4NCL: 10-11 November 2007

Saturday 10 November

 

 

WESSEX 1

v

BARBICAN 4NCL YOUTH

1

w

Yeo, Michael J (reserve)

2153

0 - 1

Dorrington, Christopher

2240

2

b

Poulton, James

2372

1 - 0

Coleman, David

2234

3

w

Simons, Martin J

2220

˝ - ˝

Taylor, Peter

2206

4

b

Lock, Gavin R

2212

˝ - ˝

Kilpatrick, Callum

2189

5

w

Webb, Richard M

2257

1 - 0

Farrand, Julian T

2169

6

b

Jenks, Bruce

2148

˝ - ˝

Hodgson, John H

2207

7

w

Hopkins, Jamie R

2137

˝ - ˝

O'Toole, George E

1987

8

b

Khoo, Selina (F)

2010

1 - 0

Anandajeyarajah, Thilagini *

1720

 

 

 

 

5 - 3

 

 

 

In the end, a comfortable victory but not without a few alarms.

I was acting as reserve for both teams as I had spent the morning haring round the streets of Oxford (you may be able to see my route here on course 3 – I am classed as a super-veteran!).  I arrived just before 2 pm to find Rawle and Keith missing.  Keith eventually managed to check in, but Rawle never made it.  Apparently he fell ill on his way to Birmingham and returned home, so at 2.54 I found myself on Board 1.  It soon became evident that I was in no fit state to play as I had an awful oversight which led to me sacrificing a piece for no compensation.  Thankfully, by the time I had lost, our new improved super-aggressive-Richard (!) had already won by following a Fischer- Petrosian game – fortunately he was Fischer!  Bruce drew quite quickly as did Martin who was thwarted in his attempts to swap all the pieces off to a promising K+P ending.  Both Selina and Jim won fairly comfortably to make the score 4-2.

Jamie had a very promising position on the board but as usual tortured the spectators with his handling of the clock.  In some ways digital clocks make matters worse as they seem to encourage brinkmanship. Although he missed some wins, he did not damage his position too much and decided to agree the draw to give us the match.  Gavin was made to suffer a while longer before he also was able to draw.

The curry house was packed with chess teams although 2 of our party set up a breakaway movement in the local fish and chip shop.

Sunday 11 November

 

BRISTOL 1

v

WESSEX 1

1

w

Cobb, Charles

2401

1 - 0

Poulton, James

2372

2

b

Rudd, Jack

2332

˝ - ˝

Simons, Martin J

2220

3

w

Walker, Martin

2244

˝ - ˝

Webb, Richard M

2257

4

b

Beaumont, Chris

2324

1 - 0

Lock, Gavin R

2212

5

w

Buckley, David E

2240

0 - 1

Yeo, Michael J

2153

6

b

Poobalasingam, Peter

2158

1 - 0

Jenks, Bruce

2148

7

w

Dilleigh, Stephen P

2135

˝ - ˝

Hopkins, Jamie R

2137

8

b

Jarvis, Deborah (F) *

1400

˝ - ˝

Khoo, Selina (F)

2010

 

 

 

 

5 - 3

 

 

 

Following Rawle’s disappearing act, we were extremely fortunate that Jamie’s domestic arrangements meant that he was able to return to Birmingham on the Sunday to replace him.  Bristol also had some doubts about whether they would have a full team, but assured me that they had found a female player for the Sunday.  I must admit to being rather unhappy when they confessed that she had a grade of 30, but apparently her coach had said that she was competent.  It was also apparent that the Bristol team had never met her before as I had to point out to the Bristol captain that the girl standing by our board was indeed their board 8, uncertain as to where she should sit!  She displayed sufficient competence against Selina to reach the time-control only 2 pawns in arrears.  Selina unfortunately then relaxed and allowed a rook sacrifice for perpetual that I doubt whether many players graded 30 would have seen!

 

On Saturday I was the only loss, but the team won.  Sunday was the reverse. Martin unusually caused his opponent to think for nearly 30 minutes during the game before drawing.  The new improved super-aggressive-Richard had another go, but couldn’t quite break through.  Remarkably, I found myself 2 pawns up in a good position that I didn’t mess up..  Jamie missed a draw on move 40, yet again made with very few seconds to spare, but he clung on impressively into the seventh hour for a draw. The rest however was all a bit disappointing.

 

Saturday 10 November

 

NORTH WEST EAGLES 2

v

WESSEX 2

1

w

Redmond, John

2221

1 - 0

Rutter, Nicholas

2183

2

b

Hague, Ben

2290

˝ - ˝

Clark, Ian C

2104

3

w

Charleshouse, Glenn L

2229

˝ - ˝

Pleasants, Allan J

2098

4

b

Lyell, Mark

2197

1 - 0

Gregory, Keith D

2100

5

w

Hughes, Howard R

2213

1 - 0

Taylor-Bowd, Phil

2064

6

b

Hulmes, David I

2225

˝ - ˝

Ferrington, Nigel M

2101

7

w

Connor, Stephen J

2105

0 - 1

Pym, Thomas W

2073

8

b

Morrison, Lynne (F)

1948

0 - 1

Khoo, Teresa (F)

2055

 

 

 

 

4˝-3˝

 

 

Ian Clark reports:

 

We were well outrated for the third match in a row, this time by over 100 ELO on average.  We welcomed Teresa into the team.

The match started off badly with Nick losing fairly quickly and Keith, after a late arrival, never getting into the match. I took a draw in a promising position feeling that it was best to get something out of the match ( I had not seen Qc6 which would have given me good chances).

Teresa showed her class with a convincing victory and Tom found some nice moves to trap his opponent’s king. Phil was always struggling and when pieces were forced off he was left a few pawns down.

Nigel battled very hard with a rook and pawn v rook & 2 pawns and eventually held on for the draw. This left Allan having to win but this was never likely without help. His opponent was on top for most of game but could not find a win and agreed a draw after 6 hours.

A loss of 4˝-3˝ was a very creditable performance.

Sunday 11 November

 

WESSEX 2

v

ANGLIAN AVENGERS 1

1

w

Rutter, Nicholas

2183

1 - 0

Talsma, Paul A

2235

2

b

Clark, Ian C

2104

˝ - ˝

Munson, Shaun D

2204

3

w

Pleasants, Allan J

2098

0 - 1

Spence, David

2176

4

b

Gregory, Keith D

2100

0 - 1

Player, Edmund C

2132

5

w

Taylor-Bowd, Phil

2064

˝ - ˝

Gregory, Stephen J

2168

6

b

Ferrington, Nigel M

2101

1 - 0

Gray, Mark S

2114

7

w

Pym, Thomas W

2073

1 - 0

Wallis, Ian

2075

8

b

Khoo, Teresa (F)

2055

1 - 0

Egorova, Anna (F)

1950

 

 

 

 

5 - 3

 

 

 

Captain Ian again:

 

The match v Anglian Avengers was also difficult as we were outrated on 7 boards, although not by that much. After 3 hours all games were still going showing how close things were.

We started off really well with Tom performing another miracle by winning a messy game (I correctly thought that he was lost ). Teresa also won again giving her Russian opponent a torrid time. This was soon followed by a win for Nigel and I managed to hang on to a draw after suffering a long bout of stout defence. This left us looking very good.

This was followed at the time check by strange happenings on Keith’s board when he did not seem to realise he had lost on time but neither did his opponent. Keith played his 41st move and then resigned!

Allan had played a great sacrifice attacking his opponent’s king and seemed to be winning but missed a crucial Qf2 ( and played Qd2 ) when he would have been winning. After this he could not hold on to the position.

This left us 3˝-2˝ up with Phil having lost his way a bit through the time check and in a difficult situation. Nick was better in a rook and few pawns each ending but it was not clear if he was winning.

Martin and Bruce were anxiously waiting for Phil to finish and eventually after 6 hours he had manoeuvred his opponent into a drawn position. At almost the same time Nick had forced his final pawn through and won another excellent game.

This left us with a very good 5-3 win and well placed for achieving a top 6 final position.

 


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