Oxfordshire Individual Championship: first leg

The Open section of this weekend’s Witney’s 6th Weekend Chess Congress incorporated the first leg of the 2018-19 Oxfordshire Individual Championship.
Cowley’s Mike Handley held Marcus Harvey (Witney) with Black in the final round, allowing David Zakarian to catch up with Marcus, to produce a tie between the two of them on 4 out of 5. Mike Handley was the next-highest-placed player eligible for the Oxfordshire title on 3 points, with Oxford City’s Phil Hayward half a point further back on 2.5.
I hope both Marcus and David will be able to play in the second leg at Kidlington, which could make for a close finish and an exciting climax to this year’s championship.

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