Captain's Report

By Mark Adams

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 Round 5 Dragons v Guildford

 

Round 5

This was a difficult weekend for us. We needed some points. Due to the hotel overbooking we had to stay away from the venue. In fact, despite being told that the three teams who moved were drawn from the hat, the three Welsh teams were the ones to leave. The led to numerous 'conspiracy theories' and didn't help our preparation. We were up against a very strong Guildford in round 5 who turned out, for the first time, GM Danny King on board 1. The final score of 6-1 was undeserved. Peter tried against his GM opponent, but what can you do?!? Nigel played a great game against Kinsman, very nearly holding the game. Andy forgot to play his chosen move which would have given him a clear plus. Lloyd was disappointed not to win, having a won position at least twice. Ulrike pressed and pressed and very nearly pulled off the win. We were very impressed with her tenacity. It's a great pity that she's only here for this year. David's opponent was simply the better player. John was unlucky to have to rely on public transport to get him to Birmingham. He was nearly an hour down at the start - clearly too much. I had the dreaded flu and was just trying not to blunder horribly.

 

Gwent Dragons Guildford Round 5

1w

Varley,P

2273

0-1

King,D

2506

2b

Saunders,N

2157

0-1

Kinsman,A

2369

3w

Borg,A

2150

0-1

Povah,N

2325

4b

Powell,L

2152

-

Thompson,I

2278

5w

Heymann,U

2115

-

Granat,R

2255

6b

Vaughan,D

2065

0-1

Anderton,M

2273

7w

Fletcher,J

2100

0-1

Norman,K

2172

8b

Adams,M

2035

-

Norman,D

2064

 

 

 

6-1

 

 

 

Round 6

Dragons v Nidum Knights

 

We were quite optimistic for a victory in this match. Especially as Nidum were well below strength. We were looking for full points on the lower boards, but this just didn't happen.

Peter, tried valiantly to rescue something from his game, but his material deficit was too telling. Andy was lucky when his opponent accepted a draw in a better position. Ulrike held out against relentless pressure from Musson. She hung on where most would have just keeled over. She even missed a forced win. This was terribly bad luck. The team really felt for her as she was clearly upset afterwards. Lloyd showed his class against a tricky opponent and had a winning position for most of his game. Nigel drew quickly with Jones and David must have been disappointed to drop a half with white against Sinnett on a key board. I tried my best, but at the risk of sounding like a wimp, I'm afraid the dreaded flu got the better of me. Thank goodness 'Fletch' did the business on 8.

 

Nidum Knights v Gwent Dragons

1w

Williams,L

2285

1-0

Varley,P

2273

2b

Fish,A

2115

-

Borg,A

2150

3w

Musson,A

2085

1-0

Heymann,U

2115

4b

Fokkink,W

2110

0-1

Powell,L

2152

5w

Jones,R

2025

-

Saunders,N

2157

6b

Sinnett,G

1865

-

Vaughan,D

2065

7w

Griffiths,N

1850

-

Adams,M

2035

8b

Powell,A

1730

0-1

Fletcher,J

2100

4-4

 

 

  

Rating Changes so far (please note, these are not performance ratings).

 

 

 

 

Grade

1

2

3

4

5

6

score

change

I.Jones

2276

 

 

/2240

0/2365

 

 

/2

2269

P.Varley

2273

1/2216

/2295

/2210

0/2295

0/2506

0/2273

2/6

2260

L.Powell

2152

 

 

0/2104

1/2240

/2278

1/2110

2/4

2162

N.Saunders

2157

 

 

/2072

0/2250

0/2369

/2025

1/4

2143

A.Borg

2151

 

 

0/2120

0/2270

0/2325

/2115

/4

2133

J.Gilbert

2100

1/2120

/2255

 

 

 

 

1/2

2111

U.Heymann

2115

 

 

 

 

/2255

0/2085

/2

2110

A.Walden-Jones

2090

1/2000

1/2015

1/2110

0/2175

 

 

3/4

2104

J.Fletcher

2100

0/2100

0/2125

 

 

0/2172

1/1730

1/4

2080

R.Miles

2084

 

 

/2110

0/2115

 

 

/2

2078

D.Vaughan

2065

 

 

 

 

0/2273

/1865

/2

2058

R.Batey

2057

0/2045

/2030

 

 

 

 

/2

2048

M.Adams

2035

/2185

0/2190

 

 

2064

/1850

1/4

2031

S.Brickman

1980

1/2160

0/2056

 

 

 

 

1/2

1985

H.Gale

1445

/1608

0/2032

0/1800

0/2110

 

 

/4

1446

 

Photo's

 

 

John Fletcher playing against former Dragon, Annie Powell

 

Nigel Saunders and Peter Varley

 

Ulrike Heyman - German recruit