4NCL: 21-22 March 2009

This report was prepared some time ago, but problems with my ISP have meant that I have been unable to update my web space until now.  Apologies!

Saturday 21 March

RD 7

 

WESSEX 1

v

CELTIC TIGERS 1

1

w

Simons, Martin J

2223

1 - 0

Wippermann, Till

2456

2

b

Rutter, Nicholas

2187

1 - 0

Maciol, Ryszard

2248

3

w

Lock, Gavin R

2243

½ - ½

Hoffmann, Hendrik

2211

4

b

Kawuma, Moses

2224

0 - 1

Pedersen, Carsten

2161

5

w

Yeo, Michael J

2120

0 - 1

Mueller, Jan

2100

6

b

Jenks, Bruce

2134

0 - 1

Thomas, Robert K

2156

7

w

Kawuma, Steven

2166

1 - 0

French, Angus

2115

8

b

Lazarevic, Ljubica (F)

1775

1 - 0

Owens, Megan (F)

1735

 

 

 

 

4½-3½

 

 

This match might have mattered if Warwickshire Select had lost and Celtic Tigers had won.  As neither event happened, the match had no bearing on the rest of the season. 

I have to admit that having chosen our board order I expected our points to come from Boards 3-7 including as they did, our usual Board1, the Ugandan Olympiad team, the newly crowned Dorset champion and myself, recently returned from 18 games in Moscow. In the event, of these only Steven won while it was Boards 1, 2 and 8 who came to our rescue.  Ljubica emerged from a 4 year retirement to make great use of the coaching in the Dutch that she had received at 8 a.m. that morning. Nick had a fairly comfortable position until his opponent became over-aggressive in time trouble and emerged two pawns to the good.  Bruce’s queen took a tortuous route to e8 and he became increasingly desperate in his attempts to gain compensation.  I tried to improve on a 1974 loss to Tony Miles.  My opponent came up with an enterprising double exchange sacrifice that I justified by allowing mating threats forcing me to lose a rook.

3-2 up at the time control and three positions I thought we wouldn’t lose.  Martin decided to avoid his IM opponent’s usual Budapest by wheeling out the Blackmar gambit.  This turned out to be an inspired choice as his opponent had to start thinking as early as move 5. By move 20, he had reached a BDG player’s dream position and he wasn’t even a pawn down still:

Pos0

It is obviously tempting to drop a piece onto d6, but which one?  Martin chose his rook, which allowed his opponent to wriggle a bit after 20.Rd6 Bxd6 21.Bxd6 f5.  It seems that 20.Bd6! would have been even stronger as either the Black king gets trapped in the centre after Bxe7 or he has to allow 20 Bd6 Bxd6 21.Rxd6 Qc7 22.c6! bxc6 23.Qc3 which is crushing.  Having reached an ending two pawns up, Martin thankfully checked that Warwickshire Select had acquired 4 points before trying his winning plan just in case it wasn’t successful. It was!

Gavin had had a good position but lost a pawn to some tactics.  Fortunately in time-trouble he was allowed to win it back and opposite coloured bishops gave him the draw. Moses attacked as usual, but mislaid a pawn to reach a lost knight ending.  Somehow he swapped everything off to a drawn N+P v N ending but then blundered by putiing his king on the wrong square allowing his opponenet to reach a won K+P position.

 

The weekend witnessed a number of scenes suitable for the Private Eye cartoon strip “Scenes You Seldom See”. (The most recent has a meeting with a caption:  ”Now that our event is over, we should go round and take down all the posters”) These included:

1)      Bruce, in response to being offered a pint: “No, thanks – I’ll just have a half”

2)      A member of the Wessex squad attempting to use the Health Club at 8 a.m. on Sunday.  He was thwarted – it was shut!

3)      Rawle Allicock turning up by 1 p.m. on the Saturday.  He claimed that this was a mistake as he had meant to catch the later train.  Further enquiries revealed that he had indeed boarded the earlier train and then attempted to get off it, only to be bundled back on board by Stewart Reuben who wanted some company for the journey.  Rawle lost both his games. 

Sunday 22 March

RD 8

 

PANDORA'S BOX GRANTHAM

v

WESSEX 1

1

w

Civin, Tomas

2421

1 - 0

Lock, Gavin R

2243

2

b

Ashton, Adam G

2321

1 - 0

Kawuma, Moses

2224

3

w

Burnett, Andrew

2202

½ - ½

Simons, Martin J

2223

4

b

Cumbers, Paul

2189

1 - 0

Rutter, Nicholas

2187

5

w

Walton, Alan J

2189

0 - 1

Kawuma, Steven

2166

6

b

Burrows, Martin P

2206

½ - ½

Neil, David R

2161

7

w

Birtwhistle, Nigel

2159

½ - ½

Yeo, Michael J

2120

8

b

Milson, Samuel (J)

1955

1 - 0

Lazarevic, Ljubica (F)

1775

 

 

 

 

5½-2½

 

 

A difficult match and a disappointing result. Some may use this as evidence that our first team is no better than our second team who lost to the same opposition by the same score earlier in the season.  However, the “culprits” from Pandora’s Box who conceded 2½ points on that occasion had all been dropped for this match and replaced by new Boards 3, 6 and 8 who scored rather better!

Martin was offered an early chance to apply his energies elsewhere.  Ljubica’s opponent caused panic by throwing his pawns forward at her castled king.  Moses allowed a dangerous piece sacrifice that left him facing Space Invader pawns.  Steven’s opponent blundered a critical pawn.  Nick, having castled queenside decided to get rid of a Black bishop on b4 by playing a3 and was surprised to find that he had allowed Bxa3!  Gavin always looked under pressure and succumbed to a queen sacrifice. David achieved his queenside breakthrough but chose the wrong pawn to take. My game followed various recent Simons -Yeo encounters with the same result although I missed some chances to do better.  Promotion continues to look elusive.

Saturday 21 March

RD 7

 

OXFORD 1

v

WESSEX 2

1

w

Savage, Ben D

2307

1 - 0

Neil, David R

2161

2

b

White, Michael J R

2252

0 - 1

de Coverly, Roger

2078

3

w

Eckersley-Waites, Tom

2227

1 - 0

Pleasants, Allan J

2080

4

b

Smallbone, Kieran

2237

1 - 0

Taylor-Bowd, Phil

2037

5

w

Rawlinson, Aidan

2236

½ - ½

Gregory, Keith D

2060

6

b

Shaw, David A

2240

1 - 0

Krawczuk, Michael J

2045

7

w

Bruce, Dave

2091

0 - 1

Tunks, Dominic

1989

8

b

Harvey, Marcus R (J)

1905

0 - 1

Daley, Eugene (J)

1689

 

 

 

 

4½-3½

 

 

 

Allan Pleasants reports:

Our Saturday match was against Oxford 1, who if not the highest rated team in the league are probably the strongest team. Once again the team produced an excellent performance and only narrowly missed out on getting a result from the match despite being out rated by 200 pts per board. As has been the case throughout this season the top boards struggled to get results. The pick of the results being Roger’s game against Michael White on board 2. I think this is our first win on either of the top two boards this season. The bottom half fared better with wins for Dominic and Eugene. At one point I noticed that Dominic had swapped the position of his K and Q around and my first thought was that the board must have been set up wrong. I put it down to my jet lag, went back to my board and shut my eyes and went to sleep. You can read what Oxford thought of the match here.

Sunday 22 March

RD 8

 

CHEDDLETON-POINTON

v

WESSEX 2

1

w

Arkell, Keith

2510

1 - 0

Jenks, Bruce

2134

2

b

Grooten, Herman

2347

1 - 0

Gregory, Keith D

2060

3

w

Bellin, Robert

2389

1 - 0

de Coverly, Roger

2078

4

b

Schuurman, Petra (F)

2340

½ - ½

Pleasants, Allan J

2080

5

w

Wallace, Paul A

2253

½ - ½

Taylor-Bowd, Phil

2037

6

b

Edwards, Simon

2029

0 - 1

Tunks, Dominic

1989

7

w

Bennett, Patrick

2078

1 - 0

Krawczuk, Michael J

2045

8

b

Bellin, Christopher J

1980

0 - 1

Daley, Eugene (J)

1689

 

 

 

 

5 - 3

 

 

Allan Pleasants:

Our first game in the Relegation pool saw us playing Cheddleton-Pointon, who fielded the strongest 2nd Division team of the weekend against us. We were out-rated by nearly 250 points per board. The pattern of the season continued with us getting no change on any of the top boards. GM Keith Arkell didn’t give Bruce any chances. I got my best result of the season and possibly should have played out a R+B v R ending rather than go for an immediate draw as there are some practical winning chances. Dominic and Eugene won again giving them both a 100% record for the weekend and Dominic has a chance of qualifying for the British Championship – he has a rating performance of 2481 over 7 games against FIDE rated players.

 

The league position indicates that we still have a chance of automatically staying up, but we will have to get at least 2 wins and a draw. This is achievable though the next game against Celtic Tigers is going to be difficult. I’m looking forward to an interesting last weekend of the season and hopefully we can field as strong a team as possible and get the results we need to stay in this division.

 

 

 


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