4NCL: 22 - 23 October 2005

Saturday 22 October

    BRISTOL 1  


1 w Buckley, Simon T 2338 1 - 0 Corkett, Anthony R 2354
2 b Vitoux, Columban 2264 0 - 1 Allicock, Rawle A 2303
3 w Beaumont, Chris 2329 1 - 0 Webb, Richard M 2302
4 b Rudd, Jack 2281 1 - 0 Simons, Martin J 2293
5 w Sherwin, James T 2274 1 - 0 Upton, Ian J 2259
6 b Buckley, David E 2246 - Neil, David R 2181
7 w Dilleigh, Stephen P 2149 1 - 0 Yeo, Michael J 2200
8 b James, Ann-Marie (F) 2082 - Norman, Dinah (F) 2017
        6 - 2    

I don't believe we have ever beaten the Bristol first team despite many attempts over the last 10 years. Yet another match that looked close on paper turned out to be very one-sided.

I started off in the same vein that I finished last season. On the first move of the game that I had to think about, instead of winning a queen for two pieces, I dropped a rook instead. Martin thought he was better but he overlooked the impact of his opponent's neat zwischenzug. By the time control we were 5-0 down. Dave's first game for two years might have gone even better, but ended with opposite coloured bishops. Dinah lost a pawn quite early, but manged to erect a barricade and hung on for a draw. Rawle's game was the one bright spot. Intensive preparation meant that he avoided the Budapest and was allowed to display his impeccable endgame technique.

This loss left us bottom of the league.

Sunday 23 October

1 w Webb, Richard M 2302 0 - 1 Hanley, Craig A 2388
2 b Allicock, Rawle A 2303 0 - 1 Potts, Alan W 2275
3 w Corkett, Anthony R 2354 1 - 0 Adams, David M 2235
4 b Simons, Martin J 2293 0 - 1 Gayson, Peter M 2233
5 w Upton, Ian J 2259 - Barrett, Steve J 2188
6 b Neil, David R 2181 0 - 1 Cumbers, Paul 2123
7 w Yeo, Michael J 2200 1 - 0 Faulks, Nick * 2103
8 b Norman, Dinah (F) 2017 - Anandajeyarajah, Thilagini (F) 1810
        3 - 5    

If anything, this was worse than the previous day as we outrated our opponents on all except the top board. I blame the captain.

On the bottom board, it felt as though both players were very wary of their opponent. A mass hoovering of pieces took place to reach a drawn ending. This left Dinah as the only undefeated Wessex player over the weekend and the only player to score anything with the black pieces. Ian called a halt shortly afterwards. Dave's position looked very ugly and he got his queen trapped. Martin has recently written a 15 page treatise on the Nimzowitsch for the local chess magazine, concluding that Black is better in almost every variation. It was therefore no surprise that he should be over an hour ahead on the clock after 10 moves, but somewhat concerning that a correction to the article would appear to be necessary as he was already losing! Rawle attempted to play a cautious Caro-Kann but found himself facing a Blackmar gambit with his c8 bishop trapped. Richard played safe with an Exchange Ruy Lopez but his opponent played a line with just enough poison in it to exploit. I was playing a school-friend who I hadn't seen for 18 years. The playing room was laid out in such a way as to enable a third member of our school team amongst the arbiters to have a good view. He assured us that this wasn't because he was expecting trouble and there wasn't as I managed to win a piece and survive. Tony looked and felt awful after two nights interrupted sleep in the wonderful new hotel but managed to stay awake long enough to break through.

As this loss didn't help to remove us from last place, various members of the second team are already wanting to know if we will register separate squads next season to enable the second team to play above the first team. Still 9 rounds to go!


Saturday 22 October

    BRISTOL 2   v WESSEX 2  
1 w Sasot Samplon, Eloy 2122 1 - 0 Gregory, Keith D 2099
2 b Cooper, Andrew 2095 - Tunks, Dominic 2155
3 w Fish, Jonathan M 2038 0 - 1 Rutter, Nicholas 2133
4 b Crockart, Scott 2070 - Pym, Thomas W 2100
5 w Easton, Alex 2100 0 - 1 Ferrington, Nigel M 2115
6 b Humphreys, Jerry 2084 - Clark, Ian C 2133
7 w Steer, Graham * 2035 1 - 0 Taylor, Phil 2055
8 b Owens, Megan (F) 1645 0 - 1 Khoo, Selina (F) 1997

Ian Clark reports:

We began the weekend hoping to pick up some points as we were playing 2 of the weaker teams. In the first match against Bristol 2 Tom looked to have an overwhelming position until I realised he had sacrificed 2 pieces. His opponent found a good way out and Tom had to take a perpetual. Dominic took a comfortable draw and I was happy when my opponent offered a draw. Nigel won seemingly easily but Phil after being much better lost focus in time pressure and picked up the wrong rook!

Selina was always going to win her game so it was up to Nick who won a tricky rook and pawn ending to win the match for us. Keith was going great after being 15 mins late after a 5 hr.nightmare journey ( he did not have Mike as co-driver! ) but in a blitz finish lost a big advantage and his opponent won a long ending.

Sunday 23 October

1 w Gregory, Keith D 2099 - Macdonald-Ross, Michael 2233
2 b Tunks, Dominic 2155 0 - 1 Constantinou, Peter 2137
3 w Rutter, Nicholas 2133 1 - 0 Smith, Graham 2138
4 b Pym, Thomas W 2100 - Freeman, Richard C P 2088
5 w Ferrington, Nigel M 2115 - Reuben, Stewart 2142
6 b Clark, Ian C 2133 1 - 0 Mahony, Richard 2075
7 w Taylor, Phil 2055 - Elwin, Adrian G 2052
8 b Khoo, Selina (F) 1997 - Evans, Helen (F) 1725

Ian Clark:

The second match was much tighter although again we managed a 4 to 3 win. Keith had an early draw on top board and there were also a few other quick draws. Nick played the game of the weekend and after stomping all over his opponent finished with a smothered mate. The match was 3 each and it was left to the captain to win an ending which did not look too favourable early on.

So a great start to the season with us in top 3. It would be nice to stay there!

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