This round paired me against the tournament leader and no1 seed Trefor – a player I have known for many years having previously shared a hometown and both having played for various clubs in the local league. Being of similar strength we have shared plenty of battles over the board.
This game had an extra sense of rivalry – Trefor had recently visited to pick up a DGT board from me and took the opportunity to browse my chess library – diligently noting the opening books in my collection. We both assumed we would be playing the following week and joked about what we might play, trying to throw each other off the scent.
I think in this sense it was a draw – I correctly predicted he would try the Milner-Barry gambit in the French, although he surprised me with an early deviation.
The game can be replayed with notes here