4NCL: 25-26 November 2000

Saturday 25 November

   

Wessex

   

Levy Gee 3Cs

 

1

w

Rossiter, Philip J.

2361

1-0

Davies, Nigel R.

2488

2

b

Upton, Ian

2258

0-1

Clarke, Stewart W.

2300

3

w

Corkett, Anthony

2287

1-0

Walton, Alan

2207

4

b

Simons, Martin

2226

1-0

Longson, Alexander

2174

5

w

Yeo, Michael

2207

-

Bentley, John

2186

6

b

Neil, David

2244

-

Taylor, Robert

2098

7

w

Willmoth, Robert

2204

1-0

Ashton, Adam G.

1992

8

b

Howard, Emily (F)

2031

1-0

Roberts, Elizabeth H. (F)

1373

       

6-2

   

This match felt rather closer than the score suggests. After 30 minutes we were still without Emily, thanks to British Rail. Ian was to be seen making frantic calls on his mobile to try and locate her. I was trying to work out whether it would be worth forking out 10 to insert my wife as a wild-card substitute (presumably not allowed under the rules, even if she did know the moves!) Emily nearly sneaked in unnoticed, thanks to the disguise of a new hairstyle, but then quickly made up for lost time. My game was extremely unclear by then (even by my own standards!) as my opponent found a flaw in my ancient analysis. Fritz suggests that I could have survived by accepting his second bishop sacrifice, but to the human eye it looked extremely dodgy, so I retaliated by sacrificing a bishop of my own. In the end we were both relieved not to lose! yeo003.pgn

Wessex's answer to Nasser Hussain was already on the back foot, and failed to trouble the scorers. Rob managed to exploit his two bishops v two knights and David drew a rather blocked position, so we entered the time-scramble 3-2 ahead. As usual I am unable to comment about events on Board 3, this time because the organisers had thoughtfully placed their board beneath a hole in the ceiling where a light should have been. Martin emerged some pawns up so attention switched to Board 1 where the controller was already in place, having seen some of Philip's time-scrambles before. This one was very entertaining for the Wessex supporters as Philip somehow won a piece and then calmly allowed his flag to fall with his opponent only showing 39 moves on his scoresheet. Philip however can usually be relied on to have the correct number of dashes and reconstruction eventually found the missing moves.

Sunday 26 November

   

Guildford-ADC 2

   

Wessex

 

1

w

Richardson, Keith

2200

1-0

Rossiter, Philip J.

2361

2

b

Thompson, Ian

2208

0-1

Corkett, Anthony

2287

3

w

Thomas, Nick

2195

-

Simons, Martin

2226

4

b

Granat, Russell

2227

1-0

Upton, Ian

2258

5

w

Anderton, Matthew

2195

0-1

Yeo, Michael

2207

6

b

Jackson, Adrian

2208

0-1

Neil, David

2244

7

w

Norman, Ken

2175

-

Willmoth, Robert

2204

8

b

Norman, Dinah (F)

2053

-

Howard, Emily (F)

2031

       

3-4

   

I had an uneasy feeling about this match, despite our opponents having lost all their previous matches. I envisaged us being able to win on Boards 1, 7 and 8 and somehow cobbling together 1 points from the other five boards, but reality was very different. My game was the only one to start at 11 o'clock. Philip was also there, but not his opponent. The rest of our team drifted in, roughly in an order conforming to the amount they had had to drink the previous evening. At about 11.25 something looking vaguely like Rob appeared. He seemed to be having extreme difficulty breathing and focusing on the board at the same time. His state of health seemed to improve slightly when he bravely attempted to consume a baguette for breakfast with no obvious immediate repercussions.

Martin decided that one win in the weekend was enough. Emily's position looked very promising, but her opponent kept finding the only move to keep in the game, and in the end was happy to draw. Most of the Wessex team had thought my position looked very drawish after about 2 hours, except for David who from the next board was able to see that I was by now 1 hour 20 minutes up on the clock! My opponent started to indulge in tactics when down to his last 5 minutes and missed something. Rob survived long enough to draw, so this time we entered the time-scramble 3-1 ahead with three promising positions. The controller again knew that he would be needed by Board 1, but although Philip again got the number of dashes right, his moves weren't so good. He emerged the exchange and a pawn down and eventually lost some three hours later, having also had to reconstruct the game after a second time-scramble! I was very surprised to hear Philip's opponent being gently admonished by the controller for not having written any moves down after move 24 when he still had 4 minutes left. (Philip of course had much less than this and usually reverts to dashes with less than two minutes left.) The Laws are quite specific (8.4 if you want to look it up) in that the requirement to write the moves down is waived when a player has less than five minutes left. Ian hadn't left himself enough time to decide which of the many promising lines he should play and despite two passed pawns on the kingside was unable to stop two pawns mowing down the centre. David's rook and pawn ending looked as though it could be tricky for a while, but he took no risks and his opponent defended very poorly and lost on move 70. (I don't believe they remembered to put the clocks back hour at move 60, but fortunately it didn't matter!)

 


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