Ne3 31.Qh4 Nxf1 32.f6 intending Qh6 and mate on g7 but after 32.f6 Ng3 33.Qh6 Nh5 34.Bg4 Bd4+ 35.Kh2 (35.Kf1 Ng3#) 35...Re1 36.Bxh5 Be5+ 37.Kh3 Rh1+ 38.Kg4 gxh5+ 39.Kf5 Rf1 he mates first.
Position after 30.Kg1
M Turner – B Cafferty
1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 c6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Qc2 Bg4 5.Ne5 Bh5 6.Bg2 e6 7.d4 Nbd7 8.Bf4 Be7 9.0–0 0–0 10.Nc3 Nxe5 11.Bxe5 Nd7 12.Bf4 Re8 13.cxd5 exd5 14.e4?! dxe4 15.d5? f5! 16.d6 Bf8 17.Qb3+ Bf7 18.Qxb7 Nc5 19.Qxc6 Rc8 20.Qb5 a6 21.Qe2 Nd3 22.Rad1 Bxd6! 23.Bxd6 Qxd6 24.Bh3 Qg6 25.Rxd3 Bc4! 26.Rd5! Bxe2 27.Nxe2 Qf7 28.Rxf5 Qxa2 29.Rf4 Rc2 30.Nc3 Qxb2 31.Nxe4 Rc1 32.Nd6 Ree1 33.Nc4 Qb1 34.Ne3 Rxf1+ 35.Bxf1 g6 36.h4 a5 37.Kg2 Qb7+ 38.Kh2 Rc5 39.Rd4 Kg7 40.Bh3 Rc7 41.Be6 Re7 42.Bd5 Qb2 43.Rd3 Rxe3 0–1
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