Gambit 1 defeated a weakened WB 1. Mike B defeated Robert Richmond with a neat mating attack that Robert allowed by castling. Pete M also had a nice win over Brian Thompson. John S lost to the rarely seen Tim Walker. Jiri had a comfortable win over Steve Wootton who was making his debut for WB. Tom lost an exchange early on to Ross Murphy, but fought back to draw.
Gambit 2 fell to strong WN 1 team. Jiri accepted Zhe Law’s b-pawn offer but lost his e4 pawn as a result and later had to give up an exchange but couldn’t hang on. Tom beat Jonah Willow after Jonah spent lots of time trying to find ways through Tom’s position and this ultimately cost him later as he lost an exchange with no compensation. Oliver, in his desire to create activity against Aditya Munshi, weakened his position and then allowed his queen to be trapped behind enemy lines when pawn grabbing. Mike N tried to create q-side activity against Antony Clare but left himself overstretched and lost a piece. Graeme quickly gained a strong position against Karam Sangha and won material before returning it for an easy endgame.
Gambit 3 had a narrow win at Nomads 2. Gary lost a piece early on but managed to recover to draw against Graham Neil. Brian lost to Will Eyre and Onos could only draw with Dave Griffiths. However John H and Keith had nice wins over Mike Swanwick and Paul Rees respectively.
Gambit 4 had a comfortable win over Nomads 3. Derek outplayed Clement Owusu. Mick H outplayed Alberto Rodriquez. Maggie was equal until her opponent (name tbc) gifted her a knight. Peter G-M was a pawn up against Dave Dunne but could only draw. Richard appeared to have a good k-side attack but lost a pawn and his position collapsed against Graham Neil.
Gambit 5 had a comfortable win over the WN 4 girls’ team with wins for Gary, Alan and Ken, but Ronnie escaped with a draw when totally lost as his opponent ran out of time.