4NCL: 1-2 March 2008

Saturday 1 March

 

WESSEX 1

v

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

1

w

Allicock, Rawle A (def)

2296

0 - 1

Ward, Chris G

2440

2

b

Upton, Ian J

2260

0 - 1

Emms, John M

2502

3

w

Corkett, Anthony R

2306

˝ - ˝

Summerscale, Aaron

2475

4

b

Lock, Gavin R

2213

1 - 0

Milliet, Sophie (F)

2376

5

w

Simons, Martin J

2228

0 - 1

Hamdouchi, Adina (F)

2288

6

b

Rutter, Nicholas

2177

˝ - ˝

Forbes, Cathy (F)

2104

7

w

Neil, David R

2176

0 - 1

Yurenok, Maria S (F)

2033

8

b

Khoo, Selina (F)

1998

˝ - ˝

Thilaganathan, Jessica (F)

1935

 

 

 

 

2˝-5˝

 

 

 

The match got off to a bad start when Rawle arrived after 3 o’clock and things never really improved.  The game-plan of winning the bottom four boards and scraping a draw somewhere in the top four came unstuck when Dave lost badly.  Tony did his bit by sending his opponent to sleep, but none of the other bottom boards really ever looked like winning.  Nick thought he might be losing a pawn so returned a draw offer he had declined a few moves earlier.  Selina was playing a school-friend.  I was slightly concerned to learn that she had arranged for her mother to collect her at 4.30 pm, but creditably she kept on playing right up to 6 pm.  Martin also seemed to be in something of a trance and kept on playing a lost cause somewhat longer than normal.  The one bright spot was Gavin’s tremendous win.  He gained ample compensation for the exchange and snared his opponent’s king in the centre in her time-trouble.  Ian seemed to be doing quite well for a while until he lost a pawn just before the time control.

 

Sunday 2 March

 

 

HILSMARK KINGFISHER 2

v

WESSEX 1

1

w

Tavoularis, Nicholas

2242

˝ - ˝

Corkett, Anthony R

2306

2

b

Hagesaether, Arne

2166

˝ - ˝

Upton, Ian J

2260

3

w

Costley, Martin O

2182

0 - 1

Allicock, Rawle A

2296

4

b

Foord, Dominic

1995

0 - 1

Lock, Gavin R

2213

5

w

Alcock, Graham P

1935

0 - 1

Simons, Martin J

2228

6

b

default

 

0 - 1

Jenks, Bruce

2126

7

w

default

 

0 - 1

Clark, Ian C

2106

8

b

default

 

0 - 1

Khoo, Selina (F)

1998

 

 

 

 

1 - 7

 

 

 

Another shambles to rival that experienced by the second team the previous day. Gavin won very quickly; Rawle and Martin took their time.  The only real excitement was on the top board where Tony attempted to blitz his opponent in time trouble but lost a pawn in the process.  His chances of saving the game improved somewhat after he lost another pawn, but it took a while.

Saturday 1 March

 

SLOUGH SHARKS 3

v

WESSEX 2

1

w

Makepeace, Philip J

2012

˝ - ˝

Pym, Thomas W

2086

2

b

Varnam, Liam D

2042

1 - 0

Yeo, Michael J

2110

3

w

default

 

0 - 1

Jenks, Bruce

2126

4

b

default

 

0 - 1

Gregory, Keith D

2086

5

w

default

 

0 - 1

Clark, Ian C

2106

6

b

default

 

0 - 1

Taylor-Bowd, Phil

2061

7

w

default

 

0 - 1

Tunks, Dominic

1896

8

b

default

 

0 - 1

Butler, Patrick (J)

1770

 

 

 

 

1˝-6˝

 

 

A farce.  Over the board Tom performed yet another Houdini act saving an ending two pawns down.  My mind was elsewhere.

Sunday 2 March

 

WESSEX 2

v

MIND SPORTS

1

w

Rutter, Nicholas

2177

1 - 0

Almond, Richard

2107

2

b

Yeo, Michael J

2110

˝ - ˝

Parker, Robert

2092

3

w

Neil, David R

2176

˝ - ˝

Edwards, Ray B

2124

4

b

Gregory, Keith D

2086

˝ - ˝

Ackley, Peter

2139

5

w

Pym, Thomas W

2086

1 - 0

Hawkins, Nick

2016

6

b

Marsh, Roger

2101

˝ - ˝

Minnican, Alan

2077

7

w

Tunks, Dominic

1896

1 - 0

James, Stephen B

2041

8

b

Moore, Gillian A (F)

1905

0 - 1

Robson, Caroline (F)

1680

 

 

 

 

5 - 3

 

 

This match was a pleasant contrast to the other events of the weekend.  Everyone turned up, the opposition were friendly, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we managed a good result. Keith decided that he would take the opportunity to watch Everton on television instead.  Roger’s opponent had won with White on Board 1 the previous day, but Roger appeared to equalise without too much difficulty.  Strangely, he did not take the opportunity to rush off to watch Portsmouth, so either he had arranged for the match to be recorded or he had an accurate premonition of their demise!  Dave’s opponent declined the initial draw offer but relented a few moves later.  Dominic thought carefully before playing 1.c4 as he could remember having 2 Sicilians against the same opponent before and wanted to play something different.  His opponent had to remind Dominic after the game that he had been Black in those games!  Dominic played a neat queen sacrifice and then spotted that he had missed something better.  It made no difference as his opponent resigned anyway.  Nick’s game lasted about 5 moves as he had seen the first 19 before although he had difficulty remembering them as he thought his opponent wouldn’t dream of playing Qxb2 having castled queenside.  Nick persuaded him to gobble his a-pawn as well which meant that Nick’s rooks then had easy access!  My attack spiralled out of control which left me grabbing a perpetual just before I got mated.  Tom won efficiently just before the time control to seal the match.  Gillian’s opponent allegedly has an ECF grade of 86 but played more like 186 as she competently won 2 pawns and then swapped off into an easily won ending.  The second team are now in sixth place in the league but face a tough final weekend in order to stay there!


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