Exmouth don’t seem able to even buy a win this season, a feeling reinforced on Wednesday when they entertained Exeter in the Newman Cup, Devon’s RapidPlay tournament. With teams of 4, each player plays their opponent with both Black and White and 30 minutes each on the clock. Having already been caned by Tiverton 6-2 in their away leg, the prospects looked much brighter as the visitors fielded a noticeably weaker team than Exmouth’s maximum strength side.
The first round finished with all games drawn, unusual in games played at this pace. Abbott entered the endgame with Q+6 vs Q+4 but his opponent made it impossible for him to make progress, as one of his pawns was passed and on the 6th rank. He made no mistake in the second game, but this was offset by a loss on Bd. 4. Match drawn.
|1||John Stephens||181||½||½||½||½||Sean Pope||166|
|2||Mark Abbott||178||½||1||½||0||Giles Body||140|
|3||Oliver Wensley||120e||½||½||½||½||Jonathan Waley||135|
|4||Juris Dzenis||120e||½||0||½||1||Will Marjoram||125e|