4NCL: 15-16 September 2007

Saturday 15 September

 

WESSEX 1

SOUTH WALES DRAGONS 1

1

w

Allicock, Rawle A

2302

˝ - ˝

Cobb, James E

2422

2

b

Poulton, James

2372

˝ - ˝

Cooper, John G

2366

3

w

Upton, Ian J

2263

˝ - ˝

Blackburn, Jonathan L B

2215

4

b

Corkett, Anthony R

2312

0 - 1

Morris, Charles F

2198

5

w

Webb, Richard M

2257

˝ - ˝

James, David J

2220

6

b

Simons, Martin J

2220

˝ - ˝

Zeidler, Sven P

2216

7

w

Lock, Gavin R

2193

˝ - ˝

Trevelyan, John

2196

8

b

Khoo, Selina (F)

1991

1 - 0

van Kemenade, Julie (F)

1764

 

 

 

 

4 - 4

 

 

On what felt like the last day of summer, half the team were heard muttering that they would rather have been on the beach.  Unfortunately, some of them took things too far by turning up looking as though they expected to play on the beach.  Their t-shirts and shorts proved most inappropriate for some very vicious air-conditioning. As I was buried within the 2nd team, I had bequeathed my captaincy duties, which was fortunate since the organisers had placed our two matches as far apart as possible.  Of course, the 1st team would have felt much more comfortable in the sweltering 2nd team room which was around 12° C hotter!

Appearing following my early disaster, the match seemed tightly poised.  Selina had an extra pawn which she eventually converted. Gavin looked to be a lot better and won a piece that unfortunately was a bishop of the wrong colour for his rook pawn. Drawmeister Richard was made an offer he felt he couldn’t refuse, although close inspection of his final position suggests that he could have played on.  Ian survived a dodgy looking position by a neat trick, but no such wizardry was available for Tony.  James was always fairly level, as I guess was Rawle whose K+P ending translated to Q v Q+P where he had a perpetual.  Martin survived a dangerous looking opening to reach a winning N v B ending a pawn up.  Several inaccuracies made the win more problematical, but even after he assumed that the position was a draw he could still have won:

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Zeidler – Simons (Black to move)

Martin played 49....b4 which only draws as after 50.Bd2 b3 51.Bc3 White just has enough room to manoeuvre with his bishop and to get back to take the h pawn.  Instead, 49....Ke4! wins due to the additional threat of Kf3 and if 50.Kh4 b4 51.Bd2 loses the bishop to 51....Nf3+.

The very popular Tandoori house in Sunninghill survived our three-pronged assault although participants on future route marches may have to undergo fitness tests beforehand.

Sunday 16 September

 

GUILDFORD-A&DC 3

WESSEX 1

1

w

Tymrakiewicz, Rafal

2252

1 - 0

Allicock, Rawle A

2302

2

b

Cooksey, Paul S

2217

1 - 0

Poulton, James

2372

3

w

Frostick, Clive A

2156

˝ - ˝

Upton, Ian J

2263

4

b

Punnett, Alan K

2103

0 - 1

Corkett, Anthony R

2312

5

w

Taylor, Mark

2150

˝ - ˝

Webb, Richard M

2257

6

b

Howell, Christopher

2112

0 - 1

Simons, Martin J

2220

7

w

Dreczkowski, Ryszard

2039

0 - 1

Lock, Gavin R

2193

8

b

Hunt, Daniel (J)

1754

1 - 0

Khoo, Selina (F)

1991

 

 

 

 

4 - 4

 

 

This time I had a much closer view of the action.  Whereas the Saturday result was only slightly disappointing, I must admit to having expected to win this match comfortably.  The Drawmeister’s result looked pretty reasonable.  Martin’s opponent cavalierly gifted him 2 pieces for little compensation.  Unfortunately, Selina then allowed a bishop to get fatally trapped. With 2 minutes left on his clock, Jim had to go looking for his room-key that he had forgotten to hand in.  He lost on time in a reasonable position, but with several moves still to make.  Rawle started ˝ hour down on the clock despite having left home early, thanks to a British Rail special.  He grabbed a hot pawn and was soon ahead on the clock but chose the wrong moment to counter-attack.  Ian survived some pressure to reach a slightly better position in which his opponent still had to make 6 moves in 17 seconds.  With 2 moves still to make and his clock showing 0.01, his opponent offered a draw which Ian accepted saying that he thought it would be unfair to win on time(!?) Afterwards, Ian explained that he thought his opponent had 10 seconds left.  In fact, as David Welch pointed out, 0.01 means that he had less than 1 second and as the 0.01 had been showing for nearly a second he probably had around 0.1 seconds in which to make 2 moves!  This act of charity left us 4-2 down but fortunately Tony and Gavin both converted their promising positions to preserve the unbeaten record

Saturday 15 September

 

WESSEX 2

JUTES OF KENT

1

w

Jenks, Bruce

2148

0 - 1

Williams, Simon K

2480

2

b

Rutter, Nicholas

2183

˝ - ˝

Mack, Andy

2215

3

w

Pleasants, Allan J

2098

1 - 0

Naylor, John

2204

4

b

Clark, Ian C

2104

0 - 1

Harakis, Alexis

2194

5

w

Gregory, Keith D

2100

˝ - ˝

Rich, Mark

2189

6

b

Yeo, Michael J

2153

0 - 1

Donovan, Nigel

2112

7

w

Pym, Thomas W

2073

1 - 0

Wilson, Alexandra (F)

2066

8

b

Norman, Dinah (F)

1973

˝ - ˝

Rice, Chris

2081

 

 

 

 

3˝-4˝

 

 

 

Ian Clark reports:

The match against Jutes of Kent was probably our hardest of the year as they had Simon Williams on board 1 and were strong throughout.

Keith was first to finish with a solid draw and then Tom finished off his female opponent in a very controlled game. Bruce was well placed against SW but grabbed a second pawn and could never defend his king without losing material.

Nick had a good game on Board 2 and managed to hold for a draw. Michael was 1 hour up on the clock, turned down a draw offer and then overlooked a mating net!!

I had a very entertaining game against Harakis (former Dorset champion!!)  and was on the defensive for most of game but obtained counterplay coming up to the time scramble and missed a potentially winning move which I was made to pay the full point for.

Allan kept up his good run of form with another fine win by managing to convert Q & 4 v Q & 2.

 

The last game of Dinah’s did not look too promising when she was a pawn down but she had a passed e pawn which her opponent thought was so dangerous that he decided to give up his knight for it. This left R+B+rook pawn against R+2 pawns. Into the seventh hour of the match in a very hot room Dinah could not quite find the winning idea and eventually agreed a draw after a great effort.

 

This meant a loss of 4˝ to 3˝ but a very good start to season as our opponents are likely to cruise through the season.

 

Sunday 16 September

 

WARWICKSHIRE SELECT

WESSEX 2

1

w

Mason, Don

2251

1 - 0

Jenks, Bruce

2148

2

b

Page, Mark

2165

0 - 1

Rutter, Nicholas

2183

3

w

James, Russell A

2238

1 - 0

Pleasants, Allan J

2098

4

b

Pitcher, John

2195

˝ - ˝

Clark, Ian C

2104

5

w

Shephard, Chris C W

2175

1 - 0

Gregory, Keith D

2100

6

b

Baruch, Andrew J D

2082

0 - 1

Yeo, Michael J

2153

7

w

Addis, Mark

2090

0 - 1

Pym, Thomas W

2073

8

b

Hale, Katie L W (F)

1800

0 - 1

Norman, Dinah (F)

1973

 

 

 

 

3˝-4˝

 

 

 

Ian Clark reports:

Our match on Sunday was probably against the second strongest team in the Division so get the hard ones out of the way first!

The top and bottom games were finished first with Dinah playing a very nice game to win her match but Bruce was in trouble early on and could not hold on.

Nick was playing a fantastic game on board 2 with sacrifices all over the place and looked to be winning easily after sac of his R + N + B for Queen and a few pawns.

(Ed note: This was the Gothenburg variation which I am pretty sure has been refuted, but not by the move order Nick chose as his opponent did not need to sacrifice his queen:

 

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Rutter – Page (Black to move)

This position is known without White having interposed Bxd7 Nxd7, when Qf6 is a plausible defensive try (although probably insufficient).  Here however, 18....Qf6? allowed 19.Rxf6 Bxf6 20. h4 and white was a lot better as there was no bishop left to take on b5.  Instead, Black can play 18....Rxf7 19.exf7+ Kxf7 with a probable draw as the absence of the b5 bishop allows Black a flight square on e8 when the d7 knight moves (e.g. after 20.e5 Nxe5), so White has to take a perpetual.)

 

Meanwhile Tom was having another crushing win to give him 100% for weekend. Michael finally got his much sought after win with a comfortable game. This put us 3-1 up with Nick winning. I had a slightly dodgy opening but gave up B for N to open up position to my advantage and ended up grabbing a pawn which was not necessary as it gave my opponent control of the board. I had to give back all my passed queenside pawns but found a nice way to equalise and despite my opponent trying with 2R + 2 pawns v Q + 2 pawns on same side it was always going to be a draw. This left Nick having to win for us to secure the match and after the most incredible game with passed pawns everywhere his opponent had to admit defeat. Allan and Keith battled on after the match was over but neither could hold their position which left us with an excellent 4˝ to 3˝ victory; one of our best ever wins.

 

One remarkable fact was that our weekend opponents’ average ratings were 20 points higher than the opponents of our first team and we ended up with same game points!! 

 


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