4NCL: 24-25 October 2009

Saturday 24 October

 

WESSEX 1

v

BROWN JACK

1

w

Simons, Martin J

2200

½ - ½

Richmond, Peter A

2247

2

b

Kawuma, Steven Male

2187

½ - ½

Padilla Cabero, Pablo

2169

3

w

Lock, Gavin R

2188

1 - 0

Truran, Michael C

2215

4

b

Jenks, Bruce

2127

½ - ½

Haydon, Richard

2184

5

w

de Coverly, Roger D

2101

1 - 0

Rabbitt, Michael

2074

6

b

Yeo, Michael J

2153

1 - 0

Richmond, Jane (F)

2118

7

w

Kawuma, Moses

2178

1 - 0

Headlong, Fenella (F)

1906

8

b

Thilaganathan, Jessica (F)

1900

1 - 0

Tanner, Gary J

1690

 

 

 

 

6½-1½

 

 

A new season, but the same old faces!  Roger’s opponent went to college with Bruce many years ago and described his hairstyle then as frizzy, orange and lots of it!  Bruce claims that all photos of that era have been destroyed, but if you know differently we may reinstate the Gallery page specially. 

The opposition had provided Wessex 2 with their only point in the previous season, so hopes were high that we could do better.  However, the score line is utterly misleading as we were completely lost on Boards 5 and 8, and Bruce was probably lost when his opponent agreed to his draw offer.  Against that, Martin was better, if not winning, for most of his game until he blundered the exchange, so something like 4½ - 3½ would have been a fairer reflection.

Moses broke his 4NCL duck with a characteristic Queen’s Gambit. My game was a characteristic mess, helped by my opponent not noticing that 0-0-0 check(!) enabled me to snaffle a stray rook on b7. Jessica was under a lot of pressure throughout until in time trouble her opponent swapped off into a lost K+P ending instead of winning a crucial pawn.  Roger sacrificed a pawn for reasonable activity but then donated a further two pawns to an increasingly lost cause.  Left playing for swindles his opponent duly obliged.  Bruce turned down a draw offer but overreached in his winning attempt and should have lost.  Gavin won the exchange for a pawn, turned down a hopeful draw offer and won competently.  We left Steven having sacrificed a knight for 2 pawns in a difficult position where his opponent wasn’t making much progress.  They went the full 7 hours before reaching R+N v R.

As I had feared, the Italian restaurant’s “live entertainment” made conversation rather difficult but we might still revisit in May when returning to Sunningdale.

Sunday 25 October

 

KINGS HEAD

v

WESSEX 1

1

w

McMichael, Richard J

2286

½ - ½

Lock, Gavin R

2188

2

b

Kwiatkowski, Feliks J

2248

½ - ½

Yeo, Michael J

2153

3

w

Whiteley, Andrew J

2292

1 - 0

Simons, Martin J

2200

4

b

Spivack, Simon SY

2176

1 - 0

Kawuma, Steven Male

2187

5

w

Thomas, Rik H

2220

½ - ½

Kawuma, Moses

2178

6

b

Mackenzie, Colin

2120

1 - 0

Jenks, Bruce

2127

7

w

Davey, Mark *

2020

0 - 1

de Coverly, Roger D

2101

8

b

Haria, Ravi (J)

1828

½ - ½

Thilaganathan, Jessica (F)

1900

 

 

 

 

5 - 3

 

 

A crucial match for our promotion chances so already I foresee another season of mid-table mediocrity.

Gavin went an hour behind on the clock but it was time well spent as his opponent decided that his position was too boring to continue.  Moses had to overcome some positional weaknesses, but successfully swapped most of the pieces off to draw.  Jessica had a very wild position against a Benko.  Once most of the pieces came off it looked as though she might have a winning ending but her young opponent defended well.  I managed to churn out 25 moves of Sveshnikov theory to reach an unclear ending of R + 6P v R+N+3P which I thought offered winning chances until I had to play it.  Having repeated moves, I then had to leave to sort out a car battery flattened by leaving the sidelights on.  Roger had a very promising attack which fizzled out to a less promising ending which he appears to have won by showing (again) that Black pawns move faster than White ones.  Bruce declined a draw offer on move 9 which seems to have lulled him into getting his queen trapped in the middle of the board.  Martin had a classic Benko position that he thought he was holding, but by the time he won his pawn back on a2 his opponent was generating unstoppable threats on his kingside.  Steven was again the last to finish.  From an unclear position at the time control he managed to win 2 pawns, only to then blunder a piece. 4-4 might have been a reasonable result; 3-5 is depressing!

Saturday 24 October.

 

WESSEX 2

v

BRISTOL 2

1

w

Pleasants, Allan J

2079

1 - 0

Ponter, Ian P

2046

2

b

Tunks, Dominic

2076

1 - 0

Humphreys, Jerry G

2082

3

w

Marsh, Roger DW

2074

½ - ½

Stewart, Joseph

1994

4

b

Clark, Ian C

2072

½ - ½

May, Michael

1898

5

w

Gregory, Keith DF

2056

½ - ½

Richardt, Michael

1963

6

b

Taylor-Bowd, Philip J

2043

½ - ½

Bromilow, Edward T

1922

 

 

 

 

4 - 2

 

 

Allan Pleasants reports:

After a fairly miserable drive up the motorway in the rain and drizzle we settled down to play our first match in Division 3. I sensed that the games particularly on the lower boards were pretty cautious affairs with Phil happy as always to accept a draw, Ian pushing slightly to make something of an isolated queen pawn and only gaining the very slightest of advantages once the IQP had gone. Keith was happy to accept a draw after spending the first half hour on move 2. In fairness he went to look after Jo who wasn’t feeling too well. Roger held an advantage, but the closed position offered no real winning chances. Roger sacked a pawn to try open the position up on the queenside, but I’m not sure the position justified the risk even if it was quite small. Dominic continued his fine form from last year and when his opponent failed to respond to the a5 pawn push early on in the game. Dominic saw no reason why it shouldn’t just march it all the way down the board with fairly devastating effect. In a complete reversal of fortune from last year I managed to continue my recent good form by winning fairly calmly on top board.

Sunday 25 October

 

 

AMCA RHINOS

v

WESSEX 2

1

w

Tart, Peter K

2078

1 - 0

Pleasants, Allan J

2079

2

b

Sparkes, Daniel A

2066

0 - 1

Tunks, Dominic

2076

3

w

Stille, Alexander M

2054

0 - 1

Marsh, Roger DW

2074

4

b

McLaughlin, Noel S

2022

0 - 1

Clark, Ian C

2072

5

w

Owens, Trefor H

1946

½ - ½

Gregory, Keith DF

2056

6

b

Marley, Andrew

1930

0 - 1

Taylor-Bowd, Philip J

2043

 

 

 

 

1½-4½

 

 

 

 

Captain Allan:

 

This was likely to be another close match, and following a sleepless night my game quickly went from poor to bad to atrocious. I resigned as soon as the match was won and will have to do some research to prevent this happening again. Dominic won after an unjustifiable piece for two pawns sacrifice from his opponent. With a couple of nice active moves the game was over. Keith drew in a position where I thought there was still plenty of play though who was winning I wasn’t sure! Ian won after getting a knight vs. bad bishop ending, his opponent already a couple of pawns down didn’t want to go through the depressing formalities of being pushed off the board [I know exactly how he felt]. Phil gained a nice kingside attack which he was able to convert comfortably to a win and in so doing gave us the match. Roger’s game was looking rather bleak, but after a series of tactical exchanges he emerged a pawn up in a rook and opposite colour bishop ending. Last time I looked he was 3 pawns up so I assume he went on to win it.

 

A great start to the new season after last year’s hard efforts, and disappointments. I’m sure we will face stronger opponents later in the season, but I think it also shows that there is a big rift between the standards in Divisions 2 and Division 3. It will be interesting to see how well the teams that got promoted last year from division 3 do in division 2. Ability wise we sit right in the middle between the two divisions. To me this suggests that the new league arrangement is somewhat flawed.

 

We have a break now until the New Year. Hopefully see some of you at the Hampshire Individual Championship or at Torquay.

 


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