4NCL: 24-25 January 2004

Saturday 24 January

    WESSEX 2     ATHENAEUM  
1 w Pye, David E 2132 - van Voorthuijsen, Pieter W 2263
2 b Hopkins, Jamie R 2136 1 - 0 Quinn, John M 2167
3 w Rutter, Nicholas 2124 1 - 0 Wismayer, Clive R 2150
4 b Brameld, Arthur F 2079 - McKeown, Paul 2050
5 w Gregory, Keith D 2096 0 - 1 Gruettner, Ralf 2055
6 b Clark, Ian C 2112 0 - 1 Pedersen, Carsten 2040
7 w Pleasants, Allan J 2107 1 - 0 default  
8 b Norman, Dinah (F) 2022 1 - 0 Dokter, Marike (F) * 1376
        5 - 3    

Allan Pleasants reports:

Athenaeum turned up one player short which left me very little to do but wait and wonder whether Nick's game would finish before mine. Nick sacrificed just about all his pieces, but left just enough to force his opponent to resign. Excellent I thought, but Nick was disappointed his opponent hadn't found a stronger defence. Though from the post game analysis it appears as if Nick was well prepared. I expect to see this minature in print.

Editor's note: I will be surprised if it does get published because the defence was so poor.

Rutter,N (2124) - Wismayer,C (2150)

4NCL/Div3/WX2-ATH1 West Bromwich (3.3), 24.01.2004

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.d4 c5 6.Bg5 Qb6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Qd2 Bxf2+ 9.Qxf2 Qxb2 10.Kd2 Qxa1 11.Bb5 Qxh1 12.Qc5 Qxg2+ 13.Kc1 Qxg5+ 14.Nxg5

14...a6?? 15.Qxc8+ Ke7 16.Qxh8 1-0

In the diagram position, 14....Nc6 is a much tougher defence, when I am not sure what is happening even if Allan and Nick are! After 15.Bxc6 bxc6 16.Qxc6 Rb8 White can try both 17.Nxd5 and 17.Nxe6 but I am not sure that he has better than a draw in either case.

The match swung our way when Jamie won his game after a long period in which his position looked inferior. Arthur managed a draw despite being under a lot of pressure for the whole game and his unhappy opponent wondered off muttering that he had missed at least 14 clear wins! (Editor's note: This is nonsense! Arthur defended very well until near the end. The only clear win his opponent missed was when he agreed a draw in the final position instead of getting a second queen in a few moves time! ) Dinah converted a small advantage into a win giving us a reasonable comfortable 5-3 win.

Sunday 25 January

    BRISTOL 2     WESSEX 2  
1 w Dilleigh, Stephen P 2163 - Pye, David E 2132
2 b Curtis, John 2121 - Hopkins, Jamie R 2136
3 w Easton, Alex 2091 0 - 1 Rutter, Nicholas 2124
4 b White, Michael 2068 1 - 0 Brameld, Arthur F 2079
5 w Stock, Toby 2048 1 - 0 Pleasants, Allan J 2107
6 b Boyce, G Michael 2000 - Clark, Ian C 2112
7 w Djabri, Kathy (F) 2042 - Gregory, Keith D 2096
8 b Humphreys, Jerry 2073 - Norman, Dinah (F) 2022
        4-3    

Last year the game against Bristol was very close and this year their team seemed to be of similar strength. It was going to be close again. Dave, Jamie and Nick all had excellent games and Nick won again fairly quickly. However things weren't going so well on the other boards. Arthur appeared to have a very strong sacrificial attack, but it fizzled out abruptly. Ian and Keith did not like their opening positions and quickly agreed draws. Dinah appeared to be better and heading for a win, but settled for a draw. We don't mention my game other than to say it didn't last very long (again).(Editor's note: Curiously, the opposition report, to be found at http://www.bristol4ncl.org.uk , suggests that Allan was in time trouble - maybe it lasted longer than he thought.) .

Our next two matches are against the two bottom teams in the league. It would be a good time to win some matches!!


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