In a tense encounter, the U140s drew 8-8 with Surrey and thus gained qualification by the narrowest of margins. All started well with a full team, and even Surrey managed to avoid a default thanks to their well-organised captain who managed to find a short-notice replacement for their board 16. However the chess itself didn't go quite so smoothly, and despite an early win for Terry O'Sullivan followed up by Martin Clode and Cecil Sloan and number of solid draws, deputy captain Corrinne found herself 6-8 down with just the current and previous captains still playing. However my opponent managed to compound several blunders with overlooking a mate-in-1 which made the score 7-8. Keith was looking even but with a time advantage, and with his opponent having 4 pawn islands (which I think is the most you can have?) one of them fell and Keith then nicely converted a queen-side pawn majority into a trivially won endgame.
12.3.16 U140s qualify for ECF stages as S3 and face Notts in quarter-final