4NCL: 17-18 January 2009

Saturday 17 January

 

WESSEX 1

v

WARWICKSHIRE SELECT 1

1

w

Lock, Gavin R

2243

0 - 1

Mason, Don

2255

2

b

Simons, Martin J

2223

½ - ½

Thomas, Nicholas

2313

3

w

Kawuma, Moses

2224

0 - 1

Pitcher, John

2183

4

b

Kawuma, Steven

2166

½ - ½

Hynes, Anthony

2243

5

w

Rutter, Nicholas

2187

½ - ½

Shephard, Chris C W

2214

6

b

Yeo, Michael J

2120

1 - 0

Galloway, Iain

2131

7

w

de Coverly, Roger

2078

1 - 0

Ingram, Keith

2070

8

b

Thilaganathan, Jessica (F)

1894

1 - 0

Weaving, Richard (J)

1950

 

 

 

 

4½-3½

 

 

 

 

We welcomed most of the Ugandan Olympiad team who also happen to be the last 2 Hampshire champions.  On paper this was going to be a close match with us marginal underdogs on ratings.  In the end the difference was the “experience” on the bottom 3 boards.  Roger rather greedily grabbed a second pawn against a Petroff which encouraged his opponent into a dangerous looking sacrifice, whereas a calmer approach would have kept reasonable compensation. Roger emerged an exchange up and duly won.  I haven’t yet verified his and Rybka’s claim that he was never worse.  Jessica endured some characteristic Caro-Kann pain before snaffling a pawn which she kept through to the ending.  I missed a couple of winning moves but my opponent then missed the drawing opportunities I had allowed.  Eventually I sacrificed both rooks for a mate in 13!

 

Pos0

 

Galloway,Iain (2131) – Yeo,Michael J (2120)

31...Qxd4+ 32.Kxa3 Qc3+ 33.Ka4 Qxc6+ 34.Ka3 [34.b5 Qxc2+ 35.Ka5 Qc7+ 36.b6 Qc5+ 37.Ka6 Qa3+ 38.Kb7 Bd5+ 39.Kb8 Qa8+ 40.Kc7 Qb7+ 41.Kd8 Qxb6+ 42.Kd7 Bc6+ 43.Ke6 Qc7 44.Kxf5 Bd7+ 45.Kxe4 Qc4+ 46.Ke3 Bb5-+] 34...Qc3+ 35.Ka4 Qxc2+ 36.Ka5 Qc7+ 37.Ka4 Qa7+ 38.Kb5 Qb7+ 39.Ka5 Bd7! 40.Qe2 Qc7+ 41.Ka6 Bc8+ 42.Kb5 Qd7+ 43.Ka5 Qa7+ 0-1

Moses reached a drawn N+P ending but then got careless.  Steven had a promising Sveshnikov position that he wasn’t quite able to win.  Martin was always comfortable in his favourite Nimzowitch that swapped down to a drawn K+P ending.  4-2 up at the time control left us needing ½ a point from the remaining 2 games.  Nick eventually obliged from a game that had already seen a couple of draw offers declined.  Gavin wasn’t quite able to hold a R+P ending a pawn down and joined us late for dinner.

 

The local hostelry served some exotic dishes at exotic Sunningdale prices, but they did have Landlord.  Almost everyone had an early night which led to some complaints regarding the absence of the usual Wessex drinking companions in the bar.

Sunday 18 January

 

GUILDFORD-A&DC 3

v

WESSEX 1

1

w

Povah, Nigel E

2324

0 - 1

Lock, Gavin R

2243

2

b

Thompson, Ian D

2261

½ - ½

Simons, Martin J

2223

3

w

Tymrakiewicz, Rafal

2260

1 - 0

Kawuma, Moses

2224

4

b

Sharpe, Ian

2290

0 - 1

Kawuma, Steven

2166

5

w

Granat, Russell G

2257

1 - 0

Rutter, Nicholas

2187

6

b

Anderton, Matthew N

2238

0 - 1

Yeo, Michael J

2120

7

w

Jackson, Adrian

2215

1 - 0

de Coverly, Roger

2078

8

b

Hunt, Daniel (J)

1917

1 - 0

Thilaganathan, Jessica (F)

1894

 

 

 

 

4½-3½

 

 

 

There are some famous precedents for Wessex teams duffing up higher rated Guildford teams, for example here and here. For some time it looked as though we might achieve another upset, but eventually our luck ran out to provide a serious dent to our promotion hopes.

Jessica went for the throat with a very early h4-h5 against a Grunfeld that she had used before with effect.  This time her opponent was prepared and put her centre under intolerable pressure.  My limited preparation ran out at move 20.  I was rather regretting choosing an ending which meant that I was unlikely to benefit from my opponent’s habitual time trouble, but nevertheless he blundered into a lost K+P v K ending.  Moses was under enormous pressure and lost a pawn.  He fought back and won his pawn back before overlooking a tactic.  Martin had a fluctuating game that i do not pretend to understand.  He claims to never have been winning despite a GM observer’s opinion to the contrary. Gavin played the opening and a number of other moves I would have been proud of.  His unusual attacking mode brought rewards as his Q+B trapped the White king amongst the White pawns.  Steven generously sacrificed a pawn for some murky compensation.  In mutual time trouble he blundered, but his opponent spent too long checking that it wasn’t a trap that he left himself 2 seconds for 3 moves which proved beyond him.

3½-2½ up at the time-control, but it wasn’t enough.  Nick had had a wonderful position that started to go downhill once he was allowed to win the exchange.  His opponents knight and central pawns were too much for Nick’s uncoordinated rooks.  Roger’s game was worse to an increasing degree.  He felt that he should have found a better plan for dealing with his opponent’s queenside pawns than mostly ignoring them!

At least we are safe from relegation, but promotion will require some more inspired results.

Saturday 17 January

 

JUTES OF KENT

v

WESSEX 2

1

w

Williams, Simon K

2507

1 - 0

Jenks, Bruce

2134

2

b

Harakis, Alexis

2253

½ - ½

Gregory, Keith D

2060

3

w

Mack, Andy

2239

½ - ½

Marsh, Roger

2076

4

b

Naylor, John

2183

½ - ½

Clark, Ian C

2098

5

w

Donovan, Nigel

2087

1 - 0

Krawczuk, Michael J

2045

6

b

Rich, Mark

2147

½ - ½

Pleasants, Allan J

2080

7

w

Rice, Chris

2120

½ - ½

Tunks, Dominic

1989

8

b

Wilson, Alexandra (F)

2039

1 - 0

Norman, Dinah (F)

1956

 

 

 

 

5½-2½

 

 

 

Allan Pleasants reports:

Our Saturday match was against Jutes of Kent, who are one of the stronger teams in the league. Despite being outrated by 140pts a board we put up stiff resistance with many of the games very tight. Bruce looked like he had the better of the opening, but his kingside attack seemed to stall while his opponent’s gathered speed. Keith got our first result on either of the top two boards this season having to defend an interesting bishop against 3 connected pawns ending. Mike missed out on a draw when his flag fell before he completed his 40th move. The position was completely drawn at that point. I could easily have lost my game, but managed to hang on and get a draw.  We never looked like winning any of the boards and so perhaps the result was about right.

Sunday 18 January

 

WESSEX 2

v

BROWN JACK

1

w

Marsh, Roger

2076

0 - 1

Richmond, Peter A

2253

2

b

Clark, Ian C

2098

0 - 1

Hall, Daniel J

2133

3

w

Jenks, Bruce

2134

1 - 0

Haydon, Richard

2198

4

b

Pleasants, Allan J

2080

1 - 0

Girdlestone, Paul

2127

5

w

Tunks, Dominic

1989

1 - 0

Richmond, Jane (F)

2137

6

b

Gregory, Keith D

2060

0 - 1

Cabero, Pablo Padilla

2162

7

w

Krawczuk, Michael J

2045

½ - ½

Tomboline, David

2018

8

b

Norman, Dinah (F)

1956

½ - ½

Headlong, Fenella (F)

1995

 

 

 

 

4 - 4

 

 

Allan Pleasants:

Sunday’s match against Brown Jack promised to be much closer, Brown Jack being in a position where if results went right then they could end up in a promotion position. Roger’s position looked promising, but it may be superficial and his two bishops proved less powerful than Peter Richmond’s rook. Ian was dead and buried, but an oversight gave him another chance. Unfortunately the advantage remained with white and Ian couldn’t hold a draw. Bruce had a great result against Richard Haydon, while I played one of my better games this year and Dominic completed the middle order rout. Keith’s game could have gone either way, unfortunately it went the wrong way. Mike’s game looked a little dull, but he got his first result for the team. Dinah looked like she was better and may have missed a chance to hold her opponents king in the centre. Once castled a draw seemed the most likely result. The match ended with Ian’s game and a 4-4 draw. This was our first result in Division 2.

 

We have one more hard game against top of the league Oxford and then the second part of the season begins. We face an uphill struggle to stay in Division 2, but let’s give it a shot. Certainly it would be nice to win the Sunday game and put a little pressure on our fellow relegation candidates.


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