4NCL: 2-4 May 2009

Saturday 2 May

 

WESSEX 1

v

OXFORD 1

1

w

Simons, Martin J

2225

0 - 1

Rose, Matthew

2259

2

b

Lock, Gavin R

2227

0 - 1

Savage, Ben D

2330

3

w

Rutter, Nicholas

2181

˝ - ˝

Rawlinson, Aidan

2242

4

b

Yeo, Michael J

2147

0 - 1

White, Michael J R

2265

5

w

Jenks, Bruce

2201

0 - 1

Smallbone, Kieran

2235

6

b

Kawuma, Steven

2168

0 - 1

Eckersley-Waites, Tom

2224

7

w

de Coverly, Roger

2070

˝ - ˝

Shaw, David A

2228

8

b

Moore, Gillian A (F)

1935

0 - 1

Tidman, Sophie (F)

2093

 

 

 

 

1 - 7

 

 

 

A dismal result that finally killed off any lingering promotion hopes we might have had as other results also didn’t go our way.

There was an amusing pas de deux with the top two boards.  Martin agreed to play on Board 1 to try and repeat his 5 move win against Ben Savage.  Ben however had asked to be dropped to Board 2 as he didn’t want to face Gavin, presumably also because of a past game that I cannot trace.  The instruction to the Black players to start the clock proved too difficult for the Oxford players on Boards 5 & 7.  Roger wisely took his offending clock to the arbiter for a replacement.  Bruce and his opponent unwisely pressed a random series of buttons that appeared to resuscitate their timepiece to their satisfaction.  However at move 20, the Oxford player noticed that despite having pressed the right button, his clock was still going.  The arbiter took ages to provide a replacement showing the correct times and everyone was happy until the Oxford player unfortunately spotted that he had been given 25 seconds to reach move 40 rather than 25 minutes!  That was about the closest we came to winning anything.

Roger gained an hour on the clock due to some difficulties with move order and managed to smoothly remove most of the pieces.  Nick got into his typical worse position against the Sveshnikov but without losing a pawn which I guess was enough to persuade his opponent to call a halt.  I won a pawn in the opening and then played like an idiot.  Martin also won a pawn but overlooked a trick winning it back in very favourable circumstances.  Gavin described his game as very poor although he looks to have been equal for some while. 4-1 down at the time-control didn’t bode well.  Gillian had seemed to be in some trouble as her knights undertook some very extensive manoeuvres even for an Alekhine but she had almost equalised before blundering in the 5th hour.  Steven sacrificed a pawn for reasonable compensation, but all the heavy pieces came off to leave a lost ending.  Bruce had the first of 3 R&P endings for the weekend.  In this one he was a pawn down but didn’t really ever look like saving it.  You may eventually be able to read what Oxford thought of our hapless display here.

While most of the rest of the squad met up for dinner at a local pub that I had booked for them, I had to embark on a 250 mile roundtrip to Southampton to return home two last-minute substitutes who were not playing on the Sunday.  I arrived back at the hotel just before the diners returned.  I began to suspect a conspiracy when they all reported that the dinner had been excellent and the best of the season so far!

Sunday 3 May

 

POISONED PAWNS 1

v

WESSEX 1

1

w

Posazhennikov, Alex

2249

1 - 0

Yeo, Michael J

2147

2

b

Swanson, Stephen

2245

˝ - ˝

Lock, Gavin R

2227

3

w

Dunn, Andrew

2204

˝ - ˝

Simons, Martin J

2225

4

b

Byway, Paul

2156

0 - 1

Kawuma, Steven

2168

5

w

Richter, Hans

2148

1 - 0

Jenks, Bruce

2141

6

b

Jarvis, David

2160

0 - 1

Rutter, Nicholas

2181

7

w

Rosen, Daniel B

2142

˝ - ˝

Gregory, Keith D

2057

8

b

Mountford, Corinne (F)

1645

1 - 0

Vann, Monica (F)

1755

 

 

 

 

4˝-3˝

 

 

 

Another disappointing result in a close match that mattered a lot more to our opponents as it kept their promotion hopes alive.

 

Martin was concerned that his opponent might repeat a dull drawing line from a previous game, so decided to shock him instead with 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nf3 c5 4.g3 g5!?!  He managed to agree a draw within 2 hours.  I had wrongly assumed that he had an urgent appointment in the health club, but it seems there was a vitally important episode of “Britain’s Got Talent” that he might have missed.  For the second day running with Black, I contrived to play h6??  Monica turned up at 1.30 p.m. expecting to be half an hour early. She went for an all-out attack which missed and lost after the time control.  Nick’s opponent donated his a8 rook and never got enough in exchange.  Steven always looked to be a bit better and swapped into a won R&P ending.  Gavin prodded a hedgehog sufficiently to win a Q for R&B, but the pieces had enough activity to draw.  Bruce’s R&P ending this time saw him 2 pawns down.  We had thought that his only hope was for his opponent to drop dead before delivering mate, but then the fire alarm went off.  I have been assured that there is no truth in some of the rumour that it was caused by a Wessex player trying to draw the match.

 

Dinner was at a pub 5 miles drive away and was much better than outside appearances might have suggested.  Subsequent drinks in the hotel bar might have been detrimental to our chances the next day but weren’t!

Monday 4 May

 

WESSEX 1

v

JUTES OF KENT

1

w

Rutter, Nicholas

2181

˝ - ˝

Williams, Simon K

2512

2

b

Simons, Martin J

2225

˝ - ˝

Mack, Andy

2236

3

w

Lock, Gavin R

2227

0 - 1

Harakis, Alexis

2248

4

b

Jenks, Bruce

2141

1 - 0

Naylor, John

2186

5

w

Kawuma, Steven

2168

˝ - ˝

Cooley, Chris

2265

6

b

de Coverly, Roger

2070

1 - 0

Rice, Chris

2116

7

w

Yeo, Michael J

2147

1 - 0

Wilson, Alexandra (F)

2040

8

b

Daley, Eugene (J)

1689

˝ - ˝

Howell, Christopher

2083

 

 

 

 

5 - 3

 

 

 

I was slightly puzzled as to why we should have produced easily our best result of the season until I read the opposition account of their weekend here.

One good thing to come out of Wessex 2 being relegated on Sunday was that I didn’t feel obliged to get up at 5.30 a.m. to make another round trip to Southampton.  We were able to promote Eugene to the first team and play Eugene’s brother in the second team.  The reaction of our top boards when I told them they were on the DGT boards live on the internet was entertaining.  Gavin groaned. Bruce was visibly excited and set about phoning all his friends.

Eugene’s opponent somewhat recklessly started with 1.e4 c5 2.a3 g6 3.h4, a move order that has previously been adopted by the Jutes of Kent Board 1.  Eugene reacted calmly and was unlucky to reach a position where his opponent could bale out with a draw by repeating moves.  A number of us were amused to find out on Sunday evening that Nick had never heard of the Dragadorf.  He has now and he produced an interesting sideline that might make the second edition of his opponent’s forthcoming book on the opening.  Martin’s opponent joined a long queue of those who have played a line that is supposed to refute the Nimzowitsch only to find that it doesn’t!  I was initially rather concerned about Roger’s position but his opponent made some mistakes while running short of time which left Roger with a winning double rook and pawn ending.  I played the Tarrasch French again which came as a surprise to my opponent who clearly doesn’t keep her database up to date.  Having missed the opportunity to play e6-e5 I was allowed to win the backward e-pawn and the game.  Bruce, no doubt conscious that the world was watching, entered another R+P ending this time a pawn to the good and displayed impeccable technique.  How can we arrange for all his games to be on DGT boards?!

Steven’s game became extremely complex after his opponent found a dangerous piece sacrifice.  Even after an extensive post-mortem the players were not sure who stood better.  In the time-scramble Steven suddenly stopped the clocks to complain that his opponent wasn’t recording his moves.  He was completely unaware that the rules permit this when a player has less than 5 minutes left. In the Olympiad of course they play with increments when this rule would not apply, but I am surprised that he has not had any such time-scrambles in the Southampton League.  Chris Cooley reacted impeccably (I might have been tempted to claim an extra 2 minutes for the distraction) but had to be restrained from using one of the DGT boards to reconstruct when his time expired at move 42. In a position I thought was still unclear, Steven offered a draw with his next move which was accepted.  Although we had won the match, Gavin’s game was of great significance as it turned out that his opponent had to win for his team to gain promotion.  Gavin had had a huge advantage out of the opening but went wrong in time trouble to reach a difficult but defendable ending.  Fortunately for the opposition he went wrong soon after the time control and his opponent made no mistake to deprive Kings Head of the 4th promotion place.

 

Mid-table mediocrity is arguably better than we might have expected at the start of the season, but is another reflection of a downside of the new format.  One of the many reasons I have given for disliking this format is the difficulty in ensuring that the two initial sections are of equal strength.  It is a fact that the 4 promoted teams came from 2a, the section Wessex 2 found themselves in.  It does seem unfair that 4 teams from 2b didn’t get to play any of the promoted teams; especially Cheddleton-Pointon who I think would have beaten at least 3 of the promoted teams.  Had Wessex 1 been in 2a and Wessex 2 been in 2b, I think it likely that Wessex 2 would have survived and Wessex 1 might have been relegated. Unfortunately, we are now in the same position as the French League who would like to revert to the previous format but are unable to devise a fair means of doing so.

 

Saturday 2 May

 

WESSEX 2

v

CELTIC TIGERS 1

1

w

Pleasants, Allan J

2088

0 - 1

Wippermann, Till

2434

2

b

Clark, Ian C

2093

0 - 1

Hoffmann, Hendrik

2210

3

w

Wilkinson, John R

2035

˝ - ˝

Kemp, Peter D

2167

4

b

Gregory, Keith D

2057

0 - 1

Haldane, Robin

2155

5

w

Buchkremer, Felix

2076

0 - 1

Mueller, Jan

2118

6

b

Taylor-Bowd, Phil

2037

˝ - ˝

Pedersen, Carsten

2167

7

w

Coburn, Joe

1950

˝ - ˝

Thomas, Robert K

2155

8

b

Daley, Eugene (J)

1689

˝ - ˝

Owens, Megan (F)

1738

 

 

 

 

2 - 6

 

 

 

Sunday 3 May

 

FCA SOLUTIONS 1

v

WESSEX 2

1

w

Tippleston, Charles

2167

0 - 1

Tunks, Dominic

2013

2

b

Macdonald-Ross, Michael

2169

1 - 0

de Coverly, Roger

2070

3

w

Reuben, Stewart

2102

˝ - ˝

Buchkremer, Felix

2076

4

b

Almond, Richard

2114

˝ - ˝

Taylor-Bowd, Phil

2037

5

w

Smith, Graham

2122

˝ - ˝

Pleasants, Allan J

2088

6

b

Habershon, Paul

2081

1 - 0

Clark, Ian C

2093

7

w

Majer, Chris E

2078

1 - 0

Coburn, Joe

1950

8

b

Evans, Helen (F)

1745

0 - 1

Daley, Eugene (J)

1689

 

 

 

 

4˝-3˝

 

 

 

 

Monday 4 May

 

WESSEX 2

v

SOUTH WALES DRAGONS 2

1

w

Gregory, Keith D

2057

˝ - ˝

Brown, Alan M

2116

2

b

Buchkremer, Felix

2076

1 - 0

Miles, Richard

2067

3

w

Tunks, Dominic

2013

1 - 0

Burton, Graham P

2059

4

b

Taylor-Bowd, Phil

2037

˝ - ˝

Mort, Andrew J

2015

5

w

Clark, Ian C

2093

0 - 1

Bennion, David A

2030

6

b

Pleasants, Allan J

2088

0 - 1

Dixon, Chris

1895

7

w

Coburn, Joe

1950

˝ - ˝

Davies, G Brian

1833

8

b

Daley, John James *

1500

0 - 1

Menon, Davin (J) *

1564

 

 

 

 

3˝-4˝

 

 

 

 

 


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