4NCL: 4-5 October 2008

Saturday 4 October

 

WESSEX 1

v

SOUTH WALES DRAGONS 2

1

w

Lock, Gavin R

2252

0 - 1

Spice, Alan

2173

2

b

Neil, David R

2165

˝ - ˝

Roberts, David L

2144

3

w

Rutter, Nicholas

2177

1 - 0

Brown, Alan M

2121

4

b

Simons, Martin J

2237

1 - 0

Burton, Graham P (def)

2087

5

w

Jenks, Bruce

2145

0 - 1

Miles, Richard

2050

6

b

Yeo, Michael J

2103

˝ - ˝

van Kemenade, Rudy

1989

7

w

de Coverly, Roger

2062

1 - 0

Wilson, Julie (F)

1935

8

b

Khoo, Selina (F)

1991

1 - 0

van Kemenade, Julie (F)

1661

 

 

 

 

5 - 3

 

 

A new season and a new-look team, missing the top five boards from the first match last season when we drew 4-4 with the Dragons’ first team.  The opposition Board 4 was reliant for transport on a North West Eagles car which eventually arrived 2 hours after the match started. Unfortunately, Martin was due back home for a party so had disappeared an hour earlier.  For a moment, I thought we had recruited Kramnik on Board 7 as Roger wheeled out a very fashionable line of the Catalan. Vlad would have been impressed by the way in which he impaled his opponent with a pawn on c7.  My game was ridiculous even by my own low standards.  After being completely lost on move 10 and completely winning 5 moves later, I allowed myself to be seduced by a flashy exchange sacrifice that might have been good enough to draw if I had retreated my king to a different square.  As it was, I was completely lost again by the time my opponent offered a draw unaware that he could escape from a perpetual.  Dave’s preparation gave him very comfortable equality.  Bruce developed all his pieces but castling queenside allowed his opponent a neat series of sacrifices.  Selina grabbed a pawn and looked to be in some difficulty before her opponent let her wriggle free. Nick always looked happy especially after donating a pawn to his opponent.  Defending his gains on the last move before the time-control was a blunder.  Gavin had a much better position out of the opening but winning a pawn allowed his opponent to get very active. Leaving himself 13 seconds for 9 moves proved too ambitious!

Enough chauffeurs were found to avoid the mile-long route march into Sunningdale in the pouring rain.

Sunday 5 October

 

CHEDDLETON-POINTON

v

WESSEX 1

1

w

Arkell, Keith

2521

1 - 0

Lock, Gavin R

2252

2

b

Bellin, Robert

2405

1 - 0

Simons, Martin J

2237

3

w

Hawthorne, John P *

2335

˝ - ˝

Rutter, Nicholas

2177

4

b

Wallace, Paul A

2259

0 - 1

Yeo, Michael J

2103

5

w

Gregory, Philip

2112

0 - 1

Jenks, Bruce

2145

6

b

Simmons, Matthew

2067

1 - 0

Neil, David R

2165

7

w

Bennett, Patrick

2101

0 - 1

de Coverly, Roger

2062

8

b

Whitfield, Craig M (J) **

1927

1 - 0

Khoo, Selina (F)

1991

 

 

** - ineligible player as filler, match game lost

 3˝-4˝

 

The most significant event for this match took place on the Saturday when I was called into the controllers’ office twice.  The opposition had suffered a withdrawal on Thursday due to illness.  Commendably, rather than default, they had submitted a revised team list.  Apparently, neither they nor the controllers had noticed that it contained 2 wildcards until Saturday. I think it was being suggested that given the circumstances I might like to overlook this breach of the rules.  I took the view that the rules regarding wildcards are there for a reason.  If a team-list is submitted containing a wildcard, there is always a risk that a dropout will cause a problem if a registered substitute is unavailable.  While their Board 3 does not play very often these days, he did turn out for them last season.  Playing him as a wildcard this season did spring an element of surprise on us, but registering him would have avoided the problem that occurred.  If the roles had been reversed, I think I would have noticed that there were 2 wildcards and would have expected Board 8 to be scored as a loss.

Martin returned from his party in time, but got a rude awakening when an opposition horse landed on e1 on move 19.  Nick had an extremely boring game with a symmetrical position after move 14.  Roger was rather fortunate to win a piece having been slightly worse throughout the game. Dave somewhat ambitiously sacrificed the exchange but had gained enough compensation before time-trouble saw him walk into a mating net.  For once I managed to play a reasonable game when it mattered reaching move 41 4 pawns up and being able to stop the threatened mate in one.  When I finished, I thought the match was still in the balance, but had to be reminded that we had already “won” Board 8.  This turned out to be fortunate, as Selina let slip an overwhelming position.  I must also confess to having mentally written off our chances on Board 1, but Gavin had been a lot better for the early part of the game and had his opponent worried before losing a pawn and being ground down.  This left Bruce trying to win a R+P ending a pawn up. While he may have missed some quicker wins, he carefully marched his king all the way round the board before making the decisive breakthrough.

Saturday 4 October

 

WESSEX 2

v

POISONED PAWNS 1

1

w

Pleasants, Allan J

2100

0 - 1

Swanson, Stephen

2225

2

b

Clark, Ian C

2106

0 - 1

Dargan, Paul

2207

3

w

Gregory, Keith D

2067

1 - 0

Goodger, Martyn

2164

4

b

Marsh, Roger

2088

0 - 1

Byway, Paul

2154

5

w

Taylor-Bowd, Phil

2025

˝ - ˝

Richter, Hans

2144

6

b

Krawczuk, Michael J

2045

0 - 1

Rosen, Daniel B

2150

7

w

Tunks, Dominic

1945

1 - 0

Winfridsson, Ola

2133

8

b

Thilaganathan, Jessica (F)

1891

1 - 0

Bentley, Emma (F)

1740

 

 

 

 

3˝-4˝

 

 

 

Allan Pleasants reports:

The new season begins at last and with the reformatting of the divisions the second team is going to find it tough. We welcome Jessica Thilaganathan and Mike Krawczuk to the team and my thanks go to Michael Yeo for organising pretty much everything for this weekend.

 

I was outplayed, losing a pawn in the middle game and then having to play out a lost endgame. I made it easy for my opponent in the end with a careless move just after the second time control. Unfortunately this sealed the match result. Ian played an isolated QP position badly with the black pieces, giving up a good bishop for a knight and strengthening his opponents centre unnecessarily. It wasn't too long before his kingside had been split apart and he was finished off efficiently. Keith and his opponent had to play a huge number of moves in the time scramble to meet the first control. In the melee Keith won the exchange and converted this to a win quickly. Roger tried to gain space in the centre, but left too many holes in his behind them. His pawn centre was demolished by his opponents’ active pieces. He headed off early, perhaps thinking he should have watched Portsmouth instead. Phil seemed to establish a reasonable Maroczy bind, but perhaps worried about his c-pawn chose a line leading to repetition. To be considered was 23 Bd4 increasing the pressure and preventing Ne5. Mike’s king was caught in the centre in an open position and pawns dropped all over the board as the king tried to find somewhere safe. Dominic had the better of an isolated QP position, and after winning a pawn went on to win the endgame. Jessica acquired the initiative early, but seemed to drift a little in the middle game. She converted a better same coloured bishop end game into a win well.

 

All in all an encouraging display, just a pity we ended up losing the match by the narrowest margin.

 

 

Sunday 5 October

 

PANDORA'S BOX GRANTHAM

v

WESSEX 2

1

w

Civin, Tomas

2419

1 - 0

Pleasants, Allan J

2100

2

b

Ashton, Adam G

2325

1 - 0

Clark, Ian C

2106

3

w

Walton, Alan J

2193

1 - 0

Gregory, Keith D

2067

4

b

Birtwhistle, Nigel

2106

1 - 0

Kemp, Paul M

2043

5

w

Dilley, Jason M

2156

˝ - ˝

Taylor-Bowd, Phil

2025

6

b

Cumbers, Paul

2165

1 - 0

Krawczuk, Michael J

2045

7

w

Coates, David

2012

0 - 1

Tunks, Dominic

1945

8

b

Gallagher, Marie (F)

1825

0 - 1

Thilaganathan, Jessica (F)

1891

 

 

 

 

5˝-2˝

 

 

 

 

Allan Pleasants reports:

We were up against it in this match. I got confused in the Benko and played a mixture of two variations. It didn't work well. Ian continued where he left off yesterday despite being told to avoid the line he played by Michael the previous evening. It looked bad very early and seemed to just get worse. A couple of games over the weekend to forget Ian! Keith had to defend against serious problems on all parts of the board with the advanced a-pawn finally proving to be too much. Paul Kemp ran into serious difficulties perhaps even earlier than Ian and I suspect that black was following theory. By move 10 white is already lost. Phil drew comfortably, while on board 6 Mike's opponent played the game really well, so Mike joined myself and Ian on no points. Dominic and Jessica made things a little respectable by winning their games. Both now have 2/2.

 

A big loss, but perhaps not unexpected. The second half of the season might be easier...

 


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