4NCL: 16-17 January 2010

Saturday 16 January

 

WESSEX 1

v

WHITE ROSE 2

1

w

Lock, Gavin R

2188

0 - 1

Townsend, M Paul

2186

2

b

Kawuma, Steven Male

2187

0 - 1

Adams, David M

2217

3

w

Simons, Martin J

2200

0 - 1

Arnott, Jonathan W

2154

4

b

Rutter, Nick J

2189

0 - 1

Shaw, Peter

2156

5

w

Neil, David R

2157

½ - ½

O'Driscoll, Keiran

2062

6

b

Jenks, Bruce

2127

½ - ½

Archer, Richard

2066

7

w

de Coverly, Roger D

2101

0 - 1

Webb, Matthew D

1986

8

b

Thilaganathan, Jessica (F)

1900

1 - 0

Hollingworth, Evie (F)

1874

 

 

 

 

2 - 6

 

 

Travel arrangements were relatively painless compared with what they might have been three days earlier.  Our swimmers were able to take advantage of the facilities beforehand and thankfully on this occasion emerged without requiring emergency additions of oxygen.

On paper, this should have been quite a close match, so 2-6 represents a very disappointing result.  I believe the last time we lost all the top four boards in the first team was 5 seasons ago against Guildford 1. It is more than usually difficult to provide sensible comments (what’s new? – Ed) about a match that I wasn’t able to witness in person.  As is traditional, the two Wessex teams were positioned about as far apart as the venue would allow.  Dave paid the second team two brief visits on the second of which he reported that he had drawn having played his last two moves in the wrong order.  He also reported that Roger had lost from a totally winning position:

White (to move) is currently two pieces down, but 17.Bxg5 Ndf6 18.f3 wins them both back.  If instead 17....Ngf6 then 18.Qg6+! Kh8 19.Qh6+ Kg8 20 dxe5 dxe5 21.Rad1  is completely crushing.  However, Roger played 17.Qg6+? Kh8 18.Qxh5+ which was met with 18....Bh6! and White only has time to take one piece back.

Bruce turned down a draw offer but 5 moves later thought better of it and offered one back.  Martin also claimed to have been winning:

Indeed, 19.Bxc6 bxc6 20.Qf4 probably does snaffle a pawn and win in the long run.  Instead he gambled with 19.Qh6 but after 19....Rxd4 20.Be4 Rxe4 21.Rxe4 Qxb2 he was unable to generate sufficient threats to the Black king.

Nick also looks to have been a bit better before misplacing a knight.  Gavin gave up one pawn in a theoretically approved fashion in a Queens Gambit, but donating a second pawn proved rather generous.  I arrived just as Jessica converted her extra pawn advantage which at least made the scoreline a little more respectable.

In the evening we discovered how the local pub was able to offer meals at a ridiculous £4 per head by virtue of only employing one bar staff.

 

Sunday 17 January

 

SAMBUCA SHARKS

v

WESSEX 1

1

w

Rendle, Thomas E

2382

1 - 0

Yeo, Michael J

2153

2

b

Williams, Samuel G

2198

½ - ½

Rutter, Nick J

2189

3

w

Roberson, Peter T

2221

½ - ½

Lock, Gavin R

2188

4

b

Purton, Ben J

2144

0 - 1

Kawuma, Steven Male

2187

5

w

Varnam, Liam D

2174

0 - 1

Simons, Martin J

2200

6

b

Ackley, Peter JE

2095

½ - ½

Neil, David R

2157

7

w

Russell, Christopher

2065

1 - 0

de Coverly, Roger D

2101

8

b

Khoo, Selina (F)

1981

1 - 0

Thilaganathan, Jessica (F)

1900

 

 

 

 

4½-3½

 

 

Yet another disaster that probably consigns us to a relegation battle at the end of the season.  Worryingly at 11 am we were actually outnumbered by the opposition, a surprising number having turned up on time.  Nick’s opponent was the last to appear looking as though he had probably missed breakfast as well.  Nick chose an unusual line against the Sveshnikov, but it soon petered out into a perpetual.  The opposition captain appeared not to need to spend much time thinking about his moves against Steven, so it was a surprise to discover when their clocks stopped working that he had already taken 43 minutes. As usual the replacement of a digital clock proved non-trivial, but the game didn’t last much longer after it resumed as Steven was allowed to sacrifice his rook twice.  Martin’s opponent started to have long thinks as early as move 2. In a queenless middle game he overlooked one of the threats behind Martin’s knight invasion after which he was tortured by Martin’s 2 bishops.  I had a perfectly respectable opening before pressing the self-destruct button.

The score remained 2½ - 1½ for quite a long time, so much so that I left for home fearing the worst.  Dave’s opponent had responded to 1.c4 with the somewhat unusual 1....g4¾. Having gained an overwhelming position out of the opening, Dave lost the thread and by the time control looked to be completely lost.  Somehow, he persuaded his opponent to swap off into a N+3P v N+P ending which was also lost and then into a N+2P v N ending which was still lost but one more mistake let Dave escape with a draw.  Gavin was under considerable pressure but by the time control seemed to have almost equalised.  Things got worse from there so he was obliged to agree to his opponents draw offer.  Roger scared his opponent into playing 3. g3 and 4. h3 but then somehow lost a pawn to some tactics. An exchange followed shortly after and the result was never in much doubt. The biggest tragedy was on board 8 where in a position that had been fairly level, Jessica swapped off into an ending and then blundered a pawn.  I hope Selina got home safely as Jessica was supposed to be giving her a lift!

 

Saturday 16 January.

 

WESSEX 2

v

3CS

1

w

Yeo, Michael J

2153

½ - ½

Ashton, Adam G

2319

2

b

Taylor-Bowd, Philip J

2043

½ - ½

Longson, Alexander

2254

3

w

Tunks, Dominic

2076

1 - 0

Jaunooby, Ali Reza

2171

4

b

Pleasants, Allan J

2079

0 - 1

Bentley, John L

2237

5

w

Clark, Ian C

2072

0 - 1

Burke, Mitchell R

1883

6

b

Gregory, Keith DF

2056

½ - ½

Horton, Jamie A

1890

 

 

 

 

2½-3½

 

 

Allan Pleasants reports:

 

This match featured two of the top three rated teams in the league and was extremely close.

The match progressed rather oddly with us getting the better of the top boards where we were heavily outrated, and us doing rather badly on the lower boards where we out-rated them.

Mike drew on board 1, but subsequent analysis revealed he should have won very easily. Phil got an excellent draw on board two with black and in the final position the game looked like it could go either way. Dominic sacrificed and kept sacrificing as befits a person full of confidence and when the fireworks ended he had a winning queen against double rook ending which was duly converted. My game was inferior from early on when I misplaced my Queen, and I could find no satisfactory defense after the position was opened up. I gave up a pawn to avoid an early trip to the bar, but the outcome was never in doubt. Keith appeared to be winning, but the advantage disappeared. Ian was winning comfortably, but a blunder in time trouble switched the result of the match. Ian was rather inconsolable that evening (and drunk –Ed).

 

Sunday 17 January

 

THE FULL PONTY

v

WESSEX 2

1

w

Gilbert, Jonathan A

2058

1 - 0

Tunks, Dominic

2076

2

b

Sully, David J

2119

0 - 1

Jenks, Bruce

2127

3

w

Miles, Richard

2074

½ - ½

Pleasants, Allan J

2079

4

b

Adams, Mark A

2026

½ - ½

Taylor-Bowd, Philip J

2043

5

w

Dixon, Chris

1953

½ - ½

Clark, Ian C

2072

6

b

Gilbert, Colin

1864

0 - 1

Gregory, Keith DF

2056

 

 

 

 

2½-3½

 

 

 

Captain Allan:

 

Our Welsh opponents had drawn with Warwickshire Select 2 in their Saturday match and this seems like an excellent result as Warwickshire Select 2 went on to beat 3Cs the team we lost to Saturday.

 

Both teams were fairly evenly matched and this promised to be a close game. Dominic superb run of matches ended with a loss on board 1. I hope this doesn't mark the start of a long losing streak! Bruce won on two in another close game, but I always felt he was slightly better. I thought I was playing ok, but perhaps my position really lacked much promise in the long term. I managed to give my opponent the chance to go wrong and he duly obliged and I won an exchange. However with no way to activate my rooks I was extremely grateful when my opponent offered me a draw. Phil dropped a centre pawn early on and had to work hard to hold the position to draw. Ian had the better of it for the whole game, but in the end settled for a draw. On another weekend he could easily have got 2/2 instead of a single draw. Keith's Queen worked her way down the a-file and got behind the enemy pieces and that signaled the end of that game.

 

This leaves us in 3rd equal a point behind Warwickshire Select 2 and KJCA Kings.

 


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