4NCL: 3-5 May 2008

Saturday 3 May

 

CHEDDLETON-POINTON

v

WESSEX 1

1

w

Bellin, Robert

2407

1 - 0

Allicock, Rawle A

2301

2

b

Wallace, Paul A

2258

½ - ½

Webb, Richard M

2259

3

w

Sharp, John R

2155

0 - 1

Lock, Gavin R

2228

4

b

Bennett, Patrick

2128

0 - 1

Simons, Martin J

2221

5

w

McKenna, Jason P

2134

1 - 0

Yeo, Michael J

2120

6

b

Berglitz, Regina H (F)

2103

0 - 1

Jenks, Bruce

2137

7

w

Simmons, Matthew

2061

½ - ½

Rutter, Nicholas

2186

8

b

Rowe, Peter

2051

0 - 1

Moore, Gillian A (F)

1905

 

 

 

 

3 - 5

 

 

 

The final weekend of the season.  A sequence of unlikely results would still have seen the first team gain promotion, but realistically the main priority was for the second team to finish in the top six of the third division in order to play in the second division next season.  Already shorn of a whole team of players our plans were thrown into further disarray by the withdrawal of our first team board seven on Friday evening when his daughter was taken to hospital.  Some teams would no doubt have simply defaulted a board.  Others judging by our recent experience wouldn’t have even bothered to tell the opposition they were doing so.  Many phone calls later managed to unearth 3 further players prepared to travel to Sunningdale for just one game each, thereby costing us a further £30 as they were all wild-cards. 

 

Over the board this match went reasonably smoothly.  Gavin played a particularly aggressive French which brought a swift reward (although I am not yet convinced that his opponent needed to resign when he did).  Martin’s opponent gifted him a passed a pawn which was rapidly pushed.  Richard reached a K&7P ending which he decided not to try and win.  Bruce was slightly better when his opponent blundered.  Nick was in danger of trying too hard to win and nearly paid the price before baling out for a draw.  (We didn’t manage a repeat of the dream M. Simons v M. Simmons pairing but at least the arbiter was confused for a while!)  The star performance was from Gillian.  Having made a slight mess of her pawns in the opening, she managed to straighten them out and gradually push forward.  Her win made it 5-1, but neither Rawle nor I were able to hold dubious endings.

 

The route-march to the curry house was dampened by unexpected drizzle.  My subsequent pontifications in the bar until 3 am may have been unwise.

 

Sunday 4 May 

 

WESSEX 1

v

WHITE ROSE

1

w

Allicock, Rawle A

2301

0 - 1

McNab, Colin

2443

2

b

Simons, Martin J

2221

1 - 0

Gourlay, Iain

2371

3

w

Lock, Gavin R

2228

½ - ½

Van de Griendt, Jan W

2354

4

b

Webb, Richard M

2259

½ - ½

Barrett, Steve J

2260

5

w

Rutter, Nicholas

2186

½ - ½

Gayson, Peter M

2259

6

b

Jenks, Bruce

2137

½ - ½

Townsend, Paul *

2214

7

w

Yeo, Michael J

2120

½ - ½

Adams, David M

2194

8

b

Moore, Gillian A (F)

1905

0 - 1

Khakimova, Masura (F)

1978

 

 

 

 

3½-4½

 

 

 

Peter Wells’ disinclination to rise from his Bulgarian bed at 3 am (unlike Gawain Jones) meant that we had more of a chance in this match than I had thought.  Rawle’s oversight sent us 1-0 down very early and Gillian was always struggling, but elsewhere we gave a reasonable account of ourselves, helped by the curiosity after two hours of being significantly ahead on the clock on all boards.  Martin’s opponent used up a lot of time while sacrificing two pawns.  My game was very unbalanced but probably always drawn with best play.  Bruce was the last to finish in an interesting R+P ending. He had to cope with passed a and h pawns but wasn’t quite able to mobilise his central mass in time to win.

 

This narrow defeat against the division champions finally killed off any lingering promotion hopes.  The evening tramp to a pub was a sombre affair, but the menu was interesting, amongst other delights allowing two players to indulge their love of pigeon!?

 

Monday 5 May

 

 

WESSEX 1

v

POISONED PAWNS 1

1

w

Corkett, Anthony R

2307

½ - ½

Posazhennikov, Alex

2247

2

b

Lock, Gavin R

2228

½ - ½

Swanson, Stephen

2231

3

w

Webb, Richard M

2259

1 - 0

Dargan, Paul

2185

4

b

Simons, Martin J

2221

½ - ½

Dunn, Andrew

2210

5

w

Wheeler, John F

2126

½ - ½

Rosen, Daniel B

2137

6

b

White, Graham A*

2135

0 - 1

Byway, Paul

2152

7

w

Jenks, Bruce

2137

0 - 1

Goodger, Martyn

2180

8

b

Norman, Dinah (F)

1965

1 - 0

Mountford, Corinne (F)

1615

 

 

 

 

4 - 4

 

 

 

A new-look team in order to strengthen the second team.  Dinah and the Drawmeister both won for the first time in the weekend, but accidents on Boards 6 & 7 meant that we only scraped a draw.

 

Eighth in the division was a disappointing result for the season, although we were not that far away from fourth.  In the end the 2 drawn matches in the first weekend proved critical.

 

Saturday 3 May

 

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY 2

v

WESSEX 2

1

w

Spencer, Carl

2115

1 - 0

Pleasants, Allan J

2095

2

b

Beckett, Chris J

2108

½ - ½

Purkiss, William *

2084

3

w

Chan, Nevil

2065

0 - 1

Gregory, Keith D

2087

4

b

Jones, Richard M

2064

½ - ½

Marsh, Roger

2088

5

w

Gooding, Ian

2014

½ - ½

Taylor-Bowd, Phil

2048

6

b

Kreuzer, Christopher

1949

½ - ½

Wilkinson, John R *

2030

7

w

Kapadia, Sujit

1915

½ - ½

Coburn, Joe

1945

8

b

Owens, Megan (F)

1772

½ - ½

Norman, Dinah (F)

1965

 

 

 

 

4 - 4

 

 

 

This was a match I thought we had to win to keep hold of a place in the top half of the division.  For quite some time this looked feasible.  Allan felt he had been smashed until Fritz pointed out some reasonable compensation. John was a pawn up, but unable to convert.  The real disappointment was on Board 8 where Dinah was completely on top but allowed herself to get irritated by her opponent’s continuous draw offers and blundered.  It has been suggested that she was still winning in the final position but she wasn’t. We were left 3½ -2½ down while Roger went purple in an unsuccessful attempt to win and Keith smoothly converted a pawn advantage in the seventh hour.

 

Sunday 4 May  

 

WESSEX 2

v

PANDORA'S BOX

1

w

Pleasants, Allan J

2095

0 - 1

Mannion, Stephen

2361

2

b

Marsh, Roger

2088

1 - 0

Dilley, Jason M

2163

3

w

Taylor-Bowd, Phil

2048

½ - ½

Stone, Andrew *

2228

4

b

Kemp, Paul M*

2039

½ - ½

Walton, Alan J

2217

5

w

Gregory, Keith D

2087

0 - 1

Cumbers, Paul

2156

6

b

Tunks, Dominic

1936

0 - 1

Coates, David

2050

7

w

Coburn, Joe

1945

0 - 1

Woolley, Jos

2101

8

b

Norman, Dinah (F)

1965

½ - ½

Gallagher, Marie (F)

1730

 

 

 

 

2½-5½

 

 

 

This may look like a reasonable result and based on ratings it wasn’t too dissimilar from what might have been expected before the match started.  Sometime during the third hour matters looked very different as Allan turned down a draw offer because at that stage he thought the team was winning easily and he could therefore afford to play for a win!!  His subsequent demise was one of many tragedies.  Joe left himself only 3 minutes for 20 moves and still had 3 to make in a position where he was two pawns up when he lost on time.  Dinah again made a mistake in a very promising position.  Two seasons ago, I welcomed the introduction of digital clocks specifically on the basis that it would mean that Dominic was much less likely to lose on time.  It was only in the pub that evening that he realised that 22 divided by 6 was less than 4 which only partly explains why he too lost on time with one move to make.  It was left to Roger to salvage some pride.

 

Monday 5 May

 

 

FCA SOLUTIONS 1

v

WESSEX 2

1

w

Hetey, Laszlo

2343

1 - 0

Yeo, Michael J

2120

2

b

Tippleston, Charles

2185

1 - 0

Rutter, Nicholas

2186

3

w

Reuben, Stewart

2129

1 - 0

Gregory, Keith D

2087

4

b

Smith, Graham

2105

0 - 1

Pleasants, Allan J

2095

5

w

Freeman, Richard C P

2088

0 - 1

Taylor-Bowd, Phil

2048

6

b

Fraser-Mitchell, Jeremy

2036

0 - 1

Tunks, Dominic

1936

7

w

Majer, Chris E

2077

1 - 0

Khoo, Selina (F)

1996

8

b

Evans, Helen (F)

1695

0 - 1

Coburn, Joe

1945

 

 

 

 

4 - 4

 

 

 

To finish sixth in the division we needed another result to go our way and to win this match heavily.  Neither looked likely, although the absence of draws is a reasonable reflection of the effort we made!

 

Allan gave up a pawn in an obscure opening and later chucked away two more “to try and get his queen into the game”.  Her majesty performed miracles before being exchanged and led to his opponent offering a draw in a position where he was about to be mated. Phil’s queen also went on an unusual excursion before parking herslf near the middle of the board to great effect. I had an excellent knight against a bad bishop until I pressed the self-destruct button. Keith was doing well early on, before being forced into some ugly retreats.  His opponent still isn’t sure why Keith resigned though!  Selina’s position always looked a little cramped, but Dominic and Joe managed to make their moves in time this time.  It was left to Nick to try and save a very dubious R&P ending to win the match, but he overlooked a promising possibility near the end.

 

As with the first team, eighth position is disappointing, especially since there were so many opportunities (not just in the final weekend) to do better.  Still, at least this avoids the Wessex 1 v Wessex 2 clash that I was not looking forward to organising next season!

 

 


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