4NCL: 11 - 12 November 2006

Saturday 11 November

1 w Thomas, Nicholas 2295 - Upton, Ian J 2259
2 b James, Russell A 2243 - Webb, Richard M 2286
3 w Mason, Don 2248 1 - 0 Allicock, Rawle A 2310
4 b Fishburne, Stewart K 2200 0 - 1 Corkett, Anthony R 2339
5 w Pitcher, John 2194 1 - 0 Yeo, Michael J 2161
6 b Fallowfield, Jeremy 2060 0 - 1 Neil, David R 2172
7 w Baruch, Andrew J D 2084 - Simons, Martin J 2238
8 b Malik, Dani (J) 1960 0 - 1 Khoo, Selina (F) 2010

With all the distractions of the second team arriving minus their captain, it was something of a relief that the first team had all found their way to Coventry on time - except of course for Rawle for whom 40 minutes late represents progress of sorts. The games were mostly unremarkable. Selina's opponent allowed his queen to be trapped. Tony landed a pawn on f7 on move 18 where it stayed unmolested for 13 moves. I lost miserably and disappeared off to get more miserable, cold, wet and lost at the Midland Night Orienteering Championships. Martin won the match by simplifying a better position to a draw. Rawle was subjected to some unwelcome kibitzing and unsurprisingly messed up a better ending and eventually lost.

Sunday 12 November

1 w Corkett, Anthony R 2339 1 - 0 Moore, Gerald 2244
2 b Allicock, Rawle A (def) 2310 0 - 1 Posazhennikov, Alex 2228
3 w Upton, Ian J 2259 - Swanson, Stephen 2238
4 b Webb, Richard M 2286 - Dunn, Andrew 2199
5 w Simons, Martin J 2238 1 - 0 Dignam, Matthew 2150
6 b Neil, David R 2172 - Rosen, Daniel B 2132
7 w Yeo, Michael J 2161 - McCorry, Robert T 2141
8 b Khoo, Selina (F) 2010 0 - 1 Sirisena, Chantal N (F) 1943
        4 - 4    

A match where unusually we outrated our opponents on every board had the worst possible start when it became apparent that the events of the previous day had caused Rawle to go missing. A succession of draws followed before Martin levelled the scores (having nearly attempted to castle through check!) Selina had the sort of cramped position she normally plays well, but she allowed BxN on f6 destroying her king-side. She was lucky not to get mated, but was unable to hold the resultant ending. Normally when we drive off leaving Tony to exploit a slight edge, he doesn't, but thankfully this occasion proved the exception as he eventually drew the match.

Saturday 11 November

1 w Ferrington, Nigel M 2110 - Whiteley, Andrew 2245
2 b Rutter, Nicholas 2167 1 - 0 McMichael, Richard 2267
3 w Gregory, Keith D 2069 0 - 1 Krzywda, Andrzej 2162
4 b Tunks, Dominic 2115 0 - 1 Kwiatkowski, Feliks J 2226
5 w Vause, Jonathan 2040 - Thomas, Richard H 2190
6 b Pym, Thomas W 2080 - Okike, David C 2178
7 w Hutchinson, Joanne (F) 1715 0 - 1 Ward, Julian T 2200
8 b default   - default  

Extraordinarily, Ian Clark has managed to supply a report despite not having been there:

All of my involvement came before the weekend. I had been ill with gastric problems since Tuesday but hoped to be OK for Saturday. I was trying unsuccessfully to get in a reserve but by Friday seemed to be getting better and was persuaded that I could be driven up. Friday night changed all that and it was too late to get a replacement. Fortunately Roger was able to travel up on Sunday so many thanks to him from all the team ( and he kept up his 100% ). My thanks also to Michael for his valiant efforts to obtain players and also to acting captain Keith.

The match on Saturday against Kings Head was always going to be tough. As it happened they also defaulted on bottom board so producing a double default ( even more of a shame we did not have a full team ). Nigel had an excellent draw on top and Nick a great win on 2. Jonathan playing his first match had a good draw early on and Tom also drew. Jo was playing her first game and put up a great struggle against a 2200 player on board 7 but eventually went down. We ended up losing 4 to 2 which was pretty good as match points may be critical at year end.

Sunday 12 November

1 w Hardman, Michael J 2151 - Ferrington, Nigel M 2110
2 b Almond, Richard 2124 0 - 1 Rutter, Nicholas 2167
3 w Edwards, Ray B 2121 1 - 0 Gregory, Keith D 2069
4 b Ackley, Peter 2111 1 - 0 Tunks, Dominic 2115
5 w Parker, Robert 2086 - Vause, Jonathan 2040
6 b Hawkins, Nick 2022 - Pym, Thomas W 2080
7 w Twitchell, Neville H 1994 0 - 1 Marsh, Roger 2054
8 b Chadwick, Susan E (F) 1620 - Hutchinson, Joanne (F) 1715
        4 - 4    

More from the non-playing captain:

The Sunday match against Mind Sports was a rare one where we slightly outgraded our opponents. The top 6 boards amazingly had the same results as the previous day. Nigel had another good draw on top board (perhaps we have found his new position!) Nick won again and now has 3/4 against strong opposition. Keith was obviously suffering under captaincy pressure ( probably wondering what Dominic was doing ! ).

Jonathan drew quickly again and Tom also drew. Supersub Roger won yet again. This left Jo who was material up but could not convert in time pressure so agreed a draw. Dominic looked like winning (and turned down a draw offer) but very unfortunately lost on time with 2 moves to go. (Ed: Had you witnessed this (as I did), you would not have described it as "very unfortunate". I predicted to Keith several moves earlier that Dominic would lose on time. Keith had a look at the clock and tried to reassure me that there was plenty of time left. Dominic had some peculiar explanation as to why he himself hadn't bothered to look at his clock which went something like "I had 12 moves to make in 4 minutes which I worked out as 20 seconds a move, and I knew that I hadn't taken longer than 20 seconds on any of them", which I guess is another example of how time flies when you are enjoying yourself!)

This left us drawing 4-4 which was better than I had hoped for at start of the weekend but leaves us in the relegation area.

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